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Wuppertal Institute logoWuppertal Institute (WI)

Wuppertal Institute explores and develops models, strategies and instruments to support a sustainable development at local, national and international levels. It employs about 120 people. Sustainability science at the WI focuses on ecology and its relation to economy and society. The Research Group on Material Flows and Resource Management develops (i) Integrated analysis and assessment of the industrial metabolism and land use; (ii) Resource use scenarios; (iii) Policy relevant indicators and targets; (iv) Guidelines and evaluation schemes of resource policies. The group has developed methods for analysis and assessment of the industrial metabolism, with a focus on options to increase resource efficiency, considering systems-wide, trans-boundary resource requirements at different levels of the economy. The research group has initiated and supported scientific networks such as the International Society for Industrial Ecology. It has contributed to official reporting of the EU on material flows, resource use and efficiency through EUROSTAT and the European Environment Agency (EEA). It is consortium member of the EEA Environmental Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ETC-SCP). Scientists of the research group are involved in several research projects for the European Commission and the European Parliament. For more information:

The research group is involved in a number of EU Framework Programme projects relevant for the project, such as Sustainability A-Test (Advanced Techniques for Evaluation of Sustainability Assessment Tools), MATISSE (Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment), CALCAS (Co-ordination Action for Innovation in Life-Cycle Analysis for Sustainability) and FORESCENE (Indicator-Based Evaluation of Interlinkages between Different Sustainable Development Objectives) on this project they are the consortium leader. Relevant to earth observation is the FP6 project “Global Monitoring for Environmental and Security (GMES) Network of Users” (GNU). In GNU the Wuppertal Institute is further developing a methodology for connecting Earth Observation with policies, which will also be applied in this project. In addition, the research group had developed footprinting indicators within the context of EU resource use accounting.


Key persons involved:

Dominic Wittmer photographDr. Dominic Wittmer

Dominic Wittmer is research fellow in the Research Group for Material Flows and Resource Management at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. He is geologist by training and holds a PhD in environmental engineering (ETH Zurich). He has investigated with his PhD thesis the development of anthropogenic copper stocks by a dynamic model. He has worked as consultant in the field of environment and geological engineering, deconstruction, brownfield sites and waste management, foundation soil analysis and near-surface geothermal energy. Main research fields are sustainable material management with focus on abiotic resources (metals and phosphorus), environmental accounting, and environmental indicators. Dominic Wittmer acts as coordinator of the Wuppertal Institute for the European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, including analyses and policy advice for the European Environment Agency. Besides, he is involved in projects for Eurostat, for the German Federal Environment Agency, and EU Framework projects.

Philipp Schepelmann photographDr. Philipp Schepelmann

Philipp Schepelmann is project coordinator in the Research Group for Material Flows and Resource Management at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. He holds a PhD in environmental planning (Dr.-Ing.). He has worked as analyst and policy advisor for several EU Member States, the European Commission, the European Parliament, European Environment Agency as well as non-governmental organisations. He has been involved in a different EU Framework projects about the monitoring of physical impacts of human development such as Sustainability A-Test , GNU and CALCAS . Philipp Schepelmann has been visiting lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Trier, the Asian Pacific University, Oita, Japan; the University of Kassel and the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence at the University of Wuppertal.