Sofia, Bulgaria — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 25 January 2011 – The south-east European Waste Management and Recycling Conference and Exhibition “’ named “Save the Planet” “’ is to be held in Bulgaria from the 13th to the 15th of April, and once again Austria has been selected as the Country of Focus in waste management because of its strong local industry.
Austria’s waste industry is regarded as one of the best in the world because of strict national legislation to reduce environmental impact. As a result, domestic machine builders now export worldwide, and the annual volume of investment in Austrian waste management has reached about EUR 260 million (US$353 million).
EU Environment Committee chairperson Caroline Jackson will open the event, and the former Serbian environmental minister A. Mihajlov will review waste management in the south-east European countries. Other speakers are Paul Dunn, executive director of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority; Theo Lemmen, CEO of Geesinknorba; and experts from Lithuania, the UK, Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria and Poland.
The hot topic this year will be Waste-to-Energy (w2e), which is supported by the German Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council, the European Association of Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology, and the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services.
Many new EU member states are already using w2e, complying with EU legislation. Bulgaria was the first new member state against which the EC launched an infringement for inadequate waste disposal. Since July 2010, the EU has fined Poland €40.000 (US$54 250) per day for poor waste management. Poland is now planning 11 w2e projects, of which nine have been submitted for EU funding. The Czech Republic has also changed its legislation, while Lithuania plans at least five new w2e plants and Latvia one. There will be experts in w2e from Austria, UK, USA, Japan, Canada, Serbia, Slovenia, and Germany.
Attendees will come away with a complete list of ‘Lessons Learned’ in approving environmental projects. This includes managing controversial issues, political dynamics, regulatory approvals, and liaising with local communities and interest groups.