AS IF WE HAD 1.7 EARTHS.

Humankind is facing a crisis. The world renowned “National Footprint Accounts” have found that we are exploiting nature 1.7 times faster than it is able to recover.[1] The effects were clearly shown in a report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in May 2019: 1 million out of the 8 million species around the world are facing extinction.[2]

Did You Know?

  • 1.7

    Earths - we are currently using nature 1.7 times faster than our planet's ecosystems can regenerate.

  • 7x

    population growth: since 1800, the world population has grown sevenfold, surpassing 7.6 billion.

  • 20%

    of the Amazon rainforest has disappeared in just 50 years.

THE ENVIRONMENT IS SUFFERING.

These improvements have an effect on the atmosphere, the polar ice, the oceans, forests, soil, and diversity of species.[3] Greenhouse gas emissions have doubled since 1980. Average temperatures have increased globally by at least 0.7 degrees Celsius. Climate change is already showing.[4] Apart from climate change, according to the current “Living Planet Report,” the main sources of animal deaths are overfishing, agriculture, and the conversion of nature into agricultural landscapes. In short: consumerism gone out of control. 

FIRST STEPS HAVE BEEN MADE.

There is no singular scientific direction which deals with managing the scarcity of resources. Very different disciplines of science, from atmospheric physics to artificial intelligence (AI), are working together on this issue. They show how we can preserve the natural reserves of the Earth and reduce our harmful impact. 

OUR RESPONSIBILITY, OUR EFFORT

The better handling of our natural resources is one of the biggest challenges humans have had to face. Innovators can change the world, and possibly even save it. We are a leading company in the field of scientific research and therefore not only have a responsibility, but also the opportunity to advance innovation. 

Discover the diverse areas in which we are currently working for a more sustainable future:

  • Negative emissions

    Photoelectrochemical cells mimic photosynthesis to remove CO2 more efficiently than plants, creating carbon products for easy, safe, and sustainable storage.  

    DIVE DEEPER
  • Perovskite solar cells

    Versatile, efficient, and now stable: how advances in perovskite solar cells promise to revolutionize the semiconductor industry and lead to portable solar power.

    DIVE DEEPER
  • The CO2 to fuel generator

    The 2022 Future Insight Prize winner: A dream product that draws CO2 from the air to generate a sustainable, carbon-negative fuel source to meet our growing energy demands.

    DIVE DEEPER
  • Green solvents

    Our new green solvents enable faster, more effective cleaning during semiconductor manufacturing, using fewer chemicals, and reducing the industry’s environmental footprint.

    Dive Deeper
  • Sustainable laser marking

    Can permanent laser marks help track and trace plastic materials to support a more circular economy?

    DIVE DEEPER
  • Printed meat?!

    Can cutting-edge tissue engineering help create lab-grown meat and seafood that looks, feels, and tastes more like conventional meat?
    DIVE DEEPER
  • MEAT - THE NEXT LEVEL

    Cleaner, healthier, more ethical meat products that are less damaging for our planet. Is cultured meat the food of the future?

    DIVE DEEPER
  • Food Generator

    This dream product and 2021 Future Insight Prize winner would use communities of microbes to convert waste into safe and edible food to feed our growing population.

    DIVE DEEPER
  • Emission-free cars

    Inspired by nature, a new generation of hydrogen-based fuel cell vehicles do no longer need large amounts of precious metals – thus becoming much more affordable.
    Dive Deeper
  • Lower emissions

    Our corporate program for the global reduction of CO2 emissions achieved a significant climate goal in 2020. Curious, how much we saved?
    Dive Deeper
  • Driving the e-highway

    Find out how Germany’s electric highway pilot project could drastically cut carbon emissions caused by truck traffic.

    DIVE DEEPER
  • milk made by science

    Scientists are using cellular agriculture to make ethical dairy products that eliminate the need for cows, but without compromising on taste and texture.
    DIVE DEEPER
  • CYRENE: GREEN CHEMISTRY

    We are using green chemistry to develop a portfolio of environmentally-friendly, safer solvents – like Cyrene.
    DIVE DEEPER
  • MOF: TINY, BUT PROMISING

    We know that human activity is having extreme adverse consequences for our planet. One of the most exciting fields to emerge solutions is metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
    DIVE DEEPER

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A big step for you – a small footprint for the environment.

Do you want to help save the planet but are unsure where to start? Such a task requires a great team working side-by-side globally, so come join us! Together, our research and innovations can help reduce humanity’s impact on nature and improve people’s lives.

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