'When I established PRé in 1990 I ran a design consultancy, then I decided to do ecodesign. But, how do I tell the good from the bad? And how can I measure ‘eco’? So I started on a journey together with a few pioneers in the emerging LCA scene and gave up designing. I realized then that these same questions need to be answered by any company embarking on the route to more sustainable products and services, preferably in a scientific, honest, and businesslike way. Providing good transparent tools, data, and methodologies to empower organizations to make the transition to sustainability, that is my drive.'Mark established PRé in 1990 and pioneered the field of LCA. As CEO and chair of PRé’s management team, Mark focuses his efforts on exploring and initiating new developments and building relationships between industry experts, businesses and other organizations.
Mark is widely recognized as an international thought leader in the field of sustainability metrics and methodology development. His primary goal is to help companies create value from sustainable products and services. While with PRé, Mark has developed pioneering methodologies for impact assessment (Eco-indicator 95/99 and ReCiPe). He has also published seminal studies on sustainable consumption, rebounds, and product service systems methodology, as well as initiating development of the world’s most widely used LCA software, SimaPro.
Prior to founding PRé, Mark was a partner in a small industrial design consultancy, where he developed, among other things, special tools for the Dutch Railroad maintenance staff to use in their work on overhead electric wires, an anesthesia ventilator (which received an international IF design award), and text telephones for deaf people (before the invention of SMS). Mark’s career in industrial design began at Demotech-1 in the 70’s where he was inspired by open source technology and the ‘small is beautiful’ movement. This led him to attempt to develop a completely new way of producing metal parts on a very small scale. While this attempt was largely unsuccessful, he remained focused on the goal of developing practical yet scientifically sound solutions for improving the environmental and social performance of products and services.
Mark holds a Master of Science in industrial design engineering from Delft University of Technology.
Articles by Mark Goedkoop:
- Biodiversity Part 3: Biodiversity, Climate Change And A Final Question
- Biodiversity Part 2: Land Use and Biodiversity
- Biodiversity Part 1: Our Impact on Biodiversity
- GLAD Is Great: About the Global LCA Access to Data Initiative
- 5 Roads to Circular Economy Part II: Product as a Service
- Celebrating 25 years of sustainability metrics: Why sharing and collecting is the way forward
- PEF: A Game-changer In LCA
- Life Cycle Assessment And Cradle To Cradle: Friends Or Foes?
- What’s more important than Life Cycle Innovation?
- Emerging International Consensus On A Truly Global Network of LCA Databases
- The Footprint of Food: Consolidating Data
- On Developing Globally Relevant LCA Databases
- The New Face of Circular Economy – More Than Just Hype?
- Rediscovering LCA, twice in one week
- SimaPro at the heart of sustainability metrics
- Introducing SimaPro 8 | Improved Sustainability Metrics
- A Brief on the European Commission’s Product Environmental Footprint Guide
- PCR Guidance Review for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
- Consensus Building at The Sustainability Consortium
- Product Environmental Footprint to provide critical mass for footprinting
- PCF Roundtable | Why PCR Harmonization is Critical