Prof. Dr. Tobias Viere

Prof. Dr.

Tobias Viere

Energie- und Stoffstromanalysen





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Tobias Viere is Professor for Energy and Material Flow Analysis at the Institute for Industrial Ecology at Pforzheim University. He is the University's sustainability and PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) representative and teaches in study programs on Resource Efficiency Management (B.Sc.) and Life Cycle & Sustainability (M.Sc.)
He studied environmental sciences at the Universities of Lüneburg and Canterbury (UK) and holds a doctoral degree in economics from Leuphana University, Lüneburg. From 2003 to 2007 he was a project manager and instructor of a continuing education program for South East Asian companies
on environmental monitoring and other related topics. Afterwards he began to work at a software company, where he was head of research and consulting, coordinating several practice-based collaborative research projects.
He has produced a number of publications and case studies in the areas of energy and resource efficiency, environmental managemement and cost accounting, corporate environmental information systems, sustainability management and production-integrated environmental protection.

Tobias Viere studies the integration of environmental and sustainability issues in corporate decision-making, especially methods and software for production planning and management accounting. Many of his studies model energy and material flows in production and product
systems. The purpose of these models is to allow the application and advancement of methods such as sustainability reporting, life cycle assessments, carbon footprinting, resource and eco-efficiency analysis and material flow cost accounting.
His research deals with small and mid-size businesses as well as with large enterprises in a variety of branches in Germany and South East Asia. His numerous interdisciplinary publications and case studies arise from his projects in continuing education and collaborate research.
His research has lead, among other things, to a case study book analysing and comparing twelve papers on the implementation of corporate environmental accounting in South East Asian companies. Another highlight of his research was the BMBF-funded project on integrated resource efficiency analyses in chemcial industries, which combined methods from process engineering, environmental accounting, material flow analysis, computer science, cost accounting and operations research.

Energy and Material Flow Analysis ,  Environmental Controlling ,  Environmental Efficiency ,  Environmental Management ,  Environmental Protection in Production ,  Material Flow Cost Accounting ,  Resource Efficiency Management ,  Life Cycle Assessment ,  CSR ,  Life Cycle Assessment ,  Sustainability Reporting

Resource Efficiency Management ,  Life Cycle & Sustainability ,  Business ethics and corporate social responsibilty

Journal article

NAEGLER, T., BECKER, L., BUCHGEISTER, J., HAUSER, W., HOTTENROTH, H., JUNNE, T., ... WEIDLICH, A. (2021). Integrated Multidimensional Sustainability Assessment of Energy System Transformation Pathways. Sustainability, 13, 5217. doi:

KUSCH, A., GASDE, J., DEREGOWSKI, C., WOIDASKY, J., LANG-KOETZ, C., VIERE, T. (2021). Sorting and Recycling of Lightweight Packaging in Germany — Climate Impacts and Options for Increasing Circularity Using Tracer-Based-Sorting. Materials Circular Economy, 3, Article number: 10. doi:

LAMBRECHT, H., LEWERENZ, S., HOTTENROTH, H., TIETZE, I., VIERE, T. (2020). Ecological Scarcity Based Impact Assessment for a Decentralised Renewable Energy System. Energies, 13 (21), 5655. doi:

VIERE, T., AMOR, B., BERGER, N., DOLFING FANOUS, R., HORTA ARDUIN, R., KELLER, R., ... SONNEMANN, G. (2020). Teaching life cycle assessment in higher education. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT. doi:10.1007/s11367-020-01844-3.

VIERE, T., BURRITT, R., HERZIG, C., & SCHALTEGGER, S. (2019). Diffusion of environmental management accounting for cleaner production Evidence from some case studies. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION (224), 479-491. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.227.

DIETERLE, M., SCHÄFER, P., & VIERE, T. (2018). Life Cycle Gaps: Interpreting LCA Results with a Circular Economy Mindset. Procedia CIRP (69), 764-768. doi:10.1016/j.procir.2017.11.058.

IMMENDOERFER, A., TIETZE, I., HOTTENROTH, H., & VIERE, T. (2017). Life-cycle impacts of pumped hydropower storage and battery storage. International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering, pp. 14 pages.

DIETERLE, M., SEILER, E., & VIERE, T. (2017). Application of Eco-Efficiency Analysis to Assess Three Different Recycling Technologies for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRPs). Key Engineering Materials, 742, pp. 940-948.

TIETZE, I., IMMENDÖRFER, A., VIERE, T., & HOTTENROTH, H. (2017). Comparing Pumped Hydropower Storage and Battery Storage – Applicability and Impacts. Euro-Asian Journal of Sustainable Energy Development Policy, 5 (2), pp. 16-29.

