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Öko-Institut e.V.

About us

Öko-Institut (Institut für angewandte Ökologie Institute for Applied Ecology, a registered non-profit association) was founded in 1977. Its founding was closely connected to the conflict over the building of the nuclear power plant in Wyhl (on the Rhine near the city of Freiburg, the seat of the Institute). The objective of the Institute was and is environmental research independent of government and industry, for the benefit of society. The results of our research are made available to the public.

Our mission is to analyse and evaluate current and future environmental problems, to point out risks, and to develop and implement problem-solving strategies and measures. In doing so, we follow the guiding principle of sustainable development.

Such solutions only have a chance of succeeding if they are environmentally appropriate, socially justified and economically feasible. Therefore, research at the Öko-Institut combines the areas of fundamental re-search, development of concepts, and implementation in practice. Besides scientific work, a wide range of consulting activities and project-related communication form part of our approach. We strive to deliver innovation, action orientation, interdisciplinarity and networking. An international perspective on research is of growing importance.

The focal points of our research can be classified under the following headings:

Risk research: work on the analysis, understanding, perception and communication of risks in the fields of climate change, genetic engineering, chemistry and nuclear power

Systems analysis: development and evaluation of planning and analysis tools (e.g. emission and material-flow analyses), development of scenarios and identification of macro-economic effects

Implementation: development, improvement and implementation of environmental policy and management instruments (laws, levies, financing models, management guide-lines, participation in planning processes, etc.)

Action planning: development of sectoral action plans for environmental impact abatement, especially for climate protection, transportation systems and waste management, encompassing both environmental and economic aspects

Environmental communication: providing scientific support for mediation processes, chairing Round Tables and Agenda 21 processes, organizing congresses and workshops, lecturing, publishing

Committee and consultant work and expert opinions: UN working groups, national commissions, standardization committees, assessment of permit applications, political advice


Öko-Institut e.V.
Institut für angewandte Ökologie
Postfach 50 02 40
79028 Freiburg im Breisgau
Tel: +49 (0)761-4 52 95-0
Fax: +49 (0)761-452 95-88

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