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The Future of Waste
A public dialogue organised by the Club of Amsterdam on November 19th.

What is 'waste'? Waste is the result of production and consumption of material goods. Only a short while ago, waste was simply thrown away or burned. In most economic theories, the absorption capacity of 'the environment' is deemed to be infinite. With 6.5 billion people on the planet earth, we are confronted by the fact that this assumption is blatantly incorrect. As a result, we have no other choice than to rethink 'waste' and treat it as a new type of resource. However, can everything be re-used? Is it possible to just treat waste as a resource? What do we need to do, to do so effectively? If it were simple, wouldn't we have done so long before? During this event, some examples of effective and promising approaches to waste-management are presented.

Exhibition
Waste from Production - Production from Waste by Stefan Lehner, En-Fer Atelier


Speakers and topics are:

Diana den Held
, strategic advisor for Michael Braungart (Cradle to Cradle)
Cradle to Cradle, what to do with it?

Cradle to Cradle (C2C) is a model, developed by Michael Braungart and William McDonough. At a high pace it’s being implemented on a world wide scale. In this model a company is being organised in such a way that the outcome is beneficial for as well the Company, the Environment as Society. The Netherlands take an important place in the implementation of C2C: our country functions as a blue print for the rest of the World. In this lecture, strategist Diana den Held tells about Cradle to Cradle and she will point out a few differences between ‘traditional’ sustainability thinking and the Cradle to Cradle approach. She hopes to inspire you to take (further) steps on the Cradle to Cradle road.

Peter van Zwol, Owner, Solarix - Biodiesel Professionals
Second Generation Biofuels

Peter van Zwol talks about the second generation of Biodiesel, about different and innovative large-scale waste processes (cooking oils, animal fatty substances and biomass/organic waste). The resulting second generation Biodiesel is produced without reallocating food stocks for energy production. What are sustainable technologies for the production of biodiesel, bio-ethanol and bio gas from organic waste?

Bram Kranenburg, Technical Manager, Icopal Benelux
Bitumen End of Life Solutions (BiELSo), recycling of old bituminous roofs and making new roofing materials out of it.

BiELSo is the abbreviation of Bitumen End of Life Solutions. Traditionally, bitumen is made of a non-renewable resource, oil. BiELSo is a process that allows virtually endless recycling and re-use of the bitumen ('raw') materials by harvesting 'old' roofing materials. Additionally, substantial reduction of CO2 is gained. The advantage is that less waste is produced and 'new' oil can be used for other purposes.

John Kuipers, Founder, Sweep - Second Life for Oil
Plastic to Oil

In today’s hectic world we pass through life hastily, and as we do, we use an enormous amount of energy. In that process we create enormous piles of garbage, varying from small candy wrappers to complete dumps with 1000's of tonnes of waste plastic.
John talks about new technologies that convert waste plastic into semi refined oil.

Moderated by John Grüter, Owner, Digital Knowledge
The conference language is English.



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It organises events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publishes findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Its goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society. We currently have more tan 4,200 members globally.

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the future of Waste

Thursday, November 19
, 2009
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15

Location: WTC - World Trade Center, Metropolitan Boardroom of Amsterdam In Business, D tower 12th floor, Strawinskylaan 1, 1077 XW Amsterdam

Full details of the programme can be found at:
http://www.clubofamsterdam.com/event.asp?contentid=803

Supporters are
Amsterdam inbusiness (EZ Amsterdam)
Sustainable Energy Europe (EU)
Qualit Datamatics


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