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Evaluating Sustainability for Bio-based Products

Do you want to learn the quantification of sustainability of bio-based processes in a commercial and planetary context?

This three-day course provides you with the fundamental concepts, methodologies, hands-on problems, and perspectives delivered by a diverse range of university teachers and guest lecturers.

We are committed to spreading the knowledge on developing sustainable technologies to help industrial and academic professionals measure bio-based technologies’ sustainability performance. 

During the course, you would be acquiring skills on:

  • The fundamentals of product, supply chain, and life cycles in biotechnology.
  • Quantitatively assess and eventually combine environmental and economic sustainability in biotechnology – based on life cycle assessment (LCA), and techno-economic assessment (TEA) approaches.
  • Translate sustainability assessment results into informed decisions relevant for biotechnology R&D. The course covers all aspects, from a basic introduction to the concept of sustainability to the comprehensive evaluation of the environmental performance of specific bio-based products and technology life cycles.
  • How to utilize existing LCA’s and TEA’s into a more strategic tool to steer innovation towards sustainability in a commercial and planetary context.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will have a basic understanding of the methods used in quantifying sustainability. You would be:

  • Be familiar with the prevailing definitions of sustainability, the history of the sustainability concept, and the development of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Understand the importance of taking a systemic perspective on biotechnology and considering the whole life cycle when evaluating sustainability.
  • Identify the major drivers of economic and environmental impacts when assessing the sustainability of a product or its functionalities.
  • Develop critical thinking to analyze sustainability assessments and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
  • Develop awareness about the tools used to quantify bio-based products’ economic and environmental performance. 
  • Understand trade-offs between economic and environmental Impacts.
  • Understand the concept of planetary boundaries and absolute sustainability

Moreover, the workshop will enable you to understand the data needs and dependencies to conduct a quantitative sustainability assessment at various technology maturities.

Who should attend?

The course is tuned to a wide range of audiences from industry and academia in the life science sector to understand, critique, communicate and make informed decisions to quantitatively assess and improve bio-based products and technologies’ economic and environmental sustainability performance.

This course is especially beneficial for professionals with background, skills, or experience in the following areas:

  • Natural scientists from different field of expertise.
  • Engineering, agro-science, and production disciplines from design, planning, R&D, and operations
  • Postdocs and senior scientists who want to update themselves in a sustainability assessment 
  • Non-scientific professionals from administration, finance, sales, or other non-technical disciplines, seeking a thorough understanding of sustainability and assessment tools.


Participants do not need to have specific knowledge in the field of biotechnology other than a basic high-school-level understanding of natural sciences. The course material comprises practice exercises, and we expect participants to be able to use MS Excel.

Important information 

Here you will find important information for short course participants regarding cancellation policies, location and waitlist policies.

Fee and registration 

Fee: DKK 20,000

To register for the course please click “Add to basket” .

The registration deadline is February 2023.

In case, you have any questions related to your registration, please contact Course Coordinator Husein Suta on

Discount for start-ups and academics

We offer employees in start-up companies, educational institutions and the public sector a 25% course fee reduction. Tick off the relevant boxes in the registration form to apply for this discount. You will get to the registration form when adding the course to the basket.

Companies wishing to arrange a tailored/private course are more than welcome to contact us to discuss this opportunity.

The FBM initiative – funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation

This course was developed in the framework of the Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing Initiative, in collaboration between DTU Bioengineering, DTU Biosustain, and DTU Chemical Engineering. The project is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Course instructors



20-22 February from 9:00-17:00


In-person on DTU Campus in Lyngby


See available discounts at the bottom of the page


20.000,00 kr.

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