Wuppertal Institute


"The Wuppertal Institute explores and develops models, strategies and instruments to support sustainable development at local, national and international level. Sustainability research at the Wuppertal Institute focuses on ecology and its relation to economy and society. Special emphasis is put on analysing and supporting technological and social innovations that decouple prosperity and economic growth from the use of natural resources."

This is how the Wuppertal Institute's mission statement describes the Institute's activities. Based on the classic scientific disciplines, the research conducted towards this end combines their approaches to generate practical and actor-oriented solutions. Problems, solutions and networks are equally focused on global, national and regional/local levels.


Sustainable development requires an integrated approach to policy and science because many of the issues it raises cannot be addressed within a single department or using the tools of individual scientific disciplines. This is where the Wuppertal Institute's research programme begins - by taking an interdisciplinary approach and working towards systems understanding. Applied sustainability research is the Wuppertal Institute's stated mission.

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind is President of the Wuppertal Institute, which was founded in 1991 under the direction of Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker.

The research unit "International Energy Transitions" within the research division "Future Energy and Industry Systems" manages WISIONS initiative in close co-operation with the Swiss-based foundation ProEvolution.

For more information about the Wuppertal Institute, please visit our website: Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy