Institute of Environmental Engineering

KTU Institute of Environmental Engineering conducts research in the fields of sustainable development and environmental protection. The Institute actively participates and initiates national and international research projects, leads MSc and PhD study programmes. The backbone of Institute of Environmental Engineering activities and research lies in practical engineering, management and political solutions of the issues of environmental quality.

Our vision

Unique international leader in the field of sustainability based on interdisciplinary research and advanced studies.

Our mission

To disseminate sustainable development principles in Lithuania and all over the world through application of innovative sustainable solutions by means of interdisciplinary research, topical studies and continuous spread of knowledge and values.

Our values

We always aim for the best results, responsibly make decisions, we are proactive and believe in what we do. By sustaining our values we motivate others – the Institute‘s activity is our way of life and driving force.

The activities of the Institute are inspired by interdisciplinary spirit influenced by a contemporary pace of life and the 4th industrial revolution: connecting the physical, digital and biological worlds, influencing all areas of science, studies, business and different branches of insdustry.

APINI’s studies cover a variety of areas. The Institute explores the causes and effects of climate change, sustainable technologies and renewable energy as well as motives and obsticles of environmentally friendly business development, society’s involvement in identifying, designing and implementing the innovation needs, the impact of the life-cycle concept on public well-being. Generally, the concept of a sustainable city encompassing all the above is one of the key research areas of the Institute.

The graduates of Institute of Environmental Engineering hold leading positions in the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation / Misistry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania. Also, they are in charge of municipal departments, of Lithuanian industrial and business giants’ manufacturing, sustainability and environmental departments. The professionals grown by and in the Institute develop their advisory business, work in international organisations outside of Lithuania.

  • In 1994 The Pollution Prevention Centre was established in the Institute under the cooperation agreement with the World Environment Centre (WEC) (USA).
  • In 1995 The Scientific-technical journal “Environmental Research, Engineering and Management” was launched.
  • In 1999 the first professional international trainings for environmental auditors were organised in Lithuania within the framework of the British Environmental Auditors Registration Association (EARA) (UK).
  • In 2002 international multidisciplinary MSc study programme Environmental Management and Cleaner Production was launched.
  • In 2003 KTU Institute of Environmental Engineering became the Centre of Excellence of the EU for the sustainable industry development issues.
  • In 2004 Lithuanian Science Prize was granted to Professor Jurgis K. Staniškis (the then-Director of the Institute) for the series of works titled “Development and Implementation of Preventive Environmental Strategies in Lithuanian Industry (1991–2003)”.
  • In 2005 Professor Jurgis K. Staniškis was bestowed the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dr Valdas Adamkus Award.
  • In 2007 the Institute was granted The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania and Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists’ Prize and Diploma “For achievements in environmental protection 2007”.
  • In 2008 the Institute received Energy Globe Award for the system of the development and implementation of preventive energy saving innovations.
  • In 2010 Professor Jurgis K. Staniškis was bestowed The Baltic Sea Award of the Baltic Development Forum for outstanding contribution to the sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region.
  • In 2011 the Institute was granted EUREKA Innovation Award for the implemented project E! 2522 OPTISOILCLEAN (project partners – APINI, Biocentras JSC., Process Control Department at KTU, and the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry).
  • In 2012 the Institute received Energy Globe Award for the MSc study programme Environmental Management and Cleaner production.
  • In 2012 Professor Jurgis K. Staniškis was awarded V. A. Graičiūnas Award for the implementation of environmental management systems and standards, for the development of international environmental research, and for the preparation of high qualification environmental specialists .
  • In 2013 the Institute’s MSc study programme Environmental Management and Cleaner production was granted QUESTE-SI Award .

Research

Studies

Researchers

Dr. Žaneta Stasiškienė

Director

Dr. Jolita Kruopienė

Professor, senior researcher

Dr. Irina Kliopova

Assistant professor

Dr. Jolanta Dvarionienė

Professor, senior researcher

Dr. Visvaldas Varžinskas

Assistant professor

Dr. Inga Gurauskienė

Lecturer, researcher, master’s degree program manager

Dr. Daina Kliaugaitė

Lecturer

Živilė Šimkutė

Assitent

Aušra Randė

Junior researcher

Kastytis Pamakštys

Junior researcher

Events

 

Membership in organisations

 

Partners and cooperation

International institutions

  • International Network for Environmental Management
  • UN Global Compact
  • UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN Environmental Programme (UNEP)
  • UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • NATO
  • US AID
  • National Risk Management Research Laboratory at US EPA
  • WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network
  • World Environment Center (WEC)
  • European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • NEFCO
  • Baltic Environment Forum (BEF)
  • BALTECH

National institutions

  • Ministry of the Environment
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Tripartite Council
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Policy Centre
  • Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
  • Kaunas City Municipality
  • Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts
  • Lithuanian Investment Fund for Environmental Protection (LAAIF)

Companies

  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL)
  • TUV Uolektis

Scientific and research institutions

  • Danish Technical University
  • International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
  • Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Aleksandras Stulginskis University
  • Lithuanian Energy Institute
  • Klaipėdos University
  • Šiauliai University
  • Vytautas Magnus University
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