The Story Behind Waste Incineration in China
- 06-05-2015 19:30 - 21:00
- Penghao Theatre, Beijing
This talk will provide an overview of China’s sanitation, recycling and waste incineration situation, and introduce current problems with management of sanitation and mixed waste, and the continuous strain on the recycling sector.
Based on years of field visits, research, and intervention against pollution caused by improper disposal, Liwen will explain the impacts that waste incineration has on the environment and communities, China’s current waste incineration situation, the green energy industry, and waste management’s stumbles and hurdles. Liwen will draw from her extensive experience in waste issues in Beijing before the construction of incinerators to elaborate on today’s waste disposal facilities and the lack of information disclosure and public participation. The talk will include suggestions on how China can build an effective waste management system and incorporate public participation into the waste management system to address mixed waste management issues.
About the Speaker:
Liwen Chen has been working on waste issues since 2009, and is currently the Director of the Solid Waste Program at Nature University, a Beijing based Chinese environmental NGO that focuses on conservation and pollution intervention. She started working at Nature University in 2010, and has been researching recycling issues and providing services for communities impacted by pollution from incineration, landfills, open burning and open dumping. To do this, she has worked with lawyers, other organizations, environmental health scholars, journalists, etc. and visited over 20 incinerators and impacted communities all over China. Liwen’s extensive on-the-ground experience gives her a clear understanding of the impact that incineration has on the environment and communities.
Since 2010, she has visited all areas in Beijing where recycling sector work takes place and communities are involved in source separation.Liwen and her colleagues are pushing for environmental information disclosure and public participation in sound waste management, defined as zero waste, not incineration.
30 RMB at the door, which covers a free drink. A menu is available for additional food and drink.
About BEN & BEER:
The Beijing Energy Network (BEN) is a grassroots organization with a mission of promoting knowledge sharing, networking, and collaboration in understanding and tackling China’s energy and environmental challenges among individuals and organizations from diverse sectors such as government, finance, industry, media, advocacy,think tanks and academia. The flagship activity of BEN is the Beijing Energy & Environmental Roundtable (BEER), an approximately twice-monthly happy hour/speaker series. BEER events are free or low cost and open to all with no RSVP necessary. Please note, we ask that our speaker's remarks remain off there cord unless they otherwise grant permission.
This is not a Green Initiatives-organized event. To register for this event please contact the organizers directly.