Welcome to the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet)

The Ecological Research Network (Ecornet) is a network of eight independent, non-profit institutes for environmental and sustainability research in Germany. Their joint mission: to help shape societal change towards sustainability and to scientifically substantiate it. Since their inception, the Ecornet institutes have specialized in dealing with complex issues practically and across the boundaries of scientific disciplines. They have come together to form Ecornet with the goal of expanding their skills and of putting their combined expertise to use in the research landscape.

Ecornet's members:


      • A European Climate Law – What Should It Look Like?

        Ursula von der Leyen, the new President of the European Commission, took office today, on 1 December 2019. As one of her first proposals, she promised to propose a European Climate Law in the first 100 days of her term in office.... Read more

      • A Treaty on Plastic Waste

        The discussion paper of the Ecologic Institute presents the rationale for a new treaty on tackling plastic waste and highlights its possible added value. The objective would be to reduce marine plastic litter through a... Read more

      • Smarter, Greener, more Inclusive? – 2019

        Eurostat published its most recent flagship publication "Smarter, greener, more inclusive?". The report assesses the EU's progress in implementing the Europe 2020 strategy. Katharina Umpfenbach and Amely Gundlach of Ecologic... Read more

      • Sustainable Urban Development and Nature-based Solutions

        This report by Ecologic Institute explores the extent to which current policy frameworks support sustainable urban development and nature-based solutions (NBS). It shows that many policies include strong, explicit support for... Read more

      • Knowledge for Future – The Environment Podcast

        Together with, Ecologic Institute launches the environment-focused podcast "Knowledge for Future". The first three episodes focus on sustainable agriculture and nutrition. It introduces people who push something in... Read more

      • Sustainable Development in the European Union

        This publication is the third of Eurostat's regular reports monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an EU context. Ecologic Institute's authors covered the chapters on SDG2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6... Read more

      • Measures for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles

        The introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) is one way to significantly reduce emissions from cars — if combined with a transition to a renewable electricity system — thus helping countries meet their climate and air quality... Read more