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Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Application of Waste-to-Energy in Asian Region
22-23 February 2018
Busan, Republic of Korea

Day One - 22 February 2018
Opening Session
Session 1: Sustainable Waste Management in the Context of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement
Session 2 : Eco-Friendly Approaches towards Waste and Biomass-to-energy Conversion
Session 3 : Country Presentations

    Facilitator: Prof. Jin-Do Chung, Hoseo University

    Participating countries and presenters
  • Thailand: Dr. Somrat Kerdsuwan, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok
  • Vietnam: Dr. Nguyen Sy Linh, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment)
  • Myanmar: Dr. Hla Toe, Ministry of Education (Pray University)
  • Malaysia: Prof. Mohd Ali Hassan, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Indonesia: Dr. Fadjar Goembira, Andalas University
  • Philippines: Dr. Ofero Caparino, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization
  • Pakistan: Mr. Wasim Udin Ghauri, Asian Institute for Environmental Research and Energy
  • Korea: Dr. Young-Sam Yoon, National Institute of Environmental Research
  • China: Prof. Yong Chi, Zhejiang University
  • Japan: Prof. Katsuya Kawamoto, Okayama University

Day Two - 23 February 2018
Session 4 : Technology Development and International Cooperation
Session 5 : Conclusion

    Facilitator: Dr. Seong-Suk Seo, TS Environmental Technology Institute

  • EGM Forum summary - Jong In Dong, KAECE
  • EGM Forum closing remark - Eunhae Jeong, UNOSD
Session 6: Technical Visit
    This session will provide a chance to visit waste-to-energy facilities in the Metropolitan Busan area. The plant encompasses a high-efficiency energy conversion process and an optimised air pollution control system, which is connected with another municipal sewage treatment plant.

    Facilitator: Okhyun Yang, UNOSD

  • Visiting Facility: Haewunhae Resource Recovery Facility, Haewundae District, Busan

Waste-to-Energy has high potential for providing renewable energy sources as well as managing waste and biomass in an environmentally sound manner, consequently contributing to achieving the SDGs and the Paris Agreement in the Asian region. This region is experiencing a significant increase of waste as well as a soaring demand for energy and other resources due to its rapid economic growth.

Although waste-to-energy has a great deal of potential in achieving several SDGs such as goal 6 (Water), goal 7 (Energy), goal 11 (Cities), Goal 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), Goal 13 (Climate Change), there are common obstacles and challenges in applying these approaches. Lack of understanding and coordination among different sectors often impede a successful and sustainable application of waste-to-energy approaches in the real world. Enhanced understanding of linkages among waste, renewable energy and climate change will pave the way for more feasible and practical solutions of waste management and climate change mitigation while securing a safe and healthy environment for sustainable, resilient and safe societies.

This EGM was a platform for discussions on common challenges and opportunities of waste-to-energy approaches focusing mainly on Southeast and East Asia. This meeting contributed to capacity building to participating countries and organizations in planning and implementing integration of waste management, energy production and climate change mitigation to ensure environmental quality, economic feasibility and social acceptance. Participants could share their experiences as well as the results from cutting edge research on this issue.


2018 Programme

Additional Information

2018 Information Note (Updated as of 12 February 2018)

List of Participants (Updated as of 26 February 2018)

Accommodation Form for Novotel Ambassador Busan

The EGM is organized by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) of UN DESA in partnership with the Ministry of Environment Korea, Korea Association of Energy, Climate Change and Environment and Busan Tourism Organization.
Pictures from the event can be found here.

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