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 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

A complex world
· Impacts = Population x Affluence x Technologies
· A can be defined as consumption
· T can be defined as life cycle impacts of technologies, processes, products, services
· P and A have been increasing, T can act as a (partial) counterbalance
Goal of study:
· Estimate global impacts with respect to key indicators (e.g. primary energy, GWP)
· Understand macro-trends and if impacts can be controlled with technology only (eco-efficiency strategy) or if there is the need to adhere to the planet boundaries (eco-effective strategy)
· How to find a balance?

The thesis must be written in English.

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

Different types of materials needed for the activities of humankind
· Four macro-categories according to Eurostat : metals, non-metallic minerals, biomass, fossil fuels
· ADP and primary energy used for metals and fossil fuels, respectively
· Apparently no widely agreed aggregated indicator, nor for other categories

Goal of study:
· Review indicators
· Make a proposal on how to assess different categories and to aggregate them in a single score or in more indicators. A review of the state of the art should be included and starting from it, you should develop your proposal. A knowledge on LCA is a pre-requirement to develop this Thesis.

The thesis must be written in English.

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

Bachelor’s theses

Ziel der Studie: Übersicht über Ökolabel in Deutschland, die „grünen Strom“ zertifizieren.

Die Arbeit soll einen Überblick über Ökolabel in Deutschland geben, die sich mit Ökostrom“ beschäftigen. Eine Darstellung der Indikatoren soll eine Bewertung der unterschiedlichen Ansätze folgen, die auf bereits erfolgten Studien in der Literatur basiert. Abschließend sollen Stärken und Schwächen der verschiedenen Ansätze erfolgen. Die Arbeit wird in Deutsch geschrieben. Der Vortrag erfolgt in Englisch.

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