We take on responsibility

Sustainability is one of the major social and economic issues of our time. The focus is on resource conservation, climate and environmental protection, and the recycling of materials.

The relevance of recovering and recycling valuable raw materials from products and materials or replacing them with sustainable alternatives is steadily increasing as a result of the energy transition. Whether it be at PV modules for solar systems, batteries for electromobility or medical research - the changing requirements for primary, an then often critical resources play a significant role in materials science.

An interdisciplinary team including the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies TLC-RT and the Fraunhofer Research and Development Center for Electromobility Bavaria FZEB, and others is working precisely on this challenge.


Sustainability on four levels

For us, sustainability primarily means researching sustainable solutions. With regard to climate-neutral research and work, it is also necessary to take into account the factors in the surroundings.


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At Fraunhofer ISC, we take a holistic view of research and management - in economic, ecological and social terms. We focus on strategies and activities to achieve the goals we have set ourselves for more sustainable research and work. To this end, we are guided by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Fraunhofer's own Fraunhofer Climate Neutral 2030 initiative.



The energy transition places high demands on functional materials. The focus here is on sustainable material and component development, e.g. for current and future battery and storage systems.


Recovering resources from products and introducing them into new cycles or replacing them with sustainable substitutes forms the core of research work.


Cell-based tissue models and test systems as well as scalable production processes are important components for medicine and health. Rapid and cost-efficient development contributes, among other things, to the implementation of the 3R principle (Replace, Reduce, Refine).