Prof. Dr. 

Tobias Viere

Main Subject: Life Cycle Assessment and CSR

Higher Education

  • PhD, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
  • Graduate of the Postgraduate School of Industrial Ecology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) under the Marie Curie Programme of the EU
  • M.Sc. in Environmental Studies, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany (including trimesters at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK))

Work experience

  • since 2013 professor for energy and material flow analysis at Pforzheim University
  • 2007 - 2013 ifu Hamburg GmbH (software and consulting services), head of research and consulting team
  • 2003 - 2008 Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Research Areas

  • Life Cycle Assessment - LCA
  • Circular Economy
  • Material Flow (Cost) Assessments - MF(C)A
  • Cleaner Production / Applied Industrial Ecology
  • Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Resource and eco-efficiency


Current Activities

  • Study dean of the masters program "M.Sc. Life Cycle & Sustainability"
  • EU Horizon 2020 project "Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to a New Urban Experience" (AVENUE)
  • Resarch project "Integrated cost- and life-cycle-based planning of decentralized energy systems for energy and resource efficient neighborhood development" (InPEQt)
  • Member of German DIN/ISO working groups, e.g. on material flow cost accounting (MFCA) and external environmental costs. 
  • Reviewer for a wide range of journals incl. Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal for Cleaner Production, AAAJ, Sustainability (Publons)
  • Member of the research committee of the business school at HS PF



Naegler, T., Buchgeister, J., Hottenroth, H., Simon, S., Tietze, I., Viere, T., Junne, T. (2022): Life cycle-based environmental impacts of energy system transformation strategies for Germany: Are climate and environmental protection conflicting goals? Energy Reports 8: 4763–4775. doi:10.1016/j.egyr.2022.03.143.

Dieterle, M., Viere, T. (2022): Life Cycle Gap Analysis for Product Circularity and Sustainability—a Case Study with Three Different Products. Materials Circular Economy 4, 12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42824-022-00055-5.

Hottenroth, H., Sutardhio, C., Weidlich, A., Tietze, I., Simon, S., Hauser, W., Naegler, T., Becker, L., Buchgeister, J., Junne, T., Lehr, U., Scheel, O., Schmidt-Scheele, R., Ulrich, P., Viere, T. (2022): Beyond climate change. Multi-attribute decision making for a sustainability assessment of energy system transformation pathways. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 156: 111996. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2021.111996.

Huber, D., Viere, T., Horschutz Nemoto, E., Jaroudi, I., Korbee, D., Fournier, G. (2022): Climate and environmental impacts of automated minibuses in future public transportation. Transportation Research Part D 102: 103160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2021.103160.

Issaoui, R., Rösch, C., Woidasky, J., Schmidt. M., Viere, T. (2022): Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of beneficiated phosphate rock production in Tunisia. SustainabilityManagementForum. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00550-021-00522-8

Ullrich, N., Piontek, F.M., Herrmann, C., Saraev, A., Viere, T. (2022): Estimating the resource intensity of the Internet: A meta-model to account for cloud-based services in LCA, Procedia CIRP (105), 80-85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2022.02.014

Bertagnolli, F.; Herrmann, K.; Rittmann, I.; Viere, T. (2021) The Application of Lean Methods in Corporate Sustainability - A Systematic Literature Review. Sustainability 13, 12786. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212786 

Dieterle, M.; Viere, T. (2021) Bridging product life cycle gaps in LCA & LCC towards a circular economy. Procedia CIRP 98, 354-357. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2021.01.116.

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. Mater Circ Econ 3, 10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42824-021-00022-6

Naegler, T., Becker, L., Buchgeister, J., Hauser, W., Hottenroth, H., Junne, T., Lehr, U., Scheel, O., Schmidt-Scheele, R., Simon, S., Sutardhio, C., Tietze, I., Ulrich, P., Viere, T., Weidlich, A. (2021): Integrated Multidimensional Sustainability Assessment of Energy System Transformation Pathways. Sustainability 13(9), 5217. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13095217.

Lambrecht, H.; Lewerenz, S.; Hottenroth, H.; Tietze, I.; Viere, T. (2020) Ecological Scarcity Based Impact Assessment for a Decentralised Renewable Energy System. Energies, 13, 5655. 10.3390/en13215655.

Viere, T.; Amor, B.; Berger, N. et al. (2020) Teaching life cycle assessment in higher education. Int J Life Cycle Assess 26, 511–527. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-020-01844-3

Burritt, R.L.; Herzig, C.; Schaltegger, S.; Viere, T. (2019): Diffusion of environmental management accounting for cleaner production: Evidence from some case studies. Journal of Cleaner Production 224, 479-491. https://doi.org/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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2017.11.058

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, 940-48. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.742.593

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 8, 231-245. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40095-017-0237-5.

