Carlos Blanco Rocha
Carlos graduated from Leiden University in 2016, where he obtained his MSc degree in Industrial Ecology. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.
Carlos graduated from Leiden University in 2016, where he obtained his MSc degree in Industrial Ecology. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. Carlos worked for 8 years in the mining industry as a Health, Safety, Environment and Community Relations (HSEC) manager in several countries in Latin America including Chile, Colombia and Brazil. In this role, Carlos led social and environmental impact studies for mining and minerals exploration projects, developed environmental mine closure plans and led several incident investigations. He was also tasked with environmental auditing and implementing ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 standards.
More recently, Carlos worked as a sustainability consultant for the energy industry and developed software solutions for stakeholder engagement programs in several large scale projects.
In his MSc thesis, Carlos developed a framework to assess ecosystem services in LCA and demonstrated it by a case study of water supply for mining in the north of Chile. The study proposed a new way to split the required modeling steps within the LCA framework and incorporated economic valuation of ecosystem services. The paper was awarded the Stans prize by CML in 2016.
Carlos’s current research focus is life cycle sustainability analysis of emerging solar photovoltaic technologies. The research is funded by a Horizon 2020 project that is being developed in collaboration with 6 other European institutes and industry partners. The research involves a criticality assessment of materials that have been listed as critical raw materials by the EU. It also looks at recycling and end of life (EOL) treatment options for the materials and technologies involved in the project. The life cycle assessment of emerging technologies involves upscaling of lab scale processes to production environments and modelling of life cycle impacts in future scenarios.
- Database consulting and management