Prof. Dr. Rainer Grießhammer
Prof. Dr. Rainer Grießhammer
Prof. Dr. Rainer Grießhammer

Prof. Dr. Rainer Grießhammer

Senior Adviser

Special Expertise

Main areas of work:

  • Sustainable production and consumption
  • Methodology development: Life Cycle Assessment, Social Life Cycle Assessment, PROSA - Product Sustainability Assessment, Product Carbon Footprint
  • Product-related climate change mitigation
  • Product policy

Key Projects

  • Ecolabel for climate-relevant products and services, 2009
  • Product Sustainability Assessment (PROSA), 2007
  • Feasibility Study: Integration of Social Aspects into LCA, 2006
  • EcoTopTen - Innovations for Sustainable Consumption (pilot phase), 2004

Professional Training and Career

  • Diploma in Organic Chemistry (1978)
  • Doctoral Dissertation in Organic Chemistry (1981)

Honorary Professorship

In 2012, Dr. Rainer Griesshammer was awarded an Honorary Professorship for Sustainable Products by the University of Freiburg.


  • Member of the Research Advisory Board for the "Consumers, Market and Policy" Research Centre at the Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen in Germany (since July 2012)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of Federal German Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection corresponding "consumer and food policy", 1992-1994
  • Member of the Council of German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), 2004 - 2008
  • Board of trustees, Stiftung Warentest, 2003 - present
  • Member of UNEP/SETAC Life Cylce Initiative, Task Force on Integration of social aspects into LCA
  • Executive director of the Legacy for the Future Foundation, (Stiftung Zukunftserbe), 2000-present

Author of several books, among others the bestsellers

  • Der Öko-Knigge(1984)
  • Der Klima-Knigge (2007)

Language Skills