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Resource Efficiency

Resource efficiency is one of the big megatrends of the 21st century. Practical resource scarcity, increasing resource costs and sustainably aligned economic activity are the reasons for an intensive discussion on the topic of resource efficiency in the econsense circle. This involves not only resource-conserving production but also life cycles and recycling in a way that conserves resources to the greatest extent possible.

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02/11/2015 | Deutsche Post DHL develops logistics models for Circular Economy

Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading mail and logistics service provider, has been honored as a member of “Circular Economy 100” of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Members of the CE100 are representatives of companies, innovators, and regions that join forces to contribute to a renewable, circular economy with individual projects or with their entire business orientation.

09/16/2014 | ThyssenKrupp: New solutions in auto construction - for energy efficiency, electromobility and weight reduction

ThyssenKrupp AG has presented the results of its research project InCar plus. Engineers from the Essen-based company have developed 40 new components and solutions for the auto industry. Customers can benefit from component weight savings of up to 50 percent and cost reductions of up to 20 percent. InCar plus also makes a significant contribution to climate protection: The innovations permit savings of up to eight grams of CO2 per kilometer. Looking at the overall life cycle of a car, including production and recycling, InCar plus represents a saving of 1.6 tons of CO2 per vehicle.

08/08/2014 | Multibore® membranes from the BASF subsidiary inge® improve water treatment

Seas and oceans are the biggest water reservoirs on Earth. Since decades sea water is turned to drinking water by desalination in large scale. In Ghana, West Africa, a modern desalination plant is currently being established to produce  up to 60,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day – enough to supply half a million people.

06/10/2014 | Airlines in the Lufthansa Airlines Group fly more eco-friendly with lighter containers

In the Lufthansa Group, cargo and luggage is now transported with much lighter containers and thus more fuel-efficient. In the last three years Lufthansa Cargo has completely replaced its fleet of containers with lightweight containers made of extremely durable composite materials. These are now used in cargo and passenger aircraft instead of the previous aluminum containers. Their use saves fuel and reduces emissions. 

05/06/2014 | Exemplary recycling initiative by LSG Sky Chefs in the United States

Recycle, dispose, reduce – that is the principle according to which LSG Sky Chefs has operated a structured environmental management system for many years. Since February 2013, however, the Lufthansa Group’s catering arm has been investing in a special project in the United States, the environmental initiative “Zero Waste to Landfill”.

04/23/2014 | Lufthansa Group backs research into innovative biokerosene

The Lufthansa Group has long played a pioneering role when it comes to research into sustainably produced fuels. Now the aviation group is involved in practical testing of a promising new production method for biokerosene: “Alcohol to Jet” (ATJ). It entails the fermentation of mainly plant waste to form isobutanol, which is then dehydrated and converted into kerosene using standard refinery processes. There is a wide range of suitable feedstocks. This makes the method as versatile as the Fischer-Tropsch process that is already approved, but it requires much lower initial investment.

04/23/2014 | Lufthansa Group backs research into innovative biokerosene

The Lufthansa Group has long played a pioneering role when it comes to research into sustainably produced fuels. Now the aviation group is involved in practical testing of a promising new production method for biokerosene: “Alcohol to Jet” (ATJ). It entails the fermentation of mainly plant waste to form isobutanol, which is then dehydrated and converted into kerosene using standard refinery processes. There is a wide range of suitable feedstocks. This makes the method as versatile as the Fischer-Tropsch process that is already approved, but it requires much lower initial investment.

04/22/2014 | Efficiency record for the airlines in the Lufthansa Group

In 2013 the passenger airlines in the Lufthansa Group beat the four-litre mark for the first time, with an average consumption of just 3.91 litres of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometres. This is an improvement of 3.8 per cent over 2012. In short, the aviation group achieved over twice the annual efficiency target increase of 1.5 per cent set for the airline industry.

03/04/2014 | Deutsche Lufthansa: Efficiency gains reach new heights

The lighting in the A380 hangar at Frankfurt Airport is spot on. In one section of the building, Lufthansa Technik recently installed 24 high-performance LED floodlights on the ceiling – at a record-breaking height of 31 metres. Based on an annual usage of 6,000 hours, this modern light field alone will enable the company to save 88 megawatt-hours, and thus 40 tonnes of CO2, compared to the previous lighting system. That represents a 42 per cent improvement over conventional lighting.

