Forging sustainability

Ricardo Luis Teles de Carvalho

Ricardo Luis Teles de Carvalho

Bolseiro de Pós-Doutoramento

  • Researcher ID: W-4150-2018
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  • Ciencia ID: BF15-FD0C-4077
  • Departamento: Ambiente e Ordenamento
  • Grupo de Investigação: Resources circularity assessment and technology (RCAT)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: RID=W-4150-2018
  • Título: Assessment of the environmental, social and economic performance of tissue paper produced in Portugal from Eucalyptus wood through the use of an LSCA tool. Orientador: Ana Cláudia Dias Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: PT2020 Grant reference: BPD/UI89/5580/2018 Start date: 2018-09-17 End date: 2021-11-30

Interesses de investigação

- Life Cycle Sustainability Assessments

- Energy Planning

- Industrial Ecology

- Carbon Sequestration

- Forest ecology

- Agroforestry

- Bioenergy & Bioeconomy

- Circular economy

- Waste Management

Graus académicos

- PhD in Civil Engineering - Environmental Technology, Aalborg University (2016)

- MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems, University of Aveiro (2010)

- Licenciate in Environmental Engineering, University of Aveiro (2008)

Atividades científicas

- Integrated member of CESAM (since 2018);

- Research member in the InPactus project Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus (since September 2018);

- Member with seat on the board of the Council of the Department of Environment and Planning, representing the postdoctoral fellows (Since 2019);

- Member of the Swedish Strategic Research Platform Bio4Energy working in collaboration with Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), the Stockholm Environment Institute/World Agroflorestry Centre (ICRAFT) and the industrial sector (2016-Aug. 2018);

- Postdoc researcher funded by the Kempe Foundation and the Swedish Research Council FORMAS through the project Sustainable biomass utilization for an improved environment and health in Sub-Saharan Africa (2016-2018);

- Researcher and PhD student at Danish Building Research Institute - Aalborg University and CESAM funded by the Foundation of Science and Technology (2012-2016);

- Member of the ISO/TC 285 committee on Clean Cookstoves and Clean Cooking Solutions (2016-Aug. 2018);

- Participant and contributor to the UNEP/ICCI forum on black carbon emissions from household fuel combustion;

- Member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.



InPaCTus - Produtos e Tecnologias Inovadores a partir do Eucalipto Ver mais

AIRUSE - Teste e desenvolvimento de medidas de mitigação para melhoria da qualidade do ar no Sul da Europa Ver mais

BIOGAIR - Impacto da cadeia de valorização energética de biomassa na qualidade do ar e na política climática Portuguesa Ver mais

Orientações científicas

Master (Co-orientador): Fernanda Almeida (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-orientador): Natxo García Lopez (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-orientador): Brena Karoline Valentim Paiva (not a CESAM member)

Reviewer of high reputation scientific journals such as:

- Energy & Buildings

- Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

- Energy Policy

Member of organizing committees:

- Member of workshop activities related to permaculture and agroflorestry in the collective HortUA - Sustainable Living Lab (2011-2012) and HortUA 2.0 - Permaculture lab for the sustainable transition of communities (2018-present):  


- Ecodesign directive workshop on biomass space-heating systems, University of Aveiro, 2019:;

- International Climate Cryosphere, Clean Air and Climate Coalition summit on black carbon emissions from biomass and coal combustion, Warsaw, Poland, 2017:


- Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting, October, 2017

- Residential combustion workshop, Copenhagen, 2017:


- Member of the organizing comittee of the Conference Humanitarian Engineering, as Board Member of the NGO Engineering for Development and Humanitarian Aid (EpDAH), Ordem dos Engenheiros, Aveiro, Portugal, 2011

Other funded projects

2015-2018: Sustainable biomass utilization in Sub-Saharan Africa for an improved environment and health, Swedish Research Council FORMAS

2012-2016: Energy Research project at SINTEF/NTNU (Norway), “New heating solutions and technologies for buildings with low heating demands”, Norwegian government with industrial partners

2013-2014: PROLEÑA/Inter American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture, “Development of a strategy to promote efficient stoves in the semi-arid regions of Brazil”

2011-2012: UNDP “Sustainable Rural Biomass Energy” project

2009-2012: Danish EPA SBi/Aalborg University project, “Residential wood heat in Denmark”

Short Bio

Ricardo is a researcher in energy technologies and environmental systems, currently focusing his work on the life-cycle analysis of bio-based materials and biomass strategies enhancing carbon sequestration, agroforestry and interactions between resources, transformation and supply systems. His research entails cooperation projects with industrial and societal stakeholders, including local governments and NGOs. 

He traveled and worked in different parts of the world, including one postdoctoral stay up north at the Umeå University in Sweden, and a stay as visiting reseacher and lecturer at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Ceará. Since 2011, Ricardo has been working in research projects in diverse countries such as India, Kenya and Brazil.

His most recent work includes sustainability assessments applied to products from the forest sector, including the analysis of land-use changes, agroforestry and the effect of various scenarios of biomass utilization aiming the mitigation of carbon emissions from different sectors. 

Ricardo enjoys travelling, world music, hiking and activities in nature that allow him to learn more about diverse cultures.

Atividades complementares

Research collaborator at Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Founder member of the Non-governmental Organization Engineering for Development and Humanitarian Aid (EpDAH), Ordem dos Engenheiros, Lisboa

Member of Ordem dos Engenheiros

Experiência profissional

Postdoctoral Researcher no Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory da  Umeå University (Suécia), , 2009-presente, Sept. 2016-Aug. 2018, e PhD colaborador do CESAM na área de sistemas sustentáveis de bioenergia, 2009-presente

Consultor no Danish Building Research Institute - Aalborg University (Dinamarca), Departamento de Energia e Ambiente, Programa de Tecnologia Ambiental, 2009-2016

Assistente de Direccão do Energyin - Pólo de Competitividade e Tecnologia da Energia e programa renováveis de Portugal, Portugal, 2011-2012

Intern no Programa de Desenvolvimento das Nacões Unidas, Divisão de Energia, Ambiente e Gestão de Desastres Naturais, Missão no Butão, 2011

Financiamento do CESAM: