- Material flow analysis 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 analysis & sustainable engineering 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.
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
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.