Innovations for a sustainable world.
From raw material to manufactured product, we carry out research into sustainable technologies to protect nature and equip ourselves in a changing world.
How can we use resources more sustainably? How do we shape supply chains to be more economically, ecologically, and socially responsible? What core competencies do we need create a sustainable circular economy?
Together we will find answers to these questions: Eleven Helmholtz centers collaborate in an interdisciplinary research campaign on sustainability to provide concrete impulses for a sustainable future.
We are, for example, developing intelligent robotic systems that will help to produce food more sustainably. We link and evaluate ecological and imaging data from monitoring systems located on the ground and via satellite, providing decision makers with key insights about the condition of coastal and agricultural areas for the development of sustainable socio-political measures.
In close collaboration with industry and society we develop methods that can be used to convert fine dust and fine-grained industrial residues into valuable raw materials or non-hazardous waste.
The steady rise in global carbon dioxide emissions is always in our focus. The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly shows that we will not achieve the COP21 targets if we merely reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, we need to capture emissions that have already released. That is why we are looking for technical solutions to capture CO2 from the atmosphere to store in geological formations. We hope these technologies will be used worldwide.
We pursue innovative ideas and feasible solutions that preserve life on Earth and help shape a sustainable society and future.
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Die Helmholtz-Forschungskampagne zu Sustainable Value Chains
Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie