Venice 2008 - Second International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste (VENICE 2008)

Venue: CINI Foundation

Location: Venice, Italy

Event Date/Time: Nov 17, 2008 End Date/Time: Nov 20, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 28, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Jul 15, 2008
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The production of energy from alternative sources represents one of the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society.
Accordingly, numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards the production of energy by means of biological, chemical and thermal processes. Further to meeting the need for alternative sources of energy, in modern integrated waste management scenarios the waste-to-energy process allows the cycle to be closed. Existing biomass and waste to energy technologies are currently undergoing rapid development: processes are being optimised and new ideas for technical application proposed. Despite the growing interest in the use of these technologies, in many countries their implementation remains limited, chiefly due to reasons other than those of a technical and economical nature (i.e. scarce public acceptance, negative past experiences, insufficient knowledge, to mention but a few).
The aim of the Venice 2008 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion on relevant aspects such as:

reliability of processes and technologies,
- full scale applicability of new processes,
- technical and economical optimization,
- improvement of energy balance,
- environmental impact and potential health effects,
- information and education,
- selection of the appropriate process for the specific situation,
- adaptation of technologies to different geographical and cultural situations.
The programme of the Symposium will last four days and will include oral sessions, a poster session and a small exhibition by companies working in the field.
The Symposium is organized by IWWG and CISA, with the scientific support of the Universities of Dresden, Hamburg and Padua. IWWG (International Waste Working Group, is a registered not-for-profit organisation aiming to provide an intellectual platform to encourage and support integrated and sustainable waste management and to promote practical scientific development in the field. The group was conceived in 2002 as a think tank, whose work would be based on scientific principles oriented towards practical application. The IWWG is structured in such a way as to allow it to focus on a range of subjects, to react promptly to problems in the field, and to communicate efficiently within the professional community. The official journal of IWWG, Waste Management, published by Elsevier, has the highest impact factor in the field. Among the activities of IWWG is the organization of Sardinia Symposium together with CISA (further information on the website, in cooperation with the Universities of Hamburg and Padua.