Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU)
IFEU conducts research and provides a worldwide consultancy service in relation to all major environmental and sustainability issues. With almost 40 years of experience, ifeu is one of the most important ecological research institutes in Germany. Their work is characterised by experience and independence combined with a practical and target-based approach. ifeu currently employs 80 staff with a background in natural sciences, engineering and social sciences at its sites in Heidelberg and Berlin.
The origins of ifeu as an institute date back to the early 1970s. Environmental protection had already become a social issue by the time of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, but specific environmental protection measures were still in their infancy. In the same year, the Club of Rome published the Meadows Study entitled “The Limits to Growth”. This marked the beginnings of the environmental movement.
IFEU operates at the interface between civil society developments, corporate strategies, technological perspectives, and political latitude. Their institute adopts a transdisciplinary approach in order to respond to urgent environmental and sustainability issues. The answers they provide are not found in a scientific ivory tower, but through in-depth dialogue with stakeholders from industry, science and society. ifeu deals with issues including resource conservation and recycling, the sustainable and environmentally friendly design of products, processes and material flows, biomass and nutrition, the future-oriented design of mobility and transport, and a successful energy transition.
IFEU works worldwide and on behalf of a large number of national and international clients, and primarily receives project-based funding. Around two thirds of its research projects and reports are commissioned by public authorities. One third of the contracts comes from the private sector. The institute is independent in terms of research and finance and is non-profit oriented.See more