Energizing Waste: Green Drinks September Forum @ Arup
- 11-09-2014 18.30 - 21.00
- Arup Associates, Shanghai
Life without the mountainous landfills where our waste is ultimately disposed is unimaginable. However, during decomposition, these landfills release methane, a greenhouse gas many times more powerful than carbon dioxide and a catalyst of global warming. But, a landfill’s impact can be greatly reduced and even made beneficial with new and effective energy from waste.
The energy from waste concept is already being implemented. Currently, 23% of renewable energy comes from energy from waste facilities. That is the equivalent of 726,000 tons of oil.
In this forum, you will learn about the current innovative and unique initiatives that are being employed or investigated, recognize the advantages and disadvantages of each, and ultimately understand whether the energy to waste practice makes environmental and economic sense, and if yes, who are leading this radical change.
Note: This event is free to everyone who registers, so PLEASE REGISTER below. A token RMB20 will be collected from non-registered guests.
- 18.30 – 19.15: Registrations, Drinks and Networking
- 19.15 – 20.00: Event introduction and speaker presentations
- 20.00 – 20.30: Panel Discussion / Q&A
- 20.30 – 21.00: Drinks & Networking
Subject: Thomas will share large-scale Waste-to-Energy case studies in China, Asia and Africa to show that more than high-tech projects, these are high-organization projects.
Background: Thomas is a French aerospace engineer that decided to go green. His masters’ thesis in Tsinghua University focused on Waste-to-Energy projects. He worked as a sustainability engineer, and then as a senior auditor. He’s currently an Operations Management Consultant in Shanghai, after having worked previously at Michelin, Lafarge, EY and Accenture. He sets up sustainable operations for various sectors including aerospace, automotive, building materials and retail.
On a larger scale, he contributes in finding creative environmental solutions in urban master plans in challenging contexts. He’s a seasoned associate teacher for masters degrees in UK, France and China.
Subject (Presentation will be in Chinese): The paradox of municipal solid waste incineration in China: Governmental support and public opposition
Background: Prof. Zhao is professor at Environmental Engineering Department of College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai. He has authored or co-authored over 118 publications published in internationally recognized journals, and over 370 publications in Chinese journals. The contents of these covered recycling and reuse of wastes, municipal solid waste landfill and incineration, sewage sludge management, contaminated construction and demolition wastes treatment generated at chemical and metallurgical plants, among a few. His current research interests include sewage sludge dewatering and sanitary landfills, deep-shaft aeration of leachate, off-shore incineration, anaerobic digestion of organic wastes for power generation, bio-hydrogen production and recycling of aged refuse in MSW landfill.
'Green Inspiration' Series
Human beings like to consume. We enjoy our favorite products, prefer living in large homes, and are rarely conscientious about our energy and water usage. However, our actions have consequences and every time we consume, our landfills get larger and greenhouse gases are released which adversely affect our planet.
But, there is a solution and it lies in the inspiring green designs in products, packaging, building materials, agriculture, and technologies. These disruptive ideas and technologies pave the way for a more sustainable future by easing our carbon footprint as well as creating new revenue streams and entrepreneurial opportunities.
In this series of Green Initiatives Forums at Arup from July to December, we will take a look at these inspiring breakthroughs in green technology that will lead to a paradigm shift in the way humans decide to purchase products, buy homes, and use their energy. Attendees will gain the knowledge of how they can be involved in this new wave of green technology through business and/or as consumers.