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. Collaborating with a multitude of universities and institutes around the world, the Wuppertal Institute is supported by a scientific International Advisory Board in defining fundamental research strategies as well as ensuring the quality and independence of its research. The Wuppertal Institute has the legal status of a non-profit limited company and receives basic funding from the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Wuppertal Institute has longstanding experience with a multitude of national, European and international projects on sustainable transport, and thus directly or indirectly on reducing conventionally fuelled vehicle use. This includes a successful record on the evaluation of transport, energy and climate policies – as well as the design and evaluation of carbon reduction and energy efficiency strategies, programmes and services carried out by companies, public policy and other actors.
As well as being involved in all aspects of the project, the Wuppertal Institute will be leading the activity Whole Societal Assessment of EMPOWER interventions.
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