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Michael Lettenmeier   Mr.  Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Michael Lettenmeier published an article in April 2018.
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Christa Liedtke

44 shared publications

Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH, Division Sustainable Production and Consumption, Doeppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal, Germany

Katrin Bienge

26 shared publications

Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH, Division Sustainable Production and Consumption, Doeppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal, Germany

Jens Teubler

8 shared publications

Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH, Division Sustainable Production and Consumption, Doeppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal, Germany

Klaus Wiesen

8 shared publications

Research Group Sustainable Production and Consumption, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH, P.O. Box 10 04 80, Wuppertal 42004, Germany

Senja Susanna Laakso

6 shared publications

University of Helsinki, Finland

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Article 1 Read 3 Citations A Household's Burden – The Embodied Resource Use of Household Equipment in Germany Jens Teubler, Johannes Buhl, Michael Lettenmeier, Kathrin Gr... Published: 01 April 2018
Ecological Economics, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.10.004
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Article 0 Reads 5 Citations The nutritional footprint – integrated methodology using environmental and health indicators to indicate potential for a... Melanie Lukas, Holger Rohn, Michael Lettenmeier, Christa Lie... Published: 01 September 2016
Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.070
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Article 1 Read 5 Citations Household-level transition methodology towards sustainable material footprints Senja Susanna Laakso, Michael Lettenmeier Published: 01 September 2016
Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.03.009
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PREPRINT 1 Read 0 Citations Assessing Indicators and Limits for a Sustainable Everyday Nutrition Melanie Lukas, Holger Rohn, Michael Lettenmeier, Christa Lie... Published: 01 January 2016
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Human nutrition is responsible for about 30% of the global natural resource use. In order to decrease resource use to a level in line with planetary boundaries, a resource use reduction in the nutrition sector by a factor 2 is suggested. A large untapped potential to increase resource efficiency and improve consumers’ health status is assumed, but valid indicators and general guidelines to assess these impacts and limits can barely be found. Therefore we will have a try to define sustainable limits towards the individuals’ daily diet and therefore stimulate current available scientific debate. Within the paper an examination of existing indicators and assessment methods is carried out. We set the focus on health indicators, such as energy intake, and environmental indicators, such as the carbon or material footprint. The paper aims to provide first, an assessment of core indicators to explore the sustainability impact of foodstuff, and second, a deeper understanding and a discussion of sustainable limits for those dimensions of food and nutrition. Therefore we will discuss several ecological and health indicators which may be suitable to assess the sustainabilty impact and indicate differences or similarities. As a result it becomes obvious that several ecological indicators “point in the same direction” and therefore a discussion about the variability and the variety of these indicators has to be faced in the future. Further the definition of sustainable levels per indicator is an essential aspect to get an idea about the needed barriers for a sustainable nutrition, by now first steps had been made, but no binding guidelines are available yet. Therefore the paper suggests a few indications to set up sustainable levels for health and environmental indicators, based on the idea to reduce the resource use level up to 30-50% in 2030.
Article 0 Reads 17 Citations Resource Use in the Production and Consumption System—The MIPS Approach Christa Liedtke, Katrin Bienge, Klaus Wiesen, Jens Teubler, ... Published: 28 August 2014
Resources, doi: 10.3390/resources3030544
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The concept Material Input per Service Unit (MIPS) was developed 20 years ago as a measure for the overall natural resource use of products and services. The material intensity analysis is used to calculate the material footprint of any economic activities in production and consumption. Environmental assessment has developed extensive databases for life cycle inventories, which can additionally be adopted for material intensity analysis. Based on practical experience in measuring material footprints on the micro level, this paper presents the current state of research and methodology development: it shows the international discussions on the importance of accounting methodologies to measure progress in resource efficiency. The MIPS approach is presented and its micro level application for assessing value chains, supporting business management, and operationalizing sustainability strategies is discussed. Linkages to output-oriented Life Cycle Assessment as well as to Material Flow Analysis (MFA) at the macro level are pointed out. Finally we come to the conclusion that the MIPS approach provides relevant knowledge on resource and energy input at the micro level for fact-based decision-making in science, policy, business, and consumption.
Article 0 Reads 27 Citations Eight Tons of Material Footprint—Suggestion for a Resource Cap for Household Consumption in Finland Michael Lettenmeier, Christa Liedtke, Holger Rohn Published: 09 July 2014
Resources, doi: 10.3390/resources3030488
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The paper suggests a sustainable material footprint of eight tons, per person, in a year as a resource cap target for household consumption in Finland. This means an 80% (factor 5) reduction from the present Finnish average. The material footprint is used as a synonym to the Total Material Requirement (TMR) calculated for products and activities. The paper suggests how to allocate the sustainable material footprint to different consumption components on the basis of earlier household studies, as well as other studies, on the material intensity of products, services, and infrastructures. It analyzes requirements, opportunities, and challenges for future developments in technology and lifestyle, also taking into account that future lifestyles are supposed to show a high degree of diversity. The targets and approaches are discussed for the consumption components of nutrition, housing, household goods, mobility, leisure activities, and other purposes. The paper states that a sustainable level of natural resource use by households is achievable and it can be roughly allocated to different consumption components in order to illustrate the need for a change in lifestyles. While the absolute material footprint of all the consumption components will have to decrease, the relative share of nutrition, the most basic human need, in the total material footprint is expected to rise, whereas much smaller shares than at present are proposed for housing and especially mobility. For reducing material resource use to the sustainable level suggested, both social innovations, and technological developments are required.
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