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How can I see which product or solution is the most sustainable and are any of them sustainable in absolute terms?

Prof. Michael Zwicky Hauschild from DTU Management gives an introduction to life cycle assessment as a tool to determine the eco-efficiency of our technologies. The lecture presents the sustainability challenge that faces engineers in the future and demonstrates the need to go beyond eco- efficiency in the development of a sustainable society.

Michael Z. Hauschild Ph.D, is a professor and head of the Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment at the Department of Management Engineering of the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. He has been overall responsible for the department’s Life Cycle Engineering research activities, teaching and professional training for more than a decade.

On the learning.climate-kic.org discussion forum share your ideas on any or all of the following questions or start your own thread:

  1. How can the life cycle assessment of a product indicate its impact on sustainability, especially in relation to climate change?
  2. Describe your favourite product. Explain what environmental impacts this product has? Where in the life cycle of the product do they arise? Try to imagine changes in the life cycle of the product that would reduce some of the strong climate change impacts. Would these changes lead to changes in other types of environmental impacts, possibly in other stages of the life cycle?
  3. Why do you need both a global and local perspective when measuring sustainability?
  4. How can industry and government be encouraged to be more eco-efficient?
  5. What do you see as the key challenges with eco-efficiency?
  6. Poll question: Is it realistic to aspire to be eco-efficient? Explain why!
  7. How are trends in consumption affecting sustainability?
  8. What is it worth to you to live in a sustainable manner?
  9. What will you change to be more eco-efficient?

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