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DairyWater project activities disseminated at RAMIRAN2017

The 17th edition of the International RAMIRAN conference was held in Wexford, Ireland between the 4th and 6th September 2017. DairyWater researcher, Dr William Finnegan, attended the event and presented two papers (through oral and poster presentations), including a summary of the DairyWater project, which was entitled “DairyWater: Sustainability and resource efficiency for the Irish dairy processing industry“, and some of the research activity relating to Task 6, which was entitled “Lifecycle assessment of fluid milk production in the Republic of Ireland“.

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Dr William Finnegan at the 17th International RAMIRAN conference

RAMIRAN “Recycling of Agricultural, Municipal and Industrial Residues in Agriculture Network” is a research and expertise network dealing with environmental issues relating to the use of livestock manure and other organic residues in agriculture. The conference is the primary output of the network, which is held every two years and attracts up to 250 delegates from across Europe and further afield. RAMIRAN 2017 was organised by Teagasc, the Irish Agricultural and Food Development Authority. Further details can be found on the RAMIRAN website.

SUSMILK Conference: Solutions for sustainable milk processing

The final conference of the FP7 project, SUSMILK, took place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from the 22nd to the 23rd of September 2016. The SUSMILK conference, which was entitled “Solutions for sustainable milk processing”, provided a European forum to discuss solutions, technologies and industry trends to develop resource efficient milk processing. It was accomplished through a day of structured presentations, parallel workshops and poster sessions, followed by a day of technical site visits. Furthermore, it provided an opportunity for delegates to form new connections, share perspectives and brainstorm solutions. In addition, the DairyWater project featured during the poster sessions with a poster entitled “DairyWater: Environmental impact associated with the manufacture of dairy products in Ireland“, which was presented by Dr. William Finnegan.

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Images from the SUSMILK Conference
(Top-left: Panel discussion at the SUSMILK Conference; Top-right: Site visit at USC’s Dairy Products Center; Bottom-left: The Feiraco dairy plant; Bottom-right: Inside the Feiraco dairy plant; Centre: DairyWater poster during poster session)

DairyWater at the XVth IWRA World Water Congress

The XVth IWRA World Water Congress was held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 25th to the 29th of May, 2015. The World Water Congress is organised every three years under the auspices of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA). This congress sought to explore Global Water as a resource for economic, social and environmental development. It was conveniently hosted in Edinburgh, which is the capital of Scotland, the Hydro Nation, where recent legislation puts water at the heart of the national development agenda. Water usage aspects within agriculture and food processes were central within both plenary and parallel session discussions.

DairyWater’s Dr. William Finnegan attended the conference, where he delivered two oral presentations, which are also included as papers within the conference proceedings, and acted as the Moderator Chair for one of the ‘Management of water resources’ parallel sessions. On Tuesday, William presented DairyWater’s experiences with quantifying resource usage within the industry using key performance indicators, entitled ‘Water consumption and direct energy use in the Irish dairy processing industry’ and, on Wednesday, William delivered an overview of the aims and objectives and the potential impact of the DairyWater project’s activities within a presentation entitled ‘DairyWater: Sustainability and resource efficiency for the Irish dairy processing industry’.

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Panel discussion taking place at the World Water Congress XV