Thesis Topics

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The Carbon Footprint of [Dax]-Companies (Master)

In the coming years, companies around the world will have to rapidly and substantially reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. While the societal will for that is growing strong, companies frequently remain reluctant to act. One shielding argument often brought forward has been the considerable ambiguity in the fair accounting for carbon emissions and hence the lack of clarity on the true carbon footprint of the company. In response, this thesis seeks to first develop a conceptual framework for how to account for the carbon emissions of a company along its value chain. Then, the thesis illustrates the framework by estimating empirically the carbon footprint of a large [Dax]-company.

 

Research Questions:

  1. How should we account for the carbon emissions of a company?
  2. Select one company and validate your framework in a case study!

 

Basic Literature:

Carbon Disclosure Project

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

 

Supervisor: Gunther Glenk​​​​​​​


The Economics of Renewable Hydrogen (Master)

In light of a warming climate, the transition towards decarbonized energy systems emerges as a central obligation of the world economies. Hydrogen has long been heralded as a potentially crucial element in this transition, but the inability to produce the gas at low costs and emissions has so far withheld a widespread adoption. Recent technological advancements and the sharp decline in the cost of renewable energy suggest improved economics for the production of hydrogen from renewable power through a Power-to-Gas (PtG) process. This thesis strives to examine valuable business opportunities for renewable hydrogen in the market through market research, expert interviews, and techno-economic modelling.

 

Research Question:

What are valuable business cases for renewable hydrogen?

 

Basic Literature:

Glenk, Reichelstein: Economics of Converting Renewable Power to Hydrogen, Nature Energy, 2019

 

Supervisor: Gunther Glenk