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LegCo Panel on Environmental Affairs visits waste-to-energy facilities in Denmark (with photos)

The following is issued on behalf of the Legislative Council Secretariat:

     The Legislative Council (LegCo) Panel on Environmental Affairs continued the duty visit in Europe today (March 7, Sweden time). During the visit in Copenhagen, Denmark yesterday (March 6, Copenhagen time), the delegation studied the country's experience in waste management.

     The delegation started yesterday by meeting with the Minister of the Environment of Denmark, Mrs Kirsten Brosbøl, and the Technical and Environmental Mayor of Copenhagen, Mr Morten Kabell.  Members of the delegation then had a detailed discussion with the Ministry of the Environment of Denmark and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to understand the key to Denmark's success in achieving high incineration rates and minimised amount of landfilled waste.  The delegation further received a briefing on the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant project and on Denmark's transition to a green economy.  

     The delegation then attended a luncheon hosted by the Denmark - Hong Kong Trade Association and exchanged views with various guests, including the Chinese Ambassador to Denmark, Mr Liu Biwei.

     In the afternoon, the delegation visited the waste-to-energy plant in Roskilde to observe its operation and the application of moving grate incineration technology.  The plant was commissioned at the end of 2013 and now serves nine municipalities. The Plant was operated by Kara/Noveren (a waste management company) and was designed by Dutch architect Erick van Egeraart.  The design of the Plant makes the waste-to-energy facility not just a power station, but also an icon on the horizon.  Circular openings in the building's aluminium facade serve to transform the station into a beacon at night, when light from the facility shines through the exterior.

     The delegation will depart for Malmö, Sweden today where members will visit the waste-to-energy plant in Sysav, receive a briefing by the city government of Malmö and meet with the local community. The delegation then will return to Hong Kong.

Ends/Friday, March 7, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:45


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