Ricardo Energy & Environment joins global waste management experts in South Africa

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s Practice Director for waste and resource efficiency Dr Adam Read will join global waste management experts to address the IEA Bioenergy executive committee in South Africa tomorrow (May 21 2013).

IEA Bioenergy was set up by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment.

Dr Read will open the final session of IEA Bioenergy’s workshop on energy from waste and lead the discussion on waste management best practice in low and medium income countries. The workshop is part of IEA Bioenergy’s executive committee ‘EXCO71’ meeting in Cape Town.

IEA Bioenenergy’s chairman Birger Kerekow, will introduce the workshop. This will be followed by waste management experts from across the world offering their insights into the current status and future of sustainable waste management to the 28 member states which make up IEA Bionergy’s executive committee. Key topics of discussion include: the status and future of municipal waste management in South Africa, an overview of incineration technologies and how to encourage worldwide sustainable waste management.

Dr Read said: 

“This is the first time that the IEA Bioenergy’s executive committee is meeting in Africa, so it’s a milestone in the organisation’s history. Their decision to make energy from waste a priority during their meeting demonstrates the growing importance of waste management in South Africa’s economic development.”



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Leading environmental consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has grown by around 20 percent in Scotland over the past year.
Ricardo Energy & Environment is currently working on a number of projects in Scotland across resource efficiency, carbon management, renewables and air quality. A major area of focus at present is supporting the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland in moving Scotland towards a zero waste economy and in particular providing support to SMEs to realise the substantial economic benefits available through resource efficiency.
Leadership by the Scottish government in important policy areas such as resource efficiency and the development of the Low Carbon Economic Strategy intends to increase the value of the low carbon goods and services sector to more than 10 percent of the Scottish economy by 2015, creating 60,000 green jobs. The Low Carbon Economic Strategy also aims to encourage Scottish companies to exploit commercial opportunities.
Jamie Pitcairn, director of Ricardo Energy & Environment in Scotland said: “The growth of Ricardo Energy & Environment in Scotland is a direct result of the country’s ambitious targets, supported by the policies and practical leadership of the Scottish government. We look forward to supporting both government agencies and the private sector in realizing the potential for a low carbon Scot