The Oeko-Institut is one of Europe’s leading independent research and consultancy organisations working for a sustainable future. Founded in 1977, it develops principles and strategies for realising the vision of sustainable development at global, national and local level. Based on value-oriented research, the Oeko-Institut provides consultancy services for decision-makers in politics, industry and civil society on topics such as Chemicals Management and Technology Assessment, Energy and Climate, Emission and Ambient Pollution Control, Radiation Protection, Agriculture and Biodiversity, Sustainable Consumption, Mobility, Resource Management and Industry, Nuclear Engineering and Facility Safety, and Law, Policy and Governance.
Since its establishment, the Oeko-Institut has worked across disciplines with partners from industry, academia and civil society, participating in joint projects and networks wherever this is helpful in terms of the issues being addressed. Its main clients include ministries at the federal and Land level, businesses and the European Union. It also takes on commissions from NGOs and environmental organisations. The Oeko-Institut is a non-profit association. Its financial resources come mainly from third-party project-based funding.
Oeko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology) is a registered non-profit association. The General Assembly is the Institute’s key decision-making body.
Oeko-Institut’s Executive Board represents the institute externally, bears responsibility for its strategic development, oversees personnel management and development, and directs overall operative affairs.
The extended management of the institute consists of all members of the Executive Board and one divisional manager from each of the institute’s research divisions.
From among the Institute's supporting and honorary members, the Executive Board selects an Advisory Board.
Energy & Climate
The principal aim of the Energy & Climate Division is to mitigate the environmental and nuclear risks arising from energy use.
Nuclear Engineering & Facility Safety
The researchers of our Nuclear Engineering & Facility Safety Division work on cutting-edge issues of nuclear engineering and conventional technologies by conducting studies and producing reports, providing advisory services and cooperating in expert bodies.
Sustainable Products & Material Flows
Our Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division concentrates on sustainable consumption and production, chemicals management and technology assessment.
Resources & Transport
The Resources & Transport Division has been working intensively and successfully for many years on four major thematic complexes, finding solutions to the key questions: How can mobility be shaped sustainably and which technical and logistic measures need to be put in place in which manner in both passenger travel and freight transport?
Environmental Law & Governance
Our Environmental Law & Governance Division addresses legal and social-science – including economic – questions which are fundamental to sustainable environmental policy.
Public Relations & Communications Department
The Department of Public Relations & Communications is the public face of the Institute.
Finance & Accounting Department
The Finance and Accounting Department supports the research divisions and the Executive Board in all financial matters, both within the institute and externally.
Tenders & Contracts Department
The Tenders and Contracts Department ensures that the institute’s interests are aligned with the ever-changing statutory framework and ensures compliance with all the relevant provisions in processing tenders and contracts.
The tasks of Oeko-Institut’s personnel department are divided into two key areas: personnel management and personnel development.
The Information Technology Department delivers the IT infrastructure needed for efficient research operations.