Workshop sessions


Each workshop contains two presentations from leading experts and an interactive discussion among the participants. The aim of the workshops is to spur in-depth discussion about specific issues relating to the role of Waste-to-Energy in the circular economy. The workshops follow the form below:

The workshops follow the form below:
13:30-14:00 – Speaker 1 + QnA
14:00-14:30 – Speaker 2 + QnA
14:30-15:30 – Interactive discussion session

In order to support knowledge sharing among the participants, the interactive session will take place in groups of 6-8 people who will collaborate in creating a poster containing the outcomes of the discussions. These posters will form the outcome of the workshops.  After the conference, the organisers will draft a short report based on the outcome of the discussion sessions, which will be shared with the relevant people from ISWA, DG Environment as well as the regional policy makers.

Workshop 1 – Citizen attitudes and behaviours (20 people)

Citizen attitudes and behaviours toward waste has a decisive impact on any waste management system. A truly circular economy is only possible if consumers integrate recycling into their daily habits. The aim of this workshop is to share experience about how to engage citizens in waste management practices.

  • Danes’ attitudes and values relating to waste management. – Niels Remtoft, Danish Waste Association
  • Incentivising citizens to recycle – Mervyn Jones,  Sustainable Global Resources Ltd
  • Discussion: How do we best influence citizens to reuse and recycle more?

Workshop 2 – Biogas and organic waste management (30 people) CLOSED FOR BOOKING!

Bio waste will play an important role in the future circular economy. It constitutes a source of renewable biomass, which could be converted into multiple products such as biofuels, chemicals and materials such as plastics and polymers. Furthermore, it represents a great potential for energy production, replacing fossil-based energy. The aim of the workshop is to share experience and ideas about how the organic waste streams can best be valorised and used for material recycling as well as energy purposes.

  • Closing the loop for organic household waste – Lessons learned from the City of Oslo – Nils Finn Lumholdt, Afdelingsdirektør, Biological Treatment at Waste to Energy Agency.
  • Integrated organic resource management at the Billund BioRefinery – Theis Gadegaard, Krüger A/S
  • Discussion: How do we best valorise organic waste?

Workshop 3 – Promoting high quality MSW recycling (30 people)

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the interconnection between energy recovery and material recycling of MSW. A truly circular economy is dependent on high quality secondary raw materials, which can be upcycled into new products. Quality is a central issue. The question is how we best promote high quality recycling of MSW?

  • How does the material recycling sector look at Waste-to-Energy and how might we improve collaboration? Ralf Mittermayr, CMO at Saubermacher 
  • How does the Waste-to-Energy sector work with material recycling? Ole Hedegaard Madsen, Technology Director  fra B&W Vølund
  • Discussion: What is the connection between quality and quantity in recycling of MSW, and how do we promote high quality recycling?

Workshop 4 – Creating impactful collaboration (30 people)

Cross-regional and cross-sectorial collaboration is key to meeting the increasing demand for integrated system solutions. Often, innovative, new business models are an outcome of collaboration between different actors, which have never collaborated before. This workshop brings together leading European cluster organisations, city representatives, private companies, and knowledge institutions in a discussion about how to promote new types of collaboration.

  • Possibilities for cross-regional collaboration within WtE, conclusions from the three-year European project, COOLSWEEP. Marianne Rist-Larsen Reime, Project Director, COOLSWEEP, Oslo Renewable Energy and Environment Cluster (OREEC)
  • Spreading the spirit of waste to value into emerging markets – success and limits, Elmar OffenbacherBioEnergy International
  • Discussion: How do we increase collaboration in waste management across European borders?

Workshop 5 – Integrating Waste-to-Energy in a smart energy system (20 people) CLOSED FOR BOOKING!

WtE can play an important role in the smart energy system of the future, which has to manage energy fluctuations as well as decentralised production. Waste can be used as a source of electricity, district heating and cooling as well as biogas, and thus has the capacity to fill in some of the gaps of the futre smart energy system. This aim of this workshop is to share best practice, ideas and experience across the different sectors regarding the role of waste management in a smart energy system.

  • Waste-to-Energy and district heating – an untapped potential – Anders Dyrelund, Market Director, Energy Planning and Production, Rambøll
  • What is the role of biogas in the smart energy system? – Prof. Maurizio Acciarri, Associate Professor in Physics, Milano-Bicocca Solar Energy Research Center
  • Discussion: How can Waste-to-Energy meet the demand for decentralised local energy production?


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