The LEAF tools can assist Western Australian authorities and industry assess the environmental impact of using waste-derived materials and by-products. LEAF combines geochemical modelling and laboratory-based tests to help understand how these products will behave in the environment in the long term, and can lead to more informed decisions regarding how best to manage industrial waste and by-products.
The LEAF training, held over four days, aimed to progress the WA and national capability which is currently not available in Australia. Training was followed by a well-attended industry workshop comprising government agencies and industry, plus researchers and environmental consultants. Presentations were delivered from ChemCentre, Professors van der Sloot and Kosson, DER and industry partner Alcoa, with discussions demonstrating a comprehensive range of multidisciplinary experience across science, regulatory frameworks and industry requirements.
LEAF Training Workshop
One of the important benefits from having the experts conduct in-depth training with key participants was the confirmation that the LEAF approach and modelling tools were developed with very sound science and using good principals of chemistry, soil science and geoscience. This in turn provides confidence in LEAF’s ability to provide long term benefits of (i) having more certainty in the commercialisation and re-use of by-products and (ii) the routine use of industrial by-products in commercial infrastructure and development projects.
LEAF Industry Workshop
Professor van der Sloot expressed his appreciation of the enthusiasm demonstrated by all 15 participants at the training workshop and the array of questions and discussions raised during that week that demonstrated a high level of scientific knowledge and technical competence.
The objective for ChemCentre is to continue leading the way in WA and Australia to authenticate and tailor the LEAF tests and modelling tools to the Australian environment, and to offer these tests to government and industry.
ChemCentre thanks MRIWA
for their project support. For more information, contact Dr Silvia Black firstname.lastname@example.org