Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

To carry out research for sustainable development at all levels, locally and globally, so that an ecologically and economically viable and socially just society may develop — this is the objective of the Wuppertal Institute. In this way, it enables politics, business, science and society to transform existing structures and make them sustainable. The Institute’s years of experience, high practical relevance, diverse networks and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to research are what makes the difference. The Wuppertal Institute undertakes research and develops models, strategies, and instruments for concrete transitions to a sustainable development at local, national, and international level. Sustainability research at the Wuppertal Institute focuses on contributions to resources, climate, and energy related challenges and the analysis of their mutual interaction and with the economy and society. This should help to identify conflicting goals and synergy potentials and take them into account when designing the transformation challenge. The Wuppertal Institute sees itself as an intermediary between science, business, and politics and processes the results of its research in an application-oriented way, making them directly accessible to decision makers.

The Wuppertal Institute was founded in 1991. The Wuppertal Institute's has about 240 employees in four divisions and 13 research units. Most of them are research staff and come from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. The spectrum includes natural and environmental sciences, geography, systems sciences, engineering, planning, economics, political, and social science.

  • Locations: Wuppertal (institute) and Berlin Office
  • Founding: Founded in 1991 by Professor Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker who directed it until 2000.
  • Number of employees: about 240
  • Research Groups:
    Future Energy and Mobility Structures,
    Energy, Transport and Climate Policy,
    Material Flows and Resource Management,
    Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • President: Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind


Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Döppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal
+49 (0)202 2492-0