Applications are open for the WG5 Training School “Jump 2030 – The Good Urban Life’” that will take place in Vienna, from 21 to 25 September 2020!

Key Dates:

10th August 2020 – Applications submission Deadline
20th August 2020 – Confirmation to the selected Trainees
07th September 2020 – Deadline for e-Cost registration and confirmation
09th September 2020 – Communication of Teams/Distribution of preparatory material
21st-25th September 2020 – From Monday 9.00 to Friday 16.00

Are you interested in such an experience?
Spread the word and / or apply now! Here is the link:

Die BMW Group befindet sich weiterhin auf dem aufsteigenden Ast und will die Reise nach oben 2018 fortsetzen.

Project: ISO-compliant life cycle assessment report  for the BWM X3 30e Plug-in-Hybrid

On behalf of BMW, the Institute for Sustainability in Civil Engineering has conducted a life cycle assessment for the plug-in-hybrid car X3 xDrive30e. More

To help support decision making on mitigating actions in the transport sector it is paramount to develop a better understanding of the environmental impacts of road vehicles over their entire lifecycle. The following Report focuses on LCA studies for vehicles. 

New Report: Determining the environmental impacts of conventional and alternatively fuelled vehicles through LCA

This report summarises a range of vehicle life-cycle assessment (LCA) studies available in the public domain, which were found to be of varying focus, data quality, detail and coverage. It develops a policymaker-oriented LCA methodology for light- and heavy-duty vehicles covering a selection of major powertrain types and fuel chains for the 2020 to 2050 timeframe. Report

News! Equal Opportunities Representative 2020

Professor Traverso was elected Equal Opportunities Representative of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Starting in July 2020, Professor Traverso will be officially committed to the equality of all genders for the next two years with all her expertise and experience. Congratulations!

Life Cycle Summer School 2020

The summer school will be organized under the theme “Bio-economy and the food life cycle – A life cycle management toolbox for sustainable regional food and biomass” from 21 September to 8 October 2020. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, LCSS 2020 will take place this year as a virtual summer school! More

New Study: Single-use plastic bottles and their alternatives – Recommendations from Life Cycle Assessments

Most bottled water contains plastic particles – The PawprintAmong the most commonly used types of beverage bottles are bottles made from plastics for single use. The environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles has been widely discussed in society. To mitigate the environmental problems of single-use plastic bottles, there is a need to consider alternative solutions. This report summarises current knowledge about the environmental performance of single-use plastic bottles and their alternatives, and analysis how this knowledge can be used to guide policy makers and other actors.

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COVID-19: The social impact of Working From Home

ᐈ For home office stock photos, Royalty Free home office images ...Calculate the social, environmental and health impact of your business working from home.

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New Report regarding responsible and sustainable sourcing of batteries raw materials

Publication document thumbnailUsed in e-mobility and electronics, batteries are essential to achieve the EU objective of decarbonisation of the economy and other challenges related to sustainable development. Several policy initiatives have been issued and others are under discussion to promote sustainable and competitive production of batteries in the EU. Recently, various stakeholders highlighted social risks related to supply chains of batteries and in particular in regard to the provision of raw materials.

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Survey! Weighting of indicators for the assessment of mobility services:

The aim of this survey is the weighting of different indicators for the assessment of mobility services. These indicators assess, for example, noise pollution, space occupancy or impacts on health and safety.

The results of this survey help to prioritize these various aspects. To do so, the indicators are compared pairwise. Taking part in the survey takes about 10 minutes. We would highly appreciate if you could take the time to complete the survey:

If you have any questions feel free to contact:

Katharina Gompf

Collaborative Research Centre Transregio 280 funding approved

Professor Traverso and the team of the Institute for Sustainability in Civil Engineering are pleased to announce that the Collaborative Research Centre Transregio 280 has been approved by the DFG as part of the research association of the RWTH Aachen and TU Dresden. An interdisciplinary research team – inspired by mathematics, botany and art – is using carbon concrete to develop new concepts for resource-saving and material-minimised construction.

The adaptive manufacturing method in the production process and the continuous evaluation of sustainability over the entire life cycle promise to point the way forward in the development of strategies for constructions made of carbon concrete.

