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.
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 assessment and material flow analyses
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.
We define participation as the involvement of all stakeholders at the early stages of project planning to enable true cooperation with citizens and experts in both the planning and the implementation of a project. Participation is an essential characteristic of all our projects, e.g. Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans.