Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT

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We want a clean environment. The waste of raw materials annoys us. We strive for efficient processes, environmentally friendly technologies and sustainable products. Therefore we want to make research understandable and motivate people to join us in the transition to a sustainable society. This is what we stand for. This is what Fraunhofer UMSICHT stands for.

For us, sustainability is lived practice. We are interested in what needs to change in order to make the transition to a sustainable society work. We have in mind the change in the supply of raw materials and energy and the change from a linear economic system to a circular one. We are familiar with this. This is what we are researching.

Pioneering the way to a sustainable world

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We want an earth that is worth living on. An earth on which nature and civilization are not mutually exclusive. That is why the sustainable energy and raw materials shift is the focus of our work at Fraunhofer UMSICHT: With our research on circular economy, carbon management, green hydrogen and local energy systems, we make concrete contributions to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

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Current press releases



"It takes more than banning PFAS"

The EU is planning to ban the manufacturing and utilization of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This is an important step towards limiting emissions of PFAS pollutants – given the approach is differentiated and appropriate. Dr. Stefano Bruzzano, co-developer of the PerfluorAd® treatment technology, talks about ecologically and economically sensible ways to reduce PFAS.



Inauguration of pilot plant for the production of green methanol

The world’s first pilot plant for the cost-efficient production of green methanol was inaugurated today as part of the Leuna100 project. The goal is to utilize a fundamentally new production process to enable the cost-efficient market ramp-up of green methanol and thus offer the container shipping industry a climate-neutral alternative fuel. 



Study: Environmental effects of recycling

Fraunhofer UMSICHT analyzed the environmental effects of recycling for Interzero in the new study "resources SAVED by recycling" for 2022. The result: Interzero and its customers save around 1 million tons of greenhouse gases and 8.7 million tons of primary resources.

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