Sus.lab – the Sustainability in Business Lab
Driving the transition towards a net-zero and circular economy in collaboration with industry, policy makers and academia.
The “Sustainability in Business Lab” aims to drive the transition towards a net-zero and circular economy in collaboration with industry, policy makers and academia. We believe that this transition offers an incredible opportunity for ambitious individuals, companies and consortia that are ready to become innovation and sustainability leaders.
We work on a broad range of decarbonisation and circular economy topics: from carbon dioxide removal and carbon capture and storage with hard-to-decarbonise industries such as waste, cement, and transport to circular practices in the construction sector as well as the packaging and plastic industry. We often start projects with broad scans to understand technology options and regulatory trends. For instance, we perform innovation scouting and assessments, where we systematically look at costs, sustainability and feasibility of technologies. Based on this, we work on implementation by e.g. developing action plans or forming coalitions/consortia.
In our projects we draw on existing science and research across disciplines, building on the experience from the researchers at the Chair of Sustainability and Technology and ETH in general, through literature research and interviews with academic experts. Additionally, we find it very valuable to bring the perspectives of industry back into science.
Julia Bachmann co-leads sus.lab and leads the circular economy stream to accelerate sustainable transformation within various industries. Prior to joining sus.lab in 2018, she completed her MSc in Management, Technology and Economics at ETH, preceded by a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.