Background and activities

Anthropogenic 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. My current work is related to developing models for projected impacts on aquatic, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, due to energy generation (hydropower and wind power), water consumption, land and seabed use. Moreover, I am chair of a task force of the UNEP-SETAC life cycle initiative on cross-cutting issues within Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) and I am leading the effort to operationalize LC-Impact, a novel, spatially-differentiated LCIA method.

I completed both my studies and PhD in Environmental Engineering at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. During my PhD I focused on developong methodologies for the evaluation of water use related impacts on biodiversity within Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). After my PhD I was a Postdoc at ETH Zürich and the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) until I joined the Industrial Ecology Programme at NTNU as an associate professor.

 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

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).
  • Huijbregts, Mark A.J.; Steinmann, Zoran J.N.; Elshout, Pieter M.F.; Stam, Gea; Verones, Francesca; Vieira, Marisa; Van Zelm, Rosalie. (2015) ReCiPe2015: a Life Cycle Impact Assessment Method at Midpoint and Endpoint Level. Report I: Characterisation Factors. 2015.
  • 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) 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.