| Monday 28th Sept |
Planning for the New Green Deal
|15.00 -17.00||Welcome Address to Festival|
Irelands New Waste Policy
Eamonn Ryan T.D. Minister for Climate Action, Communication Network and Transport
The European Green Deal – Stepping up Climate Action in Times of Covid Recovery
The presentation will also include the opportunities/challenges arising for the bioeconomy/circular economy and the farm to fork strategy.
Dr. Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, Directorate General for Climate Action, European Comission
Food Waste Recycling Project– the Results
The food waste recycling project is an initiative of key stakeholders. The group designed four trials to see the effectiveness, cost and logistics to providing householders with no door-to-door education. Instead householder were provided with kitchen caddy, a supply of paper liners, a sticker on what goes in the food waste bin, an information leaflet and a sticker on the residual bin ‘no food waste please’.
Pauline McDonagh, Southern Waste Region, Ireland.
BIOPOST Research Project
Prof Ramesh Babu, Trinity College Dublin
| Tuesday 29th Sept |
Soil Health & New Market Opportunities in New Green Deal
|15.00 -17.00||ReNu2 Farm|
This EU funded project specifically looks at recycling derived fertilisers such as compost and digestate and getting farmers to be more open to using them. The project is about closing the nutrient cycle and the circular economy in action. Part of this project involved at survey of 1200 farmer throughout Europe, including 140 from Ireland, on what they would like to see from these types of fertilisers.
Dr. Niamh Power, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
The Comparative Public and Animal Health Risks Associated with Spreading Digestate, Animal Manures and Slurry on Land
This research investigated the prevalence and survival of infectious agents during commercial anaerobic digestion processes and following landspreading of digestate.
Stephen Nolan, NUI Galway / Green Generation
Why Regenerative Agriculture Needs Organics
The importance of recycled organics in regenerative agriculture needs to be understood by waste collectors and processors, but also by climate strategists and more importantly Governments.
Prof Sally Brown, University of Washington, America
Case Study: Growing the Organic Industry in Ireland
In a progressive and innovative venture Bord na Móna have set up an organic medicinal herb business, growing specialist plants on 40 hectares for this European based industry. With 54,000 hectares of land in organic conversation, and 2,200 hectares already certified, Bord na Mona will be one of the largest organic landholders in Europe. This presentation details Bord na Mona’s transition to a more sustainable low carbon business, and the processes, markets and customers associated with the medicinal herbs business.
Dr. Dearbháil Ní Chualáin, Bord na Mona, Ireland
| Wednesday 30th Sept|
Virtual Tours of Compost & Biogas Plants
|15.00 -17.00||Globetrotting with GORE® Cover - Parcourir le globe grâce à la protection des produits GORE®|
We will begin our tour in Europe, the birthplace of GORE® Cover technology. Then head to Asia to look at cold climate composting in Siberian Russia and mega facilities in China. Proceeding down under to Australia and New Zealand, we will then track back up to the Middle East and North Africa with a stopover to look at developing projects in South America. We’ll end the tour in North America, showing our latest projects in California using off-grid power, ending in Canada.
Brian Fuchs, WL Gore
With WELTEC BIOPOWER, we will be visiting Lanes Farm Energy, a biomethane plant in Yorkshire UK. The plant is designed to convert c80,000tpa of food and agri wastes to upgraded biomethane for gas grid injection. The designed output is 870 Nm3/h biomethane to grid, enough to power over 9600 UK homes on an ongoing basis. All digestate is pasteurized to UK and EU ABPR Standards, separated into solid and liquid fractions and returned to agricultural land.
Kevin Monson, Weltec BioPower (UK) Ltd.
Pioneers in the business of composting since 1979, Englobe operates a network of facilities in Quebec, processing over 150,000 tonnes of organic residuals – ranging from leaf & yard and food leftovers to wastewater biosolids and agri-food remains annually. The soil enhancement products produced are CQA-certified and sold as compost, topsoil blends and other soil mixes into the horticultural and agricultural markets. Join us for a tour of the their operations at Englobe’s composting facility in St-Henri, Québec.
Serge Loubier, Englobe Corp.
The Calgary Composting Facility is the largest of its kind in Canada. The facility is owned by The City of Calgary and operated by AIM Environmental Group.
The facility processes upwards of 145,400 tonnes of organics residuals annually, sourced from Calgary’s residential food and yard waste collection program in addition to the dewatered biosolids from the City’s wastewater treatment process. The high quality, CQA-certified, compost produced is provided back to Calgary’s residents as well as sold into the local agricultural and landscaping markets.
