Prof. Guido Sonnemann

University of Bordeaux - France

Guido Sonnemann is UNEP Programme Officer for Innovation and Life Cycle Management. In this function he also serves as the Science Focal Point for the UNEP’s Resource Efficiency/ Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) subprogramme. He works in the SCP Branch, Division of Technology Industry and Economics (DTIE) in Paris. He is liaison officer for two Resource Panel working groups on global metal flows and water efficiency. He coordinates the Secretariat of the UNEP/ SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Life Cycle Initiative launched in 2002 which promotes the use of life cycle approaches for sustainable products and services. He is also member of the Steering Committee of the StEP Initiative (Solving the E-waste Problem). In addition, he has been involved in the development of several other innovative projects in the area of integrated resource management (including also topics such as eco-labelling carbon footprinting, water footprinting and the sustainable management of industrial areas). Before joining UNEP DTIE in 2002, Guido worked as consultant with the Chemical Technology Centre of Tarragona/ Spain. In May 2012 Guido Sonnemann started as full professor for sustainable chemistry and material management at the University of Bordeaux 1. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering form the University Rovira & Virgili, Spain (2002), M.Sc. in water biology and chemistry from the University of Poitiers, France (1996), and graduated as engineer from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (1995) with a specialisation in environmental engineering. He is author of books, book chapters and scientific articles in the area of life cycle approaches.

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