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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: M. Ibrahim

Contact Surname: Khalil

Contact Address:

39 Hollyville Heights Davitt Road South Wexford IRELAND.

Telephone Contact Number: +353 (0)85 785 9546

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: i.khalil@gsustain.com

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name: Other Institute

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Green Sustainability International

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: www.gsustain.com

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
\"Green Sustainability International” is a one-stop shop to offer consulting/advisory services, including research and development, on Environment, Climate Change, Energy, Heath & Safety and Sustainability across agricultural, industrial, commercial, energy and forestry sectors. It provides services in accordance with national, regional and international policies/legislations/directives/agreements. This is primarily to reduce environmental pollution in terrestrial and aquatic systems, mitigate atmospheric pollutants (e.g., greenhouse and other toxic gases), maintain biodiversity, reclamation/remediation of contaminated lands, minimize energy consumption & other relevant, and create safe working environment, leading to achieve a climate resilient low-carbon pathway and attain sustainability. GSI delivers on-time services by using ISO and advanced methodologies/technologies/approaches, utilising existing expertise/resources as well as creating specialized job opportunities, and developing partnerships at national and international levels. The company has highly experienced and skilled researchers and associates to deal with the following research and development: (a) Carbon footprinting, greenhouse gases, air pollutants and odours monitoring, evaluation, elucidation of loss pathways/processes, mitigation and modeling across sectors (e.g. agriculture, industry, energy). (b) Surface & ground water quality and contaminants (sources: agriculture, industries, etc.) monitoring, testing, and assessment as well as wastewater management including planning, implementation, identification of mechanisms/pathways, parameter benchmarking, comparison and mitigation/remediation. (c) Soil quality and nutrients assessment (organic and inorganic, waste recycling and management, etc.), planning, implementation, identification of mechanisms/loss pathways, parameter benchmarking, comparison and develop/tailor technologies to increase carbon sequestration in terrestrial systems and improve nutrient use efficiency to reduce GHG emissions and sustain production. (d) Assessing emerging threats to natural resources (include wetlands, peat lands) and ecosystem/biodiversity degradation, and tailoring technological options to restore them. (e) Pollution incident and source investigation (e.g. mining, oil spills, chemical industries), reclamation and remediation. (f) Land evaluation and use planning for marginal lands to bring under cultivation preferably with biomass/energy crops/plants. (g) Literature review, desktop studies and project preparation services to assist researchers, academics, consultants and stakeholders. (h) Data management and analysis, preparation of reports and peer-reviewed publications. (i) Research and field trials to evaluate and disseminate mature technologies.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Greenhouse gases air pollutants and odours, Water quality and contaminants remediation, Wastewater management, Soil quality and nutrients assessment, Waste recycling and management, Carbon sequestration, Nutrient use efficiency, Natural resources management, Biodiversity, Pollution reclamation and remediation, Land evaluation and use planning

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

This is a new company providing environmental services in Ireland and beyond. However, the researchers/advisors attached with have extensive experience and skills in carrying out nationally and internationally-funded research projects (e.g., FAO/IAEA, DANIDA, DAFM, EPA) and attended as national experts/coordinators at meetings/workshops organised for example by UNFCCC, FAO/IAEA, Teagasc, EPA. In the recent past, the company\'s Principal Scientist were involved (Coordinator/Manager/Partner/Co-authro) in the following research projects: 1. Land Use and Agricultural Emissions of Greenhouse Gases: Development of Methodologies for GHG Accounting and Modelling (EPA-Funded, Ireland). 2. Potential of biochar for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and improving agricultural productivity in Ireland (Approved but discontinued to accomplish the above). 3. Subsoil and groundwater denitrification (DAFM-funded). Collaborators: University of Galway & Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Rothamsted Research, North Wyke, UK (Completed). Project Cooordinator/Manager. 4. Maximising the efficiency of slurry-N and urea-N utilisation by grassland using nitrification and urease inhibitors as a strategy for environmental protection (DAFM-funded). Collaborators: University College Dublin, Ireland and Agri-Food & Bisciences Institute, Belfast, UK. (Collaborator). 5. New biodegradable hydrogel materials for the delivery of nitrification and urease inhibitors (DAFM-funded). Collaborator: University of Maynooth, Ireland (Lead). (Co-author/collaborator). 6. Reducing nitrogen excretion, ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions from dairy, beef and pig farms: Evaluation a whole farm approach (RSF). Collaborator: University College Dublin (Lead), Ireland and Lincoln University, New Zealand. (Collaborator: Walsh PhD Fellowship).


