Indaver's Commerical Director and President of CEWEP Ireland, Jackie Keaney, represented Indaver with a presentation entitled The future of Waste to Energy in a Circular & Net Zero Carbon economy from a policy perspective. This provided an industry update orientated around how policy can contribute to growth and innovation within the recycling and waste to energy sector.
Minister Ossian Smyth gave the opening address, with other keynote speakers including Dr Anna Willetts, President of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and Claudia Mensi, President of the European Waste Management Association.
Delegates heard speeches on a wide range of topics relating to Ireland’s current circular economy, what targets the future holds and how best we can tackle the challenges ahead to meet them. Progress to date on the key pieces of legislation governing Ireland’s Waste sector today, including the National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy and the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy were discussed. There were also insights into some alternative solutions to waste management problems such as lithium-ion fire Safety solutions for the waste management sector and the Liffey “Sweeper” a repurposed research vessel used for cleaning up and removing waste from the River Liffey.
A big thank you to The Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) and The Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM) for organising a varied, compelling and successful day that provided delegates with an opportunity to network and broaden their knowledge, in an industry whose future will require innovative and multi-faceted solutions.