Job title: Engineer 

Company: RINA Consulting

Tell us about your education and working life up to now.

I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Genoa in Italy and I have been employed at RINA Consulting SpA since June 2014.

What is your main expertise?

I am mainly involved in industrial consultancy projects and European co-funded R&D projects dealing with the assessment of environmental, the economic and social sustainability of products and processes through the application LCA, LCCA and S-LCA methodologies. I am also involved in road-mapping activities for the identification and the development of business opportunities for industrial customers and associations. In particular, I am involved in consultancy activities for the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), by supporting BIC in expanding bioeconomy concepts across Europe and in the identification of specific themes to be potentially incorporated in the Annual Work Plans to be published by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU).

What is your work focused on in the Rehap project?

I am responsible for LCA, LCCA and S-LCA of the developed bio-based processes and solutions, from the starting biomass supply to the final targeted applications. Moreover, we, as RINA, are also responsible for the market analysis and the business plan of the main products obtained in the project, as well as for resource efficiency studies on the developed processes.

What are the main challenges you face in this work and how are you meeting these challenges?

In the framework of environmental and economic sustainability assessments, one of the main challenges is the efficient integration of the several processes developed within the project. Due to the different scales of the process steps and the several involved partners, the collection of reliable data can represent a critical phase towards sustainability assessments. A strict cooperation with the different partners that are in charge of developing the several processes has been set up since the very beginning of the project, aiming to make them aware on LCA, LCCA and S-LCA methodologies and on the potential benefits that sustainability analysis can have in the further development phase of the targeted processes.

How do you see your work helping the project achieve its main objectives?

Sustainability criteria in terms of environmental, economic and social impacts are among the objectives of the project. One of the main targets of the project is indeed to reduce the utilisation of fossil resources, the required energy and CO2 emissions compared to similar commercially available processes. In this framework, sustainability assessment activities through LCA methodologies can significantly aid all project’s partners in steering the development activities towards more efficient and sustainable processes and products able to compete with existing benchmarks.

What impact do you see Rehap having in the future?

Processes and products developed and optimised within the project may help European bio-based industry to effectively involve the primary sector within the developed value chains, as well as penetrate the market with high-value bio-based materials (not limited to the construction sector). Indeed, the identification and the development of feasible and sustainable alternatives for valorising agro-forestry residues, other than the energetic use, can pave the way to the creation of new value chains and bio-based concepts, where the primary sector is involved and considered not just as a “biomass supplier”, but as a key partner to foster efficient and sustainable bio-based business cases.

sustainability assessment activities through LCA methodologies can significantly aid all project’s partners in steering the development activities towards more efficient and sustainable processes...

What do you enjoy more about working on a project like Rehap?

The project is a great opportunity for personal and professional growth. Indeed, Rehap consortium entails a wide array of expertise and knowledge, represented by many people and entities coming from different countries and sectors.

How would you like to see your work develop after the project ends?

I hope that the Rehap project can represent a “stepping stone” to further cooperations among partners, as well as to the future involvement of my working group in similar projects, aiming to assess the sustainability of bio-based processes and products.

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