Hottenroth, H.; Lambrecht, H.; Rötzer, N.; Viere, T. (2016): Ökobilanzielle Elemente in integrierten Ressourceneffizienzanalysen der chemischen Industrie. UmweltWirtschaftsForum 24(1), 15-23. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00550-016-0396-5.

Meinshausen, I.; Müller-Beilschmidt, P.; Viere, T. (2016): The EcoSpold 2 format—why a new format?. Int J Life Cycle Assessment 21(9), 1231-1235. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11367-014-0789-z.

Viere, T.; Rötzer, N. (2016): Zukunftsperspektiven der Ökobilanzierung. UmweltWirtschaftsForum 24(1), S.1-2.http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00550-016-0400-0.

Tietze, I., Immendoerfer, A., Viere, T., Hottenroth, H. (2016): Comparing pumped hydropower storage and battery storage - Applicability and impacts. Euro-Asian Journal of sustainable energy development policy 5: 15–29.

Rau, K.-H.; Viere, T. (2014): Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development at J. Schwarz GmbH. Strategy to use E-Cars. In: International Journal of Case Method Research & Application 26 (3), S. 167–181.

Viere, T. et al. (2014): Integrated Resource Efficiency Analysis for Reducing Climate Impacts in the Chemical Industry. Journal of Business Chemistry, 11 (2), 67-76 pdf-Download

Denz, N.; Ausberg, L.; Bruns, M.; Viere, T.: Supporting resource efficiency in chemical industries - IT-based integration of flow sheet simulation and material flow analysis. Procedia CIRP 15 (2014), 537–542,http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2014.06.060

Zschieschang, E.; Denz, N.; Lambrecht, H.; Viere, T.: Resource efficiency-oriented optimization of material flow networks in chemical process engineering. Procedia CIRP 15 (2014), 373–378,http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2014.06.066

Schaltegger, S.; Viere, T. & Zvezdov, D. (2012): Tapping environmental accounting potentials of beer brewing. Information needs for successful cleaner production, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 29-30, 1-10.dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.02.011

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, Vol. 12, Nr. 1, 56-75.http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJGENVI.2012.047856

Viere, T. (2011): PUMA’s environmental profit and loss statement, Journal of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability, Vol. 17, Nr. 4, 221-223.

Viere, T.; Brünner, H. & Hedemann, J. (2010): Verbund-Simulation. Strategic Planning and Optimization of Integrated Production Networks, Chemical Engineering & Technology, Vol. 33, Nr. 3, 582–588.http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ceat.200900620 

Viere, T.; Möller, A. & Schmidt, M. (2010): Methodische Behandlung interner Materialkreisläufe in der Materialflusskostenrechnung, UmweltWirtschaftsForum, Vol. 18, Nr. 3-4, 203-208.http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00550-010-0187-3


Boos, A.; van den Eeden, M. & Viere, T. (2021) (Hrsg.): CSR und Hochschullehre. Transdisziplinäre und innovative Konzepte und Fallbeispiele. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-62679-5

Herzig, C.; Viere, T.; Schaltegger, S. & Burritt, R. L. (2012): Environmental Management Accounting. Case Studies in South-East Asian Companies, London: Routledge.

Papers in edited books

Baumgartner, C., Fröhlich, L., Herzner, A.,  Krein, A.-T., Obexer, R., Ortiz-Avram, D., Viere, T. (2021) Striving for positive change – continuous support of the PRME principles (PRME Chapter DACH). In: Morsing, M. (Ed.): Responsible Management Education - The PRME Global Movement. Routledge, 122-138. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003186311-13

Boos A., van den Eeden M., Viere T. (2021) CSR und Nachhaltigkeit als Treiber innovativer und transdisziplinärer Hochschullehre. In: Boos A., van den Eeden M., Viere T. (Hrsg.): CSR und Hochschullehre. Springer Gabler, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-62679-5_1

Sonnleitner K., Boos A., van den Eeden M., Viere T., Weber H. (2021) Inter- und Transdisziplinäre Lehre im House of Transdisciplinary Studies (HOTSPOT). In: Boos A., van den Eeden M., Viere T. (Hrsg.): CSR und Hochschullehre. Springer Gabler, Berlin, 45-58. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-62679-5_3

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: Biedermann, H., Vorbach, S., Posch, W. (Hrsg.): Industrial Life Cycle Management, Nomos, 99-110. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783957103451-99

Hottenroth, H., Peters, J., Baumann, M., Viere, T., Tietze, I. (2019): Life-Cycle Analysis for Assessing Environmental Impact. In: Energy Storage Options and Their Environmental Impact. The Royal Society of Chemistry, S 261–295. doi:10.1039/9781788015530-00261.

