Technical University of Denmark

DTU Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a technical university and hosts one of the largest university research groups in Europe dealing with residual resources management. For more than a decade, the group has contributed to the development and application of MFA and LCA methodologies to waste management. Because of the growing interactions between the waste sector with the forestry, agricultural and energy sectors, LCA has been used to analyse and assess such interactions at a large system level. The new LCA model EASETECH has recently been developed to assess environmental technologies and systems, and is currently used, for example, to assess the future Danish energy systems with high penetration of renewables, the Danish electricity network, energy-crop based biorefineries, waste refineries, as well as several waste management systems. DTU has a long tradition for collaboration with international experts. The research group on waste and resource management and LCA currently consists of 2 professors, 2 associate professors, 2 senior researchers, 4 PostDocs, 17 PhD-students, 2 technicians, guest researchers and master students. The group, which is located at DTU Environment, has a long tradition regarding waste sampling and characterization, and has been involved in several research projects in collaboration with public and private entities.

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Key persons involved

Dr Alessio Boldrin (AB)  is an Associate Professor at DTU Environment. He has been involved in several practical and methodological issues related to waste and resource management, and associated environmental aspects. Research activities covered data collection and sampling/characterization of waste and organic materials, as well as measurements of gaseous pollutants. He employed MFA/SFA and LCA for modelling of waste management systems and was involved in developing/improving LCA methodological issues. AB is currently working on advancing environmental modelling of integrated waste and resource management systems, on environmental sustainability of biorefineries and on aspect related to nanomaterials in waste. AB has been peer-reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

Dr Thomas Fruergaard Astrup (TA)  is Professor in residual resource engineering at DTU Environment. His research includes activities related to characterization and management of solid waste, thermal treatment of waste, leaching from waste materials, treatment and utilization of thermal ashes, resource and energy recovery from waste materials. TA is extensively researching aspects related to life-cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) of waste management and energy systems. He has authored a range of international journal articles and conference proceedings within these topics, and is member of international research groups and referee for international scientific journals within in the field. TA also manages several research projects funded by Danish municipalities, waste management companies, and research programmes. He is coordinator of the Solid Waste Research Group and Head of the Residual Resource Engineering section at the Department of Environmental Engineering.

Dr Anders Damgaard (AD)  is a Senior Researcher at DTU Environment. His research focuses around LCA modelling of environmental technologies, with both theoretical and practical model development as well as actual modelling in regards to projects. He is the main responsible for the development of the EASETECH model, a LCA model for environmental technologies developed at DTU Environment. He has primarily worked on projects related to solid waste management systems as well as other waste materials. AD is currently working on development of advanced LCA models for environmental modelling under consideration of aspects such as constraints, financial costs and optimization, as well as methodological aspects related to data quality and the role of material quality in recycling. AD has been a peer-reviewer for numerous scientific journals.