Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:00 – 9:30
Chair of the Session: Bettina Kamuk, Chair of ISWA’s Scientific & Technical Committee (STC)
Moderator of the Panel: Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA president
The session looks at the barriers to sustainable resource management and showcases lessons learnt from case studies to provide guidance on which issues have to be tackled in order to move forward to a circular economy.
ISWA will present the outcomes of its recent project which linked waste management actors with product designers and manufacturers. Speakers from Europe and USA will complement it with trends in and lessons learned from circular economy projects and new business models for the waste management industry.
The session concludes with a panel discussing the barriers to sustainable resource management and the way forward towards a circular economy, presenting the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.
Bettina Kamuk, chemical engineer from the Danish Technical University, is global market director and head of the waste-to-energy department at Ramboll, a global consulting engineering company. Ms. Kamuk is a highly experienced wate-to-energy (WtE) project manager and project director and has been responsible for WtE projects in among others Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Oman and most recently the new integrated waste management facility in Singapore. Ms Kamuk has an in-depth knowledge of procurement mechanisms, public acceptance and WtE technologies. Ms. Kamuk is board member and Chair of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Working Group on Energy Recovery. Recently Ms. Kamuk was primus motor for establishing ISWA’s Task Force on Resource Management/Circular Economy.
Björn Appelqvist works as manager for Waste Management Department at the consultancy company Ramboll in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation and been leading the ISWA Task Force on Resource Management as well as the ISWA Grant Project “Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management”. Mr. Appelqvist has been involved in waste management since 2000 and has worked for Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen, the Danish inter-municipal waste collection company R98 and the Waste Management Department of the City of Malmö.
John H. Skinner is an independent environmental consultant working out of Washington, D.C. He retired as the executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in April 2015, a position which he held since 1996. Prior to that, Dr. Skinner was a senior advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France, for four years. He was a senior executive of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., from 1972 through 1992. He is a past president of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and was a member of its Board from 2010–2016. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Presidential Distinguished Meritorious and Distinguished Executive Awards from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He received a NASA Fellowship to study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he received a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Hofstra University, where he graduated cum laude and with honors. He has published widely in the solid waste and environmental fields and is the co-editor of two books on international solid waste management programs.
DAKOFA (Waste and Resource Network Denmark), the Danish national member of ISWA, is a competence center engaged in traditional waste management, as well as in circular approaches and business models. In this capacity, DAKOFA has facilitated the ISWA-financed project on “Barriers for the introduction of circular economy and sustainable resource management”. As Managing Director of DAKOFA, Mr. Ole Morten Petersen will present general trends seen within the implementation of the circular economy in the EU and Denmark. Mr. Petersen has been involved in waste management since 1993 and has worked for inter-municipal waste treatment companies and organizations, as well as a consultant.
Philip White researches environmentally sustainable design and the circular economy as associate professor of industrial design in the Design School and senior sustainability scientist in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He co-authored the textbooks Okala Practitioner: Integrating Ecological Design, 2013, and Environmental Life Cycle Assessment: Measuring the Environmental Impacts of Products, 2014. His recent circular economy work includes Designing Durability: Emerging Opportunities, 2017. Mr. White designed award winning product systems for many companies, including Dutch Royal Philips, Matsushita, Intel and Labtech.
Antonis Mavropoulos is a Chemical Engineer and he holds an Advanced Management degree from IESE Business School. He has been involved to waste management since 1994. He has completed more than 150 projects in 15 different countries and he has worked as an Associated Researcher of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is the author of several scientific and technical papers dedicated to different waste management issues, especially to regional planning, risk assessment, landfill design and treatment issues. He also curates the blog Wasteless Future.