Resource efficiency from a statistical entropy perspective: Case study on phosphorus use in Austria

David Laner

Technische Universitaet Wien

David Laner is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management at the TU Wien. He holds a Master of Science in land and water engineering (2005) from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and a PhD in civil engineering (2011) from the Vienna University of Technology. His major research interest is the analysis and design of waste and resource systems, in particular by using material flow analysis and life cycle assessment.


The turnover of materials of an economy has been described as the consumption of raw materials (low-entropy materials) that are used and transformed into products and wastes (high entropy materials). Thus, the economy can be... [ view full abstract ]


  1. David Laner (Technische Universitaet Wien)
  2. Ottavia Zoboli (Technische Universitaet Wien)
  3. Helmut Rechberger (Technische Universitaet Wien)

Topic Areas

• Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Sustainability and resilience metrics , • Circular economy


ThS-11 » Material Flow Applications 1 (09:45 - Thursday, 29th June, Room H)



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