Research Cluster

Sustainability and Transformation



Modelling the Greenhouse Gas Effects of Resource Politics

In the project a systemic model will be developed, in order to assess and to make visible the impacts of resource efficiency measures on greenhouse gas emissions. more...
Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

Environmental Education for Migrants

In the project we developed simple short video clips in various languages explaining typical environmental behavior in Germany. more...
Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)
© highwaystarz / Fotolia

Climate friendly canteens in schools

Scientists analyse all processes from purchase to waste disposal in 24 canteens in elementary schools. Subsequently menus and processes are optimized to maximize CO2 and energy savings. more...
2016 - 2019
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety ("National Initiative for Climate Protection")

Education for Resource Conservation and Resource Efficiency (Network)

The network "Education for Resource Efficiency and Resource Conservation" will continue to exist beyond the end of the first project funding phase until 2019. It develops educational materials and organizes network conferences. more...
2015 - 2019
VDI Zentrum für Ressourceneffizienz GmbH (VDI ZRE)
© Deutsche Bahn

Innovative Intelligent Rail - IN2RAIL

IN2RAIL is co-funded by the EU Commission with 18 million Euro. Infrastructure managers such as Deutsche Bahn, Network Rail (UK) and SNCF as well as manufacturers such as Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens cooperate in this project. IN2RAIL is to set the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European railway network. more...
2015 - 2018
European Commission (Horizon 2020 program)
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The project „PeerSharing“ works on the innovative Online-Platforms, which arrange rental, purchase or exchange of products and services from private people. “PeerSharing” is still a niche product, but holds considerable dynamics. more...
2015 - 2018
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Förderprogramm: Sozial-ökologische Forschung (SÖF)
© Amprion

Megatrends in the energy industry

On behalf of the largest German transmission system operator AMPRION the IZT conducted an internal study on megatrends in the energy industry. more...
2014 - 2015
Amprion GmbH

Replacing critical raw materials for environmental technologies

The project analyzes, evaluates and develops substitution strategies to prevent failure of environmental technologies due to raw material shortages. more...
2014 - 2015
© panasonic

Smart learning in craftsmanship

In cooperation with the Berlin’s Chamber of Crafts a new training concept for training energy consultants will be developed. The focus is on interactive learning materials. more...
2014 - 2017
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Strong women in trade: Energy + Efficiency

2014 - 2016
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
© barcoo

MobiCheck - Mobile Tips for climate protection

This project seeks to raise awareness in young adults for the topic "Green IT” – with multimedia information on mobile devices. more...
2014 - 2015
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) im Rahmen der Nationalen Klimaschutzinitiative (NKI)
© Kay Strasser

Sustainability 2.0 - a future concept being modernized

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) expects recommendations from this research project that can improve the motivational function and the effectiveness of the guiding principle “Sustainable Development”. more...
2013 - 2016
© IZT/Lena Ganssmann

Automation 2025+

The ZVEI - German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers has renewed its collaboration with the IZT and commissioned an integrated roadmap for its member companies in the automation sector. The following two fields of the future are in focus: industrial biotechnology and recycling of materials as a source of raw materials. The time frame extends to the years 2025+. more...
2013 - 2015
ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektronikindustrie e.V.
© endomedion / 123RF Stockfoto

Evaluation of Federal German Energy Research Funding in Industry

IZT evaluates part of BMWi's project funding in the 5th Energy Research Programme in respect of three dimensions, "target performance", "impact" and "efficiency". more...
2013 - 2014
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)

Integrating Social Acceptance of Electricity Grid Expansion into Energy System Modeling

Present energy system models are mainly based on techno-economical input parameters whereas social or political factors are neglected. This project explores an approach to include social acceptance in energy system modeling, focusing on electricity transmission grid expansion projects in Germany. more...
2013 – 2016
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)  -  Förderprogramm: Sozial-ökologische Forschung (SÖF)

How to keep the EU power sector on track to decarbonisation - Delphi Survey:

The European Climate Foundation in Brussels (ECF) wanted an assessment of the extend to which the European Commission's planned decarbonisation is on track. Therefore the IZT organized a Delphi survey among more than 100 experts in the field of energy transition in Europe. more...
ECF - European Climate Foundation, Brussels
Scenario workshop with illustrator © IZT

Meetings and Conventions 2030

The societal trends and challenges most relevant for the conference and conventions industry were investigated. For this purpose the IZT developed a scenario for the year 2030th using various methods of futures research The aim was to offer guidance to meeting planners and other interested actors. more...
2012 - 2014
GCB German Convention Bureau e. V.

