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JAN-FEB 2017

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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Volume 14 • Issue 1 | 2017 | ASIA Miner | 23 Second AIEN forum in Ballarat Building on the highly successful inaugural event in 2016, the Australian Industrial Ecology Network invites people interested in the concept of Waste to Energy to participate in the 2nd Australian Waste to Energy Forum on February 22 and 23 at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre in Victoria. This two-day event with a theme of 'Waste to Energy – What it means in the Australian context', will explore potential oppor- tunities for the industry in Australia and what it might look like in the future. Changes in government policy in recent years have creat- ed a renewed interest in energy from waste opportunities and Australia is now considered, internationally, to be a potential growth market. Due to Australia's unique conditions it is widely accepted that the Waste to Energy market will be different here than in other countries. This forum will consider what has worked around the world and what Australia can learn from those experiences: What are the barriers and how to overcome them? Who are the stake- holders, what are their roles and how will they influence the industry? How does the plan for future energy requirements influence the development of a waste to energy industry in Australia? Keynote speaker is Eunomia Research & Consulting's Dr Darren Perrin whose topic is 'Why does Australia want inciner- ation?' Other speakers include World Bioenergy Association's Andrew Lang, Melbourne Water's Bill Pemberton, Lenihan Consulting's Vanessa Lenihan, ResourceCo's Ben Sawley, Weston Energy's Chris McPherson, Starfish Initiatives' Ian Gesch, HZI Australia's Dr Marc Stammbach, Machinex Indus- tries' Jonathan Ménard, Alter NRG's Ken Willis, RES Kaidi's Eric Darmstaedter, Jackson Environment and Planning's Dr Mark Jackson, MRA Consulting Group's David Cocks, Veo- lia's Tom Wetherill, Renewed Carbon's Mark Glover and New Energy Corporation's Miles Mason. For more information visit http://aien.com.au/wteforum/ Participants at the 2016 Australian Waste to Energy Forum in Ballarat, Victoria. specialist service providers. Drivers for change The Australian Waste to Energy Forum will address this issue in some detail, but ultimately the existing linear extraction-conver- sion-manufacture-consumption-discard use and application of both renewable and non-renewable resources is not only factual- ly unsustainable, but the drivers of resource conservation, climate change/carbon management and global population growth supply the irrefutable evidence on a daily basis. Against these criteria, EfW is often envisaged and promoted as a 'waste management' option rather than as a systematic 'resource recovery' option. In the 'waste management' mode, EfW usually results in: • Costs for waste generators going up to service the considerable new capital being committed for the new facilities; • A poor quality and subsidised energy product being sold to the community without them being consulted and/or fully realising what is being done in their name; • Resources squandered for only a fraction of their inherent value, just because the slightly more complex, but cheaper, systems and infrastructure required to fully realise the full resource value was not 'waste industry' core business and therefore was not designed and implemented; and • A failure to address the actual drivers for change … just sub- stantiated on the flawed logic that avoiding landfill is sufficient justification for any other unsustainable practice. At the Australian Waste to Energy Forum these issues will be teased out as a significant contribution to defining the sustainable platforms for resource and energy recovery for a sustainable future and will call out the promoters of solutions that do not meet the ac- tual needs and aspirations of a fully informed community.

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