Sustainability as an Opportunity

Sustainability = Economy + Ecology

Climate change is the defining issue of the 21st century. The reasons why companies have to deal with this are manifold.

Changing environmental conditions, new customer and market requirements, and laws and regulations are forcing companies to adapt. At the same time, new opportunities and possibilities arise for products, market access and cost structures.

We at Fraunhofer IAIS have developed methods to accompany you on the path of change. In doing so, we always keep an eye on competitiveness and profitability.

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Sustainability Indicator Model

The EU taxonomy renders the reporting of sustainability indicators mandatory. Companies must know their CO2e emissions and be able to communicate them regularly.

We develop a sustainability indicator model for you and draw up an initial CO2e emissions balance sheet with you.

The model is based on existing standards, which are adapted to your individual requirements.

With the indicator model you are able to

  • report according to standards such as EU taxonomy and CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive)
  • provide information to customers, suppliers and capital providers
  • report product carbon footprints (PCF)
  • identify focal factors of strategy
  • establish powerful key performance indicators
  • adapt your product, process and IT strategy
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The Development of Your Sustainability Strategy

With our multi-perspective company models, we analyze the situation with you and identify fields of action and options for your company. An individual roadmap shows you how your company can gradually become more sustainable. Our analysis covers the following aspects:

  • Current status and analysis, target status and principles
  • Use cases, business cases and scenario analysis
  • Gap analysis: actual vs. target state
  • Implementation roadmaps and communication strategies

Results can be aligned with relevant external ratings.

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Rely on "Eternal Products"!

Climate change and sustainability are forcing us to think about our own product portfolio. Products with a low carbon footprint and those that are indispensable win in the medium and long term.

We support you with analyses and workshops to future-proof your offering and find the right product stories. We offer:

  • As-is analysis (identification of drivers in the area of customer, market, regulatory...)
  • Product ideas & market strategies (evaluation of new market and customer segments, narratives, advertising messages ...)
  • Gap analysis (identification of adaptation needs, costs, risks ...)
  • Roadmap (development of key action areas, product and market roadmaps)
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360-Degree Sustainability Check

Sustainability and climate change affect all areas of the company: from development, purchasing and production to sales and after-sales.

Customized structures and strategies ensure the future viability of the company. With the 360-degree sustainability check, you receive external expertise on how precisely you are positioned in terms of organization, processes and products. We offer:

  • Analysis of the current situation, short- and medium-term opportunities and risks, as well as the creation of a target picture and roadmaps
  • Analysis of product portfolio, purchasing strategies, supply chains as well as energy and environmental management
  • Review of regulatory requirements, reporting and development of individual KPI models as well as CO2e balances
  • Review of organizational structures and processes as well as competence development within the company
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Do the Climate Impact Check

Online Workshop

Take a moment with us to understand how much your business will be affected by climate change in the future and what measures are available. To achieve this aim, we organize two half-day workshops with your company and our experts.

Among other things, we clarify the following questions:

  • What developments can we already observe?
  • What laws are coming your way?
  • What are your competitors doing?
  • How will resources and costs change?
  • What will your customers expect from you?
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Our Research Projects in the Field of Sustainability


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Investigation of the resource intensity of digital transformation in Germany for the German Federal Environmental Agency.


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... to improve the resilience of historic areas to natural disasters and climate change-related hazards.


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... to strengthen the resilience of transport infrastructures against natural and man-made hazards.


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Climate Resilience in


The network for climate resilient infrastructure operators.


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Development of a standardized, modular method for climate change risk analysis.


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Customized climate change risk analysis for critical infrastructures.