Sustainability

The latest developments at TUM for a more sustainable future: Research findings, technical innovations, degree programs – as well as our commitment at home and in our global network.


  • Forschende der TUM identifizieren in internationalen Wissenschaftsteams in Experimenten die ungenutzten genetischen Ressourcen zur Steigerung der Weizenerträge in der ganzen Welt.
    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    More wheat for global food security

    Utilizing substantial genetic potential for higher yields

    The disruptions in global trading markets resulting from the war in Ukraine, among other causes, have focused public attention on the issue of securing a sufficient supply of high-quality foods for the global population. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are searching for modern methods to boost global harvests and thus to ensure global food security. Wheat plays a special role in these efforts.

  • Prof. Sonja Berensmeier
    • Sustainability, Research news, President
    • Reading time: 1 MIN

    TUM and WACKER found Institute for Industrial Biotechnology

    Research for sustainable chemistry

    Wacker Chemie AG and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have deepened their partnership with the founding of the TUM WACKER Institute for Industrial Biotechnology. The goal of the new institute is to further develop research in the field of industrial biotechnology in Germany at the highest international level. The two partners will bring their combined forces to bear on researching new approaches for the production of specialty chemicals and active ingredients from renewable resources as a basis for a sustainable economic system.

  • Metro station in Munich
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    More people opt for bus and rail travel

    Digital data on mobility patterns in the Munich region

    The introduction of the nine-euro ticket led to changes in the mobility behavior of many people in the Munich region. A study conducted at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows that more than 20 percent of participants had not previously used public transportation and now take buses and trains. Around one third of the participants were making greater use of public transportation than before. The study is the only research project on the nine-euro ticket to use digital data documenting actual journeys.

  • The TUM Chair of Restoration Ecology studies the effects of wild plant areas along traffic axes in Munich, such as here at Luise Kiesselbach-Platz.
    • Sustainability, Event

    Professor Johannes Kollmann delivers a lecture within the series TUM@Freising

    Intensive land use, nutrient inputs, invasive species, and climate change are accelerating the losses of native species and essential ecosystem services. In a lecture within the TUM@Freising series, Johannes Kollmann, Professor of Restoration Ecology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), will present the goals, suitable methods, and critical questions about possible limits of ecosystem renaturation on Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 p.m. at Lindenkeller in Freising.

    • Sustainability, Campus news, Studies
    • Reading time: 2 MIN

    Car-free day in Arcisstraße

    Students develop ideas for the city of the future

    Reclaiming public space from the car – that was the aim of the initiators of the “Intervention Arcisstraße”. As part of a project developed by the Professorship for Urban Design of the Department of Architecture, students of the Technical University of Munich have converted the otherwise busy street in front of the TUM's main building in downtown Munich into a laboratory for the communal use of public space.

  • Biogas-Plant in the fields.
    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 1 MIN

    Pilot plant for renewable hydrogen

    New technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40 percent

    A pilot plant for the production of hydrogen from biogas is to be built in Bavaria. It is based on a new technology that is expected to drastically reduce the energy required for the production of hydrogen compared to conventional technologies. This will be achieved by integrating resistive heating into the chemical reactor. The technical development and practical realization of this approach are the goals of the EReTech project, which is funded by the EU and coordinated by the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

  • The scarlet dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea) is one of the best-known beneficiaries of global warming. The dragonfly, most common in the Mediterranean region, first appeared in Bavaria in the early 1990s and is now widespread.
    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    Heat-lovers are the lucky ones

    40 years of conservation data: Population trends of native insects

    Sparse data often make it difficult to track how climate change is affecting populations of insect species. A new study by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) has now evaluated an extensive species mapping database (Artenschutzkartierung, ASK) organized by the Bavarian State Office for the Environment (LfU) and assessed the population trends of butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers in Bavaria since 1980. The main finding: heat-loving species have been increasing.