AIR TALKS 2024: A Global Summit Spotlights Odour Management in Waste to Energy Sector

   The AIR TALKS 2024, organized by the Clean Air Society for Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) is one more year here. This online global event will bring together over 50 speakers from 13 countries from February 19 to March 1. This time there will be a chapter dealing with odour management with a special focus on the odour challenges of Waste to Energy (WtE) facilities that will take place online on February 23. 

   Waste to Energy (WtE) stands as an evolving technology offering sustainable solutions to waste management and energy production. In Australia, the adoption of WtE technologies is gaining traction due to its potential to address waste-related issues and contribute to renewable energy targets. However, the management of odour emissions from WtE facilities emerges as a crucial aspect to address for sustainable waste management and community well-being. That is why the Odour Special Interest Group (SIG) of CASANZ is organizing an special session on this topic.

   The Odour Section scheduled for Friday, February 23, from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm AEDT. This session has the title "The Intensification of the Waste to Energy Sector in Australia – Understanding Its Odour Impact and Management."

   The AIR TALKS 2024 Odour Section boasts an impressive lineup of speakers, each bringing a wealth of expertise to the forefront of discussions on waste to energy and odour management. Here's a glimpse into the diverse presentations that promise to enrich the audience's understanding:

  1. "Anaerobic digestion waste to energy and odours – The fundamentals and what we need to know"

    • Presenter: Dr. Ruth Fisher, Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia.
  2. "Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants in Europe, the main odour sources and how they are managed in practice ie, air pollution control systems, current proposed emission limits in Australia and regulatory framework in NSW"

    • Presenter: David Gamble, Waste Infrastructure/Principal, GHD, Australia.
  3. "Odour management strategies for WtE"

    • Presenter: Shaun Rainford, Resource and Waste Management Lead & Global Skills Leader, ARUP, Australia.
  4. "Community engagement/planning expert to assist with regulatory framework in NSW and community engagement/communication"

    • Presenter: Sofie Mason-Jones, Regional Market Leader, GHD, Australia.
  5. "Shared lessons learned from operating food waste to energy anaerobic digester facility in Australia"

    • Presenter: James Downs, Construction and Compliance Manager, Hanson, Australia.

This great lineup ensures a comprehensive exploration of key aspects, including the fundamentals of anaerobic digestion waste to energy, management practices in WtE plants in Europe, effective odour management strategies, community engagement in regulatory frameworks, and practical insights from operating a food waste to energy facility in Australia. The diverse perspectives presented by these experts promise to make the Odour Section of AIR TALKS 2024 a rich and insightful experience for all attendees.

   To learn more about this event, visit the website here. If the time difference is not suited for you, mind that the sessions are recorded and accessible for some months. The cost for this event is as little as $120 for the Odour SIG section.


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Carlos is the editor-chief of and has been in the odour world since 2001. Since then, Carlos has attended over 90 conferences in odour management, both national and international and authored a few papers on the subject. He has also organized a few international meetings and courses. Carlos owns a small company named Ambiente et Odora (AEO). He spends his free time with his wife and his twins, Laura and Daniel, and of course, writing on

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