Andreas Manhart
Andreas Manhart
Andreas Manhart

Andreas Manhart

Senior Researcher
Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Since 2005 my research at the Öko-Institut has been concerned with the question of how social and environmental standards can be ensured even in highly ramified and globalized production chains. The information and communications industry is of particular interest, for in many respects it is a pioneer in the globalization of sustainability issues – in both, positive and negative ways. Besides the production and use of electronic equipment, also the end-of-life phase and the resource demand is gaining increasing attention: Especially computers and mobile phones contain various scarce and strategically important metals, so that the increasing consumption of electronic products is a major driver of problems around the sustainable supply of resources. On the other side, this sector can – via an optimisation of recycling - also contribute to a relaxation of this situation.

Besides this sector-specific research, I am also active in gauging and interpreting of product specific sustainability issues. A centrepiece of my work addresses the question, how the various sustainability impacts of products can be measured and displayed in a user friendly way without loosing out on crucial aspects.

Special Expertise

Research focuses: sustainable consumption and sustainable resource efficiency

  • Resources and global material flows
  • Social- and environmental standards in global supply chains
  • Information and communication technologies (ICTs)
  • Sustainability co-operations with emerging economies
  • Product sustainability assessment and labelling

Key Projects

  • Emerging Economies – New challenges for international co-operation and development
  • Key Social Impacts of Electronics Production and WEEE-Recycling in China
  • Evaluation of selected product groups according to environmental and social criteria
  • Future bioenergy and sustainable land use – Flagship report by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
  • Climate change and security risk – Flagship report by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
  • Social impacts of the production of notebook PCs
  • Product Sustainability Assessment (PROSA)

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2005: Researcher in the Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division of the Öko-Institut
  • 2003-2005: Member of staff on the Mitigation of Geohazards – Urban Quality development cooperation project in Indonesia
  • 1997-2003: Undergraduate studies in Geography at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
  • 1999-2000: Academic year abroad at the University of Edinburgh, Great Britain

Language Skills

English, Indonesian, French