Instruments of quality control are more and more important for both public relations and the development and optimisation of policy programmes in the environmental sector. In consequence, ifeu has developed a strong focus on evaluation and accompanying social science research in recent years.
At ifeu, a range of state-of-the-art modelling tools are available for the quantification of technology and societal developments, environmental impacts, course of action, and impacts of policy or social interventions.
In recent decades it is hard to think of any other term that has been so widely encountered and frequently misused as “sustainability” – or better still – “sustainable development”. ifeu has further developed the methods of sustainability assessment in many projects over recent years.
Life cycle assessments and material flow analyses are two of the most common methods used to map the potential environmental effects of products, processes, services and behaviour, and have been in use at ifeu since the end of the 1980s as key environmental assessment tools.
Ongoing work at ifeu continues to develop and update Life Cycle Impact Assessment methodology as part of Life Cycle Assessment. Our in-depth knowledge of indicators and models allows expert assessment of potential environmental impacts with appropriate methodology.