Project »Green ICT @ FMD«

Electronics for energy-saving information and communication technology (ICT)

Fraunhofer IZM is part of the »Green ICT @ FMD« competence center and has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) together with the project partners and the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) to determine the energy requirements and life cycle assessment of electronic products and information and communication technology infrastructures for Germany:

  • Hub 1 - Sensor edge cloud systems
  • Hub 2 - Energy-saving communication infrastructures
  • Hub 3 - Resource-optimized electronics production

The aim is to show how resource and energy consumption in semiconductor production can be optimized through innovative and reliable assembly and connection technologies, from the selection of raw materials for the production of the semiconductor substrate to chip and PCB design, routing and board integration.

The Green ICT Competence Center at the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (»Green ICT @ FMD«) is a central point of contact for sustainable electronics. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is supporting the project as part of the Green ICT initiative, which is part of the German government's 2030 climate protection program.

Selected Fraunhofer IZM project contributions

IKT Studie - Folie 1
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Study on the Electricity Demand and Carbon Footprint of ICT in Germany

The current study models the environmental impact of the production and use of ICT over a period from 2013 to 2033. The energy and resource requirements for the production of ICT used in Germany are calculated as a carbon footprint, reflecting the global supply chain. For the energy-intensive use phase, both the electrical power requirement and the carbon footprint are quantified as a function of the annually changing energy mix.

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Further training offered by the »Green ICT @ FMD« competence center

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The »Green ICT @ FMD« competence center offers a continuing education program in the form of basic and expert modules for professionals and graduates from the ICT sector.

Basic modules

In specially created training videos, Fraunhofer IZM's environmental experts for electronics and ICT products impart basic knowledge on the evaluation of green ICT:

  • Life cycle analysis of semiconductors
  • EU directives and regulations: RoHS, ELV and REACH
  • EU Ecodesign Directive and the EU energy label
  • Circular design in the electrical industry

The videos are in German.

Green ICT- Training videos on youtube

Expert modules

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In classroom and online courses, Fraunhofer IZM researchers impart knowledge and skills on the ecology and sustainability of electronics and delve into technical aspects.

The training is held in German.


  • Drahtlose, autarke, miniaturisierte Sensor-Aktor-Plattform für Industrieanwendungen – technologische und ökologische Aspekte | more info
  • Ökobilanzierung und Klimaneutralität von IKT – Basiswissen und Herausforderungen für Unternehmen | more info

Green ICT Award 2024

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Ready to change the world sustainably? The "Green ICT Award" for students is entering the next round. We are looking for the most innovative sustainability-related theses in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).

Show us how your idea protects the environment and drives technological progress at the same time. Apply by the end of April 2024 and be a pioneer for resource-saving ICT!

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Background Information

Green ICT - Labor
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Here you will find further insights and reviews of lectures, interviews and press releases from Fraunhofer IZM on the topic of »Green ICT @ FMD«.

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Project Information

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Logo - Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Die Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik ist eine Initiative des Fraunhofer-Verbunds Mikroelektronik in Kooperation mit den Leibniz-Instituten FBH und IHP.

Project duration: 01 August 2022 to 31 January 2026

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Network coordinator: Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD)

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Project partners: Fraunhofer EMFT, Fraunhofer ENAS, Ferdinand Braun Institute, Leibniz Institute for Highest Frequency Technology (FBH), Fraunhofer FHR, Fraunhofer HHI, Fraunhofer IAF, IHP: Leibniz Institute for High Performance Microelectronics, Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer IISB, Fraunhofer IMS, Fraunhofer IPMS, Fraunhofer ISI, Fraunhofer ISIT, Fraunhofer IZM