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Faysal Tareq

I am working as a Ph.D. candidate in WP3 of the SUBLIME Project. My research is centered on the Dynamic Material Flow Analysis and Life Cycle Analysis of Dutch Macro Steel Infrastructures. Specifically, my work involves developing a model to predict the future material stock flows within macro steel infrastructures and understanding how these accumulate over time within the economy under various scenarios. Additionally, through the Life Cycle Analysis, I aim to identify the environmental impact of the infrastructure under different scenarios where digital twins play a significant role in extending the longevity of the infrastructure.

Growing up in a coastal village in Bangladesh, recognized as one of the most climate-vulnerable countries globally, I have always been intrigued by the swift changes occurring in my surroundings and the ongoing adaptation measures. This fascination ultimately motivated me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the field of Environmental Science at a top-ranked university in Bangladesh. My educational background includes an M.Sc. in Urban Environmental Management, specializing in Urban System Engineering from Wageningen University and Research. Furthermore, I hold a master’s degree in environmental science from Khulna University and a master’s degree in Renewable Energy Technology from the University of Dhaka. My previous research focused on scenario-based long-term infrastructure planning for sustainable water supply in megacities in the Global South.

The sustainability of steel infrastructure depends on multiple factors, including the production system, longevity, and end-of-life recycling rate. To minimize the environmental impact of these mega infrastructures, increasing their longevity and recycling rate could be a potential solution. My research aims to identify the environmental impacts of these mega steel infrastructures and assess the changes that occur when the infrastructure’s longevity is extended. Furthermore, the future flow of iron and steel scrap materials for the production of new steel is a crucial aspect of achieving net-zero emissions. This will be accomplished by employing two widely used industrial ecology tools: Dynamic Material Flow Analysis and Life Cycle Analysis.

I am happy and excited to be a part of this multidisciplinary project, forwarding the cause of circularity in the steel industry. I am looking forward to working with diverse academic and industrial partners on this project.

Location: Leiden University (LU)

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Arnold Tukker; Dr. S.P. Deetman

Start date: October 16, 2023

End date: October 15, 2027

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