Waste to Energy


1 hour and 15 minutes

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A look at the current and future developments for Waste-to-Energy projects in Australia and the key considerations and approaches for their success. 



Dr Amy Philbrook
Business Development

Dr Amy Philbrook works in business development at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. She is a chemical engineer with a PhD in chemistry and has experience in academia, industry and government. Her current focus is identifying and developing opportunities in the renewable hydrogen and bioenergy sectors. Her expertise in alternative fuels stems from her time at the Australian National University as the Principal Investigator of the Biofuels Research Cluster in the CSIRO’s Energy Transformed Flagship. Amy currently sits on the Queensland Government’s Biofutures Industry Reference group and is a Board Director at Bioenergy Australia.


Miles Mason
Global Head of Business Development
New Energy Corporation

Miles Mason is a civil engineer with 20+ years experience in the waste, water and wastewater industries. For the last 8 years he has been developing the New Energy business across Australia to become a well-known and trusted brand in the emerging Energy from Waste (EfW) industry and establishing the company’s international exposure particularly in the Asian region. He has been intimately involved in the project development of the ($511m) East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility that reached financial close in Dec 2019 and the $75m Pilbara Waste to Energy Project. This has included negotiating long term waste contracts, securing government grants and funding, community and other key stakeholder engagement, environmental and planning permits as well as assisting grid connections, power off-take agreements, and capital raising. He chairs the NSW EfW working group of the Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia. Internationally in 2017, he secured a government contract to supply specialist WtE equipment for a $20m medical waste facility. Previous to New Energy, he worked for WSN Environmental Solutions and Suez Australia in a variety of roles including waste facility operations management, project management, contract management, landfill rehabilitation and contaminated site remediation.

Presentation: Developing large & small Waste to Energy Projects in Australia

Marc Stammbach
Managing Director
HZI Australia

Marc Stammbach is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Doctorate in Science from ETHZ, Zurich, and a Business Degree from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Marc designed, marketed and built recycling and processing facilities for more than 30 years in environmental and large-scale investment industries in Australia and Europe. His resource recovery experience includes new projects totalling over 1.3 Mio tons per year of residual waste-to-energy capacity. The most recent project in is the 300,000 tpy East Rockingham WtE project firing up in mid-2022. Today, he manages the local subsidiary of HZI to deliver WtE solutions to the Oceania market.

Presentation: The Zero Waste Utopia and the Role of WtE in Australia

Jenny Barnes
Energy Manager VPP
Visy Industries

Energy Manager of the Visy Pulp and Paper Group and Operations Manager of the Cogeneration Plant. Jenny has been with Visy for 23 years and spent the last 8 years developing the Waste to Energy business in the Pulp and Paper division. After taking over the newly commissioned Waste to Energy facility in Coolaroo Victoria in 2012, she underwent a steep learning curve to turn around the operation from its poor performance to now operating at design load and world class standards.

Presentation: Visy Case study on their W2E Plant

Stuart Banks
Region Leader Oceania
GE Power

Stuart Banks is the managing director of GE’s Steam Power business in Australia, and has been with General Electric for a combined total of over 20 years, holding leadership positions within in GE’s current and former Power & Water businesses across Asia Pacific. In these roles, he has been responsible for the sales, servicing, operation and maintenance of numerous systems supporting thermal power plants, including recent successes in Australian WtE projects, and GE’s ongoing renewable steam power portfolio of products covering Concentrated Solar, Biomass, and Synchronous Condenser solutions. He holds an honours Degree in Chemistry, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a Masters in Applied Finance, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Presentation: Solutions for WtE plants of the future

Sven Königs
Senior Sales & Business Development Manager, Industrial Steam Turbines
GE Power

More than 20 years experience in turbomachinery within ABB, Alstom and General Electric.

Started career in Gas Turbines Research & Development. Hands-on experience in Gas Turbine Field Service Commissioning followed by Gas Turbine Tendering. Executed several Projects as Project Manager all around the world for Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines and Generators. Senior Leading Positions in Project Management, Scheduling and Sourcing/Procurement for Large Steam Turbines.

Re-started the Industrial Steam Turbine Business (IST) in Alstom/GE as Director Order Execution Engineering about 10y ago. Added responsibilities for several ST product licenses in LATAM and APAC and it’s technology transfer. Senior Sales position with global reach with specific focus on IST business development.

Presentation: Solutions for WtE plants of the future