Generating energy from residual waste

- considering the options

Waste minimisation, re-use and an overall reduction in the amount sent to landfill continue to be the main drivers for the waste industry in Ireland.

Failure to comply with the European landfill directive from 2010 could mean the country is faced with fines of up to €500,000 per day. It has never been more important to find an efficient and economical solution to the waste issue.

Despite attempts by local authorities and Government to promote waste prevention, recycling and home composting, there is still the need for a sustainable, countrywide strategy to deal with excess waste. As burying large quantities is no longer an option, waste has to be considered more as a useful asset. New technology means it can now be used to replace our rapidly diminishing fossil fuels and power systems to provide energy in the form of electricity and heat or to produce biogas and digestate.

Generating Energy from Residual Waste considers the various options available - ranging from large scale incineration projects to on-farm production of biogas.

Speakers from Europe detail their successes, using fully integrated systems to produce combined heat and power district heating systems and biofuels for public transport.

Anaerobic digestion is increasingly being considered as an important, low carbon, economical and clean method of dealing with biodegradable municipal waste. With an estimated 1.4 million tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste needing to be diverted from landfill by 2010 - and around 1.8 million tonnes by 2016 - this could prove to be an ideal solution in Ireland.

Generating Energy from Residual Waste aims to provide delegates with informative presentations as well as a forum for questions and networking. To ensure you are a part of the discussion and able to listen and contribute to current opinion on Ireland’s waste policy book your place today and benefit from the early bird booking rate.

Who should attend
Senior personnel within local authorities involved in waste management, environmental strategy and planning, together with decision-makers from energy, fuel and power generation, engineering and technology, including -

  • Central government policy makers
  • Local government waste management officers
  • The waste industry
  • The energy industry
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Waste producing companies and organisations
  • The recycling industry
  • Technical, academic and research personnel
  • Engineering and technical companies
  • Financial institutions and investment houses - and
  • Biomass and waste biomass industries.



08.45 Registration

09.15 Welcome
Tom Freyberg Editor, Recycling and Waste World Magazine

09.20 introduction
PJ Rudden, Group Director, RPS - Conference Chairman


09.30 Overview of municipal waste management in Ireland
Dr Seán Lyons, ESRI

  • Projected waste generation in Ireland to 2025
  • Implications of targets and planned policy measures
  • An economic approach to waste policy

09.55 District Heating - delivering a cost and carbon effective utility
Jim Gannon, Sustainable Development Services, RPS Group

  • New development and regeneration
  • Justification for district heating in a constrained market
  • Aligning a district heating strategy with city-wide development plans

10.15 Review of EU & National Waste Policy in the pipeline and its impact on the Waste to Energy Sector
Jackie Kearney, CEWEP

  • International Waste Policy Review
  • Regulatory Impact Analysis of Environmental Levies Bill
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment

10.35 Planning issues
Brendan Slattery, Environmental and Planning Law Group, Arthur Cox

10.55 Questions & Answers



11:40 CHP and district heating – Cork Docklands
Emma Mooney, Associate Energy and Sustainability, White Young Green

  • Sources of 'waste' heat
  • Using waste heat to improve plant efficiency
  • Integrated district heating and cooling systems

12:00 Autoclaving and Modular Systems
Prof Deborah Boyd, Re3

12.20 De-carbonising the fuel chain
Stephen Whatmore, Orchid Environmental

  • Converting MSW and trade wastes into renewable fuels
  • Developing new markets for renewable fuels as solids, liquids and gases
  • The benefits of commercial ‘merchant plants’ as alternatives to landfill
  • Progress on Orchid’s commercial operation in Merseyside and North Wales

12:40 Questions and Answers



13.45 The potential of bioenergy in Irish agriculture
Barry Caslin, Bioenergy Specialist, Teagasc Crops Research Centre

  • Drivers for change in Irish agriculture
  • National and EU bioenergy targets
  • Incentives to drive bioenergy
  • Bioenergy supply chains
  • Case study

14.05 Energy from Waste and Bioenergy: synergies and supports
Derek Milton, Senior Scientist, Fehily Timoney & Company

  • Classification of EfW as bioenergy
  • Applicability to specific technologies
  • Bioenergy support mechanisms
  • Contribution to national obligations

14.25 Embracing Bioenergy: mobilising regional action
Tom Byrne, Director, South-East Regional Authority

  • Preparation and implementation of a Regional Bioenergy Plan
  • Exploiting the bioenergy potential of a region
  • Charting the way forward and mobilising the key actors

14.45 Questions & Answers


15.20 Engaging farmers in anaerobic digestion
Keith Richardson, Community Renewable Energy

  • The co-operative approach
  • The creation of Energy Farms
  • Economic impacts on farmers

15.40 Oslo’s integrated waste management plan
Guttorm Grundt, Environmental Affairs Co-ordinator, Department of Environment and Transport, City of Oslo

  • Eco-cycle based waste management system for Oslo
  • Balancing waste prevention, material and energy recovery
  • Biogas for transport

16.00 Panel Discussion
PJ Rudden, RPS, Chair

  • What is the future role for Anaerobic Digestion in Ireland’s waste industry?
  • Is it a more acceptable technology?
  • Can it be an economical solution?

16.30 Chairman Close



Your chance to reach your target audience and actively participate in the conference. If this appeals to your company, contact -

Fiona Richards
Tel: +44 (0)1722 717027
Email: [email protected]

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