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Increase your productivity by resource efficiency

Resource efficiency requires integrating a wide range of factors, but, depending on the industry, material and energy efficiency are still the commonly predominant issues. According to research by the Fraunhofer Institute, an average reduction of 14 percent in energy and 6 percent in materials used could be realized in manufacturing industries.

We can help you identify potential savings and achieve greater resource efficiency in your business. A resource efficiency analysis will not only determine how many resources are used in a process, but also the associated costs and emissions.

Would you like to discuss how to improve your resource efficiency? 

Increase your productivity by resource efficiency

Your advantage starts with a resource efficiency analysis

With more resource efficient production you can:

  • strengthen your company's sustainability
  • increase profit
  • create job security
  • improve your corporate image

Get started with a resource efficiency analysis now and let the facts guide you toward the right decisions.

Resource efficiency analysis: many gains at low cost.

  • better product design
  • smarter production processes
  • decreased costs
  • material, energy, and process cost identification
  • detailed knowledge of each process
  • visualization of resource demand
  • evaluation of the impact on the entire system following efficiency improvements

How we support your quest for resource efficiency

Take advantage of our vast resource efficiency know-how and experience gained through finding production solutions for many business sectors, among them the chemical industry

Our goal is to help you develop the necessary know-how so you, too, can improve resource efficiency. We offer integrated support from workshops and training to consulting services and customized software modules – all tailored to your individual needs. Why not reach your goals more easily and much faster?

Sustainability workshop to identify potential savings

In a workshop at your place of business, we will jointly analyze the effects of resource efficiency within your operation and what role material and energy efficiency can play in realizing your potential savings.

Our expertise on resource efficiency is your gain

  • Integrated approach: take a closer look at your entire production process including material flow analysis and material flow cost analysis, energy management, flow simulations, and heat recovery.
  • Best practice examples: find out from our consultants about the latest technologies that are just right for your industry.
    Systematic process analysis: create a solid data base for future decision-making.
  • Data integration: integrate your available data into a systems model for easier evaluation of your efficiency potential.
  • Training: Whether in-house, at our Hamburg offices, or online - learn all about the methodology of process modeling, resource efficiency analysis, and MCFA as well as their practical applications using Umberto Efficiency+ software. More about training options

Would you like to learn more about our consulting services on energy and resource efficiency?

Our expertise on resource efficiency is your gain

Further information about resource efficiency

Continued worldwide population growth is resulting in a global increase in demand for products and thus for resources. In order to leave behind a livable planet for future generations despite these demands, the sustainable use of resources is imperative

ifu Hamburg GmbH aims to be a trailblazer and supporter of resource efficiency. In order to reach this goal, we are continuously looking for new, innovative ideas and partners for our consulting services. We can now utilize many techniques to successfully integrate resource efficiency with new and existing economic processes. The following approaches, presented by VDI, showcase two of them:

Further information about resource efficiency

Good advice saves resources

Holzwerke Bullinger, a structural timber producer, was confronted by rising prices for logs combined with high material costs. A material flow analysis showed that a one-time investment of only around 4,000 euros could yield annual savings of up to 81,000 euros.

This is a great example of how a material flow cost analysis (or MFCA) can help you reach your efficiency goals. This method, described in the ISO DIN 14051 standard, looks at the waste produced during each production step and the overall costs that are actually associated with these losses. This includes not just the obvious costs such as material and waste removal costs, but also hidden costs such as storage, transportation, and wage costs.

Ifu Hamburg GmbH utilizes MFCA as a proven method in its consultation portfolio and offers support as your competent partner for achieving resource efficiency.

(Video source: VDI Zentrum Ressourceneffizienz)

Perfect material recycling for aluminum

In an effort to decrease the environmental impacts due to aluminum mining and production, Germany‘s Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) is subsidizing several research projects, among them aluminum recycling.

Hydro Aluminium Recycling Deutschland GmbH has devised a process in which an innovative shredding machine combined with a downstream sorting system is able to correctly separate aluminum pieces of different alloys. This allows the recycling process to produce the same high-quality aluminum as the primary resource provides.

Through our involvement in a wide variety of projects we have gained broad experience in the metal industry. Our well-versed technical experts and their know-how can help you identify potential savings and then derive suitable measures for energy and material efficiency.

(Video source: VDI Zentrum Ressourceneffizienz)

Our customer Jan Eschke says:

Our customer Jan Eschke says:

The chemical industry faces very complex issues. The consultants from ifu Hamburg have shown themselves to be very knowledgeable in matters of resource efficiency and life cycle assessment, and have helped us to find structured answers to those questions. In addition, they also provided excellent expertise in process engineering through their network. As a result, we discovered new approaches for greater resource efficiency in our processes.

Jan Eschke, director of energy and environmental management at Worlee Chemie, Germany

Software for resource efficiency

Software for resource efficiency

Are you looking for an off-the-shelf software for better resource efficiency? Based on our methodical and extensive expertise, we've developed Umberto Efficiency+ for just that purpose.

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Incease your resource efficiency with ifu Hamburg

What is resource efficiency?

The Federal Ministry for the Environment defines resource efficiency as a way to “achieve more with less”. In other words, creating an increased benefit in the form of products or services while keeping the input of natural resources as low as possible. In 2012, the federal government passed the Resource Efficiency Program (ProgRess) that effectively promotes a policy of increasing resource efficiency. The program's explicit goal is to use less raw material and energy, and to reduce negative environmental impacts, thereby creating a more sustainable future.

Resource efficiency integrates a wide range of aspects including, for example, material and energy efficiency. Especially in terms of energy efficiency, Germany is now focusing on energy management based on the DIN EN ISO 5001 standard. This is in part due to the fact that its achievement qualifies businesses to receive an exemption from the renewable energy surcharge. 

Resource efficiency in a business

Increasing resource efficiency is one of the goals within a broader sustainability strategy. Saving resources required for production increases competitiveness and also helps to protect the climate. This principle is also being advanced at the political level through a series of environmental innovation programs designed to support small and medium-sized businesses in their efforts to conserve resources.

Our strategy for greater resource efficiency

For 20 years, ifu Hamburg has been concerned with resource efficiency. Our primary focus is on an integrated approach that takes many different factors into account, such as costs, materials, energy flows. Our consulting team uses recognized methods such as material flow modeling, material and energy flow analysis and material flow cost analysis. As a starting point,  the amount of material and energy flows consumed during the production process is analysed. The resulting data then provides the basis for determining potential savings as well as options for process optimization. The overall objective always is to save resources, decrease costs, and protect the climate. And once you have successfully implemented your resource efficiency measures, you, too, can “achieve more with less”.