Sustainable Engineering

ESSENZ method

In the past few decades, both the demand and diversity of resources, due to their importance for industrial and technical processes, as well as environmental pollution have increased enormously. The efficient use of resources is defined as one of the most important goals for sustainable development at both European and German levels.

In a consortium consisting of TU Berlin (TUB) and the six industrial partners Daimler, Deutsches Kupferinstitut, Evonik, Knauer, Siemens and ThyssenKrupp, an integrated method for the holistic calculation / measurement of resource efficiency in the context of sustainability (ESSENZ method) - with a focus on metals and fossil raw materials was developed.

In order to comprehensively map the resource efficiency of products, processes and services and to enable a reliable and transparent assessment, the ESSENZ method does not just look at the resource quantities, but also the physical and socioeconomic availability, environmental effects, social acceptance and the use of the studied product system.

An overview of the calculated characterization factors for socio-economic availability is provided on this page.

In addition, the characterization factors for AADP can be downloaded here .

The guidelines for the ESSENZ method can be found under the following link:

The paper on the ESSENZ method can be found under the following link:


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