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Department of Environmental Chemistry

List of available PhD theses

Environmental impacts of alternative retail methods

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

The PhD thesis will deal with the assessment of the environmental impacts of food distribution in the so-called unwrapped shop. Using the LCA method, the usual way of food packaging and the so-called zero waste system will be compared. The aim of the diploma thesis will be to determine the environmental impacts of individual types of purchasing, identify the phases or processes causing the greatest environmental impacts, design material optimization of systems and assess various ways of handling packaging at the end of its life. Primary data regarding the production of cups will be obtained in cooperation with Penny Market.

Evaluation of Environment Protection Policies

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

The dissertation thesis is focused on the impact evaluation of environmental policies and interventions. Methodologicaly, rigorous evaluation methods will be used.

Evaluation of Results and Impacts of Stakeholders Participation in Design and Implementation of Environment Protection Policies

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

The dissertation thesis is focused on the results and impact of stakeholders´ participation on design and implementation of environmental policies and interventions. In the analysis, the thesis should apply networked governance, application of place-based leadership, co-creation, co-production, or partnership.

Innovation for the Environmental and Economic Sustainability of Mobility

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

Environmental investment projects are often perceived as regulatory investments and as such are assessed by methods that do not take into account economic efficiency, although this should be the case - regardless of the value of the output. The dissertation analyzes the currently used methods, defines their shortcomings in the use of various types of investment projects and based on systematization and quantitative research proposes methods adapted to individual types of investments that will identify specific aspects that affect the evaluated project and include them in project evaluation.

Integration of Risk and Uncertainty into Investment Decisions in Selected Industrial Sectors in Relation to Environmental Protection

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

The dissertation thesis is focused on the integration of risk and uncertainty into investment decisions in selected sectors of industry in relation to environmental protection. Given the long-term investment, attention must be paid to the long-term effects; the scenario approach is necessary while respecting the specificities of the sector (industry). The aim is to create a normative model that respects scenario approaches, uncertainty in the environment, multi-criteria decision-making processes and sector specificities.

Life cycle assessment of logistics

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

The environmental aspects of logistics should be one of the criteria taken into account by project planners. The LCA method makes it possible to compare the environmental impacts of different anthropogenic stressors with respect to the entire life cycle of the product, technology or service. Environmental impacts can be assessed globally or locally, but mainly either in general or with a focus on the site. This work will focus on the creation of a methodology for the identification and presentation of environmental aspects of logistics.

Product Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

The doctoral thesis assesses product value from the perspective of its whole life cycle, considering its setting in production, trade, regulatory and utility systems. Particular attention is given to the dynamics of these systems and to the optimization process in capital budgeting .

Study of bioaccumulation and ecotoxicity of selected 2D nanomaterials, chalcogenides and monoelementary materials for aquatic organisms

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

The main goal of this work is to determine the level of ecotoxicity for selected nanomaterials (2D nanomaterials, chalcogens, monoelementary materials) and their effect on selected aquatic organisms. An important task in the work is the possible confirmation of the bioaccumulation of these materials and its localization in specific organs of the observed organisms. At the same time, the influence of these nanomaterials within the food chain consisting of selected aquatic organisms will be studied.

Sustainability indicators and their use in industry

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

As part of the solution of the dissertation, a comprehensive methodology for assessing the sustainability of industrial activities will be created. The methodology will evaluate selected industries with regard to the entire life cycle and will use the outputs of the LCA as well as the environmental impact assessment methodology used in the LCA. Other suitably selected sustainability indicators, including the water footprint, will be included in the methodology.

Sustainable development in business practice

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

It is clear that the enforcement of sustainable development requirements will lead to a number of important changes, especially in EU countries, which may significantly affect business entities. Undoubtedly, the tendency towards zero carbon will lead to a reduction in fuel production and thus to shifts in their production, distribution and consumption. Likewise, the pressure to reduce plastics, reducing the consumption of materials will have an impact on many industrial producers, but also consumers. The prediction of possible impacts on selected groups of industrial producers, but also distributors and consumers is not very widespread in the professional literature. However, there is no doubt that it will happen, and enlightened owners and top management are already considering them. The dissertation will present the current knowledge of sustainable development towards business practice, the associated economic benefits and constraints, and last but not least, current recommendations, approaches, techniques for implementing this knowledge into business practice.

Value-based Analysis of Industrial Innovation Externalities

Department: Department of Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Environmental Technology

Annotation

Public policies, corporate strategies and the general public increasingly look at the real or potential external impacts of industrial innovations, frequently in an unsystematic manner, and often with unintended consequences. Accordingly, the research analyzes new technological solutions in industry with a focus on their aggregate impacts, including feedbacks of price-setting mechanisms, incentives and regulatory policies, as well as the unintended functional consequences in relevant processes and systems, including social systems


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