Environment

The Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) department comprises more than 200 life, environmental and IT scientists and engineers across three research units. These units 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

Environmental sensing and modelling / Environmental and industrial biotechnologies / Environmental sustainability assessment and circularity / Intelligent Clean Energy Systems

Priority areas

  • Environmental and Industrial Biotechnologies
  • Space-enabled solutions for the environment and agriculture
  • Renewable energies and energy systems
  • Water resource management
  • Quantification of the impacts of human production and consumption activities on the environment and natural resources
  • Support of environmental, agriculture and health policies

Equipment and facilities

Across the Environmental Research and Technology platform, LIST offers a wide range of standardised and made-to-measure services in the fields of testing, measurement, analysis, innovation management and methods. The platform hosts laboratory facilities for chemical and biological analyses (Greentech), as well as important field facilities (LIST’s Observatory for Climate, Environment and Biodiversity).

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 targets the goal of contributing to the realisation of the national circular economy strategy. Sectors identified include construction and industry, renewable energy, organic waste, agriculture and food, soil remediation and use, and water.

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Current projects

ACROSS

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

ADAPT

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

BioMW2022

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

CAMPHIBIAN

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

CAPACITY

Plant hydraulics response to extreme climate conditions

CarbonNerd

Understanding and reducing our carbon footprint in Luxembourg.

CCI-LANDCOVER

Validation of the SAR-based CCI water bodies product

CHAPEL

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

COMMECT

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

DigitalDeConstruction

Develop an innovative digital decision support system to reduce waste within the construction sector and the huge CO2 emissions of the industry.

e-shape

Generating a satellite Earth Observation-based flood inundation record with and for end users

FCRBE

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

HEMS

Digitalising weed control process to empower farmers towards a sustainable and responsible use of herbicides.

Hydro-CSI

Contributing to the exploration of new and interdisciplinary research avenues to overcome limitations in our current understanding of catchment functioning.

InnCoCells

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

INSTRUCT

Developing training courses and cooperation schemes for the construction industry in the field of energy-efficient buildings and to initiate legislative changes in this area.

LORSAT

Integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and Satellite Communication (SATCOM) for smart agriculture applications.

LuCoIIGS

Promoting the use of and facilitating the rapid access to Copernicus satellite data.

MONIPOL

Detecting changes in the populations of essential pollinating insects across Luxembourg using standardised methods.

NANOGAM

Understanding the mechanisms of nanomaterial toxicity on freshwater invertebrates.

REFUND

Providing reliable metrics to assess the environmental sustainability of green bonds and funds

RiskGONE

Towards a better risk governance of engineered nanomaterials

SemanticLCA

A new value proposition in the life cycle assessment of buildings and districts, that factors in multi- aspects real-time data to attenuate the environmental impacts of our built [...]

SENSECO

Enabling optical synergies to better characterize and predict the dynamic response of vegetation in changing conditions.

Sentinelle5

Healthy plants for healthy food

SmartBuilt4EU

Unlocking the smart building potential by bridging the gaps between innovation, markets and policy.

VinoManAOP2

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

VIRALERT

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

VIRTIGATION

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

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