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Green power debate sparks new energy zone

19 August 2011

The rapidly growing trend of recovering energy from food waste is set to be the focus of its very own area and seminar theatre for the first time at this year’s RWM in partnership with CIWM.

Producing energy from waste in a variety of ways has become increasingly popular in recent years as the food industry looks to cut its energy costs while also minimising its waste and carbon emissions and as part of a public and private sector drive to achieve a ‘zero waste’ economy.

Now the topic has been given its own area at RWM in partnership with CIWM, the waste and recycling industry’s single flagship event which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 September.

The area will showcase the latest in energy from waste treatments including biological technologies such as anaerobic digestion and thermal technologies including gasification, pyrolysis and combined heat and power technologies (CHP).

The new Sorbacal Energy from Waste Zone in Hall 20 will feature many of the technology and service providers at the very cutting edge of producing energy from waste.

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) chief executive Steve Lee said: “Energy from waste has become a headline issue in recent years as the UK strives to minimise the waste we send to landfill and as the cost of energy from traditional fuels continues to rise.

“The Sorbacol Energy from Waste Zone is a unique opportunity for visitors to improve their knowledge and be inspired by the latest developments in this strategically important area.”

The Sorbacal Energy from Waste Zone will be located alongside the RWM in partnership with CIWM Energy Theatre seminar area which is sponsored by communications consultancy PPS Group. It means visitors can learn and be inspired by the latest technology, services, examples and knowledge in one place.

The Energy Theatre, sponsored by PPS Group and M+W Group, features a dozen talks covering the latest topics in energy from waste including legislation and legal updates; reducing energy costs; and how to produce energy from wastes. It will feature leading industry figures including Ecolateral consultant Peter Jones OBE and BiogenGreenfinch operations director Andrew Needham.

RWM in partnership with CIWM is the UK’s biggest event for organisations from all sectors with an interest in waste and recycling. Formed late last year from the merger of the successful Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition (RWM) and Futuresource shows, it will feature more than 600 exhibitors and features the industry’s largest programme of free seminar content with more than 90 speakers in 72 seminar sessions.

Designed to inform, improve and inspire organisations it covers all areas of waste and recycling, from plant, vehicles and equipment to practical advice on how effective waste management can help to cut costs and turn waste into a valuable resource.


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