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In the Spotlight: Anna Liza Bais

Dec 10, 2015

Anna Liza is working at the Alpen Adria University in Austria.

The topic of your research project is “Using and expanding the material and energy flow analysis (MEFA) framework for sustainability impact assessment of bio-energy systems”. You’ve been working on it for about two years now – how is your work progressing? What do you plan to do over the next 6 months?

Recently, my manuscript entitled “Global patterns and trends of wood harvest and use between 1990 and 2010” has been published in the Journal of Ecological Economics. I presented the preliminary results of this study at the IARU Sustainability Science Congress held in Copenhagen, Denmark las year. I have just finished a secondment with BTG Biomass Technology Group in Enschede, the Netherlands. During my secondment, I did research on carbon emissions reduction by utilizing post-consumer wood and paper wastes for the manufacturing of paper and particleboard in the European Union (EU-28), which was presented at the CASTLE Conference in Barcelona on 23rd October. In the next 6 months I would be focusing on writing scientific manuscripts for publication related to the environmental impacts of cascading in the wood sector and the relationships between harvest pressure and changes in forest carbon stocks.

Why did this exact topic interest you?

Climate change and sustainability of biomass and bioenergy are one of the important issues globally. As a forester and environmentalist, I am always eager to deepen my knowledge on these issues. Being part of the CASTLE project and working on these topics that I am most interested in was a great privilege.  With my individual research project, I hope I could contribute to filling the gaps in research knowledge related to biomass sustainability and climate change.

What would you like to do after the CASTLE project has finished?

I would like to continue doing research on issues related to sustainability impact assessment of biomass and bioenergy, sustainable biomass supply chain, climate change, land use, etc.  Since I had experience working with international non-profit organization, I would like also to continue to participate in advocacy programmes related to climate change mitigation, nature conservation, sustainable development, etc. I would also consider a consulting job for industries, bioenergy sectors and private businesses. However, I am open to whatever interesting job opportunities come my way.

What are your thoughts on the CASTLE project so far, and the training courses in particular?

I consider CASTLE project as exceptional programme in Europe,  we (the ESRs) were given a great privilege to broaden our work experience and skills through secondments and also an opportunity to organize international conference. CASTLE trainings were not only beneficial to our individual research but also a unique opportunity to meet people with culturally diverse background and wide range of expertise and experiences.