Tobias Schleicher
Tobias Schleicher
Tobias Schleicher

Tobias Schleicher

Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Special Expertise

Research Areas:

  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Sustainable Resource Economics


  • Policy Instruments (such as labelling, eco-design, procurement) in the area of sustainable consumption, particularly in terms of product-related energy and resource efficiency
  • E-Waste and Metal Resources
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Energy-efficient Lighting
  • Energy Efficiency in Private Households and Buildings


  • Product Sustainability Assessment (PROSA)
  • Life Cycle Costing (LCC)

Key Projects

  • Conflict minerals – Study on the Dodd-Frank Act and further possible resource-related measures
  • Global circular economy of strategic metals – best-of-two-worlds approach (Bo2W)
  • Influence of the service life of products in terms of their environmental impact: Establishing an information base and developing policies against "obsolescence"
  • 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
  • Strengthening the international use of the eco-label, the Blue Angel
  • Developing a concept for the overall reduction of energy demand: potentials, general conditions and tools to achieve energy saving goals of the National Energy Concept
  • Technical assistance to the stakeholder representation of consumer organisations in preparatory work for implementing measures – Lot C
  • EcoTopTen 2.0 – Promoting energy efficient products and energy savings through market surveys, social media activities and campaigns
  • Energy-efficient climate protection with products
  • Top 100 – Eco-label for climate-relevant products

Professional Training and Career

  • Since November 2011: Researcher at the Products & Material Flows Division of the Oeko-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 energy agency of the region of 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 and at the University of Rennes 2 Upper Brittany, France
  • 2002-2009: Studies of political economy at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg

Language Skills

English, French