A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by design. It largely builds on material cycles on the one side (reuse, recycling), and biological cycles for nutrients and carbon on the other side, with energy requirements provided by renewable sources and as efficient as possible.
The role for energy-from-waste is currently to treat those fractions of waste that cannot be recycled or recovered to produce power and/or heat; but there are evolving trends to valorise such waste and residues in higher value applications such as liquid fuels or chemicals, for instance through chemical recycling methods.
This session will consider the role of bioenergy from waste & residues in the circular economy, present examples of modern waste-to-energy systems and look into promising conversion routes such as gasification.
Inge Johansson, Researcher, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden
The role of bioenergy from waste & residues in a circular economy
Daniel Roberts, Research Director, Energy Technologies, CSIRO, Australia
Europe’s first advanced waste-to-chemicals facility in Rotterdam
Michel Chornet, Executive Vice President Engineering, Innovation & Operations, Enerkem, Canada
Copenhill – an example on how to work with social acceptance of waste processing
Mar Edo, Researcher waste management, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden
(more speakers to be announced)