Την Τετάρτη 26 Ιανουαρίου 2022 στις 14:00 θα δοθεί διάλεξη μέσω τηλεδιάσκεψης με τίτλο "What does waste management have to do with planetary boundaries?" από τον Ομότιμο Καθηγητή του Πολυτεχνείου του Αμβούργου (Γερμανία) κ. Rainer Stegmann, ο οποίος έχει αναγορευθεί επίτιμος διδάκτορας του Πολυτεχνείου Κρήτης. Η διάλεξη είναι ανοιχτή σε οποιονδήποτε ενδιαφέρεται να την παρακολουθήσει.
Η εν λόγω διάλεξη είναι η πρώτη της σειράς διαλέξεων "Food for Brain" του διεθνούς οργανισμού International Waste Working Group (IWWG).
Rockström developed with a group of distinguished scientists the Planetary Boundaries (PBs) as a guideline for humanity striving for sustainability. If we expand the waste term to include all liquid, gaseous and solid residues from production and human activities then waste is the cause for the environmental destruction on our globe. Plastic in the ocean, climate change, biodiversity loss, freshwater use, over fertilising etc. are the result of poor waste management.
The measures for reducing emissions in industry and daily life (traffic) are the same we use in our core waste management discipline and more cooperation for better integration would be helpful. We have to validate and implement all waste management activities respecting the PBs. This means striving for energy self - sufficiency, saving resources, using synergistic effects, respecting social needs and striving for more emission reduction also by means of waste minimisation.
Humankind is the reason for our sick planet and humankind has to cure it. This means that society has to be more involved in supporting necessary actions and society has to be protected from irresponsible suffering. Information and education especially in schools and universities are of highest priority. Environmental and social education for students of all disciplines is essential and e.g. practiced at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. To support this international course the author together with 3 colleagues wrote an accompanying textbook (Social and Environmental Issues to Sustainability, Rainer Stegmann - Evangelos Gidarakos, Wenjing Lu - Maria Aivalioti).
Rainer Stegmann studied Civil Engineering at the TU Braunschweig, Germany, worked as a post doc for 1 year at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Until his retirement in 2008 he was Director of the Institute of Waste Resources Management at the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany.
He is one of the prominent researchers in the field of waste management and provided in particular fundamental scientific contributions on sustainable landfilling, in-situ aeration of landfills, anaerobic digestion, composting and treatment of contaminated soil.
He coordinated several international and national research projects, held WM courses in Bangkok and Padova, Italy and became in 2006 Visiting Professor at Institute of Technologies and Applied Science in Havanna, Cuba. From 2009 until 2011 he was director of the R3C Research Center at the Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore.
He is co-organiser of several national and international conferences and has published more than 300 scientific papers and co-edited 8 books.
He was the co-founder and chairman of IWWG (International Waste Working Group) and received in 2009 the award “A Life for Waste”.
In 2019 he became Honorable Doctor at the Technical University of Crete.