Water Journal : Water Journal May 2012
conference preview 48 MAY 2012 water Enviro 2012: Integrating Business and the Environment Don't miss Australia's peak environmental and sustainability event Enviro 2012 takes place from July 24--26 at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia. Hosted by AWA and the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) this biennual event aims to bring together leaders of the Australian environment industry, business and policy makers to facilitate cross-fertilisation and networking opportunities across a wide range of areas including waste management, resource recovery, water, energy, climate change, communication, innovation, infrastructure, supply chains and procurement. The breadth and diversity of contributors is designed to cover all aspects of sustainability. This year's event features five technical tours, two workshops and formal openings of the conference and exhibition. Additionally, a panel of keynote speakers underpins the two-and-a-half day conference program. Keynote Speakers Alison Rowe Alison has over 20 years' experience in a range of industries including technology, transport, telecommunications and government. She is the Global Executive Director of Sustainability, Fujitsu and the Non-Executive Director, Environment Victoria. Alison established the sustainability consulting practice for Fujitsu now operating globally, and leads the global community team across the entire organisation. Dr Campbell Gemmell Dr Gemmell is Chief Executive of the Environment Protection Authority, South Australia's independent environment regulator. Before taking up the position in January 2012, Dr Gemmell was Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). He was a member of Scotland's Government Resilience and Emergency Planning Bodies and up to the end of 2011 led Scotland's Environment and Rural Services (SEARS) frontline delivery process, designing and implementing reform of rural delivery service by nine public bodies. Dr Liz Goodwin Dr Goodwin is Chief Executive Officer, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) )UK). She joined WRAP in 2001 as the first Director of Materials Programme. In 2007, she became WRAP's CEO. Since taking over as CEO, the profile of WRAP and the issues of waste and recycling have increased significantly through wide media coverage. Under her leadership, the Courtauld Commitment, involving the major retailers, brands and their supply chains, has been driven forward with the first target of cutting packaging growth achieved. Vaughan Levitzke Under Vaughan's leadership as Chief Executive, Zero Waste SA has developed and delivered grant funding schemes for local government, industry and other stakeholders for infrastructure, recycled product market development, and improvements to recycling and waste collection systems. Some of the state and national firsts/significant initiatives include: • The first State Waste Strategy 2005--2010 for South Australia; • The largest Australian council food waste collection trail, and initiated kerbside performance incentives for food waste collection in councils; • Developed with EPA, the Waste to Resources Environment Protection Policy (EPP), and its implementation. The conference is run concurrently with the Enviro'LIVE Exhibition, which is Australia's peak environmental and sustainability exhibition showcasing the largest display ever of products, technologies and services for the environmental and sustainability sectors. Trade Exhibition Discover the latest ideas, network with the right people and place business by attending the ENVIRO 2012 Trade Exhibition. The Exhibition is free to attend; however, registration for a Trade Visitor Pass is essential. Technical Tours A choice of five technical tours is also available to attendees. These include: Tour 1 -- Barossa Site 1: AMCOR Glass Manufacturing Plant This $140 million glass manufacturing facility incorporates a 196-square-metre furnace and is one of the largest dedicated wine bottle- making furnaces in the world. Site 2: Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre Jacobs Creek's sustainable practices have been recognised with certification as a Climate Action/Business for Ecotourism Australia. Wine tasting will be available along with a tour of the demonstration vineyard. Site 3: Tarac Technologies Key environmental issues that Tarac alleviates through value adding are the disposal and treatment of solid and liquid winemaking residuals; treating over 120,000 tonnes of grape marc, more than 40 million litres of liquid waste and approximately 7,000 tonnes of solid waste annually. Tour 2: CBD Walking Site 1: Adelaide Convention Centre The Adelaide Convention Centre was the first Convention Centre in Australia to be awarded Green Globe Silver Certification. Waste minimisation and energy efficiency have been one of the most successful areas of change. Recent acknowledgments include: 2009 AIPC Innovation Award for Excellence in Convention Centre Management; Eco-Tourism Australia -- Climate Action Innovator Certification; and South Australian Governor's Award for support to Foodbank SA.
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