March 4th-5th | Amsterdam
Join us at the 2020 European FOG Summit
Last year we launched the very first European Fats, Oils and Grease Summit. Our goal was to change the way people think about FOG.
We believe the only way to achieve this is through continuous collaboration and the sharing of ideas. That’s why we’re ready to do it all again and bring more of the world’s innovators and experts to Amsterdam in March 2020.
A chance to talk
“Keep the conversations moving” was the message from one of our expert presenters at our 2019 European FOG Summit (Andrew Bird, Futurologies). Our 2020 summit will be the perfect place to do just that. Experts and innovators from around the globe can discuss and debate, and listen to what their peers have learnt in the past year. We look forward to welcoming another diverse mix of experts from the worlds of education, hospitality, utilities, grease management, sustainability, customer engagement, and more.
Hear and share ideas
There were some great ideas discussed at 2019, such as “setting up a co-ordinated group to look exclusively at FOG, align consistent messages and share the best practices that are happening all over the world”. Or “making FOG training compulsory for all kitchen staff”. Those at our next event will be able to hear any updates and progress, hear new ideas and, of course, share their own inspiring brainwaves.
Programme and line-up
Global citizen and seasoned executive Olivier loves spearheading growth initiatives with new technologies that improves’ people life. A firm believer that technology unleashes collaboration for the greater good of local communities, Olivier has helped government and private organizations around the world with satellite and wireless telecommunications, online customer experience, public transit and environment. At SwiftComply Oliver ensures more municipalities in North America can experience the benefits of water and wastewater online compliance programs. Olivier holds an MBA from Duke University and is now settled in San Francisco Bay Area.
Tom Curran is a lecturer in UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at University College Dublin. He was a Fulbright Scholar (TechImpact Award 2017-18) at North Carolina State University to develop an advance warning system for sewer blockages. He leads the EU Horizon 2020 AgroCycle waste project with 26 partners across Europe and China. He contributes to media articles about fatbergs.
Karyn Georges has nearly 20 years’ experience working within the water sector, focusing on sewer networks, wastewater treatment, and resource recovery. She is the Head of Consulting (UK) within Isle Utilities, an Innovation and Technology consultancy with offices across the globe. Isle works with technology companies, investors, and end-users to bring innovative solutions to life. Recently, Karyn led a project team to deliver the UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) project on FOG Control and FOG Collection: A joined-up approach.
Bas de Nijs is a mechanical engineer who’s specialized in sewer network calculations since 1994 in Amsterdam. His areas of expertise are: identifying and justifying cost-effective infrastructure improvements for sewer and drainage systems and solving urban flooding- and sewer overflow related pollution problems. Since 2015 his responsibilities lie in the daily operation of the sewer pumping stations along with the sewer networks, CSOs and WWTPs.
With over 37 years' experience in the wastewater field, Teresa has a Class IV Wastewater Operator Certification, a Pretreatment Coordinator Certification, and a degree in Analytical Chemistry. Teresa is responsible for the development and implementation of the City Sewer Use Ordinance & the Industrial Pretreatment Program. The program ensures that wastewater discharges comply with state, local & federal mandates.
Tjits van Lent is a social psychologist specialising in behavioural change. She is currently working at Dijksterhuis & van Baaren, a company in applied behavioural science, within the domain of waste management and behaviour. Together with Waternet she carries out a project on understanding the psychological factors that underly peoples’ behaviour regarding FOG and wet wipes. In addition, the project aims to influence peoples’ flushing behaviour.
As head of office Nienke is committed to innovative and effective supervision. Among others in the Horeca (Food Service Business). Protecting the sewer is one of the focal points for the DCMR. Clogged sewers create environmental damage and inconvenience for both citizens and businesses. DCMR want to prevent that. DCMR work with a combined intervention approach: information and education, conducting inspections and (where necessary) deploying sanctions. For DCMR it is essential to work together with municipalities and branch organizations to reach (start-up) catering entrepreneurs.
Working with Waternet since 2001, Thinka has extensive project management experience in several health and safety fields. This includes the “International certified Model of Good Practice” and various Safety awareness programs. Thinka heads up the “FOG and Wet Wipes” project, which works to improve the health and safety of the workers in sewage and wastewater plants.
Tom Freyberg is the founder and director of Atlantean Media. An award-winning environmental journalist, his articles have been published in The Times, The Guardian, and CNN, among others.
After graduating, he spent five years working on renewable energy, recycling, and waste before moving into the international water market as chief editor of Water & Wastewater International (WWi) magazine.
During this time, he covered high profile interviews, including Singapore Environment Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, and Robert F. Kennedy Jnr.
In the summer of 2018, he launched Atlantean Media, an international digital content creation company serving the environmental engineering industries, with a particular focus on water.
Through Atlantean Tom acts as the content director for Aquatech Global Events and also serves as the content strategist for a new feature-length documentary, Brave Blue World, featuring Matt Damon.
With a professional background in the catering, waste and technology industry, Lily has a heart for innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship. At Suez she has helped governments from different levels such as local municipalities, European Commission and several ministries in Belgium to deal with waste in a responsible and sustainable way. Her ticket to Google in Dublin has opened her eyes when it comes to opportunities that comes with technology to help businesses thrive. Today at SwiftComply she's a firm believer that that modern environmental challenges can be tackled in an efficient and smart way. Working together with governments, allows her and the entire team to influence and educate mainstream entrepreneurs on the dangers growing below our feet.
