Wednesday, 20 March 2019
01 Oct
Opening of ECO-invest 2013, the Second International Forum
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On October 1st the Second International Forum "The Investment Attractiveness of Ukraine in Solid Waste Management (SWM) and Recycling: ECO-invest 2013" opened. It is hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine.


Yuri Girman, the Director of the Department for environmental safety and permitting system, on behalf of the Ministry of ecology and natural resources of Ukraine in his welcome speech stated: «Collection, treatment and disposal of waste is a serious challenge for Ukraine but the government has already set to support the development of specialized institutions in this sector, support private enterprise and implement respective legal framework. We are perfectly aware that domestic waste management embraces business opportunities and environmental needs of the country».

In his statement at the press-conference on the occasion of Forum opening Dmytro Radionov, Director of SE “Ukrecoresursy” remarked: «The motto of the current ECO-invest Forum is:  wastes are actually money! Our experience has proved that the sector of solid waste management can be a viable business and it is just scratching the surface in Ukraine. It is actually high tech and may be highly profitable. We have invited leading professionals and provided them a platform at this Forum so that they can share their ideas on how money can be made on wastes. Take this opportunity to make contacts, communicate, network and develop the recycling market in Ukraine».

Volodymyr Lazarev, Director of the Department for ecology control and the representative of the Government ecology inspection stressed that the authorities are committed to get engaged into the sector development: «Today there are over 6 thousand landfills. Given the scale, this is a striking environmental challenge but it has the potential to become a profitable sector of economy».

Denis Krasnikov, Head of the Environmental Safety Commission with the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (UUIE) commented on the high level of interest of Ukrainian and international businesses to the potential of SHW management: «We have to admit the t a new industry is emerging and gaining momentum in Ukraine. And one of the drivers for this development is the active policy and activities of SE “Ukrecoresursy” ranging from the development of public-private partnerships and legislative initiatives to target support programs to various businesses that this enterprise introduces. And surely this Forum is good example for this: we can meet, share experiences, learn about new technologies, or just socialize with like-minded people».

Besides at the press-conference a practical guidebook on how to convert waste into money titled “Waste Kings of the World” was presented. The book describes state-of-art recycling technologies, business success stories and opportunities for waste management business in Ukraine.

It should be highlighted that this year Forum gathered representatives both from start-ups and established businesses, embassies and government authorities, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders concerned with the development of recycling sector in Ukraine. The Agenda includes debates of such urgent issues as public-private partnership, extended responsibility of a producer, analysis of global waste management system, cutting-edge technologies and innovative projects in the area of recycling.  Besides experts' presentations and discussion sessions the Forum program offers tours in «Green innovation valley» (production facilities ofSE “Ukrecoresursy”) and visits to other waste management operations. 

ECO-invest 2013 Forum has been organized at the initiative of the Ministry of ecology and natural resources of Ukraine and the state enterprises in waste management and recycling (“Ukrecoresursy”). The sponsors of the Forum are «Hammel-Ukraine» Ltd., State environmental academy of postgraduate studies and management, UN Development Program (UNDP), Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), and European Business Association (ЕВА).

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