Siddharth Prakash
Siddharth Prakash
Siddharth Prakash

Siddharth Prakash

Senior Researcher
Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Special Expertise

Research Areas

  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Resource and waste management
  • International cooperation and development policy


  • Circular economy, obsolescence, product longevity and repairs
  • Eco-design, ecolabeling and sustainable public procurement
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Social and environmental standards in global value chains


  • Social and environmental standards in global value chains
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • E-Waste and Metal Resources
  • Sustainable product assessment and labelling


Key Projects

International cooperation and development policy

Sustainable Consumption and Production

  • Sustainable approaches to reducing plastic packaging in Asia (Thailand, Malaysia & Indonesia)
  • Transforming Production and Consumption Patterns by Strengthening Ecolabeling and Green Public Procurement in Five Asian Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Bhutan, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • Methodological challenges for ecolabels in the Global Ecolabelling Network - Evaluation and traceability of critical raw materials and determination of quantitative environmental relief potentials
  • Implementation of innovative incentive mechanisms to promote climate-friendly products and services in ASEAN (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia & Philippines)
  • Promoting environmental-friendly services in ASEAN taking the example of Germany’s environmental standards, such as the Blue Angel label (Thailand & Malaysia)
  • Blue Angel - national eco-label with international impact - further development of internationalization strategy and cooperation with other Type I eco-labels (Thailand & China)
  • Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for a Low-Carbon Economy in ASEAN (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia & Philippines)
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production for Low Carbon Economy – Low Emission Public Procurement and Eco-Labelling (SCP4LCE) – Advisory Services on Eco-Labelling in Thailand and the ASEAN-region (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia & Philippines)
  • Strengthening the international use of the Blue Angel as a climate protection label - project under the National Climate Protection Initiative (India, Turkey, United Kingdom)
  • Certification of low-carbon product groups in China and Germany

Resource and waste management

  • Marine litter and microplastics: Promoting the environmentally sound management of plastic wastes and achieving the prevention and minimization of the generation of plastic wastes (Ghana & Bangladesh)
  • Indo-German Financial Cooperation – Scoping Assignment Solid Waste Management, commissioned by the KfW-Bank
  • Concepts for sustainable solid waste management, commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Technical support of KfW in the management of the FC project "Environmentally sound management of e-waste in Ghana"
  • E-waste Ghana Lot 3: Enhancing capacities of informal sector stakeholders & payment system for e-waste, commissioned by the GIZ
  • Ghanaian-German Financial Cooperation (FC): Sound disposal and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment – Feasibility Study for the preparation of a new FC project, commissioned by the KfW-Bank
  • E-waste Africa Project (UNEP)
  • Informal e-waste management in Lagos, Nigeria – socio-economic impacts and feasibility of international recycling co-operations
  • Socio-economic assessment and feasibility study on sustainable e-waste management in Ghana

Policy Concepts and Instruments in the Field of Sustainable Consumption in Europe

Circular Economy and Obsolescence

Ecodesign, ecolabel, sustainable public procurement (SPP)

Membership of committees and boards

Professional Training and Career

  • Since May 2008:
    Researcher at the Öko-Institut Freiburg, Division - Sustainable Products and Material Flows
  • 2003-2006:
    Freelance Consultant for the German Development Cooperation (GTZ), the Tropenbos International, the Netherlands and the Capacity Building International Germany (InWEnt gGmbH)
  • Apr 2005 – Dec 2005:
    Researcher at the Silviculture Institute, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg
  • Jan 2006 – Dec 2006:
    Post-Graduate Studies in „Rural Development“ at the Centre for Advanced Training in Rural Development, Humboldt University Berlin
  • Oct 2002 – Sept 2005:
    Master in „Sustainable Forestry and Lans Use Management“ Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg
  • Oct 1999 – Sept 2002:
    Bachelor in „International Forest Ecosystem Management“, University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde

Language Skills

English, Hindi, German, French