International Cooperation

The ifeu has many years of experience in international cooperation: we are active worldwide on planning issues in various sectors and manage projects in China, India, Rwanda and Brazil, among others.

Biomass and Nutrition

The issue of biomass and nutrition has more of a global impact than almost any other, so ifeu works intensively with a range of research institutions, networks and platforms with the aim of addressing this topic on a global level.  In addition to long-term joint research projects at European level, ifeu has also worked with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) for a number of years, and is represented on global committees including the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP), and at ISO level. In addition, ifeu has also undertaken a large number of projects for or in conjunction with the World Bank, FAO, the UN Environment, and UNIDO.



The German decision to switch the entire energy supply to renewable energy and phase out of nuclear energy created an international stir. ifeu analyses strategies and instruments for the global expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in various research and consulting projects. We are engaged in both short consulting projects in Peru, Thailand, Nigeria, Brazil and Nigeria, and in extended collaborative research projects in China and Rwanda.


Industry und Products

Sustainable city development is a major challenge for virtually all rapidly-growing metropolises and megacities in developing and newly-industrialised countries regardless of their individual socio-economic and political situation. ifeu is involved with a wide range of international projects on research and development, e.g. in China, Rwanda, and in several countries in South America.



Think globally, act locally: In terms of global climate change, it is ultimately irrelevant where greenhouse gas emissions are generated. In terms of climate protection, it is therefore important to look beyond the borders of Germany and Europe. In addition, air pollution caused by traffic emissions is particularly high in a large number of megacities in emerging countries. ifeu’s expertise in the area of emissions modelling, analysis of alternative powertrains, and the development of measures and strategies designed to reduce emissions, can provide valuable support with local solutions. ifeu is therefore involved in a large number of collaborative international projects.



Both global economic trends and increasingly internationalised value chains demand a broadened perspective to define resource consumption at a global scale. Our actions and economic activities influence the local resource situation in other regions of the world. In consequence, sustainable resource consumption demands a global approach. ifeu provides guidance and support for ministries, governments and international organisations, facilitating concept development and the realisation of policy goals, strategies and programmes. Our key areas of action include resource efficiency strategies in newly industrialised countries, integrated programmes for waste management and circular economy measures.