Executives and professionals in the thermal treatment of waste in Europe will meet delegates from neighbouring countries; in particular from the new EU member states, in which the development of waste management concepts with EU standards are at least
recognizable. Presented will be political concepts, strategies and legal standards, as well as reports on EU‐countries with new approaches and developments.
The key focus is on strategic speeches. Karl‐Friedrich Falkenberg, the general director of the European Commission, will open the congress. Ferdinand Kleppmann (President of the Confederation of European Waste-to‐Energy Plants CEWEP) will talk about innovations in the EU law, as far as waste incineration is concerned. Simon Holbrook from the European IPPC Bureau will speak about the work on the BAT Reference Document entitled Waste Incineration. Professor Thome-Kozmiensky takes a critical look on erroneous trends with the public presentation of waste management, like the judgement on the significance of waste incineration in waste management concepts and the need for thermal processes and landfill sites as pollutant sink in recycling procedures.
Technical focal points are energy–‐efficiency, exhaust gas treatment, and ash utilization. Plant engineering and science will highlight tendencies and new technological developments. Problematic approaches will be investigated, such as the idiosyncratic English way with the renaissance of gasification processes and progresses in the new EU member countries, as well as in Turkey and the Arab countries.
In the two parallel sessions of the second day the congress investigates the seriousness on decision–‐making processes in waste management as well as on propagated political Discourses like the zero‐waste‐society. Different cities ‐ Vienna, Krakow and in Turkey-are opposed. While alternatives such as pyrolysis, gasification, fermentation, mechanical biological waste treatment, as well as production and utilization of solid recovered fuel are critically judged and appraised as defective in Germany, other countries evaluate them as promising. These projections are going to be presented and discussed.
All lectures are held in English. The plenary session will be translated simultaneously into German. On the second day all contributions will be held exclusively in English. More information: www.vivis.de