Project Details

Layman's description

The Blockchain technology has been hyped substantially in media during the recent years, both in connection to its use in Bitcoin, but also as a technology in its own right. This is an emerging technology for secure and free transactions of products based on the collaborative effort of a network of users and – according to technology experts – is expected to bring radical societal changes. Financial, IT, and start-up companies are dedicating much attention and resources to the development of Blockchain-based applications, both worldwide and in Denmark. However, solid scientific studies estimating the effects of expected Blockchain applications are currently lacking and, due to the rapid widespread of the technology, are urgently needed in order to anticipate potential unwanted environmental and social consequences. Thus, the project investigates what environmental and social impacts the Blockchain technology will have as alternative or substitute of currently available technologies. The project is funded by grant no. 7015-00006B of The Danish Council for Independent Research – Social Sciences.
Effective start/end date01/08/201831/07/2021


  • Digitalisation
  • Digitalization
  • blockchain
  • life cycle assessment
  • Grounded Theory
  • interviews
  • Supply chain management
  • Mixed method
  • Technology assessment
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability Assessment

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  • Activities

    • 4 Conference organisation or participation
    • 1 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars
    • 1 Conference presentations

    The Carbon Footprint of Bitcoin – Are we moving towards a sustainable blockchain future?

    Susanne Köhler (Speaker) & Massimo Pizzol (Other)

    2 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    Blockchain Summer School 2019

    Susanne Köhler (Participant)

    12 Aug 201916 Aug 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

    Blockchain for Good: Sustainable Supply Chains

    Susanne Köhler (Participant)

    23 Jul 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    Research Output

    • 2 Journal article
    • 1 Conference abstract for conference

    Technology assessment of blockchain-based technologies in the food supply chain

    Köhler, S. & Pizzol, M., 26 May 2020, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 269, 122193.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Life Cycle Assessment of Bitcoin Mining

    Köhler, S. & Pizzol, M., 20 Nov 2019, In : Environmental Science & Technology. 53, 23, p. 13598-13606 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Blockchain-based technologies in the food supply chain: a comparative assessment

    Köhler, S. & Pizzol, M., 2018. 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalConference abstract for conferenceResearch

  • Press / Media