Material and Energy valorisation of waste in a Circular Economy

Cristina Trois

Country:

South Africa

Contact details:

Prof. Cristina Trois
Professor in Environmental Engineering
South African Research Chair in Waste and Climate Change (SARCHI)

School of Engineering
University of kwaZulu-Natal
Centenary Bld
Howard College Campus
Durban, 4041, South Africa
Tel. +27 (0)31 260 3065
www.ukzn.ac.za

A bio:

Professor Cristina Trois is the former Dean and Head of the School of Engineering at UKZN. Full Professor in Environmental Engineering, and she is currently the NRF South African Research Chair in Waste and Climate Change (SARCHI) at UKZN.

Her main fields of expertise are: Environmental and Geo-Engineering, Waste and Climate Change in Sustainable Cities, Waste and Resources Management, Control, Management and Treatment of landfill emissions, Renewable Energy from waste and Greenhouse gas control from zero waste in Africa and developing countries, Alternative Building Materials.

Chair of the joint secretariat for the Southern Africa Region of the UN-IPLA Programme (International Partnership for advancing waste management services of local authorities) and the IWWG (International Waste Working Group), Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineers. Prof. Trois has over 20 years of working experience in waste management and has been the principal investigator as well as the project coordinator of many feasibility and R&D waste management/waste minimisation/treatment/design projects with municipalities in South Africa and Africa. She is advisor for waste management strategies, waste to energy projects, CDM projects and waste treatment projects for national government, DST, DEA, Sanedi, local government and the private sector.

IEA expectations:

My expectations for the new triennium of the Task 36 IEA-BioEnergy are those of assisting the Dept. of Energy of South Africa and SANEDI in transitioning South Africa towards a green/circular economy, through the localisation of appropriate technologies, knowledge transfer within the Task Group and more importantly learning from your respective experiences more about the institutional frameworks and drivers/barriers that have enabled the introduction of innovative waste-to-energy and nutrient-recovery solutions in your respective countries, that could develop in a comprehensive institutional framework and decision making tool for South Africa, with particular respect to bioenergy projects.