Call for a Master’s Thesis on environmental impact compensation

Call for a Master’s Thesis on environmental impact compensation

Call for a Master’s The­sis:
Com­pen­sat­ing envi­ron­men­tal impacts of organ­i­sa­tions and prod­ucts – Map­ping the state of research and devel­op­ing new meth­ods
 
Back­ground:
A vari­ety of approach­es for assess­ing and reduc­ing the envi­ron­men­tal impacts of organ­i­sa­tions and prod­ucts are avail­able in the sci­en­tif­ic lit­er­a­ture (e.g., GHG-pro­to­col, LCA or  eco-design), but stud­ies on how to com­pen­sate these impacts are rare. In many cas­es it is not pos­si­ble to abol­ish such impacts com­plete­ly, at least not with­out a con­sid­er­able delay. Rea­sons for this delay are for instance the need for rad­i­cal changes of tech­nolo­gies, pro­duc­tion process­es or busi­ness mod­els. There­fore, tai­lored com­pen­sa­tion approach­es can com­ple­ment the “avoid, min­i­mize and mit­i­gate hier­ar­chy”, to quick­ly off­set resid­ual envi­ron­men­tal loss­es, such as in the well-known case of CO2-com­pen­sa­tion for flights or the trans­porta­tion of goods in gen­er­al.

Objec­tive:
The first objec­tive of this Master’s The­sis project is to con­duct an analy­sis of the cur­rent state of research on com­pen­sa­tion mech­a­nisms in order to iden­ti­fy which mech­a­nisms can be applied how to dif­fer­ent envi­ron­men­tal impact cat­e­gories (e.g. GHG-emis­sions, bio­di­ver­si­ty loss, acid­i­fi­ca­tion, …). Sec­ond, depend­ing on the result of the lit­er­a­ture analy­sis, it shall be stud­ied, how to deter­mine the type and extent of a com­pen­sa­tion for a prod­uct, based on the results of an impact assess­ment.

Meth­ods:
Sys­tem­at­ic lit­er­a­ture analy­sis, math­e­mat­i­cal mod­el­ling, LCA, …

Con­tact:
Prof. Rupert Baum­gart­ner; rupert.baumgartner@uni-graz.at
Appli­ca­tion: 
until June 7th  2019

Infos­heet Com­pen­sa­tion of Envi­ron­men­tal Impacts