Tobias Schleicher
Tobias Schleicher
Tobias Schleicher

Tobias Schleicher

Senior Researcher
Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Expertise

Research:

  • Sustainable Consumption, Products & Services
  • Resource and waste management
  • International cooperation and development policy concepts

Themes:

  • Economics and social & environmental standards in global value chains
  • Mineral & biogenic raw materials (focus: palm oil, cotton & wood)
  • E-Waste & Plastic Waste in countries of the Global South
  • Policy instruments in the field of sustainable consumption (focus: eco-labelling, eco-design, public procurement, contracting), especially on product and service-related energy & resource efficiency
  • Energy efficiency in buildings (focus: lighting and air-conditioning technology)

Methods:

  • Product Sustainability Assessment (PROSA)
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCC)
  • Semi-structured qualitative stakeholder interviews
  • Value chain analysis

Important Projects

E-Waste & Plastic Waste in countries of the Global South

  • Sustainable Recycling Industries Ghana (www.sustainable-recycling.org), Phase II, 2019-23
  • Marine litter and microplastics: Promoting the environmentally sound management of plastic wastes and achieving the prevention and minimization of the generation of plastic wastes on behalf of the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Sustainable Recycling Industries Ghana (www.sustainable-recycling.org), Phase I, 2015-18
  • An efficient & effective e-waste collection system for Ethiopia; Consultancy Service for UNIDO within the E-Waste Management Project in Ethiopia (EWAMP), 2014
  • Global circular economy of strategic metals – best-of-two-worlds approach (Bo2W), 2011-2013

Mineral & Biogenic Raw Materials

  • Bioeconomic Power in Global Supply Chains - Approaches, Effects and Perspectives of Certification and Due Diligence for Biogenic Raw Materials (Bio-Macht), 2017-2020 (ongoing)
  • Environmental and human rights due diligence as an approach to strengthening sustainable corporate governance (ongoing)
  • Substitution of critical raw materials in low-carbon technologies: lighting, wind turbines and electric vehicles (2015-16)
  • Conflict Raw Materials - Study on the Dodd-Frank Act and other resource-related measures (2013)

Sustainable Consumption, Products & Services

  • Advance Sustainable Consumption and Production for low a Low-Carbon Economy in middle-Income and Newly Industrialized Countries in South-East Asia (Advance SCP, Phase II)Export of green and sustainable (environmental) infrastructure
  • Extended integration of social aspects in the Blue Angel eco-label
  • Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for a Low - Carbon Economy in South-East Asia (ASEAN) (Advance SCP, Phase I)
  • The Blue Angel - a national eco-label with international impact - Award criteria for air conditioning equipment and international harmonisation activities
  • 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
  • Influence of the service life of products on their environmental impact: creating a basis for information and developing strategies against "obsolescence
  • Scientific support of the European consumer Organisations ANEC / BEUC in the EU Ecodesign and Energy label process
  • Strengthening the international use of the Blue Angel as a climate protection label

Education & Work Experience

  • Since 2019: Senior Researcher in the Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division at Öko-Institut e.V.
  • 2011 - 2019: Researcher in the Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division at Öko-Institut e.V.
  • 2010 - 11: Research assistant of Prof. Peter Hennicke and Junior Research Fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy in an international major project in coordination with the German Society for International Development (GIZ), UNEP and the International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • 2006 - 2010: Project assistant at the Regional Energy Agency Freiburg (Energieagentur Regio Freiburg GmbH)
  • 2006 - 2007: Research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy systems (ISE), Dep. Energy Technology & Fraunhofer Marketing Network
  • 2005-2006: Academic year at the University of Rennes 1 & University of Rennes 2 - Upper Brittany, France
  • 2002-2009: Studies of Economics at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg

Languages

English, French