Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Frank Pierie

Date: 05 October 2018
Time: 16:15 - 17:15
Location: Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, 9712 CP Groningen

Dissertation title: 

How to measure and optimize the sustainability of complex (renewable) energy production pathways: Applied to farm scale biogas production pathways

Group: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
Promotor: Prof.dr. H.C. Moll


To avoid energy scarcity as well as climate change a transition towards a sustainable society must be initiated. Within this context, sustainability is often noted as an end goal, for instance as a green circular economy, by governmental bodies and or companies. However, if sustainability cannot be clearly defined as an end goal or measured uniformly and transparently, the direction and progress towards this goal can only be roughly followed. Hence, a clear understanding of and a transparent uniform measuring technique for sustainability is required towards fully sustainable and circular (Renewable) Energy Production Pathways as; society is asking for an integrated and understandable overview in the decision making and planning process towards a future sustainable energy system. Therefore, within this dissertation a new approach is proposed for measuring the sustainability of REPPs, useful for the analysis, comparison, and optimization of REPP systems on all elements of sustainability. Applied to farm scale Anaerobic Digestion biogas production pathways.