QSA 2014

Methodologies and decision support for a more sustainable future

The Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) division aims at quantifying the environmental and social dimensions of sustainability. Our goal is twofold: We want to create an improved set of methodologies to assess the sustainability of complex systems. And we want to translate those assessments into concrete decision support tools that can be used by managers, product developers and decision makers in all types of public and private organisations.

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Pioneers in our field

Our work is based, to a large extent, on the methodology of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and its related and constituent fields, Life Cycle Management and Life Cycle Impact Assessment. We are pioneers in developing Site Dependent Impact Assessments and Absolute Sustainability Assessments, and we lead the global consensus model of toxicity estimation (USEtox). Moreover, we advise the European Union’s Commission on their use of relevant assessment methodologies. 

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Internationally acclaimed 

QSA enjoys international recognition and has an extensive network within the field of quantitative environmental life cycle assessment of industrial products and systems. We have an international faculty of academics and an extensive track record in absolute sustainability assessment and life cycle impact assessment, in particular within human toxicity, ecotoxicity and climate change.

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