Sangwon Suh has contributed to developing life-cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) methodologies, focusing on mathematical foundations and analytical methods. He is Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science Management, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the USA.
For the IRP, Dr Suh serves on the Working Groups on Environmental Impacts and Decoupling. He co-authored the 2009 report: Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production: Priority Products and Materials. He is working on two upcoming reports, the Environmental Impact of Low-Carbon Technologies and a report on Decoupling.
Dr Suh also helped establish data and a methodology on sustainable product policy for Europe and the USA by contributing data and analysis to policy studies by the European Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency on prioritizing products and product groups with the greatest environmental impact.
He has edited and co-authored three books and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment and the Journal of Industrial Ecology. He serves on three Working Groups on the international standardization of carbon footprinting methodology, at the World Resources Institute, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Standards Organization.
Dr Suh earned a BS and MS in environmental engineering at Ajou University in South Korea and completed a PhD in environmental science and engineering at Leiden University in the Netherlands.