International cooperation

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.


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Our Focus of Work

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Environmental problems do not stop at borders, which is why ifeu has long been involved in international cooperation as a matter of course. For more than 25 years we have been a regular contributor to projects undertaken by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ – formerly GTZ).


EU Projects

For over twenty years, ifeu has been involved in numerous projects funded by the European Commission through various schemes (FP5, FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, IEE, Life etc.).

For a selection of our most important EU-Projects, please click below.



Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP)

Since its inception in 2006 on the basis of a G8 initiative, GBEP has become one of the most important international platforms for sharing information on bioenergy. A total of 50 countries and 26 international organisations are among the partners and observers of this facility, which is based at the FAO in Rome. The set of 24 indicators for assessing the sustainability of bioenergy policies – the GBEP Sustainability Indicators (GSI) – have been a pioneering feature since they were introduced in 2011. ifeu played a key role in creating these indicators and establishing consensus between the partners. We have helped to implement these indicators in various countries since 2012, and have come up with improvements and further developments for the global application of the GSI on the basis of the lessons learned to date.


ISO Activities

ifeu experts have been involved in developing international standards for many years. In addition to ifeu’s significant involvement in standards relating to life cycle assessments and carbon footprint for products, we also played a key role in developing the ISO 13065 standard in relation to sustainability criteria for bioenergy.