Singapore National Environment Agency to Co-host Global Conference on Prospects and Challenges of Waste Management in Asia

This article is a News Release from the National Environment Agency.

Singapore, 13 October 2008 – The Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) will co-host an international conference next month to discuss prospects and challenges of solid waste management in Asia, and the emerging technologies and good practices to address these challenges.

The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Congress 2008 is an annual meeting that gathers leading chief executives from the waste sector, government officials, experts and representatives of community organisations from around the world to share knowledge and experiences of sustainable waste management.

The meeting in Singapore will be staged at Suntec City from 3-6 November 2008 and is co-organised by NEA, ISWA and Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS). Over 800 delegates from more than 60 countries and territories are expected to attend the event.

On the upcoming congress, NEA’s Chief Executive Officer Lee Yuen Hee says: “Waste is often seen as an inevitable and unwanted outcome of growth and development, and it is all too tempting to simply find a big hole somewhere remote to bury the waste. But if we look at waste as a misplaced resource, then the possibilities to reduce waste or even to eliminate waste nearly completely is indeed tremendous.”

“We are striving to bring together and showcase in this congress and exhibition, many possibilities to be resource efficient and minimise the production of misplaced resource. This would be the waste industry’s contribution to a more sustainable world.”

Also speaking ahead of the conference, WMRAS’s Vice Chairman Gerd Harald Kloeden adds: “As a leading environmental hub in Southeast Asia, Singapore is an ideal location to host this conference that will showcase and discuss the newest technologies and trends for keeping our environment clean and for conserving our resources.”

The event in Singapore marks the first time the congress will be held in Southeast Asia. This year’s theme is “East Meets Waste” and will focus on challenges Asian cities face in dealing with waste management as they urbanise and grow their economy.

Some of the key issues to be discussed include carbon credits from waste management projects, viability of landfills as a waste management solution, new technologies to convert waste into renewable energy source, emerging disease and antibiotic resistance related to livestock waste in Asia, and the reduction and recycling of packaging waste.

At the event, NEA will be holding the inaugural 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) Packaging Awards. The latter will be given away by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, who will also deliver the opening address at the congress.

Other key speakers at the meeting include Sandra Cointreau, Senior Solid Waste Management Advisor to World Bank, Sylvie Lemmet, Director of Technology, Industry and Economics, United Nations Environment Programme, Lee Yuen Hee, CEO of NEA, Dr John Keung, CEO of the Building and Construction Authority, and Goh Chye Boon, CEO of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City.

Singapore and foreign companies in the waste management sector will also be taking part in an exhibition that is held in conjunction with the congress. They include Goldbell, Sembcorp, Keppel Seghers, LHT Holdings, Mercedes-Benz, Caterpillar, Sulo, Veolia and FAUN.

For conference registration, visit http://www.iswa2008.org/iswa/website/mediaform.asp (media), or http://www.iswa2008.org/iswa/website/regform.asp (non-media).

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