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Container, Port

Synthesis Report on Europe's Largest Port Online

Background studies complement report on decarbonisation in the transport and logistics sector of the Port of Rotterdam

construction waste

German Chancellor Fellow to Research Recycling

Wuppertal Institute will be a host in the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's sponsorship programme for the international leaders of tomorrow


Complex Links Between Energy Projects, Water, and Food

Peer reviewed article on promotion of sustainable development at local level in the global south

Dr. Henning Wilts, Head of Division Circular Economy

Former Research Unit to Become New Wuppertal Institute Division

Dr. Henning Wilts appointed Director of the Circular Economy Division


Governance of Low-Carbon Energy System Transitions

Governance brief: a case study from North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany

Make Climate Policy 'Just & In-Time'

WBGU policy paper

Hermann E. Ott

Prof. Dr. Hermann Ott Leaves the Wuppertal Institute

Climate researcher joins international law firm ClientEarth

overhead railway

Towards a Cyclical Concept of Real-World Laboratories

A Transdisciplinary Research Practice for Sustainability Transitions


Positive Results Without Negative Consequences

New JIKO policy paper on "do no harm" options for Article 6

residual biomass fuels

Utilisation of Residual Biomass for Combined Heat and Power Generation

Development of a new highly efficient and fuel flexible medium-scale CHP technology based on fixed-bed updraft biomass gasification and a SOFC

urban quarter

Manifesto for Innovation in Europe

A call for action to open innovation processes with the participation of the Wuppertal Institute


Earth Overshoot Day 2018

On August 1, 2018 humanity consumed as many natural resources as the earth can renew in one year

plastic waste

Dematerialisation and Circularity of Plastic

Wuppertal Institute is partner in new project "eCircular" on the prevention of plastic

"SusBuild EU-China Dialogue on Sustainable Building Technologies" in Xi'an. (Source: Shaan Xi Building Energy Efficiency Association)

China's Buildings Going Green

SusBuild EU-China Dialogue on Sustainable Building Technologies


Product Reuse is the Key to Waste Prevention

New EEA-report out now

Wind energy and photovoltaics

Profitable Investment in Funding Projects

Paper to introduce decision support system for experimental development funding

Plastic in the ocean

Rethinking Plastic

Video to explain the need for a circular economy to protect the oceans

Waste digitalisation

Digitalisation of Waste Flows

EurAsia Waste Management Symposium 2018: Presentation by Dr. Henning Wilts about digitalisation of waste flows for the realisation of industrial symbioses in Vietnamese industrial parks

bicycle trips

More Bicycle Traffic Makes Roads Safer

European city ranking: Oslo, Copenhagen, and Zurich have some of the cleanest air

PhD thesis

A Sustainable Level of Material Footprint

PhD thesis by Dr. Michael Lettenmeier: Benchmark for designing one-planet lifestyles

India's Narratives in Energy Policy

Paper published about the narrations that dominate debates about India's energy future

solar power plant

Participatory Scenario Development in Morocco

First local stakeholder workshop of the research project WANDEL

Wind farm

Where Roads Meet

Public and private finance for climate protection - Innovate4Climate Special Issue 2018

New Guest Researcher from India at the Wuppertal Institute

International Climate protection scholarship for young climate experts from emerging and developing countries

Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency

Horizon-2020 project COMBI presents results

Planning and Testing Approaches to Transformative Education

Partners in the education project "New qualification offers for 'change agents'" gather in Wuppertal


Conducting Dialog Processes with Industry the Right Way

Article by Daniel Vallentin describes important success factors


Inner-City Neighbourhoods Without Cars

Experts discuss new mobility concepts in Taipei for three days


Climate Policy Is Not Only Made by Nation States

A new paper shows how transnational initiatives can improve their position in the Climate Change Conferences

timber consumption

Forests Under Inspection

New method measures Europe's timber consumption