Education for resource conservation and resource efficiency

The research project "BilRess" aims at anchoring resource conservation and resource efficiency in all areas of education. more...
2012 - 2016
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) + Umweltbundesamt
© Igor Yaruta/123RF Stockfoto

Demografic Change - Challenges and Recommendations for Environmental Protection

This project has the intention to produce an exploratory study about case studies from communities on their measures and activities focussed on demografic change which also have additional positive effects for environmental protection. more...
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit
© IZT / Carolin Kahlisch

Village Living Conditions in Transition. New Media as a Focal Point

The survey of residents for the overall project has been extended by the IZT to include questions relating to the use and social impact of new media and their effect on the structure of the physical environment. more...
2012 - 2014
Federal Office for Agriculture and Food
© Pitopia, Erwin Wodicka, 2014

Young people and predictive genetic diagnostics

"Young people dealing with ethical, legal and social questions about predictive genetic diagnostics" is a research programme focused on the ethical, legal and social consequences of gene technology and encouragement of young people's participation in discussion processes in society. more...
2012 - 2013
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
© CC0 / pixabay

Resource Conservation by the use of Green Future Technologies

By order of NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION UNION (NABU) the IZT will identifiy 'green' future technologies which promise on the one hand high environmental impacts and for which a particular resource economic relevance can be attested on the other hand. In the following the short-term study aims to provide an overview of companies which offer products based on 'green' future technologies and which are particularly interested in resource conservation. more...
Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
© BMW Group

Acceptance of electromobility as key factor for grid integration

The goal of the project is to describe the state-of-the-art with regards to the user acceptance to integrate electric cars in smart grids. In this context, we will particularly analyse using patterns and incentives that will have an impact on the potential of using electric cars for maintaining a supply guarantee in times of an increasing share of renewable and fluctuating energy sources. more...
B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH

Sustainability and Parliaments (2)

It is getting analyzed which institutional and procedural innovations with regard to Sustainable Policies have been created and utilized in selected parliaments. In cooperation with FFU good examples are analyzed and recommendations for improvements developed. more...
2011 - 2012
Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag

Criticality of non-fuel raw material supply for Germany

The KfW Group has commissioned a study to IZT in order to identify economically important non-fuel minerals and metals that could face severe supply problems. more...
KfW Bankengruppe
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Green IT knowledge for students and for school IT administrators

How does resource-efficient and climate-friendly information technology for schools look like? How can students learn important things about "Green IT"? The project “Green IT” commissioned by the German Environment Agency focuses on these questions. more...
2011 - 2013

Mobility 2030

On behalf of ADAC, the German automobile club, a set of future labs and scenario workshops have been conducted to obtain normative and action-oriented perspectives for everyday life mobility of the future. more...
2009 - 2010
ADAC e. V.
© Harald Pettersen / Statoil ASA

Value-based environmental sustainability analysis of Nordic companies

Together with the project partners IZT will create a value-based environmental sustainability analysis of Nordic companies using the Sustainable Value approach ( The analysis will feed into the development of a Nordic value rating and the construction of a Nordic value index. more...
2009 - 2010
Queen's University Management School
© Deutsche Bahn / Uwe Miethe


The European Directive on Emissions from Non-Road Mobile Machinery (97/68/EC) includes the Stage III B exhaust emission values for railway application which will come into force from 2011 onwards. These values are a challenge to operators, manufacturers and suppliers and new solutions for clean exhaust emissions have to be found. The four years project is build on the basis of several application sub-projects that will enable the industry to evaluate the different solutions to be applied to rail systems in real operating conditions. more...
2009 - 2013
European Commission
© panasonic

efit - Lifelong qualifying in renewable energy

The scope of the project „e-fit: continuous vocational training in the renewable energy field“ is to design eLearning scenarios for vocational education and training. Target learning situations are vocational preparation as well as further education. Target learners are craftsmen, architects, engineers, trainees and company employees. Each eLearning scenario treats one single renewable energy technology. more...
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) Europäischer Sozialfond


