Carsten Spohn, managing director of the German waste-to-energy association ITAD, passed away unexpectedly last week. The cause of his sudden death was reportedly cardiovascular failure. "All those who knew him are deeply shocked and saddened," read a statement from the industry association. "His passing leaves an empty space that will be hard to fill."
Mr Spohn, 53, was managing director of ITAD for almost 16 years and more recently had also served as one of five deputy presidents of the European Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (Cewep). Before becoming ITAD managing director in 2007, Mr Spohn was head of waste management at the publically-owned regional waste management company Kreis Weseler Abfallgesellschaft. His role at ITAD is being filled on an interim basis by deputy managing director Martin Treder.
Cewep likewise recalled Mr Spohn's over 25 years in the wte sector and said he was "one of the most active member representatives in Cewep for more than 15 years." The European industry association recalled his passion and dedication to both the waste-to-energy sector and to his colleagues, as well as his charismatic presence. "He will be greatly missed by Cewep members and the Cewep team, the European waste-to-energy sector and beyond," the organisation said.