At the DAKOFA/ISWA conference on 19 and 20 April 2012 on Waste and Climate Michel Sponar from the EU Commission and Jørgen Henningsen, former member of the Danish government’s climate commission, will among others, discuss the role of waste in a resource and climate change perspective
In a time where resource efficiency and increased recycling is on the agenda, DAKOFA/ISWA hosts a conference on waste management in a climate change perspective. The competition for the valuable and critical resources in waste is becoming increasingly visible in the waste management sector. Recently, the Danish Minister for the Environment mentioned the fact that we are facing both a finance crisis, a climate crisis, and a resource crisis and the waste management sector plays an important role in the solution of all three crises.
In a climate perspective the renewable energy resource in waste play an important role as one of the sources for biomass. Due to the increasing demand for biomass in the energy sector biomass will in the next ten years become a limited resource. There is a demand for biomass both as a fuel and as dry material input to countries that are opting for biogas generation from liquid manure.
The conference will also focus on the importance of recirculating materials and thereby increasing the rate and improving the quality of recycling all over the EU in a climate change perspective. The future need for conserving and extracting important materials is an important element in the EU security of supply with special emphasis on critical and valuable resources. As part of the future focus on renewable energy technology such as wind turbines, solar cells, and other high-tech solutions there will be a major need for access to a large number of critical metals, and urban mining will be part of the pathway for securing growth and climate solutions in the future.
At the Climate conference a session is dedicated this question under the title of ”Future opportunities for material and carbon management”. In this session, Dr. Ermelinda Harper, Yale University, USA, will among others, focus on the need for critical metals.