Waste Diversion Technologies Fueling a Circular Economy & Sustainable Mobility
David McConnell, Vice President, Business Development, Enerkem
Innovative technologies can provide a sustainable alternative to the challenges associated with waste disposal by using municipal solid waste as a feedstock to produce value-added products. These technologies can equally answer the question of how to dispose of rapidly accumulating non-recyclable and non-compostable garbage, while avoiding methane emissions for its decomposition in landfills. This presentation will showcase how biofuels produced from waste play a vital role in the transition toward a circular economy and sustainable mobility by producing transportation fuels, and positively impact today’s most pressing environmental issues. In fact, biorefineries help diversify the energy mix and make greener everyday products while offering a sustainable and economical alternative to landfilling and even incineration. The presentation will also include a case study on Enerkem as a successful lab to commercial phase in the waste-to-biofuels movement. In 2017, the company officially started to produce ethanol at its facility in Edmonton, Canada. Enerkem is now planning to expand in Canada, Europe, the U.S., and China.
David McConnell is Vice President, Business Development and responsible for leading business development initiatives in North America, working closely with communities and local authorities to identify and launch new projects. Mr. McConnell has over 25 years of experience in operations, sales and procurement in the solid and hazardous waste industry. Before joining Enerkem in 2015, Mr. McConnell was Vice-President of Supply Chain at Waste Management, responsible for the alignment between corporate functions and field operations in order to achieve WM’s transformation goals. Previously, he was Area Vice President overseeing the financial and operations of the Waste Management of North Florida and Puerto Rico. Mr. McConnell also held various positions in the hazardous and solid waste industry across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. Mr. McConnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University.