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Welcome to ifeu

ifeu researches and advises on all important environmental and sustainability issues worldwide. With over 40 years of experience, it is one of the most important ecologically oriented research institutes in Germany. Our work is characterised by experience, independence, practical relevance and a goal-oriented approach. At present, ifeu has over 100 employees from the fields of natural sciences, engineering and social sciences at its sites in Heidelberg and Berlin.

ifeu News

Conclusion of the BioSPRINT project

At the end of the EU-funded BioSPRINT project, the project partners met in mid-May at the Fraunhofer Centre for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) in Leuna, where key results of the final project phase were presented. These show that the production of valuable furan monomers from biomass is feasible and offers considerable potential for commercialisation.


Final conference "SuPraStadt II" - Understanding, experiencing and doing sufficiency yourself

At the end of the five-year research project "SuPraStadt", more than 70 people interested in sufficiency* from science, municipalities, practice and civil society came together in Heidelberg. Under the question "How can sufficiency be anchored locally?", experts exchanged views with municipal decision-makers and representatives of civil society. The conference took place in the new auditorium of the self-managed Collegium Academicum (CA) hall of residence in Heidelberg - one of the project's three living labs. The design and organisation of the CA enables the young residents to enjoy a high quality of life while at the same time conserving resources, e.g. through the communal use of space and objects or the construction of customised furniture themselves: everyone can contribute to social life with their ideas, strengths and preferences. durch soziale Teilhabe und Ressourcenschonung. The conference participants were able to see, hear and feel how it is possible to live sustainably with a large portion of sufficiency on a tour and in dialogue with residents. The vegan lunch, made from regional and organically grown food, was freshly prepared on site in a wok.


Study to the "roll-out" of renovation sprints published

With renovation sprints, detached and semi-detached houses can be completely refurbished in around 4 weeks. The study published today, which ifeu authored with partners, sheds light on the potential and policy instruments required to scale up this innovative approach.



Determining the potential of waste heat in Berlin

Half of Berlin's CO2 emissions come from the heating sector. To reduce these, it is necessary to switch to renewable heat and waste heat. But how big is the waste heat potential and where is it…

Greenhouse gas intensities of LNG imports to Germany

How harmful to the climate are the new imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany? Methane emissions in production and transport play an important role.


13 partners led by coordinator VITO are bringing lignin processing to an industrial scale. The aim is the cost-efficient and sustainable production of lignin-based platform chemicals.

ifeu- Podcast

Scientists from ifeu talk to editors from the Berlin communications agency Ahnen&Enkel about current research topics. Only available in German.

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