Leiden University (founded in 1575) is one of Europe's leading international research-intensive universities. The university has approximately 23,000 students (from 110 countries) and 5,500 staff members (including the Leiden University Medical Centre). The Faculty of Science of Leiden University consists of over 1,250 scientists organized in 8 research institutes, one of which is the Institute of Environmental Sciences, also known as CML (the abbreviation for the institute name in Dutch).
The mission of CML is in strategic, multidisciplinary research in relation to the sustainable management of natural resources, environmental quality and biodiversity. The department of Industrial Ecology at CML has extensive expertise in developing tools for decision-making on sustainable production and consumption. CML plays a leading role in the fields of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Multi-Regional Input-Output (MRIO) analysis. Its team has (co-)developed some of the commonly used, basic approaches, models, and databases for LCA and MRIO, amongst others the environmentally extended MRIO database EXIOBASE. CML has a long-lasting tradition to perform research and education in the multidisciplinary field of environmental sciences. The team of staff members covers backgrounds from ecologists, ecotoxicologists, chemical engineers, agricultural engineers, physicists, etc.
Within the 1.5° Lifestyles project, CML leads the work on quantitative data analysis to estimate the climate and health impacts of shifting lifestyles using MRIO analysis.