The approval of the DFG heralds the start of the first four years of the Collaborative Research Centre, which will run for a total of 12 years.

INaB was part of the advisory committee of the PLP Guidelines, recently published.

First standardized guidelines to measure plastic pollution across corporate value chains published by the Plastic Leak Project

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New publication concerning products and circular econmy

The circular economy is a concept that not only can help us reach climate neutrality and reduce environmental burden, but also support European economy to be innovative and competitive. This report presents the findings from more than one hundred EU-funded research and innovation projects, highlighting product circularity ideas related to design, manufacturing, use and afteruse. Nine independent experts identified key lessons for policy makers with regard to possible future research and policy action.

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Aachen2050: Together for a region worth living in permanently

The INaB is part of the Aachen2050 movement. We need a large, shared and sustainable picture of the future. Aachen2050 is currently building a regionally oriented platform that brings together and coordinates acting and interested supporters and wantes to develop the urban region into a common future.


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Der Verein Ingenieure retten die Erde e.V. – Support us!

The aim of the association is to concentrate the skills of the engineers on the reconciliation of nature and people and to give the engineers and other contributing faculties precisely this philosophy as the basis of all their “doing and acting”.

If you would like to know how to support this association please visit the following website:

NEWS: The 2019 Annual Progress Report of the Life Cycle Initiative

The 2019 Annual Progress Report of the LC Initiative is a great way to catch up with the progress of the Initiative across its 2017-2022 strategy through the achievements of various projects.

2019 was a landmark year for the Life Cycle Initiative, as we have received unprecedented attention to mainstream life cycle thinking at the global policy level.

For more Information: Report

INaB is part of The Steering Commitee in the project on ‘Revision of the  Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment’

The 3rd Draft of the revised Version of the guidelines for S-LCA of Products is just posted online.

The aim of the project group is to launch the Social LCA Guidelines as UNEP publication in June in conjunction with the Social LCA conference in Gothenburg (June 17 2020).

If you would like to know more about this project visit please the two following websites:

EN 45554: A standard that works for the environment – Learn more

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UNEP’s Consumption and Production unit in Paris is recruiting an International UN Youth Volunteer. Deadline of application is 8 March. More

Apply now: Life Cycle Summer School 2020

This year’s edition will focus on the theme “Bio-economy and the food chain – A life cycle management toolbox for sustainable regional food and biomass development”. The Summer School will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 9 – 12 October 2020. More

Guest Lecturer at INaB the 9th January 2020
Dr. Henry Abanda from Oxford Brookes University/UK

Titel: BIM for Building Environmental Performance Evaluation
Where: Lecture Hall H08, CARL, Claßenstr. 11, 2. Floor, Room219
When: Donnerstag, 09. Januar 2020  10:30 – 12:00 o’clock
Studyline: “Bewertungsmethoden für nachhaltiges Bauen”

Dr. Henry Abanda PhD, Dipl.-Ing.,PGcert (Distinction), BSc (Hons), CEng, MIET, FHEA
Henry Abanda has a BSc (Hons) and Dipl.-Ing. in Mathematics/Physics and Civil Engineering from the University of Buea and École Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique (ENSP) de Yaoundé. After obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering in 2003, Henry worked as a Project Engineer on projects funded by the governments of Cameroon and Japan. Later, Henry obtained his PhD from the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University in the UK in 2011, where he is today a Senior Lecturer and Researcher.

His research interest is in the area of emerging digital construction technologies. He has designed, implemented and delivered BIM related courses on the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in the School of the Built Environment ( Recently, Henry mentored a group of students from the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes for the first ever WorldSkills UK Building Information Management (BIM) – Regional Competition. The competition took place between 17- 19 June 2019 at the Autodesk University Conference where the team from Oxford Brookes competed with students from South Bank and Middlesex universities. Out of the first 3 students selected to represent the region, the first two were Henry’s mentees. (

