One day event



Friday, January 15, 2016

The Hellenic Waste to Energy Research & Technology Council (SYNERGEIA) – which is the Greek branch of the International Network of Energy Research of University of Columbia – Earth Engineering Center – organized on Friday 15.01.2016 in collaboration with NTUA.

The conference was addressed by the Alternate Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. John Tsironis, who noted that the Waste to Energy Research Technologies are part of alternative technologies and should be taken into account in the integrated planning within the National Planning and that the state will take them under serious consideration. Moreover, within the hierarchy of priorities that are imposed by the European law framework on waste, the recovery of materials is preceded through all possible types of recycling and at the same time all options of alternative energy applications are examined.

Mr. Evangelos Kapetanios, the General Secretariat of Waste Management Coordination of the Greek Ministry of Interior- Administrative Reform and e-Governance, mentioned the necessity of relevant technologies as a key part for the waste exploitation planning possibilities in the production of significant quantities of electricity and heat within the circular economy concept.

The President of the Hellenic Waste to Energy Research & Technology Council (SYNERGEIA), Assist. Professor NTUA Konstantinos Aravossis, briefly presented the alternative energy exploitation technologies involving the use of biogas from anaerobic digestion and landfills, production of alternative fuels from waste and thermal methods and came up with concrete proposals for our country.

Nick Themelis, Emer. Professor of Columbia University, Earth Engineering Center, founder of WTERT Council presented a variety of best practices from international experience while the Adjunct Professor, Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University Manager, Earth Engineering Centre/ Global WTERT-Council, Athanasios C. Bourtsalas presented the implementation of the sustainable waste management systems in England.

Other Academics and scientists presented alternative energy technologies and their individual characteristics.

The conference concluded with a Round Table event with the participation of academics and representatives of scientific and professional bodies, where they discussed the present and future of waste management in Greece and the sector’s potential development.

The speakers’ presentations and additional information on the conference are posted on the website of the National Council Waste to Energy Research at the following link:

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