A DTU initiative launched in the summer of 2022 with focus on establishing externally funded research projects on absolute sustainability assessment and its use in technology development and engineering across DTU and with external stakeholders.
- Life cycle impact assessment (LCIA), in particular developing improved and new methods for established and emerging impact categories, e.g. eco-toxicity and human toxicity, climate tipping, water use and resource dissipation
- Absolute environmental sustainability assessment (AESA), in particular developing and operationalizing methods linking LCA to biophysical limits of the Earth system from local to global scale
- Macro-scale sustainability assessment, in particular developing integrated methods (e.g. multi-regional input-output modelling) and indicators (e.g. for UN Sustainable Development Goals) for retrospective and prospective assessments of market-wide technology deployments, organizations, countries and sectors.
Established in 2016 from a scientific consensus-building process under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). USEtox is the global reference model for life cycle toxicity and ecotoxicity characterization.