The Institute

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.

The aim of our work is to contribute to the preservation of the environment and of natural resources, and to ensure the foundation on which all human life depends, for present and future generations. Oriented at finding solutions, we apply our ideas, our scientific expertise and our consulting capabilities to initiate and form the necessary transformations of policy and society. We believe that such transformation processes must be democratic and equitable – also on the international level. Realising this vision and promoting sustainable transformations at present and in the future, drives and motivates our everyday work. more
Mission Statement

Committee

Oeko-Institut (Institute for Applied Ecology) is a registered non-profit association. The General Assembly is the Institute’s key decision-making body. more

Committee

Executive Board

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.  more

Executive Board

Extended management

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. more

Extended management

Advisory Board

From among the Institute's supporting and honorary members, the Executive Board selects an Advisory Board.  more

Advisory Board

Energy & Climate

The principal aim of the Energy & Climate Division is to mitigate the environmental and nuclear risks arising from energy use.  more

Energy & Climate

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.  more

Nuclear Engineering & Facility Safety

Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Our Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division concentrates on sustainable consumption and production, chemicals management and technology assessment. more

Sustainable Products & Material Flows

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?  more

Resources & Transport

Environmental Law & Governance

Our Environmental Law & Governance Division addresses legal and social-science – including economic – questions which are fundamental to sustainable environmental policy.  more

Environmental Law & Governance

Public Relations & Communications Department

The Department of Public Relations & Communications is the public face of the Institute.  more

Public Relations & Communications Department

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. more

Finance & Accounting Department

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. more

Tenders & Contracts Department

Personnel Department

The tasks of Oeko-Institut’s personnel department are divided into two key areas: personnel management and personnel development. more

Personnel Department

IT Department

The Information Technology Department delivers the IT infrastructure needed for efficient research operations.  more

IT Department
The institute has over 165 employees, about 115 of which are researchers. more
Staff
Die Forschungsteams des Öko-Instituts arbeiten standortübergreifend in der Geschäftsstelle Freiburg sowie den Büros in Darmstadt und Berlin. more
Offices