Waste to Energy – NZ Research Weighing up the Options

Wednesday, 14 August 9am - 10am (NZ Time); 

Free for WasteMINZ members and $49 plus GST for non WasteMINZ members

This 60-minute webinar will cover:

There is a lot of information in the Waste to Energy space, but what does it mean in the New Zealand context? 

Eunomia has undertaken research on behalf of Waikato Regional Council and Tauranga City Council into Waste to Energy Technology Implications for Aotearoa New Zealand, with a particular focus on carbon emissions.  The study considered Waste to Energy technologies primarily in terms of their potential climate change impacts.  It also considered the historical use of Waste to Energy globally, but with a particular focus on Europe (which has similar circular economy ambitions to New Zealand), employment impacts, and how Waste to Energy may align with a Te Ao Māori perspective.

Waste to Energy is a term that covers a range of different technologies that have in common the generation of energy from waste.  Waste to Energy is often viewed as an alternative to landfill disposal.  The most common Waste to Energy technologies include:

  • Incineration 
  • Gasification and pyrolysis 
  • Anaerobic digestion (AD) 
  • Production of refuse derived fuel (RDF)
  • Cement kilns/coprocessing

The report can be found on the Waikato Regional Council Website

Lisa and Mark will cover the background to the research and key findings, and will also answer any questions (within reason!)


Lisa Eve is a Director at Eunomia Research & Consulting NZ. Lisa has extensive experience in strategic service reviews for local authorities, working at Auckland City Council for four years from 1998 during their full refuse and recycling service review, and working for Bristol City Council in the UK for three years managing the introduction of a city-wide biodegradable waste collection. At the time it was the largest city-wide full organic waste collection in the UK, servicing 165,000 households.  She also has experience in developing policy for sustainability at local authorities and as a consultant. She has a particular interest in construction and demolition waste and has worked successfully on a variety of projects in the sector.

Mark Hilton is former Head of Sustainable Business at Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd in the UK, and former resident of Auckland. Mark has an engineering background and has been an environmental consultant since 1995, involved in a wide variety of material resource efficiency and circular economy projects, working with a wide variety of global businesses and public sector organisations including the European Commission, UK Government, US EPA and NZ Government.