In the years 2005-2008, the environmental communication project powerado had achieved an extraordinary response. Approximately 58,000 multiplicators, children and young people, as well as other parties interested in renewable energies, could be reached with the project and its modules. more...
2009 - 2012
BMU Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit

Youth and sustainability

The attitudes of young people towards sustainable development are ambivalent: a decreasing interest in environmental topics is juxtaposed with a high awareness of major societal themes. Ten recommendations for better communication with young people were developed in the project. more...
2008 -2009
UBA (Umweltbundesamt)
@ CC0 / unsplash / Matthiew Wiebe

European Energy Foresight Network

The ultimate objective of the EFONET project is to assess the contribution that current knowledge on energy foresight methods and on their practical application can provide to energy policy making - specifically in the framework of the transition towards a sustainable and low carbon energy system. more...
2008 - 2010
European Commission - DG Research

Automation 2020+

The "Integrated Technology Roadmap Automation 2020+" continues the roadmapping activities started in 2005 for the "Automation Association" of "the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers e.V. (ZVEI)". Based on socio-economic trends orientation knowledge is provided for future needs of automation in the future markets of energy, water and sewage as well as megacities. more...
2007 - 2010
German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI)
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Reducing the Energy Consumption of Residents by Behavioural Changes

For buildings, there is still an energy reduction potential of up to 30 %, which can be materialized partly by behavioral changes among residents. The BewareE project aimed at stimulating this change of attitude and at enhancing the implementation of "energy services" in cooperation with housing organizations and companies. more...
2007 - 2010
EACI Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EIE/07/242/SI2.467624 – BewareE)
© CC0 / pixabay

Sleeping photovoltaic systems for environmental communication

Over the past ten years, many energy suppliers have provided photovoltaic installations free of charge to numerous schools. A number of installations have also been financed by state and federal funds or by foundations. In Berlin alone, for example, there are a total of 100 such schools. more...
2007 - 2009
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit

Acceptance and Promotion Strategies for Renewable Energy Technologies on Local and Regional Level

The acceptance and support of a wide range of strata of the population and of decision-makers is urgently needed for the continued expansion of renewable energies towards being the primary means for energy and electricity provision. Addressing the accumulated questions, strategies will be developed in a series of workshops involving the relevant decision-makers, as to how the acceptance of renewable energy technologies can be funded and how their use on a regional and local level can be intensified. more...
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Hyderabad - mega city of tomorrow

The project is co-ordinated by the European Institute for Energy Research (EIfER - University of Karlsruhe) and the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI - Hyderabad). A inter-disciplinary consortium of German and Indian research institutions as well as of regional and local Indian authorities has been established. The aim of SHAKTI is to conjointly formulate and implement integrated projects and fostering solutions for sustainable development of Hyderabad as a mega city of tomorrow. more...
2005 - 2007
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Energy as Key Element for the Sustainable Development of Megacities - Johannesburg, South Africa

Megacities of tomorrow have a crucial role to play in transition towards global sustainable development. One of the key issues they have to address to implement sustainability is to solve the energy question: Secure energy supply, equitable access to energy resources and ecologically friendly energy production and use are fundamental prerequisites for sustainabledevelopment of the world and of Megacities in particular. more...
2005 - 2007
Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Sustainably Successful?

In this project the newly developed Sustainable Value approach was applied to German companies on a large scale and tested in practice for the first time. more...
2006 - 2008
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

European Energy Research portfolio - State and Prospects of European Energy Research

This work is an attempt to map and compare the publicly funded research efforts carried out by the EC and Member States in the EU and those undertaken in the US and in Japan. more...
2005 - 2006
Europäische Kommission Frost & Sullivan