VIERE, T., & RÖTZER, N. (2016). Zukunftsperspektiven der Ökobilanzierung. UWF: Umwelt Wirtschafts Forum, 24 (1), 1-2. doi:doi:10.1007/s00550-016-0400-0.

HOTTENROTH, H., LAMBRECHT, H., RÖTZER, N., & VIERE, T. (2016). Ökobilanzielle Elemente in integrierten Ressourceneffizienzanalysen der chemischen Industrie. UWF: Umwelt Wirtschafts Forum, 24 (1), 15-23. doi:doi:10.1007/s00550-016-0396-5.

MEINSHAUSEN, I., MÜLLER-BEILSCHMIDT, P., & VIERE, T. (2016). The EcoSpold 2 format—why a new format?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT, 21 (9), 1231-1235. doi:10.1007/s11367-014-0789-z.

RAU, K.-H., & VIERE, T. (2014). Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development at J. Schmalz - Strategy to Use E-Cars. International Journal of Case Method Research & Application, XXVI (3), 167-181.

DENZ, N., AUSBERG, L., BRUNS, M., & VIERE, T. (2014). Supporting Resource Efficiency in Chemical Industries . Procedia CIRP, pp. 537–542.

ZSCHIESCHANG, E., DENZ, N., LAMBRECHT, H., & VIERE, T. (2014). Resource efficiency-oriented optimization of material flow networks in chemical process engineering. Procedia CIRP, 15, 373-378.

SCHALTEGGER, S., VIERE, T., & ZVEZDOV, D. (2012). Tapping environmental accounting potentials of beer brewing: Information needs for successful cleaner production. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 29/30, 1-10.

SCHALTEGGER, S., VIERE, T., & ZVEZDOV, D. (2012). Paying attention to environmental pay-offs: the case of an Indonesian textile manufacturer.. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 12 (1), 56-75.

VIERE, T. (2011). Kosten- und klimaoptimaler Einsatz: Kühl- und Klimatechnik in der Werkhalle. IT & Production (5), pp. 72-73.

VIERE, T., BRÜNNER, H., & HEIDEMANN, J. (2011). Stoffstromnetzbasierte Planung und Optimierung komplexer Produktionssysteme. Chemie-Ingenieur-Technik, 83 (10), 1565-1572.

VIERE, T., BRÜNNER, H., & HEIDEMANN, J. (2010). Verbund-Simulation – Strategic Planning and Optimization of Integrated Production Networks. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY, 33 (4), 582-588.

VIERE, T., & BRÜNNER, H. (2010). Analyse und Optimierung integrierter Produktionsnetzwerke. Tagungsband ProcessNet-Jahrestagung 2010. Chemie-Ingenieur-Technik, 81 (9), 1433-1434.

VIERE, T., SCHALTEGGER, S., & ENDEN, J. V. (2007). Supply Chain Information in Environmental Management Accounting. The Case of a Vietnamese Coffee Exporter. Issues in Social & Environmental Accounting, 1 (2), 296-310.


HERZIG, C., VIERE, T., SCHALTEGGER, S., & BURRITT, R. (2012). Environmental management accounting. Case studies of South-East Asian companies.. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

Chapter in Book

HOTTENROTH, H., PETERS, J., BAUMANN, M., VIERE, T., & TIETZE, I. (2019). Life-cycle Analysis for Assessing Environmental Impact. In Ron E. Hester; R.M. Harrison (Ed.), Energy Storage Options and Their Environmental Impact (pp. 261-295). The Royal Society of Chemistry.

VIERE, T. (2019). State of the Art and Future Developments in LCA. In Schebek, L.; Herrmann, C.; Cerdas, F. (Eds.), Progress in Life Cycle Assessment (pp. 3-6). Springer.

DIETERLE, M., & VIERE, T. (2019). Die Integration von Fragestellungen der Circular Economy in die Ökobilanzierung Anwendung der Life Cycle Gap Analyse mittels industriellem Fallbeispiel. In Hubert Biedermann, Stefan Vorbach, Wolfgang Posch (Eds.), Industrial Life Cycle Management (pp. 99-110). Rainer Hampp Verlag.

VIERE, T., HOTTENROTH, H., LAMBRECHT, H., RÖTZER, N., PASCHETAG, A., SCHOLL, S., & WESCHE, M. (2016). Operationalisierung von Nachhaltigkeit im Produktionskontext. In Leal Filho, Walter (Eds.), Forschung für Nachhaltigkeit an deutschen Hochschulen (pp. 349-363). Springer Verlag.

VIERE, T., & RÖTZER, N. (2016). Nachhaltigkeit in Produktionsplanung und -controlling. In Thomaschewski, D. & Völker, R. (Eds.), Nachhaltige Unternehmensentwicklung - Herausforderungen für die Unternehmensführung des 21. Jahrhunderts (pp. 146-159). Kohlhammer.

