Nowadays, sustainability and renewable energy sources become more and more important in society. The energy transition is an ongoing process, however it’s expected to transit at an higher rate in the nearby future, driven by multiple factors (e.g. new regulations). This is one of the reasons why BIPV becomes more and more important as a renewable energy source in today’s society, but new questions pop-up simultaneously. Questions such as ‘How renewable and environmental friendly is BIPV?’ and ‘What are the environmental impacts, what is their magnitude and how can we reduce them?’. This module contains content which:

• Points out ways to reduce the environmental impacts of innovation and society
• Describes methods and tools to evaluate environmental impacts
• Let the students use these methods and tools to assess the environmental impacts for themselves


After successfully completing the module on ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, the student:


  • Understands what the main environmental impacts from BIPV are
  • Understands how to determine the environmental impacts from BIPV
  • Knows the concept of a circular economy, based on its socio-technical, organizational and environmental characteristics
  • Recognizes the difference between a linear and a circular economy
  • Is able to assess the use of LCAs and ABMs
  • Is able to use the research methods and tools to assess and improve the environmental impacts of products

Project information

The Dem4BIPV project brings together leading universities in Europe to train the BIPV professionals of the future.

Project coordinator

Wilfried van Sark

T +31 (0) 30 253 7611/7600  | 

Utrecht University

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for the use which might be made of the following information. The views expressed in this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

Co Funded by the Erasmus+ Program