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California's Multi-Year Used Oil Life Cycle Assessment is Now Complete:  Hear the Results from the Lead Researcher


Presented by Roland Geyer
Associate Professor
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
University of California at Santa Barbara


Senate Bill 546 (Lowenthal, 2009) requires that the California State Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) coordinate, with input from representatives of all used oil stakeholders, a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of California‚Äôs used lubricating and industrial oil managementprocess. In July 2011, University of California, Santa Barbara, (UCSB) started to work on the LCA, which was completed in August 2013. This presentation provides an overview of the used oil LCA work UCSB undertook in the last 2 years including some of the insights gained and lessons learned.

Speaker Bio

Roland Geyer is Associate Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the Bren School, he held research positions at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK, the Centre for the Management of Environmental Resources, INSEAD, France, and was consultant in financial risk management for AMS (now part of CGI) in Germany. Since 2000, he has worked with a wide range of governmental organizations, trade associations, and companies on environmental sustainability issues.

In his research, he uses the approaches and methods of industrial ecology, such as life cycle assessment and material flow analysis, to assesspollution prevention strategies based on reuse, recycling, and material and technology substitution. Roland also combines these approaches with research methods from operations management and other fields in order to study the relationship between environmental performance, economic viability, and technical and operational feasibility of pollution prevention strategies. His overarching goal is to help develop the knowledge, tools, and methods necessaryto reduce the environmental impact from industrial production and consumption. Roland has a graduate degree in physics from theTechnical University Berlin and a PhD in engineering from theUniversity of Surrey.


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