Energy from Waste in Ireland

Assessing the best use of a reliable resource

A top level conference - with speakers from Ireland covering policy, strategy, planning and financing for energy recovery within an integrated waste management future - is to be held on Tuesday, 19 September 2006 at the SAS Radisson Hotel, Dublin. The Chairman of the conference will be PJ Rudden, Director, RPS Consulting Engineers and the Keynote Address will be given by Mr Dick Roche, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Like many other European countries, Ireland recognises the requirement for an integrated approach towards waste prevention, recycling and biological and thermal processes - followed by residual landfill. This integrated approach is already delivering significant results - the national municipal recycling rate has risen to 34% and is still growing. However, what will be done with the 50% to 60% of residual waste?

There are many technologies employed across Europe which generate energy from residual waste. Notably, these countries experience the benefits of this form of renewable power, while retaining high recycling levels in their waste management strategies.

The Energy from Waste in Ireland conference brings together top speakers from policy and government, planning and finance - along with examples of various technologies. It considers the most efficient use of the energy generated, the arguments for and against thermal techniques and closes with a debate - asking whether Waste from Energy will have a role to play in Ireland’s waste management future.

This is a unique opportunity to add your comments to the discussion and ensure you have the most up-to-date information available.

Who should attend?
Senior personnel within local authorities, waste management, environmental strategy and planning, power generation and energy development and 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 - and
  • Financial institutions.



08.45 Registration

09.15 Welcome
Julia Pugh-Cook, Conference and Events Manager, Recycling and Waste World Conferences

09.20 Introduction
PJ Rudden, Conference Chairman, Director, RPS Consulting Engineers



09.30 Ireland’s approach to waste management
Michael Layde, Principal Officer, Waste Infrastructure and Regulation, DOEHLG

09.55 Waste to energy in Ireland - Aspects of environmental regulation
Dr Jonathan Derham, Senior Manager, Offi ce of Licensing & Guidance, Environmental Protection Agency Planning and financing

  • Waste as a resource
  • Declassifi cation as waste - i.e. a fuel product
  • Recovery or disposal?
  • Regulatory framework for waste to energy
  • Residue management
  • Environmental issues around WTE units
  • Burn or landfi ll or export: a national dilemma.

10.20 Integration of planning and waste management legislation and practice
Rachel Kenny, Senior Planner, Meath County Council

10.35 Question and answer session

10.45 Refreshments

11.05 Financing for Energy from Waste projects - Criteria for decision-makers in both the private and public sectors
Ger Butler, Associate Director, KPMG Corporate Finance

  • Overview of public vs private finance
  • Key issues for funders
  • Criteria for decision makers.



11.30 Thermal treatment of waste - Overcoming barriers and developing options towards energy based solutions
John Ferguson, Waste Resource Strategy Unit Manager, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

  • What are the barriers to high thermal efficiency treatment of waste from a strategic perspective?
  • How could these be overcome?
  • What are the benefits of a high efficiency approach?

12.00 Waste: main source of sustainable energy
K.D. van der Linde, Managing Director, Waste and Energy Company, Amsterdam

  • Reconciliation of high recycling rate with high energy recovery from waste
  • Public acceptance of Energy from Waste
  • High health and safety and high efficiency targets and results
  • The successes of the plant – local heat, local power, reduced emissions, high quality building materials.

12.30 Question and answer session

12.45 Lunch

13.40 Keynote address
Mr Dick Roche, T.D. Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government



14.00 New energy – utilising an Irish natural resource
John Mullins, CEO, Bioverda Ltd

  • Creating energy value from waste
  • Resource recovery
  • European regulatory drivers
  • Delivery in an Irish context.

14.30 Waste to Energy: a sustainable development perspective
Jack O’Sullivan, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Management Services Ltd

  • Sustainability: re-orientating our approach to waste management
  • Combining the European thematic strategy on prevention and recycling of waste, with the EU policy on energy from renewable sources
  • Maximising the use and re-use of embodied energy in discarded materials.

15.00 Question and answer session

15.10 Refreshments

15.30 The role of incineration in meeting Ireland’s waste plan
John Ahern, Chief Executive, Indaver

  • Irish waste policy and plans
  • Incineration in an integrated waste management system
  • Incineration in Europe
  • Threats to the development of incineration in Ireland.

16.00 Panel debate
Waste to Energy - the best use of resources or the end of recycling?

16.30 Close of conference



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