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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
  • Material Flow (Cost) Assessments - MF(C)A
  • Environmental and Sustainability Accounting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Resource and eco-efficiency



Current Activities


  • Sustainability and PRME representative of Pforzheim University
  • Project "House of Transdisciplinary Studies"
  • Project NAGold (Sustainability assessement of gold production and recycling)
  • Member of German and international  ISO commitees, i.a. on material flow cost accounting

Publications (selection)



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. https://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: 1–15. doi:10.1007/s40095-017-0237-5.

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.

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? In: 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), 1-2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00550-016-0400-0.
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), 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



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


Contributions to edited books

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, 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.


Conference contributions

Lambrecht, H., Hottenroth, H., Viere, T. (2017): Micro-scale consequential inventory modeling - a case study from metallurgic production. 23th SETAC Europe LCA Case Studies Symposium - Consequential LCA for Decision Support. 27.-28. November. 2017, Barcelona, Spain. Extended Abstract

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