Sustainability at IZT in 2017

Since 2013 the IZT has presented its economic and social sustainability efforts in an annual report.


Total Energy Consumption

The final energy consumption of the IZT continued to rise in 2017 (trend since 2014), both in the amount of heating gas used as well as electricity consumption. As in the previous year, one probable reason for this rise in demand is the increase in IZT staff. Since 2016, the four-member working group has been developing solutions to further optimize the technical and organizational aspects of heating at the IZT (including programmable thermostats).

Business travel

The total number of kilometers travelled by the IZT has barely changed since 2014. The share of rail and air travel in 2017 was largely the same as in the previous year. This is still due to the fact that relatively few travel-intensive national projects were worked on at the IZT, while international project activities required flights.

CO2 Emissions

Due to CO2-intensive air travel and a slight increase in final energy consumption, the IZT's CO2 emissions continued to rise slightly in 2017. Therefore, in future the heating management will be further optimized and air travel reduced as far as possible.

Social Issues

Percentage of women in the workforce

Women accounted for 46 percent of the workforce in 2017. In order to mitigate the annual fluctuations, an additional look is taken here at the average figure for the last five years. Accordingly, the IZT employed 47 percent of women between 2013 and 2017. The IZT has thus almost achieved equal opportunities between women and men in terms of the number of jobs.

Percentage of women in management positions

In 2017, as in the previous year, the proportion of women in management positions was just over 40 percent. If only research leaders are considered (second management level), the proportion of women was 50 percent, as in the past three years.

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