Research Area
Life Cycle Assessment in Technology Planning


The boundary conditions for the manufacturing sector in Germany are characterized by an increasing number of legal requirements and a shortage of critical raw materials. As a result, companies are striving to reduce their products’ environmental impacts in the utilization phase to minimize their customers’ resource requirements. In existing approaches for life cycle assessment (LCA), the effects of manufacturing technologies on resource requirements are considered insufficiently. Integrating these effects in methods to carry out LCAs is expected to lead to significant resource savings because it will enable a resource conserving design of technology chains.

Within the project „Produktlebenszyklusorientierte Bewertung von Fertigungsverfahren“, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the research group technology planning investigates how the deployment of different manufacturing technologies affects the life cycle of manufactured tools. The research focus is on the production and utilization phase of the tools because in these phases the effect of the manufacturing technologies deployed is expected to be most significant.



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Timm Grünebaum, M.Sc. RWTH M.Sc.
Cluster Produktionstechnik 3A 358
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