Prof. Eva Pongrácz is vice-head of the Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering research unit at the Faculty of Technology. She is an environmental engineer with a keen understanding of sustainable development. Her research focus is in energy transition and circular economy, with a special attention on arctic issues. She is also leading the energy and environmental engineering research group, which focuses on smart energy systems, renewable energy, decarbonization and critical material recycling. She has an extensive collaboration network and project experience across the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, promoting environmental protection, decentralized energy solutions and sustainable regional development.
The national implementation of the WEEE Directive and the development of WEEE recovery infrastructure in Finland were studied
Consumers’ awareness and perceptions toward the WEEE recovery system were assessed through a survey conducted in Oulu
The role of consumer behaviour in storing electronics at home and its impact were considered.
This thesis evaluates the impact of home automation for electricity management in residential sector using environmental and economic indicators.
To this end, a life cyclevassessment was performed to evaluate the impacts of the manufacturing, use and disposal phases.
Dynamic environmental indicators using the ReCiPe model were also developed