Stephen has worked for Southern Water as a Network Protection and Enforcement Officer for the past four years. He was specifically recruited to work on the FOG & Unflushable Project. This project focuses on Food Service Establishments and assists investigations into sewer blockages, internal and external flooding, pollutions, and illegal connections. Stephen gathers evidence, investigates issues, and enforces compliance standards. As part of this role, he connects with major national and international Food Service Establishments. He has also worked with colleagues from the grease contractors industry to deal with the issue of FOG at a higher level, ensuring a consistent approach across those companies.
Steve has worked since February 2013 for Southern Water as a Network Protection and Enforcement Officer. One of his primary responsibilities is the FOG & Unflushables Project, where he works as enforcement for the Trade Effluent Department, Tankering, and 3rd Party Recovery.
Steve’s role is to investigate sewer misuse and abuse from both Traders and Food Service Establishments as well as assisting in the investigation of sewer blockages, internal and external flooding, pollutions, and illegal connections. Steve has made contact with major National and International Food Service Establishments to deal with the issue of FOG at a higher level, ensuring a consistent approach across those companies.
Enda has over 16 years’ experience working in the water services industry, this includes water treatment, wastewater treatment, pumping station operations, sludge treatment techniques, safety auditing & inspections and trade effluent management. He holds an honours degree in Civil Engineering and is currently the Source Control Regional Lead for the Eastern Midland Region responsible for trade effluent compliance. Enda currently manages the Dublin FOG inspection programme and is also actively working on the development and implementation of a National FOG reduction programme for Irish Water.
Clare worked with Anglian Water to establish a UK water industry specification for flushability. A former print and broadcast journalist, she started her own communications company specialising in environmental public relations and has driven positive behaviour change working with communities, national stakeholders and NGOs.
She has over 15 years’ experience in the water industry focussing on result driven projects in grease management, unflushables and hidden plastics. To highlight river pollution, Clare commissioned the multi -award winning Shopping Trolley Art project encouraging people to adopt a riverbank and promote RiverCare, Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water’s joint scheme.
After finding her way into the industry several years ago, Laura has developed a passion for all things water. Starting in drinking water, she has experienced the extent of regulation required to drive an efficient water sector and the affects water misuse can impose on human and environmental health.
Joining SwiftComply in 2019 to lead the UK business, Laura has come full circle with the challenges the industry faces. She is an advocate for positive change, alongside a keen supporter of women in water.
A Chartered Marketer and an ex-military pilot, Dickon joined Argent Energy in 2005 as Development Director during construction of their Scottish biodiesel plant, the first tallow-to-biodiesel plant in the EU. Initially responsible for biodiesel sales and marketing, now, as Director of Corporate Affairs, he is deeply involved in legislative and regulatory affairs, working on the various frameworks for transport decarbonisation as it continues to become more crucial for the future of renewable fuels. Managing external legislative and political affairs that impact the company’s strategy is important for sourcing of feedstocks and relevant operational regulations, and also for the maintenance of a fair and sustainable biofuels market As well as advocacy at EU, Dutch and UK levels, Dickon is Vice President of the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) in which he also leads the EU Advanced Biodiesel group of companies. He is a board member of EWABA, the waste-to-biodiesel association and he chairs the biofuels sector, industry-wide group that are developing and implementing a single-database for transparent biofuels dealing across Europe. This work is seen as a crucial part of the industry’s determined efforts to keep all biofuels sustainable and fairly-traded.
As a Project and Material Resource manager, on a daily basis Steven deals with the most diverse waste streams from the industrial and private markets. All materials consumed are turned in waste sooner or later. This endpoint as a consumer item is the starting point at SUEZ. Steven's team looks for the best recycling technology within SUEZ for these waste streams. As there are many types of waste with very different processing techniques, Steven has focused on different subgroups: organic waste such as green waste, sludges, oils and fats, food scraps
Mar is responsible for British Water technical initiatives and focus groups in various areas of the water sector, including Innovation, Sustainable Water Management, Wastewater Treatment Plants, Real-Time Monitoring, Micropollutants, Data & Analytics, and FOG. Mar currently provides the secretariat to the UK Grease Contractors Association (GCA) and the FOGWISE group. Mar became involved in the water industry in 2005 when she worked as a consultant in the irrigation sector in Spain. Mar has a doctorate in environmental science and sustainable water treatment.
Natalia has over ten years’ experience researching bioprocess engineering. Projects she has worked on include Cascade protein production from insects, Microalgal biofuels production, and Biochemical analysis of bacterial lipid markers.
In 2017 Natalia joined Canfield Water Institute to undertake an EngD project as part of the Industrial Doctorate Centre for the Water Sector (ICD STREAM). The goal of which is to establish how fat, oil, and grease (FOG) deposit form in the sewer network and how they can, we can manage them using bio-additives.
At the 2019 summit, lecturer Tom Curran, from University College Dublin, discussed some fascinating research which is providing in-depth analysis of the most significant challenges in FOG management. Tom stressed the need to see closer collaboration between academia and industry, and that is what our 2020 summit is all about, providing the platform to share ideas and learn together.
Lily Van Hende
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