School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
Circular Agriculture and Bioeconomy Opportunities for Achieving Net Zero Emission
Anthony Halog has research, training, and engagement interests in bio-circular green economy (biomass waste to energy, material, and chemical production), carbon footprinting/greenhouse emission accounting, environmental life cycle assessment, material and energy flow modelling and analysis. He is leading the Research Group of Industrial Ecology and Circular Economy that endeavours to provide service/expertise for industry/government clients (e.g., agri-food-energy systems) in transforming existing linear system-based value chains towards circularity, which enhances their resource efficiency & productivity, creates added value products from wastes, and reduces emissions into the environment for more sustainable consumption and production. Currently, he is leading a 4-year DFAT grant (2022 – 2026) of $406,569 funded by the International Climate Change Engagement Program on “Optimization of Refuse-Derived Fuels to Decarbonize Electricity Sectors and Achieve Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Targets in Indonesia”, in collaboration with researchers in the School of Business and Economics and Indonesian Researchers (RDI and MEMR). He has also an ongoing project with EarthCheck (Australia) on “Updating Greenhouse Gas Emission Factors and Methodology” to support the accurate calculation of carbon/greenhouse gas footprints of Australian industries. He was a Lead Trainor in the Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering Training Workshop organised by the University of Santo Tomas, the Philippines in 2018. In the USA, he was one of the chief investigators of US-funded projects of ~$7.7 million, out of which $841,281 was awarded to his specific research on life cycle sustainability assessment of biomass-based technological systems. His two recent relevant publications are “How to advance regional circular bioeconomy systems? Identifying barriers, challenges, drivers, and opportunities.” Sustainable Production and Consumption; and “Key aspects for designing business models for a circular bioeconomy,” Journal of Cleaner Production.