The use of resources is fundamental to all life and economic activity. Pressure on natural resources like raw materials, energy, area, water and biodiversity is increasing due to global population and economic growth. In consequence, a conservative yet efficient approach to resource consumption is paramount for future societies.
We carry out research and offer a broad range of consulting services in the field of efficient resource use and circular economy. We focus on a number of relevant aspects, such as modelling of the entire life cycle starting with environmental impacts arising from raw material extraction to waste management and recycling, as well as cascade use. In addition, one of our key competencies is in the development of conceptual methodology for the quantification of resource consumption, and in the assessment of efficient resource use on a number of benchmark levels. This includes strategic recommendations for the realisation of optimisation potentials, which may address policy makers, science, corporations and individual stakeholders, as well as combinations thereof. As an experienced, long-standing research institution with a firm place in the scientific community, we have access to an extensive research network, detailed analytical tools and modelling instruments, and a practical approach to research topics relevant to society. We provide consulting services on resources and circular economy matters internationally to organisations, governments and corporations.