Climate and environmental protection demand a fundamental rethinking of the way we deal with many products, but also with every-day routines: Purchasing behavior, energy consumption and mobility habits affect all citizens and will have to change significantly in the coming years in order to meet climate targets and ensure an environment worth living in for decades to come.
For the development of new products, this means specifically addressing new materials and scarce raw materials. After all, both during the service life of products and at the end of their period of use, the aim is to reduce emissions and recycle as much as possible in the interests of a functioning circular economy.
Future technologies for ecological progress
In order to reduce global CO2 and other climate-damaging emissions as quickly as possible, we are focusing on the use of future technologies such as batteries and fuel cells in mobility, transportation and traffic. At the Fraunhofer IPT we are looking for substitutes for problematic materials and hybrid materials and are developing practicable solutions for recycling - so that technological progress increasingly also means ecological progress.