- Material flow analyses to increase material and energy efficiency
- Cost accounting to determine potential savings in production
- MFCA to calculate the true cost of material losses
- CO2 balances for tracking and achieving climate targets
Material flow management with 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.
Umberto product family
- 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
Productivity meets Sustainability
What does it mean to do Sustainable Engineering?
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 sustainability assessment methods and tools such as life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, environmental footprinting, and carbon footprinting.
Umberto - The tool for 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.
Goal for sustainable engineers
The target for sustainable engineering is for a company to take into account all technical, ecological, social, and economic aspects of its production system to enable sustainable change through engineering innovation.
Sustainability means living well within the ecological limits of a finite planet. Best practice advising on strategies for staying, or, rather, getting back within these planetary boundaries is a challenge that requires tools, expertise, and systematic approaches capable of dealing with these complexities. More than ever, engineers need to find holistic and effective solutions to protect the planet’s vital life support systems and, at the same time, meet the needs of a growing human population. Concepts such as life cycle thinking, industrial ecology, and sustainable systems engineering are important elements in the work of a sustainable engineer. Umberto is the software solution to holistically support all these efforts.