Renewable Energy Seminar: Dr. Selene Buller - "Emergy Assessment of Fast Pyrolysis: Case Study of Brazil"

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm


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Renewable Energy Seminar

Emergy Assessment of Fast Pyrolysis: Case Study of Brazil

Sponsored by Chemical Engineering and the Energy Research Group

Abstract: Emergy assessment is an environmental accounting method that provides information on the relationship between environmental and economic driving forces through the calculation of indicators such as the Renewability index, a measure of the long-term sustainability from the environmental point of view. It is a biophysical approach that estimates the contribution of nature in economic activities. Biomass-to-energy is a strategy to address the challenge of increasing the global food, fiber and energy supply by 2050, which will be required due to population growth and losses of environmental services. It is desirable to establish bioenergy production systems that do not compete for land use with food production and are not prone to biodiversity and freshwater degradation while effectively contributing to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The case study regarding the sustainability performance of a Brazilian natural resource extraction and industrial processing (by means of fast pyrolysis) aims to address environmental and economic impacts to support policies for clean energy expansion in local, regional and global energy matrix.

About the speaker: Luz Selene Buller, PhD in Food Engineering (State University of Campinas – UNICAMP, Brazil)

Experience in supply chain management, industrial and rural systems sustainability assessment, energy recovery from waste and accounting for greenhouse gas emissions. Currently serving the National Environmental Research Center (CPNMA) of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (EMBRAPA); integrating the team responsible for the preparation of the Fourth National Communication and Biennial Update Reports to meet the country's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Implementation: Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC); Implementation: United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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