Sustainable Engineering from a European Perspective

Development of Sustainable Innovations and Startups
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7,682 students
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Holisticly assess the sustainability of technological solutions.
Develop sustainable innovation.
Develop sustainable business plans.


  • Having a general engineering background is helpful but no knowledge regarding specific tools/methods is required.


This course provides insight how sustainable innovations can be developed and transfered into start-ups. For this, the motivation for and principles of sustainabiliy in the engineering discipline are presented, especially with regard to manufacturing. From a business perspective, the course also demonstrates how sustainable business models are developed. These core topics are complemented by additional insight into specific engineering topics that can be utilized in the context of Sustainable Manufacturing, e.g. Augmented and Virtual Reality, Digital Factory, Systems Design/Engineering etc.

The creation of these resources has been funded by the ERASMUS+  grant program of the European Union under grant no.  2015-1-DE01-KA203-002207. Neither the European Commission nor the  project's national funding agency DAAD are responsible for the content  or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.

Who this course is for:

  • Engineering students and industry practitioners who are interested in Sustainable Manufacturing and Startup Development.

Course content

8 sections92 lectures15h 57m total length
  • Introduction
  • 1.1 Characterisation & Competitiveness
  • 1.2 Job Development & Newly Industrialised Countries
  • 2.1. What is Sustainability?
  • 2.2 Trends & Challenges 1
  • 2.3 Trends & Challenges 2
  • 2.4. Industry 4.0
  • 2.5. Summary
  • 3.1 Functionality of a Value System
  • 3.2 Characteristics of Values
  • 4.1 Introduction & Value Creation Module (1)
  • 4.2 Value Creation Module (2) & Entrepreneurship (1)
  • 4.3 Entrepreneurship (2), Value Creation Network & Learnstruments
  • 5.0 Introduction & Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • 5.1 LCA – Product Life Cycle
  • 5.2 LCA – Stages of Life Cycle Assessment
  • 5.3 LCA – Inventory Analysis & Impact Assessment
  • 5.4 LCA – Interpretation & Assessment of Process Chains
  • 5.5 Social Life Cycle Assessment
  • 5.6 Life Cycle Costing
  • Sustainable Value Creation
    2 questions


Researcher at TU Berlin
Felix Sieckmann
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I studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin) from 2008 to 2015. Since 2016, I work as Research Engeneer at TU Berlin at the Chair for Sustainable Corporate Development.

My research focuses mainly on qualification for Lean Production Systems and Sustainable Manufacturing. In this context, I worked in several industry projects to implement Lean topics and train employees. Additionally I am a lecturer for the study program Global Production Engineering (GPE) at TU Berlin, where I am giving lectures and excercises on topics such as resource efficiency and Lean in the pharmaceutical industry.

Since 2018, I also coordinate the European Engineering Team (EET) project. A joint master course at TU Berlin, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Politecnico di Milano, and Warsaw University of Technology which is getting funded by the ERASMUS+ framework of the European Union.

Doctoral Student at TU Berlin
Tim Stock
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I studied Industrial Engineering at Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg from 2006 to 2012. From June 2012 to December 2017, I was holding a position as Research Associate at Technische Universitaet Berlin (TU Berlin) in Germany at the Chair for Assembly Technology and Factory Management as well as at the Chair for Sustainable Corporate Development. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate (envisaged academic degree: Dr.-Ing.) at TU Berlin. My dissertation is focusing on creating a methodology for the development of sustainable innovations in startups.