Material flow analysis & Life Cycle Assessment with the software Umberto
Increased resource efficiency and improved environmental performance through efficient material flow management
Seeing is understanding! The Sankey visualization of material, energy, costs and environmental impact provides transparency for the chosen production system or the entire life cycle.
Umberto enables finding answers to economic and ecological questions on the basis of a consistent system/model.
Productivity meets Sustainability
Umberto product family
With our tools Umberto Efficiency+ and Umberto LCA+ we offer the optimal solutions to reduce resource and energy consumption of your production. Since a comprehensive Life Cycle Inventory and material flow analysis form the basis of every LCA, Umberto LCA+ provides all the functions of the Umberto Efficiency+ version.
MFA - a key role to resource efficiency and sustainability
The basis for sustainability in engineering is a profound understanding of the principles of resource efficiency, life cycle thinking, industrial ecology, risk management, and sustainable production and consumption. Sustainability engineering involves and requires a systems understanding of technological, economic, environmental, and sustainability issues from the corporate, process, product, supply chain, and regional perspectives.
This understanding is reached through expertise and experience in applying the following sustainability assessment methods and tools:
- material flow analysis (MFA) and management
- material flow cost accounting (MFCA)
- life cycle assessment (LCA)
- environmental footprinting
- carbon footprinting
Umberto - The tool for MFA & sustainable engineering
What is Sustainable Engineering?
Sustainable engineering is the process of designing or operating production systems in a manner that energy and resource use is sustainable. Sustainable engineering is looking at the interactions between technical, ecological, social and economic systems and avoids burden shifting from one area to another.
Sustainable Engineers work on solutions to the topics that matter: climate change, water availability, energy futures, waste management, carbon reduction and low-carbon living, sustainable construction, etc. Carbon sequestration and assessing environmental credits are also an area for sustainable engineering since a holistic view on the challenges of climate change or other environmental impacts is required to find solutions. Sustainability Engineering shines a light on the implications that today’s activities have on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
What is material flow analysis (MFA)?
Within an industrial context material flow analysis is a method to quantify flows and stocks of materials and energy in a production system. It uses input & output methodologies to determine mass and process balances.
A major aspect of MFA is the identification of waste. Combined with an analysis of the actual costs incurred during the entire production of goods, MFA leads to a more business-oriented application: material flow cost accounting (MFCA).
Gaining popularity recently it has become a key tool for material flow management, circular economy and sustainable engineering. In this term MFA is a basic component of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), analyzing the environmental impacts of your products.