Oeko-Institut is a leading independent European research and consultancy institute working for a sustainable future. Founded in 1977, the institute develops principles and strategies for realising the vision of sustainable development globally, nationally and locally. The institute employs more than 170 staff, including more than 120 researchers at three locations in Germany – Freiburg, Darmstadt and Berlin. They complete almost 380 projects each year, tackling both national and international issues. Work is organised around the subjects of Chemicals Management and Technology Assessment, Energy and Climate, Immission and Radiation Protection, Agriculture and Biodiversity, Sustainability in Consumption, Mobility, Resource Management and Industry, Nuclear Engineering and Facility Safety as well as Law, Policy and Governance. Oeko-Institute’s Berlin office opened in 1991. Today, more than 60 employees work there in the divisions “Energy & Climate”, “Resources & Transport”, “Environmental Law & Governance” and “Sustainable Products & Material Flows”.

Based on value-oriented research, Oeko-Institut provides consultancy for decision-makers in politics, industry and civil society. The institute’s key clients are ministries and federal agencies, industrial enterprises and the European Union. In addition, the institute is commissioned by non-governmental organisations and environmental associations. Oeko-Institut is a non-profit association. Financial resources come mainly from third-party, project-based funding. Contributions and donations made by the association’s 2,500 members – including 27 municipalities – guarantee independence.