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HKBU hosts Asia-Pacific Conference on Biotechnology for Waste Conversion

23 Dec 2016

Conference participants exchange views and knowledge on integrated biotechnology topics and assess the applicability of advances in biotechnology related to waste conversion
Conference participants exchange views and knowledge on integrated biotechnology topics and assess the applicability of advances in biotechnology related to waste conversion

The HKBU Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment held the Asia-Pacific Conference on Biotechnology for Waste Conversion on campus from 6-8 December. A total of 300 experts and scholars from across the world attended to share information and insights on the advances made in biotechnologies for converting waste into valuable products such as biogas, biofuels, bio-fertilisers and other new biomaterials. 

A total of eight keynote speeches, 23 invited speeches, 49 oral presentations, and 103 posters were presented at the conference. In his keynote speech, Dr Shin Sun-Kyoung, Director General of the Korea National Institute of Environmental Research shared on South Korea’s successful management of food waste.

The overall waste management scenario in Asia-Pacific countries and the pros and cons of turning waste into biofuels such as butanol were discussed. Participants proposed using the latest knowledge on improving the conversion of food waste to energy by the dry anaerobic digestion technology, and emphasised the significant role to be played by operating landfill bioreactors as anaerobic digesters for waste management. In addition, methods to develop and implement compost quality standards for sustainable agriculture practices in the Asia-Pacific region were discussed.
 
A field trip was arranged for participants to visit the sludge incinerator at T Park and the facility of Champway Technology Ltd. The hope was that overseas participants may be inspired to use such new technologies and ideas in their own countries.