Sustainable Engineering
Sustainable Engineering

Research at the Chair of Sustainable Engineering

The Chair of Sustainable Engineering at TU Berlin researches data sets, methods and tools to scientifically evaluate the sustainability of technologies, products and services. We publicize our knowledge using scientific publications or other media. Our cooperation projects build bridges between research and practice, helping to make sustainability part of the daily practice of engineers.

See the links on the right-hand side for a list of publications of the Chair of Sustainable Engineering.

Publications

A separate subpage and a Zotero group list the publications of the Chair of Sustainable Engineering.

Projects

Basic research, applied research and transfer of knowledge into daily engineering practice.

Datasets and methods

ESSENZ

Assessment of resource efficiency in the context of sustainable development

SCARCE

Method for assessing the criticality of abiotic resources at the regional level

Organisational Water Footprint (OWF)

The organizational water footprint practitioner’s guide was developed as part of the BMBF-funded project WELLE and guides practitioners in assessing the water footprint of an organisation or a company. Two ISO standards, namely ISO 14046 and ISO 14072, were critical in developing the organizational water footprint method. Readers are advised to consult these standards in order to familiarize themselves with terminology used in the OWF Practitioner’s Guidance.

WAVE+

Accounting for atmospheric evaporation recycling and assessment of the risk of depletion of fresh water resources in water footprints

Water footprint tools

WELLE OWF Tool

The WELLE OWF Tool enables companies (and organizations) to calculate the organizational water footprint of their activities as well as the identification of water hotspots along their supply chain.

Agriculture-based virtual water imports from Germany

The tool shows the results of the study “Water Footprint of German and European imports of agricultural products: trends and development in the context of water scarcity” by visualizing the agricultural imports to Germany (by mass), the associated virtual water flows as well as the resulting water scarcity footprint in the exporting countries.

The water footprint of cotton and textiles

The InnoCottonGROW tool results from the "InoCottonGROW – an innovative approach for reducing Water Footprint of the global cotton textile industry towards UN sustainable development goals" project. It allows to explore specific water related cause-effects chains of cotton consumption with regard to impacts on human health, ecosystems and water resources.

Agriculture-based virtual water imports from Germany

The tool shows the results of the study “Water Footprint of German and European imports of agricultural products: trends and development in the context of water scarcity” by visualizing the agricultural imports to the European Union (by mass), the associated virtual water flows as well as the resulting water scarcity footprint in the exporting countries.

Evaporation areas and atmospheric tracing

A global run of the WAM-2layers model – a numerical offline tracking model for the tracking of atmospheric moisture. Tracking on a 1.5° x 1.5° grid based on reanalysis data (source: Era Interim) of the last 18 years (2001-2018).

Water footprint toolbox

Tabular overview of Water Footprint concepts, guidelines, methodologies, standards, databases and other related materials. The overview helps users to navigate through the variety of water footprint-related materials based on a comprehensive set of criteria e.g. level of application, system boundary, scope, spatiotemporal resolution and more.

Partners & cooperations (selection)

Current projects (selection)

PuR

Precycling for more resource efficiency - systemic solutions for avoiding packaging (PuR) Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); 06/2019 - 03/2024

EIBA

Sensory recording, automated identification and evaluation of used parts based on product data as well as information about previous deliveries Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); 09/2019 - 08/2022

dm project

klimaneutralisierte Produkte (Initiative KLIMA BEWUSSTER HANDELN) dm-drogerie markt GmbH + Co. KG; 2019 – 2021

Life LCA

Life cycle assessment of a human, Dirk Gratzel (entrepreneur), Greenzero.me; 2017 - open

ProTandem

Demonstration of the production suitability of perovskite silicon tandem solar cells (ProTandem) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) 07/2018 - 06/2021

Completed projects (selection)

RessMob

Bewertung der Inanspruchnahme biotischer und abiotischer Ressourcen im Mobilitätssektor: Entwicklung von Ökobilanz-kompatiblen Bewertungskriterien, -methoden und -konzepten (RessMob) Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG) 10/2017 – 09/2020

VERUM

Simplified environmental assessments in the Federal Environment Agency - case studies & method update (VERUM project) Federal Environment Agency (UBA) 02/2015 - 11/2016

Critical review according to ISO 14040/14044 for the comparison of blast furnace technologies

Siemens AG 04/2008 - 01/2009

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CO2 footprint and life cycle assessment of the preparation and marketing of used IT hardware

AfB gemeinnützige GmbH

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WELLE

Water footprint for companies - local measures in global value chains (WELLE project) Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 04/2017 - 03/2020

Life cycle assessment of covelano marble

Göflaner Marmor GmbH 10/2019 – 12/2019

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LC.biodiv.IA

Biodiversity impact assessment in life cycle analyzes - Life Cycle Biodiversity Impact Assessment (LC.biodiv.IA) Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) 2017 - 2019

MEASURE

Metrics for sustainability assessment in the European process industry (MEASURE) Horizon 2020 of the European Union 01/2015 - 03/2016

RESEFI

Resource efficiency in small and medium-sized enterprises (RESEFI) Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 11/2009 - 03/2011

EVALCA

Evaluation of ecological life cycle analyzes for selected applications (EVALCA) Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission 12/2007 - 04/2010

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Material flow management

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 04/1998 - 11/2000

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InoCotton

Innovative impulses to reduce the water footprint of the global cotton textile industry towards UN sustainability goals (InoCotton) Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 2017-2020

EVD4EUR

Environmental assessment of the future development of electric vehicles in Europe (EVD4EUR) The Research Council of Norway 01/2016 - 12/2019

ReBüWa

Development of a method to evaluate the resource efficiency of Baden-Württemberg (ReBüWa) Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg 10/2016 - 03/2017

Updating and automating water footprint studies

Volkswagen AG 05/2014 - 10/2014

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Daimler AG water balance

11/2008 – 06/2010

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Water in the automobile life cycle

Volkswagen AG (VW AG) 08/2009 - 02/2010

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Analysis of resource availability beyond geological reserves

ORYX Stainless

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grEEEn

Cost management system for environmentally friendly electrical and electronic products (grEEEn)

BiomatLCA

Integration von ökologischen Kennwerten biobasierter Werkstoffe in den industriellen Planungs- und Konstruktionsprozess – Methodologie und Werkzeuge Fachagentur für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR) 2017 - 2020

SERUM

Development of a sector-specific sustainability assessment methodology for pharmaceutical product and process development (SERUM) Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) 06/2016 - 05/2019

WULCA

Water consumption in the life cycle assessment (WULCA) United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) / Life cycle initiative of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 2009 - 2017

ESSENZ

Integrated method for holistic calculation / measurement of resource efficiency (ESSENZ) Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 08/2012 - 11/2015

Implementation of "Green Production" in vehicle manufacturing

Daimler AG 01/2010 -12/2011

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UNEP - SETAC Life Cycle Initiative

Working group on water, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) / Life cycle initiative of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 07/2008 - 12/2010

Environmental Product Declarations - Alucobond (EPD)

Alcan Singen GmbH 01/2009 - 03/2009

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Electrification of vehicles

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Model for by-products and secondary raw materials for the life cycle assessment of steel

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG

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