Few days to IBSCE 2017 in Shanghai!

A common pathway towards a sustainable future

The IBSCE is a leading international platform for the promotion of bioenergy as a valuable economic source in Asia and beyond.

The Conference Programme will address topics from biogas and bio-natural gas processes and technologies to biofuels and biomaterials systems, from the development of new sustainable strategies for organic waste and residues conversion to the integration of more efficient technologies.

One of the most relevant topic of IBSCE 2017 will be the valorisation of organic waste which represents a crucial challenge for all countries.

By 2050, it is estimated that the Earth’s population will top 9 billion. This growing population will undeniably stress our food systems, natural resources, and ecosystems and the world regions are all presenting their own different development strategies accordingly. The whole food industry sector, including vegetables and meat production sector, food processing industries, citizens’ food consumption, is responsible for the generation of an impressive amount of organic solid and liquid waste, of which more than half is wasted.

More than 269 MTOE of organic residues, including agriculture, forests and food are wasted every year in Europe, of which 88 million tons of food are wasted every year, with a cost of 150 billion $. Additionally, there is the huge volume of sludge, which is estimated at 10 million tons of dry solids per year, of which 40% is spread (often without control) on land for agricultural use.

China is leaving the same challenge: more than 100 million tons of agricultural residues, and over 110 million tons of municipal food are wasted every year in the country, representing $32 billion thrown away every year. Meanwhile, 128 million Chinese live below the poverty line, and often lack sufficient food. In parallel, the total sludge production in China accounts to about 11 million dry tons per year.

A similar situation can be found in the United States. In the U.S.A., over 52,4 million tons of food is wasted every year, and an additional 10,1 million tons remains unharvested at farms, for a total of 63 million tons. The country spends over $218 billion – 1.3% of GDP – growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten. In parallel, United States municipal wastewater treatment plants produce about 8-9 million tons of dry solids per year.

According to the above estimations, Europe, China and USA produce alone more than 400 million tons of organic waste, spending around 300 billion $ for this material disposal and transportation infrastructures.

More information: www.ibsce.com

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