Viere T. (2019): State of the Art and Future Developments in LCA. In: Schebek L., Herrmann C., Cerdas F. (Hrsg.): Progress in Life Cycle Assessment. Sustainable Production, Life Cycle Engineering and Management. Springer, 3-6. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92237-9_1

Tietze, I., Immendörfer, A., Viere, T., Hottenroth, H.  (2016): Balancing Intermittent Renewables - The Potential of Pumped Hydro Power Storage. In: Proceedings of 9th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change, S. 217–223. https://jumpshare.com/v/MQ0NwV3bGyXPEOs3kZHg

Johnson, M.; Halberstadt, J.; Schaltegger, S.; Viere, T. (2016): Software and Web-Based Tools for Sustainability Management in Micro-, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises. In: Marx Gomez, J. et al. (Hrsg.): Advances and New Trends in Environmental and Energy Informatics, Springer, 259-274. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23455-7_14

Viere, T.; Hottenroth, H.; Lambrecht, H.; Rötzer, N.; Paschetag, A.; Scholl, S. u. Wesche, M. (2016): Operationalisierung von Nachhaltigkeit im Produktionskontext: Integrierte Ressourceneffizienzanalyse zur Senkung der Klimabelastung von Produktionsstandorten der chemischen Industrie. In: Leal Filho, W. (Hrsg.): Forschung für Nachhaltigkeit an deutschen Hochschulen. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden: 349-363. doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-10546-4_20

 Viere. T.; Rötzer, N. (2016): Nachhaltigkeit in Produktionsplanung und -controlling. In: Thomaschewski, D. & Völker, R. (Hrsg.), Nachhaltige Unternehmensentwicklung - Herausforderungen für die Unternehmensführung des 21. Jahrhunderts. Kohlhammer Stuttgart: 146-159.

Viere, T.; Stock, M.; Hey, B. (2014): Ressourceneffizienz auf Unternehmensebene. Stoffstromnetzbasierte Energie- und Materialfluss(kosten)rechnung und Umweltbewertung. In: Heinz Karl Prammer (Hg.): Ressourceneffizientes Wirtschaften. Management der Materialflüsse als Herausforderung für Politik und Unternehmen. Wiesbaden: Springer, S. 91–112. Online verfügbar unter www.dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-04609-5_4.

Viere, T.; Stock, M. & Genest, A. (2013): How to achieve energy and resource efficiency: Material and energy flow modeling and costing for a small and medium-sized company, in: Neugebauer, R.;  Götze, U. &  Drossel, W.G. (Hrsg.):  Energy-related and economic balancing and evaluation of technical systems – insights of the Cluster of Excellence eniPROD. Auerbach: Wissenschaftliche Scripten, 451-467. URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:ch1-qucosa-109067

Viere, T.; Prox, M.; Möller, A. & Schmidt, M. (2011): Implications of Material Flow Cost Accounting for Life Cycle Engineering, in: Hesselbach, J. & Hermann, C. (Hrsg.): Glocalized Solutions for Sustainability in Manufacturing, Berlin: Springer, 652-656. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19692-8_113

Viere, T.; von Enden, J.; Schaltegger, S. (2011): Life Cycle and Supply Chain Information in EMA. A Coffee Case Study. In: Burritt et al. (Hrsg.): Environmental Management Accounting and Supply Chain Management Springer 23-40. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-1390-1_2

 Viere, T.; Möller, A. & Prox, M. (2009): Materialflusskostenrechnung - ein Ansatz für die Identifizierung und Bewertung von Verbesserungen in der Ökobilanzierung, in: Feifel, S.; Walk, W.; Wursthorn, S. & Schebek, L. (Hrsg.): Ökobilanzierung 2009. Ansätze und Weiterentwicklungen zur Operationalisierung von Nachhaltigkeit. Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing, 45–54.

Herzig, C.; Viere, T.; Burritt, R. & Schaltegger, S. (2006): Understanding and Supporting Management Decision-Making. South East Asian Case Studies on Environmental Management Accounting, in: Schaltegger, S.; Bennett, M. & Burritt, R. (Hrsg.): Sustainability Accounting and Reporting. Dordrecht: Springer, 491–508.

Möller, A.; Prox, M. & Viere, T. (2006): Computer Support for Environmental Management Accounting, in: Schaltegger, S.; Bennett, M. & Burritt, R. (Hrsg.): Sustainability Accounting and Reporting. Dordrecht: Springer, 605–624.