The industrial sector in Germany is strong, yet it also is associated with considerable environmental impacts. The basic industry in particular supplies the basic raw materials and feedstocks for a great range of production processes. In consequence, there is considerable potential for both increased efficiency and the application of secondary raw materials. However, the high energy demand of the chemical, metal, and construction and building material industries in combination with intense raw material consumption present a serious ongoing challenge for German environmental policy efforts.
For many years, ifeu has been carrying out environmental assessments, with a detailed process modelling approach and in close cooperation with partners from the industry and relevant organisations.