Sustainable Engineering

CRC 1026: Sustainable Manufacturing - Shaping Global Value Creation

Sustainability is one of the relevant topics for the future development of society, given limited resources, growth and the unequal distribution of wealth. Sustainability is defined in terms of the ecological, economic and social dimensions.

CRC 1026 aims to demonstrate how sustainable production can be achieved in a global value chain between the paradigms of management and technology. The field of sustainable engineering plays a leading role in making sustainability measurable.


Sustainability Indicators

Sustainability’s three dimensions, economic, social and ecological, can be understood as a description of complex functions for a highly dynamic system in order to guarantee prosperity now and in the future. Change towards sustainable development must begin now, especially in one of the most important economic factors: production technologies.

The main goal of sub-project A2 is to develop significant sustainability indicators for products and production processes. Indicators are derived from larger, global sustainability goals and by studying individual aspects of sustainability in concrete applications. The indicators are also reduced to a smaller number for application in sustainable production to make progress and development in all three aspects of sustainability measurable.

Contact person: René Scheumann und Kirana Wolf


Microeconomic Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability has gained wide acceptance in all areas of society. However, there is a lack of scientific methods for measuring sustainability when translating this concept into practice. This is the focus of sub-project A3 in connection with the CRC, both with regard to products and processes. The Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), which measures sustainability across all phases, serves as the basis.

The project goal is to implement sustainability in supply networks, using an improved method and under consideration of strengths and weaknesses in the existing methods.

Contact person: Sabrina Neugebauer and Ya-Ju Chang