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Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The section for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) develops, adapts and applies quantitative methods for the assessment of relative and absolute environmental sustainability of products, technologies and large-scale systems.

The methodological work of the section is strongly rooted in life cycle assessment (LCA) and focuses on three main areas:
  • Life cycle impact assessment (LCIA), in particular developing improved and new methods for established and emerging impact categories, e.g. eco-toxicity and human toxicity, climate tipping, water use and resource dissipation 
  • Absolute environmental sustainability assessment (AESA), in particular developing and operationalizing methods linking LCA to biophysical limits of the Earth system from local to global scale
  • Macro-scale sustainability assessment, in particular developing integrated methods (e.g. multi-regional input-output modelling) and indicators (e.g. for UN Sustainable Development Goals) for retrospective and prospective assessments of market-wide technology deployments, organizations, countries and sectors.
QSA’s methodological research in the field of quantitative sustainability assessment is widely applicable across sectors, providing a unique position to develop LCA-based methods tailored for specific technology domains, with collaboration inside and outside DTU. QSA has numerous connections to industry via collaborative research projects, industrial PhD projects, and use of industry LCA cases in teaching.
QSA staff also leads two centres: DTU Centre for Absolute Sustainability and USEtox International Centre.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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