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Tel.: +49 30 39001-253
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Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik gGmbH
Zimmerstraße 13-15
10969 Berlin


Staff members

Environment Division

The range of environmental protection tasks municipalities are responsible for is very broad. In addition to planning and regulatory tasks, the need to devise long-term strategies geared towards sustainability and the provision of basic services continues to grow. This is the only way to pursue the aims of risk prevention and substantive action simultaneously. At the same time economic considerations have always framed municipal activities aimed at environmental protection and resource conservation. On the one hand investing in environmental protection measures continues to be hindered by municipal budgetary constraints; on the other hand it is becoming ever more evident that municipalities can attain financial advantages through such measures. The key concepts here are: increased efficiency and cost reduction through energy management, security through strategies to adjust to climatic conditions, land management, recirculation of material flows, etc.

The environment is a cross-departmental municipal task and it can only be comprehensively addressed if residents, private industry, other groups of players and multipliers are explicitly shown what actions can be taken. Difu assists municipalities in expanding their environmental activities and shows them the interrelationships between environmental issues and municipal policy areas (e.g. urban development, business promotion, health care) while working to coordinate the efforts of the various players. Moreover, the Environmental Division at Difu informs and consults with municipal players and provides them with expert advice in finding ways to successfully perform their duties and resolve pressing issues.

The spectrum of the methodological competences of the Environmental Division is very broad:

  • Empirical studies in model municipalities
  • Aids, checklists and guidelines
  • Evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary connections pertaining to environmental issues
  • Competitions
  • Expert interviews and surveys
  • Good practice analysis
  • Workshops
  • Material flow analysis

Depending on the initial situation the methods comprise of planning, implementation, evaluation, analysis, processing and presentation of the issues at hand.

Main areas of research

  • Climate protection
  • Energy management
  • Strategies to adapt to climate change
  • Material flow management and waste management
  • Reducing air pollution and noise
  • Circular land use management

Additional information on the work of the Environment Division