Ken Kielly, AIM Calgary
On-Siite & Composting in Quebec
Supported with the BROME composting system, we will be visiting three initiatives across the Province of Quebec :
Delfland inc. grow carrots, lettuce, radishes, onions and shallots on 1200 acres with the residuals being managed on-site, supported through the PRIME-VERT subsidy program offered by the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ).
Municipality of Landrienne – A collaboration between four small communities (pop. 3524) that share one compost site.
Abitibiwinni First Nation -This Algonquin community in the Abitibi region of Quebec has operated their on-site compost operation at their ecocentre since November 2018. The finished compost, cured post treatment, is used in their community garden. Residues from hunting are also included among their feedstocks.
Paul Larouche and Travis Ahearn, Brome Compost
The Bow Valley Waste Management Commission operates a windrow composting site at its Francis Cooke Regional Landfill & Resource Recovery Centre in Alberta. The site accepts leaf and yard materials from its municipal co-owners: The Town of Banff, Municipal District of Bighorn and Town of Canmore as well as Banff National Park. The finished, CQA-certified compost is blended and sold as topsoil.
Peter Duck, Bow Valley Waste Management Commission
|17.30 to 19.30||Wed 30th |
Soil – The Essence of Life on our Planet
“Without soil, there is no life, and without life there is no soil; they have evolved together. The goal is to produce more with less, and in order to manage the soil more sustainably, we must apply ancestral wisdom combined with modern knowledge.”
Dr. Rattan Lal
• Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Goodwill Ambassador
• IICA Chair in Soil Science
• Professor of Soil Sciences & Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at
Ohio State University
• Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007
• Winner of the World Food Prize 2020
Rattan Lal is an Indian soil scientist. His work focuses on the potential of soils to help resolve global issues such as climate change, food security and water quality.
He was awarded the 2019 Japan Prize 'for the sustainable soil management for global food security and mitigation of climate change.'
The Nobel Peace prize Al Gore won in 2007 was shared with all 500 members of the IPCC who worked to develop the data that has provided the foundations of our understanding of climate change, and Dr. Lal was one of those 500.
On June 11, 2020, Professor Lal was named the recipient of the prestigious World Food Prize-2020. His research diverged from the conventional 1970s soil fertility strategy of heavy reliance on commercial fertilizers. His research led a better understanding of how no-till farming, cover crops, crop residues, mulching, and agroforestry can restore degraded soils, increasing organic matter by sequestering atmospheric carbon in the soil, and help combat rising carbon dioxide levels in the air
| Thursday 1st Oct |
|15.00 -17.00||Biogas Done Right in Italy|
Many believe that there is no way to produce organic carbon for bioenergy without harming the environment directly or indirectly on food and feed availability. However with today’s technology integrating biogas production, sequential cropping and precision farming we can produce CHG neutral or even GHG negative bioenergy while capturing and sequestering carbon without limiting food production with a low risk of indirect land use change. The concept called Biogas Done Right has been proven by Italian farmers motivated by the Italian Biogas Association. Italy has the second highest number of biogas plants in Europe. In 2018, the market has been incentivised to use biomethane in the transport sector.
Lorenzo Maggioni, Consorzio Italiano Biogas
Huntstown Bioenergy Biogas Plant Overview
The €50 million Huntstown Bioenergy Plant is an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant which converts organic waste, such as food waste, into a methane rich biogas which is then uses to generate renewable electricity and heat. The electricity is exported to the grid. The heat is used in the process and to heat the offices. The 4.8MW/hr bioenergy plant, located adjacent to the two existing Energia power stations in North Dublin, is able to process up to 90,000 tonnes per year of organic waste from the Greater Dublin area.
Dr. Stephen Wise, Bioenergy Director, Energia
Anaerobic Digestion of Poultry Litter at the Tully Biogas Plant
The Tully Biogas Plant, located near Ballymena in Northern Ireland, is a facility that generates renewable energy from poultry litter as the sole feedstock using an innovative combination of anaerobic digestion and nitrogen stripping technology. With a construction cost of £23 million, the biogas plant processes up to 40,000 tonnes of locally sourced poultry litter each year and generates 3MW of renewable electricity, enough to power 4,000 homes. Whilst other biogas plants utilise poultry litter as a feedstock, the Tully Plant is one of the first facilities in the world to operate exclusively on this feedstock source, helping address the challenge of managing litter in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.
Morgan Burke, Director of Development & Operations, Stream BioEnergy
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