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Thursday policy forum: ‘Unlocking the Vast Potential of Energy Recovery’

Part of America’s energy future may be hiding in plain sight.

On Capitol Hill Thursday, the American Chemistry Council will host business leaders and policy experts as they discuss emerging technologies that can be used to recover energy from waste materials.

Some of the questions they’ll help to answer include:


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  • Why does energy recovery deserve a place in America’s “all of the above” energy strategy?
  • How do definitions of “clean energy” and “renewable energy” limit the vast potential of energy recovery?
  • What role can government play to ensure policies will help unlock this energy potential of non-recycled plastics and other materials that are currently being buried in a landfill?


Following a keynote panel from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Harvey W. Gershman, of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, will lead an additional panel discussion about policies that can help remove some of the barriers that discourage growth in energy recovery capacity in communities across the nation.

Panelists include:

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  • Barry Caldwell, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Corporate Communications, Waste Management, Inc.
  • Marco CastaldiPh.D., Associate Professor, Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
  • Michael E. Webber, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Brent Bostwick, Chief Commercialization Officer, Agilyx


We will be live tweeting from the event, so join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #Chemistry2Energy and follow:

@AmChemistry                     @RonWyden          @BillCassidy

@WasteManagement          @agilyx                   @barryhcaldwell

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