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

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 standardized 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 and Environment).

Central to LIST’s “smart green” vision is increasing its collaboration with industry. The establishment of a Green Tech Innovation Centre (GTIC-L) linking the public and private sectors targets the goal of contributing to the realization 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


Help consumers and businesses apply the “right to know” about extremely concerning substances present in consumer articles via innovative IT tools.


Acquiring data needed for minimizing winter losses in managed honey bee colonies across Luxembourg


Create a new tool based on satellite Earth observations and hydrodynamic models, in order to better evaluate large-scale flood hazard.


Validation of the SAR-based CCI water bodies product


A Smart Energy Management System Integrating Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles


International knowledge transfer for an integrated approach on European viticulture


Omics-assisted characterization and enrichment of the phylum Cloacimonetes for a better anaerobic digestion performance.


Towards a smart distribution grid operation through a combined photovoltaic forecasting approach.

Digital Pilot Farms

Taking advantage of digitization for protecting crops and environment


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


ECOTREE aims at developing a general understanding of REE ecotoxicity to predict the possible risks associated with the current anthropogenically-driven increase in their [...]


Integrating the spatiotemporal effects of vegetation water uptake on catchment travel-times and runoff generation processes.


Quantifying and assessing the value of urban ecosystem services associated with scenarios of nature-based solutions’ implementation


Energy management system for smart sustainable buildings : planning, operation and optimal integration in the smart energy.


Simulating the new challenges of a decarbonised mobility


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


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

Microbiome Designer

Towards a ready-to-use microbial community for improved anaerobic digestion of biomass


With the help of drone data, a yearly monitoring of the esca will be established which shall allow a better understanding of the disease.


A tool for assessing the environmental and economic performance of multifunctional silviculture and ecosystem services oriented forest management


Understanding the mechanisms of nanomaterial toxicity on freshwater invertebrates.


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


Towards a better risk governance of engineered nanomaterials


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


Towards a better and sustainable dairy cattle management through a national decision support tool


Optimizing irrigation and saving water using thermal infrared remote sensing


Towards a better understanding and prediction of environmental change consequences on the vegetation and water balance in ecosystems.


Identification of mechanisms induced by heavy metals in resistance of plants to frost.

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