Research Group for Life Cycle Assessment

Applied research in environmental impact assessment

Life Cycle Assessment

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is essential to analyse the environmental performance of organisations, products and processes in order to show the potential for sustainable improvements. LCA is a tool that considers all impacts along the whole life cycle of products and services and provides a scientifically sound basis for the quantification and assessment of environmental impacts. The impact assessment is crucial to optimise processes and services and helps to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different concepts and strategies. Furthermore, the impact assessment can be used define benchmarks and communicate environmental benefits.

Research interests

  • Assessment and optimisation of environmental impacts of renewable energy technologies and interconnected energy systems
  • Assessment and optimisation of resource use (energy, land and water) of agricultural production and nutrition
  • Efficient use of resources in the industrial and service sectors
  • Design of simplified environmental decision support tools

Competences

We provide the following services in the field of environmental impact assessment:

  • Life cycle assessment of products, technologies, processes, services and systems
  • Carbon & water footprint
  • Environmental decision support tools
  • Environmental product declarations (EPD)
  • Sustainability and impact assessment of emerging technologies
  • Saving potential for reduced environmental impacts
  • Independent reviews

We follow the guidelines of ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 for life cycle assessment) and use tailored questionnaires for data collection. The ecoinvent database serves as a background database for the calculation of life cycle inventories with the software SimaPro.

Selected issues for applied research in the field of environmental impact assessment:

  • Evaluation and optimisation of renewable energy technologies and interconnected energy systems
  • Evaluation and optimisation of resources uses (energy, water and land) in agricultural production and nutrition
  • Efficient resource use in industry and services
  • Design of simplified environmental decision support tools

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