Integrating variability in life cycle assessments of products, cities, and sectors

Tuesday 23 April 2024, 10:30 am
PhD student
T. Hennequin MSc.
dr. R. van Zelm, prof. dr. M.A.J. Huijbregts

Climate change, biodiversity loss, and air pollution form a triple planetary crisis of unprecedented scale and urgency. There is a critical need for action to address this triple planetary crisis. Actors at all levels – individual consumers, companies, investors, industrial clusters, cities, economic sectors, regions, governments, and global organizations – bear a share of the responsibility and are needed to find and realize systemic solutions.

This PhD thesis investigates the variability in the environmental impacts of these actors. Variability can result from different ways consumers use a product, or different ways to manufacture that same product, but also from the evolution of a technology over time or from uncertain future events. Having tools to understand these sources of variability and the resulting variations in environmental impacts can provide valuable insights into mitigation strategies. This is particularly relevant when looking at the entire life cycle of a product, or at a more systemic level when considering differences between cities within a country, or economic sectors across Europe.

Thomas Hennequin (1993) obtained his Master’s degree of engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 2017, majoring in Environmental Management. After his Master’s, he conducted research on the environmental impact of flooding in the urban environment, and started his PhD research at the Radboud University Environmental Sciences department in 2019. He is currently working as an LCA expert at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in Utrecht.