by Yuniey Quiala Armenteros, PhD, Cuba (participant of the 67th International Short Course on Resource Efficiency – Cleaner Production and Waste Management)
My name is Yuniey Quiala Armenteros, I am 36 years old, I am Cuban and I work in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba (CITMA), specifically in the Territorial Delegation of the CITMA in Villa Clara, as Principal Specialist of the Environmental Impact Evaluation Team. I am an industrial engineer graduated in 2005, trained at the Central University of Las Villas in Villa Clara Cuba. I always showed interest in professional improvement, as the only way to contribute more to society with concrete and effective solutions to problems. In 2008 I graduated as Master of Science and Innovation Management and in 2012 I started a curricular doctorate in environmental sciences as a result of the collaboration of the Polytechnic University of Valencia of Spain and the Technological University of Havana José Antonio Echeverría. As part of my doctoral training I had to publish several articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as participating in significant international events, and in 2013 I was in Malaysia in a course on clean production and efficient use of resources under the SIRIM institution.
In 2015 I was at CIPSEM at Technische Universität Dresden, participating in the “67th International Short Course on Resource Efficiency – Cleaner Production and Waste Management” (SC67) from November 9 to December 11. I had some references of what it means to study in Germany, great engineers of my country were trained in former eastern Germany in the 1970s and 80s. During my stay at CIPSEM, I was surprised above all, how easy teachers explain complex topics, teachers turned difficult into easy, they are wonderful. On the other hand, the practical examples of good environmental performance (landfills, solid and hazardous waste management, liquid waste treatment, wastewater reuse) taught me that it does not require so much capital to achieve
sustainable and sustainable development , it is only about wanting to change the mind of the decision makers. I never thought that the certificate obtained at the end of the course, constituted an endorsement of great relevance for my further career. In short, the contribution of CIPSEM was extraordinary. All the doors opened to me after CIPSEM!
So here is my message for you, whoever you are, please apply to CIPSEM, do not waste your time. I just defended my doctoral thesis on December 21, 2017. Today I am a Doctor of Technical Sciences and I owe it in large part to CIPSEM, please APPLY NOW.
The participants of the 73rd UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Resource Efficiency – Cleaner Production and Waste Management have received a warm welcome at the German Environment Agency in Dessau… as well as lots of input with regard to the topic of our training programme. Please see the image caption for details.
The participating experts with our host Ralph Wollmann in the headquarters of the German Environment Agency in Dessau (Photo by André Lindner/ Eromonsele Akhidenor)
Early Monday morning: we are on our way to Dessau (Photo by CIPSEM)
The UBA office building in Dessau has been designed as an environmentally friendly building … (Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor)
… , so we are exploring it in detail during our visit (Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor)
(Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor)
We also get to see the office workspaces. The height-adjustable desks are a revelation, and immediately pictures are being shared with co-workers around the world. (Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor)
After an introduction into the tasks and set-up of the German Environment Agency by our host Ralph Wollmann … (Photo by CIPSEM)
… we are being introduced to a number of crucial topics, all of them are discussed intensively (Photo by CIPSEM)
This includes for example the German perspective on sustainable development and Green Economy, which we could discuss with Björn Bünger, … (Photo by CIPSEM)
… and also circular economy and waste management (Photo by CIPSEM)
We also got to discuss Sustainable Resource Use – Strategies and Instruments in Germany with Mr Jens Günther … (Photo by CIPSEM)
… Management of WEEE in Germany with Mr Matthias Fabian, …(Photo by CIPSEM)
… the concept of Best Available Techniques with Ms Almut Reichart (Photo by CIPSEM), and have also learned about UBA activities on waste technology and know-how transfer from Ms Anne Bachmann.
We got to replenish our energy reserves in the UBA canteen (Photo by Eromonsele Akhidenor).
In the evening, we have explored the Bauhaus in Dessau, which is just one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area (Photo by CIPSEM).
Meet the participants of our 73rd UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Resource Efficiency – Cleaner Production and Waste Management:
Today we have embarked on a 4-week-journey of learning from an with each other how we can move towards a more resource efficient world, in the context of our different countries, communities and institutions.
We were very pleased to get the possibility to have a short look in the expedition „Plastics of the world“. There posters are shown which have the topic of plastic in art.
Even thinking that was a small exposition, I liked the idea of the expositors had, many deeps thoughts and especial meanings of each poster.
Is plastic a problem or a solution¿ The exposition have highlighted differents point of views about this material around the world and made me think we don´t have only one truth about this issue.
I was impressed by the different concepts that eveyone has about plastics and this was reflected in every poster, especially the quote „plastic save us“. Could this material become more popular even though we are globally trying to reduce and banned its use?
It is a great idea that I wish we could see more in biger scale. We surronded by plastic in a world and art is the most effective tools to rais our awarness.
It was great to see the different views of the plastic world in terms of materials and the ‘philosophy’.
My thought is actually broadened with these different views in the world of plastic.
Harald Schluttig, Andrea Vera, Jaya Upadhyay, Fernanda Silva Martinelli, Ramshid Rashidpour, Natalia Jimenez
The 1st February the course visited several solid waste management facilities where the processes of the Biological-Mechanical Waste Treatment, Mineral Waste Sorting and Recycling, Electric and Electronic Scrap Dismantling and Sorting, Light Packaging Sorting and Waste Paper Sorting where observed. These visits allowed us to confirm that the waste does not really exist, but it is raw material that can generate innumerable goods developing a closed loop economy with both economic and socio-environmental benefits.
It allowed us to recognize that those responsible for the management of these “wastes” are not only the waste management companies, but all the actors involved for closing the cycle.
It was also inspiring to see how government and private companies work synergistically in a series of organized processes to recover more of the so-called “wastes” which are collected, separated and recycled to generate energy and excellent quality products such as bricks, bottles of glass, paperboard, paper, compost, dry stabilitat, among others.
Our CIPSEM journey continued from 18th to 19th of May 2016 in the city of Dessau. The visit to the German Environment Agency (UBA) began with an introduction and welcome speech by Mr. Ralph Wollmann, who gave background information about the history of the German Environment Agency and explained its participation and contribution to CIPSEM courses. Furthermore Mr. Wollmann talked about the role of UBA in the german society and the international community.
Lecture on transboundary movement of waste by Dr. Wuttke.
The EM-39 course in front of the main entrance.
Following up were interactive sessions on several topics from the manifold portfolio of the agency. Among others there were talks on water resources management and climate change adaptation in Germany, transboundary movement of waste, environmental risk regulation of pesticides, green economy and much more.
The stay in Dessau was furthermore accompanied guided tours through the price winning main building of UBA and the world famous Bauhaus.
Report and photographs by Hisham Abdelgawad (Egypt)
As a follow-up to the remediation classes with Dr. Axel Fischer of TU Dresden we got to visit the soil treatment plant operated by Bauer Environment. There we were welcomed by Dr. Schlenker, himself a UNEP-course alumni of the 1991 class, when there was still a German student in the group. There we also gained more insights into the big-scale remediation operations on long-term industrial sites in Germany.
Mr. Schlenker welcomed us and explained how the treatment plant came into being, how it is operated, which research cooperations exist.
Then we got to see the premises in Hirschfeld.
As you can see, the weather was not exactly cooperative. But this did not stop us, in line with the saying ‘there is no bad weather, only inadequate clothing’ 🙂