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Environmental impact assessment

Environmental impact assessment

Environmental impact assessment

We integrate a geoscientific perspective in concepts of environmental impact assessment such as LCA (life cycle assessment). We continue to improve established concepts by presenting advanced methods for impact assessment such as of water use and soil compaction. Much of our work is dedicated to the environmental assessment of geo-technologies such as geothermal applications, groundwater clean-up systems and also agricultural land use.

Publications

Stemmle, R., Blum, P., Schüppler, S., Fleuchaus, P., Limoges, M., Bayer, P., Menberg, K. 2021. Environmental impacts of aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES). – Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 151, 111560.

Stoessel, F., Sonderegger, T., Bayer, P., Hellweg, S. (2018). Assessing the environmental impacts of soil compaction in Life Cycle Assessment. Science of the Total Environment, 630, 913-921.

Menberg, K, Pfister, S., Blum, P.,  Bayer, P. (2016). A matter of meters: State of the art in life cycle assessment of Enhanced Geothermal Systems. Energy & Environmental Science, 9, 2720-2743.

Bayer, P., Schwab, O., Bayer, P., Juraske, R., Verones, F., Hellweg, S. (2014). Beyond the material grave: Life Cycle Impact Assessment of leaching from secondary materials in road and earth constructions. Waste Management, 34(10), 1884-1896.

Pfister, S., Bayer, P. (2014). Monthly water stress: Spatially and temporally explicit consumptive water footprint of global crop production. Journal of Cleaner Production, 73(14), 52–62.

Rybach, L., Blum, P., Brauchler, R. (2013). Review of life cycle environmental effects of geothermal power generation. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 26, 446-463.

Bayer, P., Saner, D., Bolay, S., Rybach, L., Blum, P. (2012). Greenhouse Gas Emission Savings of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems in Europe: A Review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16(2), 1256–1267.

Pfister, S., Bayer, P., Köhler, A., and S. Hellweg (2011). Projected water consumption in future global agriculture: Scenarios and related impacts. Science of the Total Environment, 409(20), 4206-4216.

Pfister, S., Bayer, P., Köhler, A., and S. Hellweg (2011). Environmental impacts of water use in global agriculture: hotspots and trade-offs with land use. Environ. Sci. & Technol., 45(13), 5761–5768.

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