Ecosystem services is the broad group of valuable services and materials delivered by ecosystems, contributing to economic activity and social well-being. Within the EE-team, ecosystem services are investigated as indicators for efficient natural resources management. Also the structure, feasibility and effects of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) systems are analysed. Selected projects :
Valuing externalities in a business context.
||Cambridge University, CPSL, VNN, UHasselt
Sustainable and economical efficient ecosystem management: modeling biophysical scale followed by optimizing payments for ecosystem services.
The consequences of climate change over the long term affect multiple aspects of the economy and the society. The EE-team investigates closely the long-term impact of climate change on European agriculture, the distributed effects, and the adaptational behaviour of affected stakeholders. Selected projects :
Ricardian analysis of the impact of climate change on European agriculture.
||UHasselt, Yale University
||Steven Van Passel
In order to support promising clean technologies, the EE-team has developed a large experience in the techno-economic and environmental assessment of diverse cleantech solutions. Specific methods have been elaborated for the holistic sustainability assessment of biobased technologies and recycling innovations. Other projects assess the impact of emerging technologies on the economic structure, the contributions to sustainability transitions and societal change. Selected projects:
Energy crops on agricultural land enriched with heavy metals: functional repair through phytoextraction and/or energy crops as a sustainable alternative for classic agriculture.
||2009 - 2010
||UHasselt, Yale University
Organext - green nanotechnology: from flexible solar cells to printable electronics
||2009 - 2013
||UHasselt, IMOMEC, ULG, ICIS, UNU-MERIT, Hogeschool Zuyd, RWTH Aachen, TU Eindhoven, IMEC, TWEED, Cide-Socran
Closing the circle: enhanced landfill mining (elfm) as part of the transition to sustainable materials management.
||2011 - 2014
||Group Machiels, UHasselt, KULeuven, VITO
||Steven Van Passel
Techno-economic assessment (TEA)
Techno-economic assessments are the most suitable approach for economic analysis of innovative technologies. TEA makes an investment decision, bridging the engineering knowledge of the process with the risk-assessment of an economic evaluation. This leads to the determination of critical technical variables as well as the sensitivity of market circumstances on the new technology.
The sustainability assessment of new Cleantech solutions and innovative technologies requires adapted sustainability methods. Our group has extensive experience in efficiency-based sustainability methods, such as the sustainable value approach, trade-off analyses or frontier analysis. Holistic methods are also developed for the evaluation of life cycle impacts and costing for biobased technologies. In order to make the step from the sustainability of individual technologies to sustainable policies on sector level, the environmental economics team has developed evolutionary agent-based models to follow emerging technologies during a sector transition.
Ecosystem service valuations
Valuations of intangible benefits from ecosystem services provides constructive solutions to account for the importance of ecosystem process. This valuation can make use of discrete choice experiments, hedonic pricing or contingent valuation. The combination with models for payment for ecosystem services schemes, leads to the development of effective budget transfers to ecosystems according to the value they create.
Projects in the picture
Alternative Jet Fuel Supply Chain Analysis'
In this project, the researchers are approaching sustainable jet fuel production holistically, considering technological, environmental, economic, and social elements. The project aims to use these analyses to identify key barriers throughout the alternative jet fuel supply chain that must be overcome to produce and effectively market 1 billion gallons of alternative jet fuel in the near term and 10 billion gallons in the longer term in the United States of America.
Boundless Biobased Education
Flanders and the Netherlands are at the forefront of the biobased economy. With the presence of a large agricultural and chemical sector, a favourable geographical location (i.e. deep-sea port) and the cooperation between multinationals, SMEs, knowledge centres, educational institutions and governments, we have an entrepreneurial, exclusive and application oriented region. However, opportunities for economic growth, maintaining and expanding jobs are under pressure from a shortage of technically skilled people. Therefore, education is on top of the agenda. This project aims to to ensure the urgent need for skilled employees for the biobased economy, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
CO2 for energy storage (EnOp)
The project objective of EnOp is the development and demonstration of embryonic CO2 conversion technologies for the storage of renewable energy. The ultimate goal is a set of demonstrators and working pilots that convert sunlight or renewable electricity into chemical energy carriers and / or specialty chemicals. CO2 is the first choice as a starting material.
