Support for organising the International Workshop on ‘Technologies for Holistic Waste Management’
GEC organised ‘the International Workshop on Technologies for Holistic Waste Management’, in Osaka between 17 and 19 March 2015. It was jointly hosted by UNEP IETC, UNITAR-CIFAL Jeju International Training Centre (JITC) and GEC with Osaka City’s cooperation. This workshop aimed to promulgate environmentally appropriate technologies for holistic waste management in the Asia-Pacific region. The participants included 63 people, including those who represented national or regional governments in Asia (19 participants from 11 countries and 14 cities), as well as administrative officials from Japan and representatives of international organisations, private companies and universities. Participants exchanged information concerning the introduction and promotion of technologies for holistic waste management in developing countries. Furthermore, they participated in lectures and practical sessions as well as a tour of waste management facilities. As a co-host, GEC engaged in planning and organising the workshop.
|Title||International Workshop on ‘Technologies for Holistic Waste Management’|
|Dates||17–19 March 2015|
|Venue||Hotel New Otani Osaka|
|Hosts||UNEP IETC, UNITAR-CIFAL JITC and GEC|
|Support||Osaka City Government|
|Participants||63 participants, including representatives of administrative bodies (national and regional governments), international organisations, private companies and universities|
|Languages||English and Japanese|
On Day 1, the Director General of the Osaka City Government’s Environmental Bureau, the Director of UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC and of UNEP IETC delivered opening addresses. Keynote lectures were delivered on the subject of national policies regarding holistic waste management and expertise developed in the Kansai district, presented by IETC, MOEJ and Kansai University. In the afternoon session, the Osaka City Government gave a presentation entitled ‘Developing a Low-Carbon City through City-to-City Cooperation’. Representing all participating cities, the participants from Bangkok (Thailand), Kota (India), Vientiane (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) and Penang (Malaysia) presented case studies from their own countries. The session was fruitful, prompting many questions and lively discussions.
IETC led the second day of the workshop, during which participants were introduced to diverse technologies in the fields of power generation based on agricultural waste biomass and e-waste processing. A lecture described the Sustainability Assessment of Technologies (SAT) developed by IETC. The subsequent group session was enthused with active discussions and opinion exchange. Finally, all participants joined in the analytical evaluation of optimal technology. Holistic waste management requires a cross-sectional strategy. With the SAT methodology, people from different specialisations can participate in organising and analysing selection criteria based on an understanding of socio-economic and environmental perspectives to enable the selection of sustainable technology. The participants understood the efficacy of the SAT methodology through this group session.
On the final day, Day 3, facility tours were organised in conjunction with the Kansai Recycling Systems Co., Ltd. and Higashiyodo Incineration Plant of Osaka City Environment Bureau. The party visited a waste management facility with the latest technology. At the Kansai Recycling Systems, the participants attended a lecture on recycling electric household appliances and materials in Japan, followed by a visit to the factory, where they learned regarding the work involved in recycling household appliances. At the Higashiyodo Incineration Plant, they watched a video presentation on incineration and power generation facilities. Then, they visited a series of facilities for the incineration, power generation, exhaust gas treatment and ventilation.
The participants valued this three-day programme, commenting on the informative content, including introductions to a wide range of technologies, as well as the interactive approach to the organisation of the workshop. The workshop proved to be successful in covering the broad topic of holistic waste management, despite its brevity. We expect that this workshop has served as an opportunity to promote the excellent environmental technologies of Osaka, the Kansai district and Japan to the Asia-Pacific region through UNEP IETC’s projects on holistic waste management.