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Fourth Industrial Revolution - pollution and waste management technologies to go on show in Johannesburg

Waste to Energy programmes, the subject of growing international and South African focus, will be a key topic of discussion during workshops alongside an upcoming pollution and waste technology exhibition in Johannesburg.

Pollution and Waste Technology Africa, to be staged at the Ticketpro Dome in June this year, will showcase the latest pollution and waste management technologies on the market. Workshops alongside the exhibition, themed around the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will have a key focus on Waste to Energy challenges and opportunities in South Africa.

This fast-emerging area of environmental and waste management grew to a global market size of over $20 billion by 2015, and the thermal Waste to Energy market alone is expected to top $29 billion by 2023, according to research by Global Market Insights.

This growth is driven by environmental factors, challenges in managing proliferating waste volumes, and renewable energy directives from governments around the world. In South Africa, the government’s focus on environmental initiatives and renewable energy sources has driven an increased focus on Waste to Energy. Recently, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced a $4.22 million worth Waste to Energy project in Pretoria, and the City of Cape Town officially opened a R400m Waste to Energy conversion plant in Athlone.

“Waste to Energy technologies present solutions to a number of challenges we face today,” says Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions, organisers of Pollution and Waste Technology Africa.

“However, optimising the potential of Waste to Energy and improving waste management in general, demands collaboration from all stakeholders. For example, infrastructure and architecture, from which 40% of all pollution is generated, must contribute to the discussion on new design models, technologies and materials, so that the entire value chain contributes to finding solutions to environmental challenges.

The Pollution and Waste Technology Africa pavilion and workshops will serve as a platform to bring together stakeholders from across public and private sector, in the academic, scientific, health and safety, engineering, environmental, water and waste management sectors, to discover the new methodologies and technologies for waste management in South Africa.”

Pollution and Waste Technology Africa, to be co-located with Africa Automation Fair 2017 and the Connected Industries conference, will address the latest developments around Waste to Energy plans among its conference and workshop topics. Other key issues to come under discussion will be technologies to address air pollution, e-waste: the fastest-growing waste stream, innovations in air quality monitoring and digital solutions for waste management. The exhibition will showcase energy, environmental, waste and water systems, risk assessment and management solutions, smart cities technology and more.

The event will be attended by a broad range of stakeholders, including engineers, technology developers, manufacturers, local authorities and utilities, medical stakeholders, researchers and educational stakeholders, and professionals in the pollution, energy, water, waste and environmental industries.

Pollution and Waste Technology Africa, Africa Automation Fair 2017 and the Connected Industries conference will be held from 6-8 June 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in North Riding, Johannesburg.

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