Press Release | WtERT Announces Election of New President and Board Members

Global WtERT Council Inc. Announces Election of New President and Board Members New York, August 8, 2023: Global WtERT Council Inc. Dba WtERT® announced that Prof. Qunxing Huang, Vice Dean, College of Energy Engineering of Zhejiang University ( has been elected as new President of the scientific research organization as of the beginning of 2023. After heading WtERT since its inception in 2002 Prof. [...]

August 8th, 2023|

Discussion of ZWE report on dioxins from WtE plants

In January Zero Waste Europe published an article on dioxin emissions in three European waste-to-energy plants. Here Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis, director of the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University discusses the report. From article of Waste Management World In January 2023, Waste Management World (WMW) published a biomonitoring research on waste incinerator emissions in three countries by Zero Waste Europe (ZWE). In the past fifteen years, scientists [...]

April 3rd, 2023|

Guidelines on Public-Private Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals in Waste-to-Energy Projects for Non-Recyclable Waste: Pathways towards a Circular Economy

The Sixth session of the Working Party on PPPs has adopted a second document contributing to the cross-cutting theme of the 69th session of the ECE on the circular economy transition. Read the UNECE “Guidelines on PPPs for the SDGs in Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Projects for Non-Recyclable Waste: Pathways towards a Circular Economy“ with: 👉 7 practical recommendations to ensure that PPP WTE projects are “fit for purpose” for the SDGs; 👉 The [...]

January 3rd, 2023|

Training Workshop of Waste-to-Energy for North Africa

  The Training Workshop of Waste-to-Energy for North Africa was successfully held online on December 5th-6th, 2022. This training workshop was hosted by Zhejiang University, jointly organized by International Consultant Committee of Waste to Energy (ICCWtE), China Everbright Environment Group Limited and Global WtERT Council - Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University, USA. According to the World Bank's What a Waste 2.0 report, by 2050, total [...]

December 14th, 2022|

The Global WtERT Council represented by more than 24 Universities and Research Institute share an open letter for world leaders at COP27

Letter from Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis1 and all members of the Global WtERT Council2 an international consortium of universities representing 24 Nations to Organizing Committee of COP27 Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University ( Global Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council, ( We like to bring to your attention that the generation of methane from waste dumps and landfills is one of the main sources of [...]

November 7th, 2022|

2020 Survey of European WTE plants

The 2021 Waste-to-Energy (WtE) survey shows that WtE plants are still much needed. Thermal treatment in WtE plants continues to represent an indispensable and solid pillar in waste management. Furthermore, responses from operators clearly show the sector as a driver of innovation, through their work in carbon capture solutions and hydrogen production. The survey also demonstrates that putting a higher burden on waste incineration [...]

July 10th, 2022|

WtERT Asia Meeting in Columbia News

2022 Waste-to-Energy Research And Technology (WtERT) Asia Meeting: Going into New Technologies and Best Practices to Promote Wide Application. This meeting was co-organized by Global WtERT Council and Columbia Global Center-Beijing. Please click the link to Columbia Global Center website for more information.

June 28th, 2022|

Analysis of Reshaping Plastics Report

Prof. Nickolas Themelis reviewed the data presented in the Reshaping Plastics report of April 2022  These data show that  the EU manages better its plastic wastes than the US:: -Recycling (mech+chemical) 13.9% of total; adding the 2 million tons exported and assuming they all go to recycling,            Total recycling 21.8%.    Compare with about 10% in US. - Plastic [...]

May 3rd, 2022|
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