Global Organic Resources Congress 2016

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BBIA Managing Director David Newman will be speaking at this year’s Global Organic Resources Congress, a BBIA-supported event taking place in Dublin on 3-4 May.

GORC will bring together stakeholders to discuss the latest commercial and technical developments, challenges and future circular bioeconomy opportunities in the biological treatment of organic resources and the sustainable use of its products.

Organised by Cré (the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland) and the European Compost Network (ECN), GORC is sponsored by BBIA member Novamont, CIC – Italian Composting & Biogas Association, SESA, Irish Environmental Protection Agency & the Irish Tourism Board.

Key Presentations at the event this year will include:

  • A composting facility that traded carbon credits and cashed a cheque for millions.
  • Rather than biogas for use in electricity generation, research has shown that its more profitable to generate biobased plastics.
  • A biogas/compost plant which utilises all its by products, e.g. biomethane injected into the grid, heat exchangers in the compost plant, heat and CO2 used in greenhouses.
  • Experiences in managing the largest biogas and compost plant in Italy – 365,000 tonnes per year.
  • A pilot project which showed that by providing householders with a kitchen caddy, compostable bags and education; the level of  contamination was reduced from 45% to 1% and the quantity of food waste collected was increased.
  • Integration of Biochar production into an existing composting plant.
  • The role of the bioeconomy in the developing European Circular Economy.

Other key speakers include:

  • Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament will speak on the Circular Economy
  • Dr. Jane Gilbert, International Solid Waste Association
  • Hans-Peter Schmidt, Delinat Institute of Ecology and Climate Farming

A full programme of the event can be found on the GORC website or downloaded here.

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