Carl-Otto Gensch
Carl-Otto Gensch
Carl-Otto Gensch

Carl-Otto Gensch

Head of Division
Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Special Expertise

Main areas of research: Sustainability assessment of technologies and corporate strategies


  • Electrical and electronic equipment: Technology and product assessment, questions of waste management law, RoHS, WEEE, hazardous substances in products
  • Green (public) procurement
  • In-process support for technology development projects
  • Household appliances
  • Nanotechnology
  • Information and communication technologies


  • Life-cycle assessment and material flow analysis
  • Eco-efficiency analysis
  • Life-cycle costing

Key Projects

  • Expert review of applications for exemptions from substance prohibitions under the RoHS Directive
  • Research project on the integration of intelligent household appliances in sustainable energy systems (Smart-A)
  • Preparatory Studies for Eco-design Requirements of Energy Using Products (Imaging Equipment / Televisions)
  • Implementation of Environmental Data Centres on Natural Resources, Products and Waste at Eurostat
  • EcoTopTen – Innovations for sustainable consumption patterns (research project and consumer information campaign) >> Cars and bicycles as EcoTopTen products
  • Development of thermoplastic circuit boards as a contribution to closed-loop materials management

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2002: Head of the Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division
  • Since 1988: Researcher at the Öko-Institut, Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division
  • October 1982 – July 1988: Undergraduate studies in Process Engineering at Munich Technical University and at Hamburg-Harburg Technical University. Graduated with the title Dipl. Ing. (Univ.).

Language Skills