Internship | Monetary weighting and technological learning in life cycle assessment

How can you compare and communicate a wide range of environmental impacts to technology developers and policy makers? Will they improve over time?



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) is a widely accepted tool to systematically quantify the environmental impacts of products. Most available impact assessment methods result in a large range of hard-to-compare environmental impact indicators with possible diverging results. Therefore, in TNO weighting by shadow prices is often used to express results in one common unit. Current shadow prices are, however, outdated, as may be the data in life cycle assessment as they did not include technological improvement. These improvement can have several reasons and can contribute to reducing the environmental footprint of a product over time. Lessons on these improvements can be learnt from previous LCAs conducted at TNO.
The aim of this research project is to derive shadow prices for weighting of midpoint impact categories in ReCiPe 2016 and test the new set of shadow prices to compare LCA results without and with including learning effects.

What do we require of you?

  • You need to have a basic knowledge of LCA principles and terms.
  • You need to have an intrinsic drive for understanding.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 
In CAS enthusiastic researchers from a large range of disciplines work on understanding, predicting in reducing divers pressures on the environment. A main area of expertise is sustainability assessment and in particular LCA. Some experts have ample experience with deriving shadow prices is also available. Colleagues are helpful and open to new ideas.


What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Mara Hauck
Phone number: +31 (0)6-152 06403

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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