Bakgrunn og aktiviteter

Research

My work is related to developing models for projected impacts on aquatic, marine and terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem services. Human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems call for novel methods to assess, quantify, and spatially differentiate their extent and consequences. I focus on advancing the field of life cycle assessment (LCA) to improve and complement this widely used assessment approach.

Moreover, I am chair of a task force of the UNEP-SETAC life cycle initiative on ecosystem quality within Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) and I am leading the effort to operationalize LC-Impact, a novel, spatially-differentiated LCIA method (see http://lc-impact.eu).

In 2019 I was awarded an ERC starting grant ( ATLANTIS).

Academic background

2021 -          Adjunct Professor, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway

2020 -           Professor, Industrial Ecology Programme, Department for Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

2014 - 2020   Associate Professor, Industrial Ecology Programme, Department for Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

2013 - 2014    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Environmental Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2009 - 2013    PhD in Environmental Engineering. Institute of Env. Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2007 - 2009   MSc in Environmental Engineering, Institute of Env. Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2003 - 2006   BSc in Environmental Engineering, Institute of Env. Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

On-going projects

2021-2025   SusHydro - Sustainable hydropower development and reservoir management as an enabler of the renewable energy transition and an accelerator to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Funded by the Interdisciplinary Sustainable Initiatives at NTNU. Role: co-PI

2021-2025   MAPLE - Marine Plastic Pollution: Environmental impact and life cycle scenarios. Funded by the Interdisciplinary Sustainable Initiatives at NTNU. Role: PI

2021-2024   FIREPLUG - Footprint and Impact of Renewable Energy: Pressure on Lands under Growth. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, Role: WP5 co-leader.

2020-2023   CONSENSE - Contributing to sustainable energy systems in Norway: quantifying life-cycle impacts on biodiversity. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, Role: PI

2020-2025   ATLANTIS - Whales, waste and sea walnuts: incroporating human impacts on marine ecosystems within life cycle impact assessment. Funded by the European Research Commission (ERC starting grant). Role: PI

2020-2023   LIF-OWI - Environmental, socio-economic and technological issues for life cycle assessment of offshore wind farms. Financed by FEM and Ademe, France. Role: Partner

Selected past projects

2018-2021   CitizenScience - Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity. Funded by NTNU. Role: co-PI

2016-2019   Footprints2.0. Funded by the Research Council of Norway. Role: PI

2015-2017  TSUNAGARI - Transsystem, unified approach for global and regional integration of socialecological study toward sustainable use of biodiv. and ecosystem services. Funded by the Norwegian Reseach Council through the Biodiversa scheme. Role: partner

2015-2019   SURE - Towards sustainable renewable energy production: Developing a Life
Cycle Impact Assessment framework for biodiversity impacts. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, Role: PI

2015-2019   AfricanBioServices. Funded by the European Commission. Role: task leader

PhD students

Postdocs and Researchers

  • Martin Dorber (Researcher) - ATLANTIS, SusHydro and Life Cycle Initiative

Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

Viser et utvalg av aktivitet. Se alle publikasjoner i databasen

2022

  • Borgelt, Jan; Parada, Jorge Sicacha; Skarpaas, Olav; Verones, Francesca. (2022) Native range estimates for red-listed vascular plants. Scientific Data. vol. 9.
  • May, Roelof Frans; Verones, Francesca; Jackson, Craig Ryan; Stokke, Bård Gunnar. (2022) Life-cycle impacts of onshore wind-power plants on bird richness. Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts . Bureau Waardenburg; Egmond aan zee, the Netherlands. 2022-04-07 - 2022-04-07.

