I.A.R. of Aachen University, in co-operation with an extensive network of supporting universities and experts, is one of the leading expert waste management institutes with long experience in organising top- level training courses. This programme of waste management is looking at new sustainable technologies, barriers to uptake, public information campaign, transfer of technologies and expertise, best practices and sustainable management of waste. The 6 courses are divided into 3 phases. The 1st phase will teach the basics of waste management and key technologies giving them access to innovative key European technologies. To solidify this, there is a strong element of practical hands-on and hands-in where the researchers will get direct experience of the basics of the 3 Rs (Recycle, reuse and reduce). 2nd Phase will look at problem case studies where this knowledge learnt in the first phase can be applied to real life scenarios. The 3rd Phase will show 2 examples of integrated waste management complexes both of which are the most advanced in their fields. Experience has shown that even though waste technologies are being developed and improved, the problems of waste are not being solved at the same pace. In many cases, the inter-linking factors of technology, people, social environment, culture and legislation are not considered adequately when designing or implementing a waste management plan.
The only way to initiate change is to start effective training with an integrated environmental approach learning by experience focusing on good practices targeted at top researchers who will become those decision makers, company employees, government official and technicians. Different European locations with lectures from leading academics, waste managers and industrialists where problems are defined and sustainable solutions analysed. A professional methodology, networking and exchange of experience will be key to these integrated environmental management courses.
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