Guido Sonnemann is a Programme Officer for Innovation and Life Cycle Management working with UNEP’s Division of Technology Industry and Economics (DTIE), Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch in Paris.
His tasks are within the topic areas of sustainable innovation and 3R (reduce, reuse, recycling) within the Integrated Resource Management Unit. He 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 now. He is focal point for the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and co-chairing the working group on e-waste. In addition, he has been involved from the early beginning in the set up of the International Panel for Sustainable Resources Management and he started activities that promote a life cycle economy by being involved in Steering Committee of the SteP project (Solving the E-waste Problem) and developing several innovative projects in the area of integrated resource management (including water and waste questions) for industrial and urban 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 form the University 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. He is author of several scientific articles and books in the field of Life Cycle, Waste and Water Management.