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

A few example of relevant, recent scientific publications made by the company\'s Principal Scientist (having peer-reviewed journal publications: 50, Proceedings > 100; Book chapters: 3; Popular articles: 16) follows: 1. Khalil, M.I., M. Richards, B. Osborne, M. Williams and C. Müller. 2013. Simulation and validation of greenhouse gases and carbon stock in arable lands using the ECOSSE model. Atmospheric Environment. 81: 616-624. 2. Khalil, M.I., G. Kiely, P. O’Brien and C. Müller. 2013. Estimation of organic carbon stocks in agricultural soils in Ireland using combined empirical and GIS approaches. Geoderma. 193-194: 222–235. 3. Jahangir, M.M.R., P. Johnston, M. Barrett, M.I. Khalil, P. Groffman, P. Boeckx, O. Fenton and K.G. Richards. 2013. Denitrification and indirect N2O emissions in groundwater: hydrologic and biogeochemical influences. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.152: 70-81. 4. Khalil, M.I. and K.G. Richards. 2011. Denitrification enzyme activity and potential of subsoils under grazed grasslands assayed by membrane inlet mass spectrometer. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 43:1787-1797. 5. Khalil, M.I., U. Schmidhalter, R. Gutser and H. Heuwinkel. 2011. Fertilizer N movement and recovery by spring wheat associated with urea supergranules point-placed at different soil depths. Journal of Plant Nutrition. 34: 779-797. 6. Khalil, M.I., U. Schmidhalter and R. Gutser. 2009. Effects of urease and nitrification inhibitors added to urea on nitrous oxide emissions from a loess soil. Journal of Plant Nutrition & Soil Science. 172: 651-660. 7. Khalil, M.I., F. Buegger, M. Schraml, R. Gutser, K.G. Richards and U. Schmidhalter. 2009. Gaseous nitrogen emissions from a cambisol cropped to spring wheat with urea granule size and depths of placement. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 73: 1335-1344. 8. Khalil, M.I., U. Schmidhalter and R. Gutser. 2009. Emissions of N2O, NH3 and CO2 from a cambisol with two contrasting water regimes and urea granular sizes. Communications in Soil Science & Plant Analysis. 40: 1191-1213. 10. Khalil, M.I., O. Van Cleemput, A.B. Rosenani and U. Schmidhalter. 2007. Daytime, temporal and seasonal variations of N2O emissions in an upland cropping system of the humid tropics. Communications in Soil Science & Plant Analysis. 38: 189-204. 11. Khalil, M.I. and K. Inubushi. 2007. Possibilities to reduce rice-straw-induced global warming potential of a sandy paddy soil by combining hydrological manipulations and urea-N fertilizations. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 39: 2675-2681. 12. Khalil, M.I., M.S. Rahman and U. Schmidhalter. 2007. Nitrogen-fertilizer induced mineralization of soil organic C and N in six contrasting soils of Bangladesh. Journal of Plant Nutrition & Soil Science.170:210-218. 13. Khalil, M.I., U. Schmidhalter and R. Gutser. 2006. N2O, NH3 and NOx emissions as a function of urea granule size and soil type under aerobic conditions. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution. 175: 127-148. 14. Khalil, M.I., and E.M. Baggs 2005. CH4 oxidation and N2O emissions at varied soil water-filled pore spaces and headspace CH4 concentrations. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 37: 1785-1794. 15. Khalil, M.I., M.B. Hossain and U. Schmidhalter. 2005. Carbon and nitrogen mineralization in different upland soils of subtropics treated with organic materials. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 37: 1507-1518.

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Submitted for funding: The Responses of Carbon Turnover and Greenhouse Gas Exchange in Peatlands to Biogeochemical Functions and Climate Change (EU FP7/Marie Curie IOF).

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

A few example of relevant, recent scientific publications made by the company\'s Principal Scientist (having peer-reviewed journal publications: 50, Proceedings > 100; Book chapters: 3; Popular articles: 16) follows: 1. Jahangir, M.M.R., P. Johnston, M. Barrett, M.I. Khalil, P. Groffman, P. Boeckx, O. Fenton and K.G. Richards. 2013. Denitrification and indirect N2O emissions in groundwater: hydrologic and biogeochemical influences. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.152: 70-81. 2. Jahangir, M.M.R., P. Johnston, M.I. Khalil, J. Grant, C. Somers and K.G. Richards. 2012. Evaluation of headspace equilibration methods for quantifying greenhouse gases in groundwater. Journal of Environmental Management. 111: 208-212. 3. Jahangir, M.M.R., P. Johnston, M. Barrett, M.I. Khalil, and K.G. Richards. 2012. Linking hydrogeochemistry to nitrate abundance in groundwater in agricultural settings in Ireland. Journal of Hydrology. 448-449: 212-222. 4. Jahangir, M.M.R., M.I. Khalil, P. Johnston, L.M. Cardenas, D.J. Hatch, M. Butler, M. Barrett, V. O\'Flaherty and K.G. Richards. 2012. Denitrification potential in subsoils: a mechanism to reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 147: 13-23. 5. Fenton, O., M.G. Healy, T. Henry, M.I. Khalil, J. Grant, A. Baily and K.G. Richards. 2011. Investigating denitrification potential in groundwater over time using δ15N/δ18O Isotopes and Membrane Inlet Mass Spectroscopy. Ecological Engineering. 37: 1304-1313. 6. Jahangir, M.M.R., P. Johnston, M.I. Khalil and K.G. Richards. 2010. Assessing groundwater denitrification under two contrasting land uses in South East Ireland. Advances in Animal Biosciences (Cambridge Online Journal). 1(1): 87-87. 7. Richards, K, G., O. Fenton, M.I. Khalil, D. Doody and J. Humphreys. 2009. Good water status: A key for the integration of sustainable grassland production and water quality in Ireland. Tearmann: Irish Journal of Agri-Environmental Research. 7: 143-160. 12. Fenton, O., K.G. Richards, L. Kirwan, M.I. Khalil and M.G. Healy. 2009. Factors affecting nitrate distribution in shallow groundwater under a beef farm in southeastern Ireland. Journal of Environmental Management. 90: 3135-3146.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Cultural heritage

 Identifying resilience levels via observations, monitoring and modelling

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

 Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Biodiversity

 Environmental Governance and Information


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:


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