Master’s theses

Goal of the study: Identification of frameworks towards sustainability assessment

The study will perform a state of the art on assessment practice within transport infrastructure including existing Life Cycle Assessment but also sustainability assessment studies. On this basis proposals are given to enhance current assessment practice towards a broader implementation of all three pillars of sustainability.

The thesis should be written in English.

Contact: Marzia Traverso – marzia.traverso@inab.rwth-aachen.de

Goal of the study: Life Cycle Assessment and Water foodprint of the tomato production of “Pomodoro seccagno” with a LCA-Software.

In Sicily, a new type of tomato has been produced which is called Pomodoro seccagno. Its production is particular important in areas where the water scarcity is an environmental Hotspot such as South Italy or South Spain. To proof the environmental friendly production of the Pomodoro seccagno, a complete environmental life cycle assessment according to the ISO 14040 (2006) is needed. The primary data should bei elaborated with GaBI or Simapro. Therefore, you should be ready to learn to use one of those softwares.

The thesis must be written in English.

Contact: Marzia Traverso – marzia.traverso@inab.rwth-aachen.de

Goal of study: Identifying current gaps and research needs to a quantitative assessment of impacts related to marine plastic litter.

The work will focus on reviewing the various inventory methods and their suitability in providing input data for the assessment of impacts related to marine litter. Besides the environmental perspective, impacts on social and economic dimensions will be considered. A roadmap on bridging the gap between inventory and impact assessment will be developed to guide research community on the way forward.

Thesis must be written in English.

Contact: Rose Mankaa – rose.mankaa@inab.rwth-aachen.de

Goal of study: Definition of impact category aspects necessary to assess impacts from macro and micro plastics.

Develop a list of criteria needed for impact categories for macro and micro plastics. Apply the set of criteria in evaluating current Life cycle impact assessment methods against their completeness and appropriateness in capturing impacts related to macro and micro plastics released in the environment.

Thesis must be written in English.

Contact: Rose Mankaa – rose.mankaa@inab.rwth-aachen.de

Bachelor’s theses