INTENSE will contribute to sustainable increase in food production, novel products for agriculture and new perspectives for European rural landscapes. Future land use must embrace efficient production and utilization of biomass for improved economic, environmental and social outcomes.
Full list of all our projects
Staples, Mark; Malina, Robert & Barrett, Steven (2017) The limits of bioenergy for mitigating global lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Nature Energy, 2 (Art N° 16202)
Daniels, Silvie; Witters, Nele; Beliën, Tim; Vrancken, Kristof; Vangronsveld, Jaco & Van Passel, Steven (2017) Monetary Valuation of Natural Predators for Biological Pest Control in Pear Production. Ecological economics (Amsterdam), 134, p. 160-173.
Chossière, Guillaume P.; Malina, Robert; Akshay Ashok, Robert; Dedoussi, Irene C.; Eastham, Sebastian D.; Speth, Raymond L. & Barrett, Steven R. H. (2017) Public health impacts of excess NOx emissions from Volkswagen diesel passenger vehicles in Germany. Environmental research letters, 12 (3), p. 1-14.
Van Passel, Steven; Massetti, Emanuele & Mendelsohn, Robert (2017) A Ricardian Analysis of the Impact of Climate Change on European Agriculture. Environmental & Resource Economics, 67(4), p. 725-760.
Vanschoenwinkel, Janka; Mendelsohn, Robert & Van Passel, Steven (2016) Do Western and Eastern Europe have the same agricultural climate response? Taking adaptive capacity into account. Global Environmental Change - Human and Policy Dimensions, 41, p. 74-87
Full list of all our publications
Education at the Faculty of Business Economics
- Courses: Business Deelopment for Technology, Business scan, CSR and Business Etchics, Economic policies for technologic development, Energy and environment: a multidisciplinary analysis, Environmental economic evaluation of transportation policy, Environmental Policy, Microeconomic optimization 2, Microeconomics, Sustainability analysis, Sustainable Tourism Management, Technological innovations, Technology management, Transport Economics
- Students: Business Engineering (Technology in business), Applied Economics (Policy Management)
- Master thesis > 10 (annual), Examples :
- Market potential of thin film BIPV in Flanders
- Valuation of ecosystem services: what is the value of nature?
- Solar Cooking Acceptance in Senegal: an application of Best-Worst Scaling
- Food miles: only a concept?
- Costs and benefits of low-energy houses
- Geothermal energy: a case study
- Economic assessment of a photovoltaic noise barrier
- Economic and sustainability assessment of CHP: a case study
Framework Programme EU, FWO, IWT, BOF, INTERREG, EFRO, local, regional and federal authorities in Belgium
Services and advice
The team delivers advice to local, regional and federal authorities, companies and research institutes
Prof. dr. Robert Malina
Prof dr. Sebastien LIZIN
Prof. dr. ir Steven VAN PASSEL
- dr. Hossein Azadi
- dr. ir. Frederic Ang
- dr. Tine Compernolle
- dr. Maheshi Danthurebandara
- dr. ir. Yann de Mey
- dr. Ellen De Schepper
- dr. Marieke Franck
- dr. Rob Hoogmartens
- Sarah Jeanloz
- Noah Larvoe
- dr Dries Maes
- dr. Sylvestre Njakou DJomo
- dr. Eloi Schreurs
- dr. Miet Van Dael
- dr. ir. Annick Vastiau
- Kim Vreys
- Thomas Voets
- Diriba Dadi Debela (Ethiopian Institute of architecture, Building, Construction and City Development, Ethipia)
- Thanh Lan Nguyen (National Economics University, Vietnam)
- Dobane Patricia Sebola (University of Limpopo, South Africa)
- Mahedi Al Masud (Khulna University, Bangladesh)
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