Institut de Gestion de l'Environnement et d'Aménagement du Territoire

Pr. ACHTEN Wouter


Wouter is a Bioscience engineer (Land and Forest Management) by formation. After graduating he spend one year as a volunteer in an agricultural project in Tanzania, where he was confronted with land conversions to biofuel crops. This triggered him to investigate on the sustainability of biofuels, for which he was able to secure a personal PhD scholarship. During this PhD he focused on life cycle assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental performance of biofuels, but also worked on methodological advances and plant specific issues. During the 4 years PhD research he stayed a total of 19 months abroad at foreign research institutes. Gaining expertise in life cycle thinking he also evaluates food products, biobased plastics, wood products and insect based protein products. In these activities Wouter contributes to sustainable development by providing an environmental, social and economic systems insight in these interdisciplinary projects, optimization feedback and life cycle engineering solutions, e.g. end-of-life options, cascade use, temporary storage.

Domain of activity

Expertise and interest

  • life cycle thinking (life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, social life cycle assessment)
  • environmental impact management
  • land use impact
  • carbon accounting
  • methodological development


Fields of application

  • biofuels
  • biobased materials
  • food systems
  • agriculture
  • waste management





  • ENVI F 453 Connaissances scientifiques de base - Wouter ACHTEN (coordinateur) - 5 crédits
  • ENVI-F-415 English for environmental studies - Thomas BAULER (coordinateur), Wouter ACHTEN  - 5 crédits
  • ENVI-F452 Analyse et gestion des impacts environnementaux - Wouter ACHTEN (coordonnateur), Thomas BAULER, Yves DE SMET, Marie-Françoise GODART - 5 crédits (Cours magistral:42h)
  • ENVI-F438 Economie circulaire - Wouter ACHTEN (coordonnateur), Pierre D'ANS - 5 crédits (Cours magistral:36h, Excursions:8h)
  • ENVI-F5001 Questions approfondies de Gestion de l'Environnement - Thomas BAULER (coordonnateur), Wouter ACHTEN, Marie-Françoise GODART, Edwin ZACCAI - 5 crédits (Cours magistral:12h, Exercices dirigés:22h)
  • ENVI-F501 Projet interdisciplinaire 2 - Edwin ZACCAI (coordonnateur), Wouter ACHTEN, Thomas BAULER - 5 crédits (Cours magistral:15h, Projet:45h)
  • MEMO-F530 Mémoire de fin d'études - Wouter ACHTEN (coordonnateur), Thomas BAULER, Pierre D'ANS, Marie-Françoise GODART, Edwin ZACCAI - 20 crédits (Cours global:0h)

Research projects (selection)


Complete list of publications, based on DI-fusion database

Pr. ACHTEN Wouter






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