Ismael Casotti Rienda

Job title

Board Member and Project Manager



Working Area

Greece, Portugal, Spain

Languages spoken

English (Fluent), French (Fluent), Spanish (Native), Portuguese (Native), Italian (Native)

Personal bio

Ismael began his academic journey with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Granada. Continuing his studies, he pursued a Erasmus Mundus Master in Environmental Studies, specializing in “Cities and Sustainability” across several esteemed universities. This academic pursuit culminated in a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of Aveiro.

With a solid academic foundation, Ismael transitioned into the professional sphere, focusing primarily on waste management and circular economy practices. As a Zero Waste Ambassador and Board Member at ZERO – Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável, he actively engaged in policy advocacy at both national and EU levels. His expertise extended to crafting Zero Waste plans for municipalities and private entities, as well as biowaste management strategies.

In his role as a Consultant at Ibérica Ambiente, Ismael provided services ranging from waste collection analysis to organizing sustainable events. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring nature, demonstrating a diverse range of interests and passions.

Ismael’s journey exemplifies a commitment to environmental sustainability and professional excellence, contributing to positive change in waste management practices.

MiZA accreditation type

  • Zero Waste Cities Accredited Mentor
  • Zero Waste Businesses Accredited Mentor
  • Zero Waste Cities Accredited Auditor
  • Zero Waste Business Accredited Auditor

Zero Waste expertise

  • Biowaste
  • Reuse & Repair Initiatives
  • Recycling
  • Waste Prevention
  • Strategy Development
  • Prevention of Food Waste
  • Single-use Plastic Prevention
  • Organics Management and Composting
  • Separate Collection of Recyclables and Residual Waste
  • Engaging Communities in Zero Waste Initiatives
  • Zero waste islands

Project experiences

  • Zero Waste Business (category: Michelin-stared restaurant) certified in Guimarães (Portugal) "A Cozinha", in 2022 - 2023. The company aimed at enhancing their achievements in sustainability by certifiying their zero waste plan through an accredited entity (MiZA). The work involved: * increasing the rates of waste segregation, * introducing reusable packaging options by negociating with local and regional suppliers * reinforcing the current practices related to waste prevention regarding textiles, furniture and decoration * maintaining the effort in networking with regional stakeholders
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