Dr. Dietlinde Quack
Dr. Dietlinde Quack
Dr. Dietlinde Quack

Dr. Dietlinde Quack

Senior researcher
Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Special Expertise

Main areas of research: Sustainability analysis of information and communication technologies and their applications


  • Sustainable production and consumption
  • Policy strategies and instruments
  • Implementing the European Framework Directive on Energy-Using Products
  • Public Private Partnership

Dr. Dietlinde Quack joined the Öko-Institut in Freiburg in 1999 as a researcher with the Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division. She is responsible there for two thematic areas – information and communication technology (ICT) and life-cycle assessment and material flow analysis. She commands over many years of experience in analysing and evaluating the environmental impacts of ICT products and services across their life cycles (e.g. mobile phone casings, answering machines, video conferencing systems, online billing systems). She also conducts integrated sustainability assessments of ICT products and services.


As project coordinator, she is responsible for analysing the sustainability aspects of Public Private Partnerships as a business model.


Key Projects

  • EcoTopTen – Innovations for sustainable consumption patterns (research project and consumer information campaign)
  • PCs, notebooks, flat panel displays, virtual answering machines, compact fluorescent lamps, gas-fired condensing boiler heating systems and wood-pellet fired heating systems as EcoTopTen products
  • Sustainability analyses of ICT applications
  • Preparatory Studies for Eco-design Requirements of Energy Using Products (Imaging Equipment / Televisions)
  • Analysis of the sustainability aspects of Public Private Partnerships as a business model
  • Sustainable procurement (focus: computers, heating systems, lighting systems, furniture

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 1999: Researcher at the Öko-Institut, Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division
  • 1994–2000: Doctoral thesis at RWTH Aachen within the context of the graduate college “Interdisciplinary strategies for environmental protection”. Title of doctoral thesis: “Influence of energy standards and construction-related factors on the environmental performance of residential buildings, exemplified by the low-energy housing estate demonstration project in Heidenheim – a life-cycle assessment”
  • 1992–1992: Course in environmental management at the vocational training centres of the Bavarian federations of employers (bfz). Completed with the title: Fachkauffrau Umweltmanagement
  • 1985–1992: Undergraduate studies in Biology at Würzburg University and at the State University of New York in Albany, graduated with the title Diplom-Biologin

Language Skills

German, English