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

  • Dorber, Martin; Verones, Francesca; May, Roelof Frans. (2016) Terrestrial biodiversity loss in Norway due to hydropower production: A Life Cycle Assessment approach. Sfécologie 2016-International Conference of Ecological Sciences ; Marseille. 2016-10-24 - 2016-10-28.
  • Douziech, Mélanie; Hellweg, Stefanie; Verones, Francesca. (2016) Are Wave and Tidal Energy Plants New Green Technologies?. Environmental Science and Technology. vol. 50.
  • Frischknecht, Rolf; Fantke, Peter; Tschümperlin, Laura; Niero, Monia; Anton, Assumpcio; Bare, Jane; Boulay, Anne-Marie; Cherubini, Francesco; Hauschild, Michael; Henderson, Andrew; Levasseur, Annie; McKone, Tom; Michelsen, Ottar; Mila i Canals, Llorenc; Pfister, Stephan; Ridoutt, Bradley; Rosenbaum, Ralf; Verones, Francesca; Vigon, Bruce; Jolliet, Olivier. (2016) Global guidance on environmental life cycle impact assessment indicators: progress and case study. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. vol. 21 (3).
  • Gracey, Erik Olav; Verones, Francesca. (2016) Impacts from hydropower production on biodiversity in an LCA framework—review and recommendations. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. vol. 21 (3).
  • Hilbers, Jelle P; Schipper, Aafke M.; Hendriks, A J; Verones, Francesca; Pereira, Henrique M; Huijbregts, Mark A J. (2016) An allometric approach to quantify the extinction vulnerability of birds and mammals. Ecology. vol. 97 (3).
  • Huijbregts, MAJ; Steinmann, ZJN; Elshout, PMF; Stam, Gea; Verones, Francesca; Vieira, Marisa; Hollander, Anne; Zijp, Michiel; Van Zelm, Rosalie. (2016) ReCiPe 2016:A harmonized life cycle impact assessment method at midpoint and endpoint level Report I: Characterization. 2016.
  • Laranjeiro, Tiago; Verones, Francesca; May, Roelof Frans. (2016) Quantifying wind energy impacts on ecosystems: an LCA approach. Ecobalance conference ; Kyoto. 2016-10-03 - 2016-10-06.
  • Moran, Daniel; Petersone, Milda; Verones, Francesca. (2016) On the suitability of input–output analysis for calculating product-specific biodiversity footprints. Ecological Indicators. vol. 60.
  • Núñez, Montse; Roux, Philippe; Bare, Jane; Bouchard, Christian; Boulay, Anne-Marie; Bulle, Cecile; Lathuilliere, Michael J; Margni, Manuele; Pfister, Stephan; Verones, Francesca; Rosenbaum, Ralph. (2016) Prospects by WULCA in the impact modelling of water consumption in LCA. SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting . SETAC Europe; Nantes. 2016-05-22 - 2016-05-26.
  • Pizzol, Massimo; Laurent, Alexis; Sala, Serenella; Weidema, Bo; Verones, Francesca; Koffler, Christoph. (2016) Normalisation and weighting in life cycle assessment: quo vadis?. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.
  • Ridoutt, Bradley G.; Pfister, Stephan; Manzardo, Alessandro; Bare, Jane; Boulay, Anne-Marie; Cherubini, Francesco; Fantke, Peter; Frischknecht, Rolf; Hauschild, Michael; Henderson, Andrew; Jolliet, Olivier; Levasseur, Annie; Margni, Manuele; McKone, Thomas; Michelsen, Ottar; Milà i Canals, Llorenç; Page, Girija; Pant, Rana; Raugei, Marco; Sala, Serenella; Verones, Francesca. (2016) Area of concern: a new paradigm in life cycle assessment for the development of footprint metrics. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. vol. 21 (2).
  • Sonderegger, Thomas; Dewulf, Jo; Fantke, Peter; Pfister, Stephan; Stoessel, Franziska; Verones, Francesca; Vieira, Marisa; Hellweg, Stefanie. (2016) Natural Resources as an Area of Protection in LCA - outcomes of the discussion by the working group on resources within the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting . SETAC Europe; Nantes. 2016-05-22 - 2016-05-26.
  • Verones, Francesca. (2016) Current Developments in Life Cycle Impact Assessment. Ecobalance conference ; 2016-10-03 - 2016-10-06.
  • Verones, Francesca. (2016) Reaching consensus on cross-cutting issues. SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting . SETAC Europe; Nantes. 2016-05-22 - 2016-05-26.
  • Verones, Francesca; Bolowich, Alya Francesca; Ebata, Keigo; Boutson, Anukorn; Arimoto, Takafumi; Ishikawa, Satoshi. (2016) Comparing the life cycle impact of different fishing techniques in Thailand. Ecobalance conference ; Kyoto. 2016-10-03 - 2016-10-06.
  • Verones, Francesca; Dorber, Martin; Gracey, Erik Olav. (2016) Impacts of hydropower production on biodiversity: overview and the way forward. Ecobalance conference ; Kyoto. 2016-10-03 - 2016-10-06.
  • Verones, Francesca; Henderson, Andrew; Laurent, Alexis; Ridoutt, Bradley G.; Ugaya, Cassia; Hellweg, Stefanie. (2016) Reaching consensus on cross-cutting issues in life cycle impact assessment (LCIA). Ecobalance conference ; Kyoto. 2016-10-03 - 2016-10-06.
  • Verones, Francesca; Moran, Daniel; Stadler, Konstantin; Kanemoto, Keiichiro; Wood, Richard. (2016) Environmental pressure footprints vs. impact footprints: which is the better proxy?. Ecobalance conference ; Kyoto. 2016-10-03 - 2016-10-06.
  • Verones, Francesca; Pfister, Stephan; Berger, Markus. (2016) Water Use Analysis. Sustainability Assessment of Renewables-Based Products: Methods and Case Studies.
  • Verones, Francesca; Woods, John Sebastian; Veltman, Karin; Huijbregts, Mark A J; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2016) Advancing marine impact assessment within life cycle assessment (LCA). SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting . SETAC Europe; Nantes. 2016-05-22 - 2016-05-26.
  • Woods, John Sebastian; Veltman, Karin; Huijbregts, Mark A.J.; Verones, Francesca; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2016) Towards a meaningful assessment of marine ecological impacts in life cycle assessment (LCA). Environment International. vol. 89-90.
  • Woods, John Sebastian; Verones, Francesca. (2016) Accounting for biodiversity impacts of seabed damage in life cycle assessment. SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting . SETAC Europe; Nantes. 2016-05-22 - 2016-05-26.
  • Woods, John Sebastian; Verones, Francesca. (2016) Quantifying marine ecological impacts in life cycle assessment. On the application of genomic tools for biomonitoring of the marine environment: from technology to legal and socio-economic aspects. . University of Geneva; 2016-04-04 - 2016-04-05.

