Re ECF Project: 2013-24

Project Title: International Conference on Solid Waste 2015: Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Resource Management

Applicant: Prof. Jonathan W C WONG of The Hong Kong Baptist University

Total Approved Grant: $400,000 or 70% of the total actual expenditure, whichever will be less.

Duration: 25/8/2014 to 30/6/2015

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

This conference deliberated various issues related to integrating the sustainability in waste treatment technologies, waste management strategies and policy issues with the purpose of combating environmental deterioration from the waste perspectives. The major objectives included:

  1. the strategies, planning and regulatory guidance that would facilitate sustainable waste management;
  2. sustainable technological developments that would facilitate resource recovery from waste and the reduction of carbon emission during waste treatment; and
  3. potential interaction among the various stakeholders from academia, industries, governments for successful resource recovery programmes.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
The five-day conference focused on providing a platform for the exchange of recent advancements pertaining to solid waste management. It attracted over 506 delegates from 36 countries across Asia, Europe, America, Australia and Africa. In addition, over 333 additional participants attended the Public Session on Recyclers’ Forum. Delegates represented academics, professionals, government officials and general public; and the deliberations over many sessions were vibrant. Crucial information of what was available and required as influenced by the current and expected policy changes were discussed actively. There were 38 platform sessions run in 4 parallel sessions under 15 different topics from policy, technology, management and climate change; intermittent and relevant keynote sessions presented the state of the art situation and knowledge gaps that was attended by all the delegates. In total 12 keynote, and 150 platform presentations were made in these sessions. A continuous poster session that delivered 174 poster presentations provided opportunity for researchers to report their work. Two pre-conference workshops on Food Waste Management and Advanced Thermal Technology provided key information about food waste prevention strategies and waste treatment solutions as well as how thermal technologies could be used to utilize solid waste for energy production. Technical field visits provided the state of Hong Kong recycling industries and landfill management and potential feedback were exchanged during the visits. Finally, the representatives from the Asia-Pacific region discussed the developments and decided the course of action of the ‘Asia-Pacific Association for the Sustainable Solid Waste Management’ formed during ICSWHK2013.