The main research areas of DTU MAN are innovation, product development, production management, sustainability, construction management and operations research. The section Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) participating in this project is working on methodological and applied research with focus on Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, Social Life Cycle Assessment and Decision support tools for Sustainable Engineering.  The core competence areas of the section are life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental and resource efficiency, development of cleaner technology, knowledge of materials and processes and technology and environment studies. Within life cycle assessment, the EDIP (Environmental Design of Industrial Products) methodology for life cycle assessment were developed and finalized in 1995. DTU staff has since played an important role in the international and national development of LCA. The EDIP methodology resulted in textbooks that are still used in the teaching at courses in both DTU and other universities around the world. Within this area QSA personnel have chaired international working groups under the auspices of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and the UNEP-SETAC Life cycle initiative. QSA have also played a leading role in the OMNIITOX (GRD1-2000-26804) project. This was an EU-project under the "Competitive and Sustainable Growth"-programme, running from 2001 to 2004 with a budget of 3 mio. Euro. OMNIITOX aimed to facilitate decision making regarding potentially hazardous compounds by improving methods and developing information tools necessary for impact assessment of toxic chemicals within Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and (Environmental) Risk Assessment (E) RA. QSA was commissioned to perform two projects for the EC JRC resulting in the ILCD recommended practice for LCA in the EU. Within the waste management field QSA staff is involved in the 3R research school and have been involved in the development of a specialised software for LCA on solid waste (EASE Waste).

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