11. Usage of Natural Resources

The company discloses the extent to which natural resources are used for the company’s business activities. Possible options here are materials, the input and output of water, soil, waste, energy, land and biodiversity as well as emissions for the life cycles of products and services.

The efficient handling of electricity, gas and water as well as consumables plays an important role in the day-to-day work at Fraunhofer UMSICHT. Therefore the amounts of electricity, gas and water as well as consumables Fraunhofer UMSICHT uses in the course of day-to-day work are recorded, and serve as a knowledge base for a handling of the resources as efficient as possible.

At the same time, it must be taken into consideration that tests and practical development activities in the labs and technical shops lead to temporarily increased consumptions of resources. These do not necessarily have to be considered negatively since they often entail later resource savings. In light of this, it does not make sense to align the ecological objectives of Fraunhofer UMSICHT exclusively with the resource consumptions tied to the development activity.

The aspect biodiversity is not regarded as relevant for the activities of Fraunhofer UMSICHT.

Detailed information on this topic can be found in the chapter “Resource Efficiency and Environmental Protection” on pages 17 - 20 of our Sustainability Report.