The Wuppertal Institute, founded in 1991, is committed to application-oriented sustainability research based on interdisciplinary research, employing 170+ staff from natural and environmental sciences, geography, systems sciences, engineering, planning, law, economics, political and social science fields. With the UN Environmental Programme, it founded the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production. The institute was partner of FP7 project Living Lab. The institute contributes knowledge on user interaction to the insight research phase, life cycle thinking to the prototyping and alpha-testing phase, and development of resource efficient and sustainable product-service systems in general. Its experiences in transnational research cooperation add to transnational coordination of SusLabNWE esp. to WP1. Its many activities involving all stakeholders of a value chain and the coordination of public-private projects help it make strong contribution to WP2. Its researchers contribute to the development of a harmonized sustainability assessment and evaluation tool indicating the sustainability progress of solutions as well as adapted scenarios combining new resource efficient technology approaches and social interaction structures (WP3). It acts as moderator/integrator between different disciplines, partners and secondary researchers (e.g. WP4).
Subpartners in co-creation and field testing pilots:
• Deutsche Telekom: managed services for smart metering and technical infrastructure (design and evaluation workshops; technical specification
definition; technical infrastructure selection and installation)
• Evonik: housing management, smart metering and energy efficiency (field testing selection, location management; evaluation workshops; field testing
• Vaillant: HVAC technology (technical specification definition; design and evaluation workshops; field testing craftsmen evaluation)