The Institute for Environmental Strategies develops environmental strategies and instruments which contribute to the sustainability of economic and political policies. To Ökopol, “sustainability” means the application of the precautionary principle, life styles that are maintainable in the long-term, openness to new ideas and inventiveness as well as the acceptance by society. “Sustainability” is particularly visible in an economy, which substitutes economic benefits with enhanced performance rather than with the quantitative increase in material and energy output.
Our activities contribute to the conservation of resources and limiting the use of hazardous substances in the production of goods and services. To achieve this, the cooperation of business and political stakeholders needs to be restructured. Cooperation, communication and the syntheses of different perspectives are key factors for success which we are promoting consistently through our work. Without these, it would not be possible actively to influence the pattern of use and supply chain of products.
Actualising of environmental goals in a sustainable economy requires new evaluation and management tools. At the same time it is necessary to develop and harmonise established regulatory instruments under the prevailing conditions of globalisation. Our research and development projects are characterised by the combination of a variety of tools used in harmony.
At Ökopol, we believe that research, development and consultation need to work in concert, since in most cases, ready-made solutions are insufficient. This is why we involve relevant stakeholders in the working process at an early stage. We encourage participants to take active part in formulating findings, even if or particularly when, finding a common language is the first challenge. Ökopol places great value on presenting research results that are comprehensible and thus useful both for discussions of controversial topics and in making practical decisions.
We advise enterprises and trade associations, public administration, environmental associations and trade unions. Furthermore we teach at universities and other institutions of higher education. Over the course of the years a durable consulting relationship to certain clients has developed. For example:
- European Commission
- Federal Environment Agency as well as federal and regional ministries
- Companies and associations of the printing industry
- automotive industry
- electronics industry
- health sectors
- international NGOs
- public administration and enterprises in accession countries