Australia has a massive waste problem. We’re producing waste at six times our population growth and our current rate of landfilling is unsustainable. So, what habits do we need to change to encourage re-using over recycling? How can we create a closed loop system where we limit what gets sent to landfill? And when it comes to sustainability are we really as good as we think? Sorting through this garbage minefield is Ali Abbas, who will discuss the transformative engineering technologies that will reduce waste output, and hopefully change the way we think about rubbish.
Ali brings a process engineering approach to the development of clean energy and biotechnology. His research explores ways to improve efficiency in complex systems, from power plants to the human body. Ali is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is the Director of the Waste Transformation Research Hub, a national centre aimed at addressing the waste industry’s research and technological challenges.