Oeko-Institut is a leading independent European research and consultancy institute working for a sustainable future. Founded in 1977, the institute develops principles and strategies for realising the vision of sustainable development globally, nationally and locally.
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Oeko-Institut employs about 170 staff, including 120 researchers at three locations in Germany – Freiburg, Darmstadt and Berlin. They complete approximately 380 projects each year, tackling both national and international issues. Work is organised around the subjects of Chemicals Management and Technology Assessment, Energy and Climate, Immission and Radiation Protection, Agriculture and Biodiversity, Sustainability in Consumption, Mobility, Resource Management and Industry, Nu-clear Engineering and Facility Safety as well as Law, Policy and Governance.

Based on value-oriented research, the institute provides consultancy for decision-makers in politics, industry and civil society. Since it was founded the institute has been working on an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary basis – with partners from industry, research and civil society – in cooperative projects and network structures, whenever appropriate to the research issues at hand.
The institute’s key clients are ministries and federal agencies, industrial enterprises and the European Union. In addition, the institute is commissioned by non-governmental organisations and environmental associations. Oeko-Institut collaborates with research institutions and is active in national and international networks such as in Ecornet (Ecological Research Network).
Oeko-Institut is a non-profit association. Financial resources come mainly from third-party, project-based funding. Contributions and donations made by the association’s 2,300 members – including more than 20 local authorities – guarantee independence. In 2016, the institute’s annual turnover ran to some seventeen million Euros.

Role in the Project

Oeko-Institut will lead WP3 which aims at developing and defining an assurance system and related verification mechanisms. Within this work package, Oeko-Institut will be leading Task 3.1 “Define an effective assurance system” and Task 3.3 “Develop assurance and verification manuals”. In addition, Oeko will act as the leader of Task 2.2 “Define traceability requirements” and will be actively involved in Task 1.1 “Mapping of priority CRM products and conditions enabling CRM recycling” that aims at understanding the main challenges associated with the recycling of valuable and critical raw materials from the key types of waste along the entire end-of-life chain. Oeko-Institut will also contribute to Task 4.3 “Consolidation of feedback from pilots”.