COMMUNITY PRESENTED WITH A PROJECT TO PRODUCE ENERGY FROM WASTE
THE SEMINAR WAS PART OF THE "IMPLEMENTATION OF A PILOT PLANT FOR WASTE-TO-ENERGY AND FIREWOOD DRYING" PROJECT.
July 22, 2016
The Department of Engineering organized the "Energy, Environment and Community: Comprehensive Management and Waste Energy Recovery " seminar, held at the Extension and Outreach Center, in Talca, to bring the community closer to issues related to sustainability, the new recycling policies and other projects related to this matter.
The meeting - attended by about 200 people - is part of the dissemination activities of the "Implementation of a Pilot Plant for Waste-to-Energy and Firewood Drying” project carried out by professors from this academic unit with the support of the Maule Regional Government, through the Competitiveness Innovation Fund (FIC-R, in Spanish).
The implementation includes the installation of a small power plant on the Curicó Campus, where waste will be used for combustion in a controlled and sustainable way to generate electricity and heat. "This initiative helps the community to be informed about how to reuse waste and transform it into power. This kind of plants is used successfully in Northern Europe and Japan and we believe it may be an alternative in our area, especially in the agro-industrial sector and to municipalities, too" said Professor Johan Guzmán, Director of the project.
The work being done in this regard is part of one of the strategic lines developed by the University, which participates in the clean production agreement to generate sustainable campuses.
One of the speakers was the Regional Deputy Energy Secretary for the Maule Region, Vicente Marinkovic, who spoke about the need of bring these issues closer to the communities. "We believe that in any energy initiative, whatever the generating ways, one should begin by talking with local communities and taking their suggestions, which are often valid, to improve and have projects that are wanted and accepted by the community," said Marinkovic, along with highlighting the importance of the project carried out by the UTALCA.
Subsequently, Jacqueline Moraga, National Coordinator for the Recycling Promotion Law, from the Government Department of the Environment, explained the operation of this new policy.
For his part, Professor Guzman talked about the project he leads and the event concluded with the presentation by Economist, and former presidential candidate, Alfredo Sfeir, who analyzed "The Economy of Waste and the Waste of the Economy: Cities of the 21st Century".
Sfeir stated, among other matters, the need to create a policy that includes incentives so that there is a real reduction of waste production in the country, beyond what the Recycling Promotion Law says. In addition, he expressed the importance of introducing a change in the model, where the most important thing is not to rise a point on the Gross Domestic Product of the country, but where there is a balance between humans and the Nature.
"There should be a welfare policy in the cities today, and that means, among other things, zero tolerance to waste and in order to have this, we should have laws that encourage its reduction", said the Economist.
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