  • 2016

  • Christ, Marion; Soethe, Martin; Degel, Melanie (2016): Windausbauszenarien unter Berücksichtigung gesellschaftlicher und ökologischer Rahmenbedingungen für die Simulation des deutschen Energiesystems bis 2050. Beitrag zum 14. Symposium Energieinnovation. TU Graz/Austria, 10.-12.02.2016.
  • Göll, Edgar; Evers-Wölk, Michaela (2016): Zukünfte von Veranstaltungen für nachhaltige Entwicklung. In: Große Ophoff, Markus (Hg.): Nachhaltiges Veranstaltungsmanagement. Green Meetings als Zukunftsprojekt für die Veranstaltungsbranche. München: oekom verlag, S. 135-146.
  • Göll, Edgar (2016): Zukunftsfähige Zivilisierung? Nachhaltige Entwicklung als zentrales Themenfeld für Zukunftsforschung im 21. Jahrhundert. In: Popp, Reinhold; Fischer, Nele; Heiskanen-Schüttler, Maria; Holz, Jana; Uhl, André (Hg.): Einblicke, Ausblicke, Weitblicke. Aktuelle Perspektiven in der Zukunftsforschung. Wien: LIT-Verl., S. 274-287.
  • Göll, Edgar (2016): Informelles Lernen vor Ort – mit Vernetzung über Rio plus 20 hinaus. In: Brodowski, Michael; Verch, Johannes (Hg.): Informelles Lernen vor Ort als Beitrag zur nachhaltigen Kommunal- und Regionalentwicklung. Opladen, Berlin, Toronto: Verlag Barbara Budrich (Schriftenreihe "Ökologie und Erziehungswissenschaft" der Kommission Bildung für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft), S. 25-43.

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  • Gottschlich, Daniela; Hackfort, Sarah K. (2016): Zur Demokratisierung gesellschaftlicher Naturverhältnisse. Und warum die Perspektiven der Politischen Ökologie dafür unverzichtbar sind. In: PVS Politische Vierteljahresschrift. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft 57 (2), S. 300-322.
  • Mester, Karoline; Christ, Marion; Degel, Melanie; Bunke, Wolf-Dieter (2016): Integrating Social Acceptance of Electricity Grid Expansion into Energy System Modeling: A Methodological Approach for Germany. In: Wohlgemuth, Volker; Fuchs-Kittowski, Frank; Wittman, Jochen (Hg.): Advances and New Trends in Environmental Informatics. Stability, Continuity, Innovation. Cham, Schweiz: Springer International Publishing (Progress in IS), S. 115-129.
  • Christ, Marion; Soethe, Martin; Degel, Melanie; Wingenbach, Clemens (2016): Wind Energy Scenarios for the Simulation of the German Power System Until 2050: The Effect of Social and Ecological Factors. In: Wohlgemuth, Volker; Fuchs-Kittowski, Frank; Wittman, Jochen (Hg.): Advances and New Trends in Environmental Informatics. Stability, Continuity, Innovation. Cham, Schweiz: Springer International Publishing (Progress in IS), S. 167-180.
  • Hackfort, Sarah K.; Burchardt, Hans-Jürgen (2016): Analyzing socio-ecological transformations – a relational approach to gender and climate adaptation. In: Critical Policy Studies, S. 1-18.
  • Gottschlich, Daniela; Hackfort, Sarah K. (2016): Demokratisierung gesellschaftlicher Naturverhältnisse im Spannungsfeld von Politisierungs- und Entpolitisierungsprozessen. In: Brie, Michael; Reißig, Rolf; Thomas, Michael (Hg.): Transformation. Suchprozesse in Zeiten des Umbruchs. (Texte aus dem Brandenburg-Berliner Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Studien - BISS e.V., 4), S. 225-256.
  • 2015

