Quantitative Sustainability Assessment

Quantitative Sustainability Assessment

DTU Management - Sustainability Division - Research - Quantitative Sustainability Assessment Section

We develop science-based methods and tools for quantitative assessment of environmental and social impacts of products and systems across their technological life cycle.

We aim at quantifying the environmental and social dimensions of sustainability. Our goal is twofold: 1 We are creating an improved set of methodologies to assess the sustainability of complex systems. 2 We are translating 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 organizations.

Our methods originate from the life cycle area, where the section is leading in a paradigm shift, where sustainability is considered in an absolute and not a relative sense. We apply the latest knowledge about the planet's endurance limits and complex systems, to assess the effects of products, sectors and even nations on the best possible evidence-based basis.

Our work is, to a large extent, based 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 Commission on their use of relevant assessment methodologies.

The section 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.

If you are interested in a partnership or opportunities to collaborate with us, contact our Head of Section here.


QSA researcher gave invited presentation at the special session on “Sustainable Development Goals: the global context defining the agenda for government, business and academia”, SETAC Rome May 2018. See the slides here.


Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) LCA life time achievement award presented in Rome, May 2018 – see press release.


With QSA as local organizer, the 25th Life Cycle Engineering conference was held in Copenhagen 30 April – 1 May 2018 under the auspices of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). See number of accepted papers, participants etc. here.


The first volume of the LCA Compendium has been published.
Read more here.