2015

  • Chaudhary, Abhishek; Verones, Francesca; de Baan, Laura; Hellweg, Stefanie. (2015) Quantifying Land Use Impacts on Biodiversity: Combining Species–Area Models and Vulnerability Indicators. Environmental Science and Technology. vol. 49 (16).
  • Ridoutt, Bradley; Fantke, Peter; Pfister, Stephan; Bare, Jane; Boulay, Anne-Marie; Cherubini, Francesco; Frischknecht, Rolf; Hauschild, Michael; Hellweg, Stefanie; Henderson, Andrew; Jolliet, Olivier; Levasseur, Annie; Margni, Manuele; McKone, Thomas; Michelsen, Ottar; Mila i Canals, Llorenc; Page, Girija; Pant, Rana; Raugei, Marco; Sala, Serenella; Saouter, Erwan; Verones, Francesca; Wiedmann, Thomas. (2015) Making Sense of the Minefield of Footprint Indicators. Environmental Science and Technology.
  • Verones, Francesca. (2015) Global guidance task force on cross-cutting issues: task force meeting. UNEP-SETAC global guidance meeting Barcelona 2015 . UNEP SETAC; Barcelona. 2015-05-07 - 2015-05-08.
  • Verones, Francesca. (2015) LC-Impact. Special session at ISIE conference . Francesca Verones /ISIE; Guildford. 2015-07-06 - 2015-07-06.
  • Verones, Francesca. (2015) Life Cycle Assessment and the Natural Environment: Current Assessment Options and the Way Forward. International Workshop of Area-Capability Enhancement in Coastal Zone . Research Insitute for Humanity and Nature; Kyoto. 2015-12-14 - 2015-12-16.
  • Verones, Francesca; Huijbregts, Mark A.J.; Chaudhary, Abhishek; de Baan, Laura; Koellner, Thomas; Hellweg, Stefanie. (2015) Harmonizing the Assessment of Biodiversity Effects from Land and Water Use within LCA. Environmental Science and Technology. vol. 49 (6).
  • Verones, Francesca; Moran, Daniel; Stadler, Konstantin; Wood, Richard. (2015) Resource footprints and their ecosystem consequences. Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology - ISIE Conference 2015 . International Society for industrial ecology; Guildford. 2015-07-06 - 2015-07-10.
  • Verones, Francesca; Wood, Richard; Moran, Daniel; Stadler, Konstantin. (2015) Quantifying the ecosystem impacts of resource footprints. Transformations -11th Annual meeting . European Society for Environmental Economics; Leeds. 2015-06-30 - 2015-07-03.