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September, 2010 Internship

Ms. Laure Muller joins ROI to do an internship on Life Cycle Inventory of the silk reeling industry in south India. Laure will be trained at Ecoinvent, Dubendorf, Switzerland to compile data sets on the material and energy flows into the silk reeling industry. These data sets will contribute to our understanding of the Life Cycle Impacts of Mulberry silk that is reeled in south India. Laure has completed her Masters in Environmental Engineering from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

September, 2010 Internship

Mr. Loic Leray joins ROI to complete a 2 month internship for his masters thesis at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He will be quantifying the amount of discarded Expanded Polystyrene, also known as Thermocole, using the Material Flow Analysis Framework. This investigation will be used to assess the financial feasibility of recycling EPS in Bangalore.

August, 2010 Policy Dialogue

Dr. Megha Shenoy, Research Director of ROI has been selected for the Energy for Sustainable Development (E4SD) Policy Dialogue: "Financing mechanisms for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in developing countries”, 23 August – 3 October 2010. The E4SD Policy Dialogue is a capacity building activity of the E4SD initiative. The Energy for Sustainable Development Online Initiative is a platform coordinated by International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD). The primary aim of the E4SD Policy Dialogue is to promote active dialogue, exchange of ideas and options aimed at addressing and responding to key challenges related to energy for sustainable development.

June, 2010 Internship

Mr. Sandipan Sarangi joins ROI to complete a 2 month internship for his masters thesis at TERI University, New Delhi. He will be examining the feasibility for reusing rice husk ash from rice mills in Tumkur, Karnataka.

June, 2010 International Participation - Sannas, Finland

Dr. Megha Shenoy, Research Director, ROI presented a paper on "Challenges for improving energy efficiency, water recycling and reducing carbon di-oxide emissions for cottage-scale industries in southern India" at the Summer Symposium on Sustainable Systems (4S) held at Sannas, Finland from 14-17 June 2010.

June, 2010 International Visit

Dr. Megha Shenoy, Research Director, ROI visited Prof. Suren Erkman's group at the Institute of Land Use Policies and Human Environment, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She also took this opportunity to discuss ROIs work with experts from around Switzerland at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, SOFIES, ecoInvent, EMPA Material Science and Technology, Cleantech Switzerland and Swisspor.

May, 2010 Awareness Program organized by ROI

ROI conducted an awareness program on “Industrial Ecology Approaches to Optimize Resources in the Silk Reeling Sector” at the Karnataka State Department of Sericulture Office at Sidlaghatta, Karnataka. Mr. Lokanath S. Researcher, ROI spoke on “Maximizing Resource Efficiency in Silk-Reeling Units in Sidlaghatta”. Mr. M. S. Chandrashekhar, Regional Manager- Sales, Radiant Solar Pvt. Ltd presented details on types of solar water heaters that can be used by the silk reeling industry, associated costs and pay back periods through reducing consumption of firewood. Both presentations were delivered in the local language i.e. Kannada. The program was well received by several silk reelers, officers from the CSTRI and the Karnataka State Department of Sericulture.

May, 2010 Publication

International Journal ‘Resources Conservation and Recycling published a paper “Industrial symbiosis and waste recovery in an Indian industrial area” by Ariana Bain, Megha Shenoy, Weslynne Ashton and Marian Chertow. This paper is from a collaborative project between the Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale University, USA and the Resource Optimization Initiative, Bangalore.

March, 2010 ROI team

Ms. Delphine Doucot joins ROI's team as a project proposal developer. She is an environmental engineer with experience in implementing sustainable strategies around the world.

March, 2010 Field visit - Industrial Ecology and Renewable Energy

Prof. Suren Erkman, Dr. Megha Shenoy and Ms. Delphine Doucot visit the Malavalli Power Plant Ltd. (MPPL) along with eminent Swiss delegates. MPPL uses biomass to generate electricity and therefore emits less carbon di oxide than a coal fired power plant.

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