Jacob Fry began his PhD in 2013 and is supervised by Professor Manfred Lenzen from the University of Sydney and Associate Professor Damien Giurco from the ISF. His research focuses on tracing the flow of waste products through the Australian economy. This research is done in collaboration with the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory and Wealth from Waste projects.
Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Physics) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Masters of Engineering (Sustainable Energy) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Prior to commencing his PhD, Jacob worked in energy efficiency and renewables, as well as a research assistant at the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne. Jacob currently works part-time as a systems engineer for Built Environment Optimisation (BUENO) to uncover energy efficiency opportunities in commercial buildings.
Description of PhD:
This project will focus on quantifying waste flows in the Australian economy. The aim of this research is to produce a framework that identifes waste flows with large associated environmental impacts and flows that are good candidates for waste reduction interventions. The framework will be used to assist policymakers and researchers to evaluate strategies that promote waste reduction, material efficiency and industrial symbiosis.
The framework is constructed by embedding the waste flows in an input-output table. This aligns the physical waste flows with other economic and social data. The framework is built using the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab), which is a tool for constructing Australian multi-regional input-output tables. Once constructed, the framework’s application will be demonstrated through the investigation of a number of industrial ecology case studies. One such case study will examine whether any substitution of raw materials and energy for waste products can be observed in Australian waste and material flow time-series.
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