02/11/2014 | Lufthansa jumbo boasts lower noise emissions and fuel burn

Gently upswept wings, high-tech wingtips, the saw-tooth pattern on the trailing edges of the jet engine nozzles and the characteristic “hump” at the front of the fuselage – as every Lufthansa aficionado knows, these are the distinguishing features of the Boeing 747-8. At first sight, however, it is not immediately apparent that this wide-bodied aircraft is also the “Queen of the Skies” in terms of noise emissions and fuel efficiency.

02/04/2014 | Deutsche Lufthansa:With the aid of innovative software, LSG Sky Chefs has lowered the amount of energy and electricity used by its dishwashing lines at 65 locations worldwide

01/30/2014 | Lufthansa Group also saves energy on the ground

The Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC) at Frankfurt Airport was honoured five years ago, on 2nd February 2009, by the EU for its energy efficiency. As one of the first buildings in Germany, since then it has been able to refer to itself as a "Green Building". The Lufthansa Group is constantly working to reduce energy consumption and improve environmental efficiency. In doing so, the Group not only invests in a modern, environmentally-efficient and quiet fleet. The company's buildings also set standards.

01/28/2014 | BASF to build new chelating agent plant for more sustainable detergents and cleaners

In order to meet the fast growing global market demand for its innovative chelating agent, BASF will build a new Trilon® M (methylglycinediacetic acid) world scaleplant at Evonik’s Theodore, Alabamasite. The investment will be about $90 million and create around 20 additional jobs. The new production facilityis planned to start up in the second half of 2015.

12/18/2013 | Lufthansa Cargo is now “slimming down” its MD11 freighter fleet

Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter fleet will operate more efficiently from now on. Every single one of the MD11-F aircraft has shed 35 kilos, thanks to the weight-saving initiative concluded by the airline in the middle of this year.

12/04/2013 | Evonik starts innovation campaign

Innovation and efficient research are today already the hallmarks of Evonik, but the specialty chemicals company wants to build up these strengths even more. "We want to keep increasing the value of our innovation pipeline. Innovations will have to make even larger contributions to sales and profits. Our ambition is to be first-class in innovation," says Patrik Wohlhauser, Member of the Executive Board of Evonik. Innovations are a key driver of profitable growth for the specialty chemicals company.

11/26/2013 | Deutsche Lufthansa: Second life for aircraft components

Valuable components from aircraft which have been taken out of service in the Lufthansa Group get the chance of a "second life". Through the sensible further use of valuable resources, the project with the name "2nd Life" is an innovative example of economic and ecological sustainability.

11/20/2013 | Lufthansa Group tests new biokerosene component

Lufthansa is continuing its pioneering work in the testing of alternative fuels. As part of the EU “Blending Study” project, the company has now conducted a rig test at Lufthansa Technik’s facility in Hamburg. Experts involved in this project have been examining the possible impact on aircraft emissions and engine performance of blending farnesane, a new biokerosene component made from biomass sugars, with conventional kerosene.

10/16/2013 | Deutsche Lufthansa: On the way to green handling

For many years the Lufthansa Group has been concerning itself with the question of how to reduce fuel consumption and the emissions associated with it in flight operations. In this connection, attention is also focused on ground-based means of transport for taxiing and towing of aircraft.

09/27/2013 | Innovative Bosch products and solutions help save energy

Protecting the environment is an important pillar of Bosch business activities. In nearly all its divisions, the company is working on technologies and services that will make greater energy efficiency possible. Even today, Bosch generates more than 40 percent of its sales with technology and products that protect the environment and conserve resources.

09/25/2013 | Deutsche Lufthansa: Saving fuel with new software

“Every drop counts” is the motto. In future, new software will help to save fuel by optimising the flight profile and speed of aircraft during flight operations. Energy-efficient flight operations are a key success factor for the Lufthansa Group, and at the same time an important pillar of the Group’s environmental management activities. During a flight, the program processes the latest aircraft and weather data in order to calculate in real time the most economical flight curve for the remainder of the flight.

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Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.