Sustaining Biomass Management Practices through the Resource Nexus

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    2022/12/12    14:50 - 16:20

    Lecturer: Dr Jean Henri El Achkar, Australian University – Kuwait 

    We are currently depleting natural resources faster than nature can replenish them. As a result, waste generation is increasing at an alarming rate. On the other hand, organic waste has enormous untapped potential to provide green energy and a variety of valuable products. Sustainable wastewater and solid waste management practices maximize resource recovery and reduce waste discharge while promoting a circular economy transition. The Nexus strategy supports this transition and integrated resource management through policy integration, alleviating some of the contemporary economy’s issues in the water, food, and energy sectors. Several examples of biomass conversion to valuable products, primarily bioenergy, will be shared during this seminar.

    Furthermore, produced water (PW), one of the most significant byproducts of the oil and gas industries, will be given special attention. Appropriate PW management is critical for enhancing ecosystem services and promoting circularity in this industrial sector. To summarise, current and emerging trends in biomass management will be discussed based on the Energy-Water-Food Nexus approach. Will we be able to embrace the technology and establish the regulatory framework required to capitalize on the potential benefits of biomass?


    Jean extensively researches the production of bioenergy by anaerobic digestion. Bioenergy is a promising way to reduce the use of fossil resources on the one hand and to make good use of organic waste and byproducts on the other. Biogas produced through anaerobic digestion is a versatile energy source since it can be used to produce heat and electricity combined with heat or biofuel. Moreover, he focused on the green treatment of sludge produced from wastewater treatment plants.

    Jean has expertise in biology, biochemistry, chemical- and process engineering combined with economic knowledge and on the Resource Nexus. Jean is committed to innovation and transferring his results to practical use.

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