Issue: March 2017, 40 years of the Oeko-Institut – Special anniversary issue
The 2010s to the present
The future has begun
The Oeko-Institut during this time
2010: Environmental Award of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)
Prof. Rainer Grießhammer receives the most valuable European environmental award.
2010: Oeko-Institut goes social media
2011: Founding of Ecornet
The Ecological Research Network is a network of eight independent, non-profit institutes for environmental and sustainability research in Germany.
2013: Results of the IMPACT research project
The project analyses the potentials of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in companies.
2015: ‘Models of Change’
The study shows how transformation and system innovations designed to increase sustainability can work.
2015: Half-time in the energy transition
The Oeko-Institut asks where we’ve got to with the energy turnaround – 35 years after publication of the first ‘Energiewende’ study and 35 years before 2050, the deadline for achievement of climate action targets.
2016: Obsolescence study by the Oeko-Institut
The study focuses on the shortened life of electrical and electronic equipment.
2016: Germany 2049: Transition to a sustainable use of raw materials
This self-funded project charts a roadmap for sustainable resource use.
2017: 40th anniversary of the Oeko-Institut
National and international events
2010: Merkel’s cabinet drops the nuclear phase-out
It is decided that the lifespan of Germany’s nuclear power plants will be extended.
11 March 2011: Nuclear disaster at Fukushima
Three reactor blocks go into meltdown after an earthquake and a tsunami. The Oeko-Institut provides comprehensive information about risks and hazards and the background to the reactor accident.
2011: U-turn: the German government decides on nuclear phase-out and an energy turnaround
German nuclear power plants are to be shut down by 2022.
2015: UN Climate Summit in Paris
The member states agree on a new global climate treaty.
2015: UN member states adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The goals are to be implemented by 2030.
2016: Final report of Germany’s Nuclear Repository Commission
Michael Sailer was appointed to the Commission in 2014.
Quotes from our associates
»Now I would say that the Oeko-Institut has become a recognised scientific institution. I find that good. Chapeau!«
Siegfried de Witt, co-founder of the Oeko-Institut
»So the problems are so huge that our work isn’t enough. New questions crop up all the time, or questions that you had all along need adjusting and re-assessing.«
Udo Simonis, emeritus professor of environmental policy
Further information (in German only)
Press Release: Rainer Grießhammer erhält Deutschen Umweltpreis 2010 (Rainer Griesshammer receives the German Environmental Award 2010)
Background information: Wie Transformationen und gesellschaftliche Innovationen gelingen können (How transformation and social innovations can work)
Press Release: Rohstoffwende Deutschland 2049: Ziele und Maßnahmen (Germany 2049: Transition to a sustainable use of raw materials – objectives and measures)
Further information (in German only)
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