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Dirk Nelen
Senior Researcher, Sustainable Resources Management at VITO


Dirk Nelen holds a MSc in Bioscience Engineering and is a senior researcher on sustainable resources management at VITO, contributing to the development and implementation of strategies for waste and materials management in a circular economy. His research topics focus on urban mining, recycling, life cycle and value chain sustainability assessment, industrial ecology and industrial symbiosis. He is involved in a number of initiatives driven by European wide partnerships on waste management and raw materials research that include companies, public agencies as well as research organizations. Before 2010, his career included environmental consultancy, lecturing, and the management of a city environmental service in Chile. For the European Topic Centre (ETC) on Waste, Dirk contributes to different tasks on waste prevention, resource efficiency policies and industrial emissions. He is an active member of the International Solid Waste Association’s (ISWA) Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimization and takes part in the Management Committee of the Cost Action ‘Mining the European Anthroposphere’, and was a technical team lead for the evaluation of the EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) pilot, commissioned by DG ENV. Dirk has a track record in the field of environmental assessment of a wide range of waste management options commissioned by the Flemish waste authority (OVAM).

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Agenda Sessions

  • Mapping out packaging waste collection and sorting systems across Europe