He is currently supervising 4 PhD students working on construction project management, facilities management, BIM, Big Data and the Semantic Web. Prior to this, he had co-supervised 2 PhD students to completion. He is an external examiner in many European Universities. He recently examined a PhD candidate in the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute-The University of Southern Denmark. Henry has delivered BIM lectures at the Universidad de Lleida-Spain, Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tarbes-Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse-France, UN-Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, School of Planning and Architecture-New Delhi-India-a top tier institution of learning in India, Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK), Ecole Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique de Yaoundé and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Travaux Publics- Yaoundé, Cameroun. Henry was the lead facilitator in training 180 UK-based construction professionals through hands-on workshops on the use of BIM for construction project management and quantity surveying as part of the European Regional Development Fund Programme FutureFit Build Assets funded project.

Visit of the Green Talents to RWTH Aachen on the 16th of September 2019

With the participation of the Institute for Sustainability in Civil Engineering (INaB), the Chair of Sustainable Raw Material Extraction and the Institute of Raw Materials Engineering (MRE) as well as the International Office / Welcome Center, the award-winning students will be given an insight into the RWTH Aachen University. For the past ten years, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been honoring outstanding junior scientists from all around the world in the field of sustainability research through the international Green Talents competition. So far, “232 green talents” from 65 countries have been announced. This year’s motto is “Smart Green Planet – Solutions for a Sustainable Future”, which focuses on the benefits of new digital technologies for achieving the 2030 Agenda.

The International Social LCA Forum 2019

The International Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) Forum is an international event arranged by the Department of Economic Studies of the University “G. d’Annunzio” of Pescara-Chieti, in collaboration with Ecoinnovazione, the Social LCA Alliance, Region Abruzzo and in cooperation with UN Environment.

The event is taking place in Pescara on the 5th & 6th of December.

The registration for the International Social LCA Forum 2019 is now open

Important deadlines:

15 October 2019 – Deadline for abstracts submission

5 November 2019 – Abstract acceptation notification

For more information visit:

Students of the Osaka University visit the INaB

On their EU Tour 2019, a group of students and professors from the Osaka University visited the INaB. We presented the INaB and layed a foundation for future exchange. Thank you for the nice day!

Second Workshop on the Revision of the NEW Guidelines for S-LCA

The second workshop on the revision of the NEW Guidelines for S-LCA has recently been announced. It will take place on April 24th to 26th in Paris, France. 

We are happy to welcome more participants.

Find more information here:

Deadline extension for Special Issue on Social Life Cycle Assessment

The deadline for submitting papers in the Special Issue Social Life Cycle Assessment—The Implementation in Different Sectors has been extended until March 31, 2019. 

Prof. Marzia Traverso is patron of “Aachen Unverpackt”

The initiative “Aachen Unverpackt” was founded in the summer of 2018 and is still growing. To support the initiative, Professor Marzia Traverso was asked to be their patron. This is a great chance for “Aachen Unverpackt” and the INaB to show how a more sustainable life can be practiced. Some more tipps for a Zero Waste and responsable lifestyle are in our blog chapter “Your Sustainability“.

INaB is now member of the DGNB e.V.!

We are happy to announce, that INaB is now a member of the DGNB  e.V. (German Sustainable Building Council). For more information about the DGNB, you can read our blog ore visit the homepage of the council.

Special Issue on Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Resource Recovey from Waste Management Systems in a Circular Economy Perspective

Theo Online-Journal Resources will publish a Special Issue on Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Resource Recovery from Waste Management Systems in a Circular Economy Perspective.

Deadline for countributions is April 30, 2019.

Revision of the Guidelines of Social Life Cycle Assessment under the umbrella of the Life Cycle Initiative

Big steps have been made during the first Workshop on the revision of the Guidelines of Social Life Cycle Assessment for Products in Pescara, Italy. The next workshop is planed for April 2019. 

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Special Issue on Social Life Cycle Assessment

The Online-Journal Resources will publish a Special Issue on Social Life Cycle Assessment – The Implementation in Different Sectors.

Deadline for contributions is the January 31, 2019. 

Chapter on the handling of Externatlities recently published

Marzia Traverso and colleagues recently published a book chapter discussing externalities in the context of social life cycle assessment.

The chapter is downloadable open access here.