JOHNSON, M., VIERE, T., SCHALTEGGER, S., & HALBERSTEDT, J. (2016). Software and Web-Based Tools for Sustainability Management in Micro-, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises. In Marx Gomez, J. et al. (Eds.), Advances and New Trends in Environmental and Energy Informatics (pp. 259-274). Springer.

VIERE, T., STOCK, M., & HEY, B. (2014). Ressourceneffizienz auf Unternehmensebene. In Prammer, H. K. (Eds.), Ressourceneffizientes Wirtschaften - Management der Materialflüsse als Herausforderung für Politik und Unternehmen. Springer.

VIERE, T., VON ENDEN, J., & SCHALTEGGER, S. (2011). Life Cycle and Supply Chain Information in EMA. A Coffee Case Study. In Roger Burritt, Stefan Schaltegger, Martin Bennett, Tuula Pohjola und Maria Csutora (Eds.), Environmental Management Accounting and Supply Chain Management (Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science, 27). Springer.

VIERE, T., MÖLLER, A., & PROX, M. (2006). Computer Support for Environmental Management Accounting. In Stefan Schaltegger, Martin Bennett und Roger Burritt (Eds.), Sustainability Accounting and Reporting (Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science, 21). Springer.

VIERE, T., HERZIG, C., BURRITT, R., & SCHALTEGGER, S. (2006). Understanding and Supporting Management Decision-Making: South East Asian Case Studies on Environmental Management Accounting. In Stefan Schaltegger, Martin Bennett und Roger Burritt (Eds.), Sustainability Accounting and Reporting (Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science, 21). Springer.

Article in Proceeding

VIERE, T., & DIETERLE, M. (2019). Die Integration von Fragestellungen der Circular Economy in die Ökobilanzierung Anwendung der Life Cycle Gap Analyse mittels industriellem Fallbeispiel. In Hubert Biedermann, Stefan Vorbach, Wolfgang Posch (Eds.), Industrial Life Cycle Management - Sustainability Management for Industries 8 (pp. 99-110).

TIETZE, I., IMMENDÖRFER, A., VIERE, T., & HOTTENROTH, H. (2016). Balancing Intermittent Renewables - The Potential of Pumped Hydropower Storage. In Dimitrios Mavrakis (Ed.), 9th International Conference on Energy and Climate Change (pp. 217-228).

VIERE, T., & SCHRACK, D. (2016). Accounting for resource efficiency. In Environmental and Sustainability Management Accounting Network (EMAN) and Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) (Ed.), 20th Conference of the Environmental and Sustainability Management Accounting Network (EMAN) (pp. 256-261).

VIERE, T., & KIMSRI, K. (2015). Challenges of integrating site- and product-specific environmental information – observations at a food producing company. In Irwin, Rodney; Schaltegger, Stefan & Whiteman, Gail (Eds.), Proceedings of the first WBCSD and EMAN joint international sustainability accounting symposium, Geneva ISBN: 978-3-942638-57-9 and 978-2-940521-32-6.

VIERE, T., STOCK, M., & GENEST, A. (2013). How to achieve energy and resource efficiency. Material and energy flow modeling and costing for a small to medium-sized company. In R. Neugebauer, U. Götze und W.-G. Drossel (Eds.), Energy-related and economic balancing and evaluation of technical systems – insights of the Cluster of Excellence eniPROD (pp. 451-467).

VIERE, T., MÖLLER, A., & PROX, M. (2009). Materialflusskostenrechnung – ein Ansatz für die Identifizierung und Bewertung von Verbesserungen in der Ökobilanzierung.. In S. Feifel, W. Walk, S. Wursthorn und Schebek L. (Eds.), Ökobilanzierung 2009 – Ansätze und Weiterentwicklungen zur Operationalisierung von Nachhaltigkeit. Ökobilanz-Werkstatt 2009 (pp. 45-54). KIT Scientific Publishing.

Leader of a project funded from public institutions

2018 - 2020

InNOSys - Integrated Sustainability Assessment and Optimization of Energy Systems


2016 - 2019

HOTSPOT - House of Transdisciplinary Studies

MWK Baden-Württemberg Germany

Other administrative responsibility in academic service

since 2017

PRME Representative

Hochschule Pforzheim Germany

since 2015

Sustainability representative

Hochschule Pforzheim Germany

Presentation at a Conference


Poster presentation at the Gordon Reserach Conference on Industrial Ecology

Gordon Research Conferences United States

Participation in a project funded from cpublic institutions

2016 - 2019

NAGold - Nachhaltigkeitsaspekte der Goldgewinnung und des Goldrecyclings und Lehren für ein umfangreiches Metallrecycling

BMBF - ProfUnt Germany