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.

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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 in the divisions of climate-neutral energy systems, resource-efficient processes and circular products, we make concrete contributions to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

More on sustainability at Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Current press releases



Sustainability of artificial turf pitches

Artificial turf enables year-round use of sports pitches – making this a popular, widespread surface. However, it is associated with negative effects on the environment,  as shown by a system analysis by Fraunhofer UMSICHT. The report, which has now been published, describes and evaluates the current status and makes recommendations for more sustainable sports pitch construction.



Recycling secures raw materials

Recycling is the key factor in achieving the EU climate targets. This is shown by the results of the "resources SAVED by recycling" study published today, which Fraunhofer UMSICHT prepared on behalf of the ALBA Group. According to the study, 3.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 28.8 million tons of primary resources could be saved in 2020 alone.



Closed-loop recycling process for used plastics

Fraunhofer, SABIC, and Procter& Gamble join forces in closed-loop recycling pilot project for single-use face-masks.


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