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Sustainability

Research projects for sustainability

Sustainability

We do research that really matters. And few things matter more these days than activities that aim for a sustainable transformation of industry and everyday life. Some good examples of sustainability research projects at Bosch.

Why our research on sustainability is crucial

Global warming and climate change continue as unbroken trends. The emission of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG) – the root cause of climate change – is at a record high, despite all climate targets. And projections describe ever more clearly the negative impacts that can be expected from climate change. This increases political pressure to accelerate climate action. The United Nations (UN) have accordingly formulated benchmarks for states and industries. Bosch Research is taking these seriously, following the company’s motto: With our world-class researchers, we do research that really matters, that impacts the everyday life of Bosch customers for the better. It is our aim to provide answers to the pressing climate issue, and to offer some good research examples of sustainable practices. Accordingly, here are three main research issues we need to consider in order to start a transformation of industry towards electrification, defossilization and use of renewable energy, as well as maximum increase of energy efficiency.

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The latest scientific assessments and the UN Secretary-General’s call for climate action as well as the European New Green Deal, focus on reaching net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 or earlier.

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Strong improvement will be needed in both energy efficiency and reduction of collective average carbon intensity – compared to historical developments – in order to achieve the climate targets.

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Key trends of upcoming changes in the energy system will include e-mobility, including the electrification of transport and the electrification of building heating – along with increasing the energy efficiency of electrified industrial processes.

Our approach to today’s challenges

Bosch Research does not do research for its own sake. We want to come up with solutions that really make a difference which is why sustainability considerations are crucial. At Bosch Research, we have a lot of scientific answers to questions in this context. We understand sustainability as a “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland 1997), and therefore addresses intra- as well as inter-generational fairness.

Sustainability as such is the result of a balanced harmony of three spheres: economic, ecological and social. A business is sustainable if it persists in acting in a value-preserving and resource-efficient way respecting social needs, rather than striving only for short-term profit. Find out more about economical, ecological, and socially responsible actions of the Bosch Group.

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Sustainability as a triad of economy, environment and society

Sustainability as a triad

Sustainability projects in various research areas

For Bosch Research, sustainability is not just a buzzword. That’s why we do not only look at the three spheres of sustainability–we have also established several fields of innovation following their needs, such as electrified mobility, chemical energy conversion and sustainability innovations for resource and energy efficiency.

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Our research is organized in different fields of innovation. Three of them directly address the topic of sustainability. Read more about our projects at the following sites.

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Sustainability innovations for resource and energy efficiency

The Earth does not have an endless supply of resources needed to sustain today’s economies . With disruptive recycling processes, increases in energy efficiency and enablers for a circular economy we can contribute to manage this major challenge.

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Electrified mobility and systems

The future of mobility will be electrified. That is why we at Bosch Research are working on the e-powertrain and integrated solutions for different kind of vehicles, from eBike up to electrified excavators as well as on vehicle charging and power management in and outside the mobility sector.

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Chemical energy conversion

Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming. At Bosch Research, we are working on technologies that drive forward the reduction of greenhouse gases, such as the generation of green hydrogen via electrolysis and fuel cells for mobile and stationary applications.

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