Karin Treyer

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Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI

Karin Treyer has joined the Technology Assessment group as a Life Cycle Analyst in autumn 2011. Her projects are settled in the field of environmental assessment of novel types of fuel cells for power generation or deep geothermal power in Switzerland. Further research is focusing on how to cut down energy use in Switzerland by e.g. using a novel type of heat pumps, including the assessment of related environmental impacts. Besides, Karin is responsible for the electricity sector in the ecoinvent database which provides background data for doing Life Cycle Analysis. For this she has updated and extended all datasets on global power generation and electricity mixes for the complete database overhaul version 3.0 and continues to be active as an expert and data provider for ecoinvent.
Karin first obtained a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Sciences at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), focusing on aquatic systems. For her master studies, she switched to the institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH and chose lectures in water resources management and ecological systems design. One of the reasons to rearrange her studying fields was her strong interest in Life Cycle Assessments and sustainability issues, including the implementation of research results into real world practice. She gained the M.Sc. degree in 2011 with a project thesis on the status quo of construction waste in Switzerland and a master thesis in collaboration with the FREITAG® company. This thesis included a life cycle assessment of two FREITAG® products besides establishing guidelines for a customized sustainability management in the company.