Conference Topic: Energy Recovery
Advancing Sustainable Waste and Biomass to Energy in Cuba (1 CEU)
Monday, September 25, 2017
16:45 – 17:45
Moderator: Dimitris Dermatas, Associate Editor, Waste Management & Research, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Cuba has a population of approximately 11 million, however there is no recycling at the source, only dumpsites. On the other hand, the economy is on a kick-start, and there are plenty of biomass resources (e.g., bagasse from sugar cane, marabou, etc.). The main resource of power is oil (52 percent imported from Venezuela and 48 percent low quality Cuban oil—according to CETER and Cuba Solar). A huge potential exists to develop waste-to-energy and biomass-to-energy projects, attracting worldwide investors in this infant Caribbean market. The main focus of the proposed session is to analyze the real business opportunities in order to increase the existing 3.5 percent of renewable energy sources to more than 25 percent (local government target). Finally, another important target is to analyze the establishment of a legal framework for such investments (e.g., financing mechanisms, international cooperation etc.). The participants will have the unique opportunity to understand the rules of the local market, meet local delegates (especially policy and decision makers from local governmental authorities) and create the optimal networking/B2B.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to… examine the business opportunities especially for U.S.-related companies, discuss success stories for the WtE and biomass market around the world, design the required framework for developing such projects in Cuba, evaluating the current situation and planning future actions, choosing the best available technologies on a case-by-case and city-by-city project