The mission of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department is to carry out responsible impact-driven research and technological innovation & policy support for a sustainable resources management and the reduction of environmental impact of human activities, in order to enable and accelerate the transition towards a sustainable, resilient and digital economy and society in Luxembourg and abroad. The department comprises more than 200 life, environmental and IT scientists and engineers across four research units which bring together the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle the major environmental challenges our society is facing today, including climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

research units

Priority areas

  • Natural resources and agrosystems under change
  • Circular bioeconomy
  • Environment and health
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Sustainable cities and territories
  • Safe and sustainable by design production and consumption

Equipment and facilities

Across its laboratory and field infrastructure, the department offers a wide range of standardised and made-to-measure services in the fields of testing, measurement, analysis, innovation management and methods. Its Biotechnologies and Environmental Analytics platform hosts laboratory facilities for chemical, biological analyses, as well as bioprocessing, whereas the Observatory for Climate, Environment and Biodiversity manages cutting-edge technological infrastructures and monitoring networks to produce science-based evidence for supporting policy-making processes towards sustainable and informed management of natural resources.


Central to LIST’s “smart green” vision is increasing its collaboration with industry. The establishment of the Sustainable Biotech Innovation Centre, linking the public and private sectors has the goal of contributing to the realisation of the national circular economy strategy as well as the environmental health action plan. Sectors identified include construction and industry, renewable energy, organic waste, agriculture and food, health, soil remediation and use, and water.


One of the important LIST missions is to create economic impact. The ERIN department contributed to the creation of the 4 spin-offs RTC4Water, Agroptimize, Wasdi and Invitrolize.

Current projects


Towards a quantification of anthropogenic immissions in Luxembourg based on near real time and high frequency measurement campaigns.


Agricultural management to reduce soil greenhouse gas emissions, enhance soil carbon and increase crop drought resilience.


Design of an innovative diagnostic test for the in-situ detection and quantification of food- and waterborne viruses based on the aptamer technology.


Assessment of biomass burning components contained in fine dust (PM10) at Walferdange.


Automating the observation of amphibians by the use of an underwater camera trap, and assess its value for the biodiversity monitoring.


Understanding and reducing our carbon footprint in Luxembourg.


Validation of the SAR-based CCI water bodies product


Regional climate change projection based on the RCP2.6 and RCP8.5 emissions scenarios for the Greater Region.


Numerical based urban bio-climate analysis for the Pro Sud region / Luxembourg.


Bridging the digital divide and addressing the need of Rural Communities with Cost-effective and Environmental-Friendly Connectivity Solutions


Fostering circularity in construction domain by better identifying, salvaging and circulating reusable building materials and elements through developing stakeholders’ awareness [...]


Modelling the potential of flexibility in households, industry, SMEs and the e-mobility sector to support electricity grid operators in the energy transition.


Towards innovative plant-based production processes for the commercial exploitation of scientifically validated cosmetic ingredients.


Climate change mitigation and adaptation in the viticulture of Montenegro.


Understanding the mechanisms of nanomaterial toxicity on freshwater invertebrates.


Healthy plants for healthy food


Testing a mix of early flowering cultivars as trap crops for oilseed rape in order to reduce damage from the Pollen Beetle, Brassicogethes aeneus.


Protecting and strengthening the economic sustainability of the viticultural sector in the AOP - Moselle Luxembourgeoise“ under changing climatic conditions.


Paving the way towards the circulation of viruses monitoring with high epidemic and pandemic potential in a non-invasive cost-effective manner.


Analysing threats imposed by vegetable viruses under current and future climate conditions.

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