AECOM Environment Conducts Landmark Study of Renewable Energy from Organic Waste Treatment in Hong Kong

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AECOM Environment is assessing the viability of turning organic waste into energy, fuel and power for Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department (EPD).

Mr. Matthew Ko

Assisting rapidly-growing economies and companies -- in Asia and elsewhere -- with innovative solutions to their energy, waste management, and redevelopment challenges is a core component of our business.

AECOM Environment is assessing the viability of turning organic waste into energy, fuel and power for Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department (EPD). This succeeds an earlier EPD-commissioned AECOM Environment study of the design and development of a pilot large-scale biodegradable waste treatment facility in Hong Kong. AECOM Environment is the global environmental practice of AECOM.

As consultants to the EPD of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, AECOM Environment is conducting the $800,000 Organic Waste Treatment Facility Feasibility Study beginning with the preliminary design and an engineering feasibility of the renewable energy project, followed by an evaluation of energy recovery alternatives and potential on-site and off-site utilization.

The energy recovery evaluation will analyze the practicality of anaerobic digestion -- using microorganisms to break down biodegradable material in absence of oxygen -- in the generation of energy from organic waste. It will also examine turning the biogas produced in the waste treatment process into vehicle fuel, as well as its use for power generation.

"AECOM Environment is proud to lead this renewable energy study and to provide our long-time client, the EPD, with the know-how for collecting, receiving, and treating organic waste; recovering energy resources and reducing Hong Kong's landfill disposal and its associated environmental impacts," said Matthew Ko, Regional Director of ENSR Asia (HK) Ltd., an AECOM company. "Assisting rapidly-growing economies and companies -- in Asia and elsewhere -- with innovative solutions to their energy, waste management, and redevelopment challenges is a core component of our business."

The study complements AECOM Environment's South East Kowloon Material Recovery and Transfer Study, which examines combining a large-scale refuse transfer station with a material recovery facility. In the past year, AECOM has been awarded nearly $2,000,000 of waste management work by the EPD, including an organic waste survey and collection arrangement study in Hong Kong, and treatment of food waste from the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Events in Hong Kong.

About AECOM
AECOM Environment is the company's full-service, global business line dedicated to serving industrial, commercial and government clients with seamless delivery of comprehensive environmental management and sustainability services. AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental and energy. With 43,000 employees around the world, AECOM blends global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. AECOM serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $5.6 billion during the 12-month period ended December 31, 2008. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at http://www.aecom.com.

Local editors: AECOM Environment has 12 offices in Asia, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanchang, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

For more information, please contact Matthew Ko.

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