Circular Engineering Approaches in Environmental Management to Achieve UN-SDGs

Name of the Speaker: Prof. Brajesh Kr. Dubey

Title of the Seminar: Circular Engineering Approaches in Environmental Management to Achieve UN-SDGs

Date and Time: 27th May 2024 (Monday), 04:30 pm

Online Platform: MS Teams (link to the video of the seminar)

About the Speaker: Prof. Brajesh Kr. Dubey is a Professor of Resource Recovery and Circular Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering and Chair of the School of Water Resources at IIT Kharagpur, India. He is a renowned expert in Circular Engineering, Waste/Resource Management, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), and Decarbonization. His research is funded by organizations such as UNIDO, National Geographic Society, OECD, and others. Prior to his Ph.D., he worked for four years as a Civil/Environmental Engineer. Dr. Dubey has authored 185 journal papers, 4 edited books/conference proceedings, 35 book chapters, and 27 conference papers, with an H-index of 49 and over 8,900 citations on Google Scholar. He has given over 75 invited presentations worldwide. He serves on editorial boards for five journals and has participated in various professional committees, including the State Advisory Committee for Solid Waste Management in West Bengal, India, and the Organic Waste Facility Public Liaison Committee in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract: This presentation explores how a circular engineering (CE) approach in resource management can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs). The UN-SDGs’ principles—public health, environmental considerations, resource value, and economic development—align with environmental management drivers. Thus, prioritizing a circular economy, especially post-COVID, is crucial. Challenges in policy, technology, and public engagement may impede this transition. Solutions include creating green jobs, formalizing stakeholder roles, and training informal workers. recovery infrastructure can address climate change, a key UN-SDG focus. CE-based designs and business models will extend product lifespans, reduce waste, and provide long-term benefits.

Date(s) - 27/05/2024
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR) - IISc Bangalore