February 2017

Darren Perrin To Deliver Keynote Down Under Before Heading To NZ

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Eunomia Principal Consultant Dr Darren Perrin will be delivering the keynote speech at the Australian Waste to Energy Forum, near Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

Darren’s presentation ‘Why does Australia want incineration?’ at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, will look at incineration and consider the rationale for managing waste more sustainably during a time when the country is increasing pre-occupied by its lack of energy from waste incinerators.

A chartered waste manager based in Eunomia’s Manchester office, Darren has worked in waste management consultancy since 2000 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He has extensive knowledge of different waste systems and their applicability within different strategic contexts across the globe.

After addressing the Australian Waste to Energy Forum audience which includes government and industry representatives, Darren will be travelling to New Zealand to host ‘Strategic Waste Planning’ a one-day training course in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday 27th February 2017 and now again on 28th February 2017.

Held at Novotel Auckland Airport between 8.30am – 5.00pm, and hosted/sponsored by WasteMINZ, the day will cover the principles of strategic waste planning, practical strategy development, evidence-based decision making, system design, and assessment and evaluation.

Darren said:

“Incineration is a robust, proven, technology used across the world to manage residual waste. However, the priority should always be on seeking to eliminate the residual waste in the first place, and leading European municipalities are targeting a reduction in residual waste to 10kg per inhabitant.

“The rationale for opting for incineration should be considered within the wider context of waste strategy, and the desirability of moving materials up the hierarchy. Although energy strategy often exerts an influence on the costs of, and uptake of, incineration, experience in some countries show that care should be taken not to allow energy policy to undermine the waste hierarchy. Two points should be at the forefront of treating residual waste: that the choice of solution, and the method of contracting, do not constrain (directly or indirectly) the opportunity to pursue other more sustainable options in the waste hierarchy to reduce, re-use or recycle that waste; and that policy does not act to make residual waste management options artificially cheap. There are obvious linkages between these two.”    

The full programme for the Australian Waste to Energy Forum can be found here.

Find out more about the ‘Strategic Waste Planning: A one-day training course’ here.

Eunomia will be organising webinars and other events covering its areas of expertise in Australasia over the coming weeks, keep an eye on our website more for more details.