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We are invested in sharing our expertise on sustainability and sustainability issues and have several undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus toward sustainability.


Study in one of our degree programs:


In the following degree programs sustainability is taught subject-related through the implementation of the latest findings and state-of-the-art technologies:


At the Department CBI we conduct groundbreaking research on the topic of sustainability and sustainable processes in all areas of industry.

We specialise and have developed solutions in the fields process engineering (process optimization, circular economy, energy efficiency in industrial processes) and energy transition (energy storage, efficient use and conversion of renewable energy).

Research themes

Research institutes and collaborations

  • Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg


    The Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN) researches and develops basic principles, materials and technologies for climate-neutral and sustainable energy supply at acceptable costs. FAU, Forschungszentrum Jülich and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin combine their expertise in the fields of material, energy and process research.

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT does research with the goal of achieving a clean environment by focussing on the areas of climate-neutral energy systems, resource-efficient processes and circular products. The institute develops innovative, industrially implementable technologies, products and services for the circular economy and brings them to application.

  • Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN)


    At Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN), FAU, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB, the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and Bavarian Centre for Applied Energy Research ZAE Bayern consolidate their wide range of expertise in this promising field of research. The department CBI’s chair of Energy Process Engineering focuses on the efficient use of conventional and renewable energies using thermochemical and biological processes and is part of the interdisciplinary research being done at Energie Campus Nürnberg.


Creating a sustainable environment at FAU

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Sustainability is an important topic that the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering as a part of FAU deals with on all levels – from research and education on sustainability topics to decisions of every day life like the use of sustainable products such as pens, coffee or saving energy and paper. The topic concerns the department, teachers, researchers, staff and students.

Initiatives in everyday life

FAU was again certified as fairtrade university (April 2021).

The Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg which runs the cafeterias and canteens of FAU has adopted various paths of action to help all members of FAU to contribute to a sustainable and environmental friendly future.
For instance a CO2 footprint label is used to show dishes which are good for one’s own CO2 footprint and have been made using climate-friendly energy. The coffee in all cafeterias and canteens is fairtrade and many articles and items are fairtrade or from regional producers.

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At the FAU level

In 2022 FAU has appointed Prof. Fifka as the Sustainability Officer and charged him with the drawing up of a holistic sustainability strategy that encompasses all strategic fields of FAU. The aim of which is to put into place a strategized sustainability approach across all of FAU.

FAU has set up the Green Office with the goal of supporting its commitment to making a positive impact in environmental sustainability and climate protection.

FAU is also part of the Netzwerk Hochschule & Nachhaltigkeit Bayern, a network dedicated to foster sustainability at the Bavarian universities.