Both research and industry alike concern themselves with the scarcity of resources on our planet. Sustainable manufacturing therefore calls for a change in paradigm: On the one hand, we must attain economic growth, while on the other hand avoid the consumption of more resources. What we need is to sever the link between growth and consumption. This can only be achieved by making processes more effective and efficient and by coupling these with “gentle manufacturing” measures.
Our activities in this field at a glance:
Together with the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) of the University of Stuttgart, Fraunhofer IPA is working on concepts and process models for assessing and optimizing resource efficiency in companies in order to use resources efficiently without wastage.
All these efforts aim at optimizing the use of resources – for greater sustainability and less strain on the environment, as well as savings in a wide range of business sectors.