  • Opielka, Michael (2015): Soziale Nachhaltigkeit aus soziologischer Sicht. Berlin: IZT - Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung (IZT-Text, 3-2015).
  • Behrendt, Siegfried; Nolte, Roland; Röben, Adrian (2015): Integrierte Roadmap III - Automation 2025+. Nachhaltige Rohstoffversorgung. Recycling als Rohstoffquelle. ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie, IZT - Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung. Frankfurt am Main.
  • Behrendt, Siegfried (2015): Wie die digitale Medienwelt die Umwelt stresst. In: TV Diskurs 4/2015 (74), S. 46-49.
  • Behrendt, Siegfried; Nolte, Roland; Röben, Adrian (2015): Integrierte Roadmap III - Automation 2025+. Nachhaltige Rohstoffversorgung. Industrielle Biotechnologie. ZVEI - Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie und IZT - Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung. Frankfurt am Main.
  • Hilty, Lorenz M.; Behrendt, Siegfried; Evers-Wölk, Michaela; Fichter, Klaus; Hintemann, Ralph; Lohmann, Wolfgang (2015): Grüne Software. Ermittlung und Erschließung von Umweltschutzpotenzialen der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik (Green IT). TV 3: Potenzialanalyse zur Ressourcenschonung. Dessau: Umweltbundesamt (Texte, 22/2015).
  • Korte, Friederike (2015): Suffiziente Mobilität im urbanen Raum - Ansätze und Maßnahmen. Berlin: IZT - Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung (IZT-Text, 2-2015).
  • Hilty, Lorenz M.; Lohmann, Wolfgang; Behrendt, Siegfried; Evers-Wölk, Michaela; Fichter, Klaus; Hintemann, Ralph (2015): Green Software, Analysis of potentials for optimizing software development and deployment for resource conservation. Subproject 3: Establishing and exploiting potentials for environmental protection in information and communication technology (Green IT). Dessau: Umweltbundesamt (Texte, 23/2015).
  • Gottschlich, Daniela; Hackfort, Sarah K.; Segebart, Dörte (2015): Hoffnungsträger Green Economy? Impulse aus der Feministischen Sozial-ökologischen Ökonomik.. In: Ökologisches Wirtschaften (2), S. 30-35.
  • Degel, Melanie; Christ, Marion (2015): VerNetzen: Sozial-ökologische und technisch-ökonomische Modellierung von Entwicklungspfaden der Energiewende. In: BMBF/FONA (Hg.): „Umwelt- und gesellschaftsverträgliche Transformation des Energiesystems“. Zwischenergebnisse der 33 Forschungsprojekte und der Wissenschaftlichen Koordination. Statuskonferenz BMBF-Fördermaßnahme 2015. Bonn, 15. und 16. September, S. 197-202.
  • Bunke, Wolf-Dieter; Christ, Marion; Degel, Melanie (2015): VerNetzen: Sozial-ökologische und technisch-ökonomische Modellierung von Entwicklungspfaden der Energiewende. In: Bundesnetzagentur (Hg.): Wissenschaftsdialog 2014. Technologie, Landschaft und Kommunikation, Wirtschaft. Bonn, S. 107-127.
  • Hackfort, Sarah K. (2015): Geschlechtsspezifische Verwundbarkeit. In: Bauriedl, Sybille (Hg.): Wörterbuch Klimadebatte. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag (Edition Kulturwissenschaft, 82), S. 95-102.

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  • Hackfort, Sarah K. (2015): Bioökonomie. In: Bauriedl, Sybille (Hg.): Wörterbuch Klimadebatte. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag (Edition Kulturwissenschaft, 82), S. 37-42.

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  • 2014

  • Baedeker, Carolin; Bowry, Jaya; Rohn, Holger; Scharp, Michael (2014): Bildung für Ressourcenschonung und –effizienz. In: UmweltWirtschaftsForum (Band 22, Heft 2), S. 169-175.
  • Opielka, Michael; Evers-Wölk, Michaela; Nolte, Roland; Göll, Edgar; Kamburow, Christian (2014): Erfolgreiche regionale Transformationsprozesse - Mögliche Zukünfte für die Region Ruhr. Kurzstudie im Auftrag der Brost-Stiftung. Berlin: IZT - Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung (IZT Text, 1-2014).
  • Jörß, Wolfram; Emele, Lukas; Scheffler, Margarethe; Cook, Vanessa; Handke, Volker; Theloke, Jochen (2014): Luftqualität 2020/2030: Weiterentwicklung von Prognosen für Luftschadstoffe unter Berücksichtigung von Klimastrategien. Dessau: Umweltbundesamt (Texte, 35/2014).
  • Thio, Sie Liong; Göll, Edgar (2014): Parlamente auf dem Weg zur Nachhaltigkeitspolitik. In: Simonis, Udo E.; Michelsen, Gerd; Sommer, Jörg; Weizsäcker, Ernst Ulrich von (Hg.): Jahrbuch Ökologie. Mut zu Visionen. Brücken in die Zukunft. Stuttgart: Hirzel, S. 179-184.