Marzia Traverso

Full Professor and head of Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering, RWTH Aachen, Germany.


Prof. Dr. Marzia Traverso, full professor and head of Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering in RWTH Aachen since 1 June 2017. PhD of Environmental Technical Physics of University of Palermo, and environmental engineer, working in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and sustainability performance of building and transport sector and strategic environmental assessment to the transportation urban systems

In 2020 nominated Rapporteur of the Technical Working Group of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance and member of Technical Advisory Board on Environmental Footprint’ (Expert group E03710), PEF EU. In April 2021 Project leader for the development of the ISO standard on Social LCA.

Her knowledge on LCSA is built in 20 years of experience in academic and insustrial context. From Nov. 2011 to March 2016, she was project manager at the research and innovation centre of BMW Group. From May 2016 to April 2017 Scientific Officer at European Commission, JRC Seville in Product Bureau, responsible of the development of criteria for GPP on Street Lighting and Traffic signals, GPP of Transport and Framework for Building Sector, Level(s).

Author and co-author of several scientific papers in journal such as Sustainability, Int. Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology. Subject editor in Social life cycle Assessment in the Int. Journal of LCA. Member of several editorial board such as: Int. Journal of LCA, Sustainable Development, Resources. Founder of a Non-Profit Organization “iSuD – Information for Sustainable Development” for disseminating sustainability concept among Italian consumers. President of Director board of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation – FSLCI, and Chair of (Technical Listening) Global Listening Centre. Member of the Advisory Board of Madaster Foundation.

Keynote presentation

A sustainable transport sector: Opportunities and challenges in the European Green Deal context

After the Paris Agreement the European Union has developed the European Green Deal which represents the response to the challenges the world and Europe are facing in reducing its impact to the climate change. It is a growth strategy proposed by the von der Leyen Commission to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050. The main idea is to transform the economy into a clean and circular system, while cutting pollution and restoring biodiversity (A European Green Deal).

According to the European Commission (EC), to reach this 2050 target the following actions are needed: investments in eco-friendly technologies, clean public and private transport, support for research and innovation, decarbonisation of the energy sector, more efficient buildings, and environmental recovery.

An overview of the European actions and initiatives put in place towards a sustainable transport system will be given by considering the three dimension of sustainability and the role played by the life cycle thinking approach.

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