Sustainable Engineering

BiomatLCA - Integration of ecological parameters of bio-based materials in the industrial planning and construction process - methodology and tools

Project description

Due to the gradual depletion of fossil raw material sources and the negative environmental impacts associated with the intensive use and processing of fossil raw materials, the search for regenerative alternatives has experienced an enormous upswing in recent years. The plastics industry in particular is still highly dependent on fossil raw materials. As a result, this sector is particularly under pressure to research and commercialize more sustainable alternatives. Even today, existing, market-ready bioplastics could replace the majority of conventional plastics when it comes to technical properties. However, there is still a lack of standardized and transparent information about their ecological relevance. It is less the lack of life cycle assessment results, but rather the lack of suitable, user-friendly and robust aids for integrating environmental information about bioplastics into the design process that has prevented the extensive use of these materials.

In this context, the project aims to integrate environmental factors into the selection of materials as early as possible in the design process. This is intended to promote the use of bio-based materials in the automotive sector and beyond. The Chair of Sustainable Engineering (SEE) at TU Berlin is particularly responsible for condensing the information for the development of a robust, user-friendly approach for bio-based plastics by researching existing methodological aspects and guidelines. The goal is to formulate sector-specific product category rules (PCR). The methodological framework should provide the basis for targeted data collection and then be validated in a case study for an existing component in the automotive industry. Further, key figures should be developed to assess the environmental impact of biological materials and their technical properties and a new automobile part should be developed and tested in practice.

Funding: Fachagentur für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)

Budget: EUR 1,385,650 (total); EUR 154,183 (Chair of Sustainable Engineering, TU Berlin)

Duration 2017-2020


Ing. Nikolay Minkov, MSc
Room Z 205
Phone +49 (0) 30 314-28517
E-mail nikolay.minkov(at)

MSc. Marcel Görmer
Room Z 107
Phone +49 (0) 30 314-28453
Fax +49 (0) 30 314-21720
E-mail marcel.goermer(at)