Irdanto Saputra Lase
PhD Researcher, Laboratory for Circular Process Engineering, Ghent University - Campus Kortrijk, Belgium
I work as a researcher at Ghent University and focus on material flow analysis, economic evaluation, and environmental impact assessment within plastics recycling chain. I have been involved in several research collaborations in Europe together with Joint Research Centre (JRC) European Commission, CEFLEX consortium and PlastiCity projects that aim to make a circular economy for plastics. To achieve the ambitious target to recycle more plastics packaging waste, I develop a model to predict flow of plastics in the market as well as net economic balance, business case and environmental impact of plastics waste recycling chain. A complete TEA in combination with MFA and LCA will allow stakeholders within the plastics industry to fairly compare the economic and environmental costs and benefits of different waste management systems.
I have experience in sustainable energy and natural resources management, such as plastics waste management and valorization, project management, and hydrocarbon exploration. I obtained my master’s degree in Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resources Management in 2020, which mainly focuses on sustainability assessment and innovation of resources management within the circular economy framework. My key research areas are around Material Flow Analysis (MFA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Technoeconomic Assessment (TEA) and business case evaluation of plastics recycling chain. During my study, I was involved in an offshore wind turbine installation project in Taiwan as an internship trainee in summer 2019. The main tasks were to evaluate potential renewable energy markets and produce a ranking system of potential offshore wind farm projects in Asia – Pacific and Europe region. My master's dissertation topic was about creating 'a model to predict recycled plastics production from e-waste in Belgium and the Netherlands using material flow analysis principle.'