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ACC, LA Chamber co-host panel discussion on potential to recover energy from California’s waste

If you’re following the growing interest in technologies that convert waste into various forms of energy and fuels, you’ll be interested to know that on November 15, ACC and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on the economic and environmental benefits of energy recovery.

More than 80 business and civic leaders from all over the state of California attended the 90-minute discussion. The panelists, who represented the business, government and regulatory community in southern California, explored how investment in new energy recovery technologies, combined with some regulatory flexibility, could assist the State in achieving its 75% recycling mandate.

Greg Wilkinson, principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, moderated the panel, which included the following participants:

  • Caroll Mortensen, director, CalRecycle
  • Enrique Zaldivar, director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
  • Chuck White, director of regulatory affairs, Waste Management
  • Mohsen Nazemi, deputy executive officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Josh Proudfoot, co-founder and principal, Good Company

Wilkinson cited the importance of this discussion for helping Californians strategize about how best to use energy recovery to support waste diversion and recycling efforts:

We are starting to see the potential benefits of recovering energy from non-recycled materials in California, including landfill diversion and alternative energy production. [This event] was an important opportunity for policymakers, energy companies, and those involved in the waste stream to better understand how energy recovery can complement recycling and other waste diversion efforts in the state.

We were pleased to work with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in exploring this timely and important topic, and we look forward to working with stakeholders to expand the Golden State’s ability to convert its waste into a valuable energy resource.

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