Material flow analysis & Life Cycle Assessment with the software Umberto

With Umberto you find answers to economic & ecological questions. Profound basis for decision-making, e.g. for setting and achieving sustainability goals.

Increased resource efficiency and improved environmental performance through efficient material flow management

Full transparency of your own production processes or the entire life cycle through simple visualization of material and energy flows, costs and environmental effects.

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.

Umberto LCA+

for integrated environmental assessments

  • CO2 balances to determine the climate impact for products and companies
  • Life cycle assessments for the calculation of all environmental impacts over the entire product life cycle
  • Cost accounting (life cycle costing) with integrated ecological evaluation for eco-efficient decisions

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Productivity meets Sustainability

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 - Recommended by experts

Umberto - Recommended by experts

"Resource efficiency in companies requires knowledge of the relevant energy and material flows. In our practical projects we therefore work with software that supports us flexibly in the analysis. Umberto perfectly meets our requirements."

Prof. Dr. Mario Schmidt, Director Institute for Industrial Ecology, University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim, Germany

"At Miele, we use LCAs especially when faced with fundamental decisions in product development. Miele has an excellent reputation with both customers and stakeholders, so we make sure our products are not only high in value for the customer but are also beneficial for the environment. [...] We chose Umberto so we can easily exchange data and material flow models with our long-time partner, the Öko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology)."

Marko Schnarr, Miele & Cie. KG, Germany

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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.