Experts' profiles - Guido Sonnemann
Guido Sonnemann
Guido Sonnemann is Programme Officer for Innovation and Life Cycle Management. He is the Science Focal Point for the UNEP Resource Efficiency/ Sustainable Consumption and Production sub-programme based in the Division of Technology Industry and Economics (DTIE) in Paris.

His main focus is within the topic areas of sustainable innovation, 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) and the accounting of resource use and its environmental impacts. He is currently in charge of the Secretariat of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, whose objectives are to provide independent, coherent and authoritative scientific assessments of policy relevance on the sustainable use of natural resources and in particular their environmental impacts over the full life cycle; and to contribute to a better understanding of how to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation.

Guido serves on working groups looking at global metal flows and at water efficiency, and is co-founder of the UNEP/SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Life Cycle Initiative which promotes the use of life cycle approaches for sustainable products and services and co-ordinates its Secretariat. He is also current chair of the Steering Committee of StEP Initiative (Solving the E-waste Problem) and the E-Waste Working Group of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative and has been involved in the development of several other innovative projects in the area of integrated resource management (including also topics such as eco-labelling and the sustainable management of industrial areas).

Before joining UNEP DTIE in 2002, Guido worked as consultant with the Chemical Technology Centre of Tarragona/ Spain, where his main area of focus also was on life cycle approaches and advanced methods in integrated resource and waste management.

Guido Sonnemann holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rovira & Virgili, Spain (2002), M.Sc. in water biology and chemistry from the University of Poitiers, France (1996), and graduated as engineer from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (1995) with a specialisation in environmental engineering.

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