Scientific Committee

SOFEA Scientific Committee (SC)

SOFEA established a Scientific Committee taking into account the background, experience, industry recognition and involvement in relevant committees that contributes to the evaluation of the SOFEA methodology. The Scientific Committee consists of 4 independent scientists representing a mix of European countries, expertise in environmental science, appliance and technology and is acknowledged internationally in the academic field of sustainability. The Scientific Committee undertakes stewardship responsibilities for issues relevant to their field of expertise. They contribute to the works of SOFEA by sharing their evaluation, recommendation and advice on the SOFEA methodology and supporting materials. They will provide support to the Product Category Working Groups (PCWG) for the establishment of product criteria and calculation methods. The Scientific Committee is represented by the following members: Matthias Finkbeiner (Germany), Mike Holland (the UK), Elin Eriksson (Sweden) and Philippe Osset (France):

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner is currently Chair of Sustainable Engineering and Vice-Director of the Department of Environmental Technology at Technical University Berlin. He is Chair the ISO-Committee TC207/SC5 for Life Cycle Assessment since 2008. He is member of the International Life Cycle Board (ILCB) of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and served the Steering Committee of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product/Supply Chain Initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He was appointed for the governing body of the ecolabel Blue Angel.

Dr. Mike Holland is a freelance consultant based in the UK, with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He has over 25 years experience of developing tools for sustainability and policy assessment, particularly in the field of environmental economics. The main areas of his work concern regulation of chemicals, air quality, climate change and waste management. Customers include the European Commission and its agencies, OECD, UK national governments (including Scottish and Welsh), local government, NGOs and private companies. Mike’s appointments include being an Observer to the Socio-Economic Assessment Committee (SEAC) under REACH and Membership of the UK’s Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, reporting to UK Department for Health. He also holds an Honorary Position at Imperial College, London. His interest in the work of SOFEA is in recognition of the need for more effective communication of the environmental and social performance of products, in order to improve product standards in a socially and economically efficient manner.

Elin Eriksson, MSc, is Director for Sustainable products, processes and organisations at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, a department with five group working on Industrial Ecology, Sustainable products and LCA, Process Modelling and Sustainable Working Life. She was an early pioneer in system analysis of the environmental performance of products and services. As the leader of projects commissioned by industrial companies and authorities in Europe, Asia and the US since 1990, she has conducted studies within several major industrial sectors. She is the Swedish TAB (Technical Advisory Board) in Product Environmental Footprint pilot project, and is expert in ISO on Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint, Footprint Communication and LCA. She is head of the board of EPD International Ltd. She has a broad network of contacts, with connections to leaders in industry, academic environmental researchers and authorities in several countries. She has been CEO at CIT Ekologik, a technology consultant firm within Chamers Industriteknik, based at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, which in 2005 merged with the internationally acknowledged IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

Philippe Osset is engineer and CEO of Solinnen. He has more than 20 years experience in the application of LCA to his client’s issues. He is the Scientific Director of SCORELCA, a non-profit corporation of members aiming at specifying and funding LCA-based research projects. He is involved in the support of different PEF experimentations, including PEFCR writing and case studies preparation. He is an active member of the “Environmental Management” commission X30U of the French Standardization institute AFNOR, and participates to different tasks of the French platform concerning Environmental Labelling. He represents France at ISO TC207/SC3 (Environmental Communication) and SC5 (Life Cycle Assessment). He has leaded the ISO TC207/SC5 work-group in charge of redacting a Technical Specification (TS) document concerning the practical way Critical Reviews have to be done (ISO/TS 14071). He is participating to the ISO TC207 SC3 work-groups in charge of redacting a Technical Specification on the way PCR should be written (future ISO/TS 14027), and the way environmental footprint should be communicated (future ISO/TS 14026).