European FOG Summit
The future of FOG
Our first ever European FOG summit has come and gone, I wanted to take a second to look back and reflect on some of the insights and shared ideas from the day. We were extremely fortunate to be able to bring together some of the leading experts in FOG from across North America and Europe. They all graced the stage and shared their experiences with FOG to shed new light on some of the major challenges which cities across Europe are dealing with.
Why we hosted the FOG Summit?
The goal was to bring together FOG innovators and European wastewater professional for an immersive day of learning and collaboration centered on innovative ways to tackle fatbergs through better FOG management.
As sewer networks come under increasing pressure from growing populations and the number of food service establishments continues to grow, new ways of managing FOG must be developed to safeguard the long-term sustainability of our urban communities.
We specifically looked to recruit speakers from around the world to give a truly global view of FOG. We’re all about sharing the wins, losses, and missteps along the way to give so that wastewater professionals and the public can learn how to manage fog sustainable in the long term.
Our speakers covered the entire wastewater lifecycle
The growing threat of FOG
How Grease interceptors work
- Ken Loucks, Interceptor Whisperer
International Research on Fatbergs
- Tom Curran, Lecturer – UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering
PANEL + Q&A: Behaviour change in kitchens
- Nienke de Wilde, Head of inspection and enforcement at DCMR, Enforcement and Licence dept.
- Pieter de Graaff, founder of vetafscheiders.nl
- Taco van der Meer, CEO/owner at The Albus Hotel
- Elizabet Mulder, CEO/owner at Het Groene Paleis
- Jeroen de Boer, responsible waste water and sewer network at Waternet
Different approaches to FOG
The Global FOG Scene (part I)
- Rudiger Heidebrecht, Head of Department international Cooperation at German Water Associatio
- Bas de Nijs, Senior Wastewater Engineer
- Barry Orr, Sewer Outreach & Control Inspector at City of London
- Simon Stevens, manager at Riopact/De Watergroep
- Andrew England, Environmental Manager at Noonan
- Cassandra Mac, Management Assistant at City of Tempe
- Stephen Edwards, Network Protection and Enforcement at Southern Water
The Global FOG Scene (part 2)
14.30 - 15.00
- Andrew Bird, FOG Futurologies Consulting
15.00 - 15.45
Zero Waste by 2020 / resource recovery for a more circular city
- Oliver Loebel, Secretary – General at EurEau.org
- Barbara Anton, Coordinator Urban Water Management, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience at ICLEI.org
15.45 - 16.00
16.00 - 16.30
From FOG to Energy
- Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO & Founder at GoodFuels.com
16.30 - 17.00
FOG Recovery and Uses
- Karyn Georges, Head of Wastewater Consulting at Isle Utilities
17.00 - 17.30
Bringing it all together
- Michael O’Dwyer, CEO & Founder at SwiftComply
We wanted to emphasize “innovation through collaboration” not only in the fact that we hosting the first European FOG summit but also with the venue itself. Just last year we partnered with Waternet to launch our Vetstrijder (fat fighter) campaign in Amsterdam where we reached out to food service entrepreneurs and looked to raise awareness about the growing fatberg threat in the city.
We believe that outreach and continuous education is the key to changing how people think about and deal with FOG.
When selecting potential speakers to approach we wanted to make sure that we provided a holistic view of the FOG ecosystem throughout the day. That meant approaching speakers who operate throughout the FOG lifecycle including FOG managers, industry consultants, public water and the sewage industry, the hospitality and academia among others. We also wanted to make sure that we were featuring people who were looking to push the boundaries with the FOG efforts in new and interesting ways.
Another important factor that affected our choice was geography. We wanted to give a truly global view of the FOG scene and worked to recruit speakers from different areas who would be able to provide a unique view of FOG management in their city/region.
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The European FOG Summit is an initiative from SwiftComply, in cooperation with Stichting Waternet and co-funded by the European Union (H2020)
The SwiftComply story begins in Dublin in 2016, though our roots stretch back to 2008. At this time, our CEO Michael O’Dwyer was working as an engineer at Dublin City Council where he developed Europe’s first Fat, Oil and Gas regulatory program. The program was the first of its kind in Dublin and was designed to solve Dublin’s growing problems with excessive build-up of FOG.
Michael witnessed first-hand how the outdated regulatory processes and fragmented relationships between restaurant owners and regulators hindered virtually all clean up efforts.
After establishing the most effective FOG program in Europe and achieving a staggering 95% fatberg reduction in Dublin, Michael set about creating a tool that would revolutionalize how cities around the globe collaborate with the foodservice industry to solve this problem.
Joining forces between government and private stakeholders should prevent underground fat from becoming the next plastic soup.