Assessing the sustainability implications of research projects against the 17 UN sustainable development goals

Alexis Laurent*, Mikołaj Owsianiak, Yan Dong, Mariia Kravchenko, Christine Molin, Michael Zwicky Hauschild

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Technology has an important role to play in the development of a sustainable society, and techni- cal research is fundamental to ensure the advancement of technologies that is required to achieve the needed progress in eco-efficiency and social performance of future technologies. Sustainability contribu- tions should thus be an important consideration in the development and assessment of technical research but how can we assess the sustainability implications of technical research projects? The paper presents a new methodology taking a life cycle perspective on the potential technological and societal changes resulting from research projects and assessing their sustainability implications against the United Na- tions’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). It provides information about both positive and negative contributions to the SDGs and support identification of improvement potentials as input to the research project.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia CIRP
Pages (from-to)148-153
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event27th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) - Virtual event, France
Duration: 13 May 202015 May 2020


Conference27th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering (LCE)
LocationVirtual event


  • Sustainable development goals
  • SDG
  • Life cycle
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Eco-effectiveness
  • Absolute sustainability
  • PhD project
  • Sustainability assessment


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