How to reduce the environmental impact of new inventions?


About the research

Too often, companies take too little account of the environmental impact of their inventions when developing new products. Gwenny Thomassen (Universiteit Hasselt) wants to change this: she developed a model to calculate both the cost price and the impact on the environment for products based on micro-algae. In this way she wants to help companies to market affordable ecological products.

Gwenny Thomassen
UAntwerpen - UGent - UHasselt - VITO

By combining insights on both costs and environmental impacts, Gwenny Thomassen aims to help new sustainable technologies find a way into the market. For her PhD research at Vito and Hasselt University, she integrated methods to assess profits and environmental impacts of new technologies and applied this to microalgae biorefineries. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Policy Research Center Circular Economy at the Universities of Ghent and Antwerp, she focuses now on the role of learning effects.

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