7-9 September: ISWA World Congress in Antwerp

This is an annual meeting for the world of waste management that's not to be missed: the International Solid Waste Association's, ISWA World Congress.

ISWA World Congress 2015

This is an annual meeting for the world of waste management that's not to be missed: the International Solid Waste Association's, ISWA World Congress. This year it will be held in Antwerp from the 7th to the 9th of September. Indaver is helping to organise it and is sharing its expertise in the field of waste-to-energy.

So why Antwerp?

After Vienna in 2013 and Sao Paolo in 2014 it's now Antwerp's turn to host the ISWA congress. And that's no coincidence. Flanders is a shining example in the field of waste and materials management. Best practices and leading technologies are clearly demonstrated by the waste management companies that are active in and around Antwerp, the third largest port in Europe and the second largest petrochemicals zone in the world. This is also of the case for Indaver, who is co-organizer of the congress.

What is ISWA?

The International Solid Waste Association strives for sustainable and professional waste management worldwide. ISWA offers scientific, economic and social instruments such as an international network in which to share knowledge and experience in the field of sustainable waste management; working groups of experts to increase knowledge and expertise; and education and training courses.

What is the ISWA World Congress?

This is the annual highlight in the waste industry's calendar. From the 7th to the 9th of September, 1300 experts, professionals, academics, policy makers, NGOs and entrepreneurs will flock to Antwerp to discuss the challenges, the scientific and technological developments and the trends for the waste sector. It is an opportunity to network with representatives from international organisations such as the World Bank, UNEP, or the OESO and agencies for waste and materials policies among others.

Who are the organisers?

ISWA is organising this congress in conjunction with six partners: Indaver, ISVAG, Interafval, the City of Antwerp, OVAM and Fost Plus.

What is the ISWA World Congress about?

The leitmotif running through the congress is the circular economy, or more specifically the role that waste can play in the world market for raw materials. Because (valuable) raw materials can be recovered from waste. This will have consequences for waste and materials management worldwide. The congress is looking for an answer to a number of vastly different questions: How is waste related to the raw materials market? Which role should governments, industry and consumers play? Which new measures are now vital?

What is on the programme?

A fascinating mixture of lectures by internationally renowned speakers such as the polar explorer and ecologist Dixi Dansercoer, Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner, ISWA chairperson David Newman or economist Dambisa Moyo; debates, general sessions on recycling, landfill and climate change, workshops on widely differing topics such as hazardous waste, waste-to-energy or enterprise in waste management. On the second day there will be technical visits to Belgian waste companies, including Indaver.

What is Indaver doing?

Indaver will be applying its waste-to-energy expertise to chairing the workshop on trends in waste-to-energy and the workshop on how to extract as much energy as possible from waste in different parts of the world. CEO Paul De Bruycker is one of the speakers in the session on the treatment of hazardous waste. On the second and third day there is a technical visit to Indaver Antwerp, where we carry out the final treatment of all types of hazardous and industrial waste. Indaver will also be sharing its knowledge on all aspects of waste-to-energy during a practical master class that is being organised at ISVAG.

Indaver speakers

Paul De Bruycker: Innovative molecule management in the context of circular economy

Claire Downey: Preparing waste-to-energy for the future energy market

Guido Wauters: Research in view of the revision of the BREF on waste incineration

Daniel Dirickx: Landfill Hooge Maey: from historical blackpoint to integrated green production site


For a full overview of the programme please see: www.iswa2015.org/program

For more information and subscriptions go to: www.iswa2015.org

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