Kathrin Graulich
Kathrin Graulich
Kathrin Graulich

Kathrin Graulich

Deputy Head of Division
Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Special Expertise

Main areas of research: Sustainable production and consumption

Topics

  • Policy concepts and tools
  • Implementing the European Framework Directive on Energy-using Products

Since 2003, I have coordinated the consumer information campaign “EcoTopTen – Innovations for sustainable consumption patterns” (see www.ecotopten.de). This campaign covers around 25 different product groups in the areas of: building & housing; mobility; household appliances; information & communication and consumer electronics; food; textiles; electricity; investment. The Öko-Institut regularly recommends products in these areas which are high-quality, environmentally-friendly and provide good value for money.

I also research and coordinate various other nation- and Europe-wide projects. These are currently centred on ICTs, including green (public) procurement and the implementation of the EuP Directive (Directive on the eco-design of Energy-using Products).

Key Projects

  • Preparatory Studies for Eco-design Requirements of Energy Using Products (Lot 24: Professional washing machines, dishwashers and dryers); www.ecowet-commercial.org
  • Preparatory Studies for Eco-design Requirements of Energy Using Products (project manager Lot C: Stakeholder representation: Consumers), www.eupconsumer.eu
  • Preparatory Studies for Eco-design Requirements of Energy Using Products (Imaging Equipment/Televisions)
  • EcoTopTen – Innovations for sustainable consumption patterns (project manager in research project and consumer information campaign)

Professional Training and Career

  • From 2004: Deputy Head of the Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division at the Öko-Institut
  • From 2000: Researcher at the Öko-Institut, Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division
  • 1995-2000: Undergraduate course in Healthcare Engineering, specializing in environmental and medical technology at the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences; qualified as an engineer
  • 1992-1995: Trained to work in banking at the Deutsche Bank Lübeck AG

Language Skills

English