Umberto - our solution for your challenges in engineering sustainability:

  • improve material and energy efficiency
  • reach resource efficient processes
  • reduce the climate impact of production systems
  • increase the sustainability performance of products

Businesses, consultants and researchers trust our solutions. Until April, 28th we offer Umberto software packages exclusively for consultants.

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Why is Sustainable Engineering important?

    • Transparency for the whole production system
    • Holistic consideration of environmental and economic aspects
    • Systematic linking of engineering with sustainability assessment
    • Clear views of priorities, risks, and trade-offs
    • Comprehensive action plans for sustainability goals and waste reduction targets
    • Integration of engineering expertise with Carbon Footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment
    • Life cycle perspectives at the heart of engineering

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    Why is Sustainable Engineering important?

    Increase productivity with the sustainability engineering tools by ifu Hamburg

    Your success factor for improving efficiency in your production systems is a systematic approach for linking technical and economic insights in the sustainability engineering tool Umberto. You will gain a profound basis for decision-making, prioritize efficiency measures and reach reduction targets. Time for Return on Investment (ROI) is short. More information

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    Environmentally sound products with tools by ifu Hamburg

    Taking a life cycle perspective when assessing environmental impacts gains increased importance in recent standard development. It is also a principle of sustainable engineering. With Umberto you gain twice: Firstly, you fulfil the requirements of a state-of-the-art environmental management system. Secondly, you get the engineering experts in your business to team-up with sustainability experts and LCA practitioners. More information

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    Umberto NXT product family

    Efficiency Software

    Umberto NXT MFCA

    for increasing material efficiency

    • gets you started on resource efficiency in your business with material flow cost accounting
    • calculates the true costs of material losses
    • visualizes material flows and costs using Sankey diagrams

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    Umberto NXT Efficiency

    for optimizing production processes

    • makes material and energy flows within the production system more transparent
    • recognizes cost drivers for processes, material, and energy use
    • compares and evaluates improvement measures

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    LCA Software

    Umberto NXT CO2

    for comprehensive carbon footprints

    • calculates climate impacts for products and businesses
    • generates well-founded CO2 balances based on established standards
    • represents the basis for reaching your CO2 reduction goals

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    Umberto NXT LCA

    for generating powerful LCAs

    • calculates all environmental impacts over the entire product life cycle
    • presents convincing LCA results in tables, graphs, and as Sankey diagrams
    • compatible with various LCA databases (ecoinvent or GaBi databases)

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    All in One

    Umberto NXT Universal

    Umberto NXT Universal

    for sustainability and productivity in one

    • combines cost and environmental perspectives
    • increases planning confidence through comprehensive simulations
    • presents easy-to-understand visualizations using Sankey diagrams
    • provides flexible interconnections with other tools and advanced modeling with scripting language

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    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 user Martin Schottler says:

    Umberto user Martin Schottler says:

    "The Umberto models I present to my clients leave a lasting impression long after I have left the room. I have been using Umberto for over 15 years."

    Dr. Martin Schottler, Consultant for process engineering, Averem Verfahrenstechnik, Germany

    Everything starts with good advice

    Everything starts with good advice

    Personal contact, open communication channels, and dependable service: that's how we like to work with you. Our goal is to support your project based on the priorities you've set to reach the best possible outcome – together.

    Current topics in our blog KnowTheFlow

    Take a look at our KnowTheFlow Blog. You'll find sharing of knowledge and experiences on current topics such as material and energy flow management, energy and material efficiency, Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA), Carbon Footprinting, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). Get involved in the discussions on sustainability and productivity. We look forward to your comments and contributions.

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    Monthly whitepaper, best practice examples etc. on sustainable production

    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.