The IOER has set itself Environmental Guidelines and acts accordingly

Researchers and staff at the IOER are anxious to reduce the environmental impacts associated with their activities to a minimum.

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In doing so, the Institute has successfully created facts. This is proven by the Ecoprofit Seal, which was awarded to the IOER by the City of Dresden, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dresden and the Chamber of Crafts Dresden. Ecoprofit is an environmental management project that encourages and guides small and medium-sized business and institutions in the introduction of corporate environmental management. It helps improve the environmental situation in the region, enhance the competitiveness of local businesses, and develop local networks. The IOER has monitored two pilot projects and participates itself in Ecoprofit.

Passive building standards and video conferences a matter of course

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From a constructional point of view, the IOER offers optimum conditions for environmentally friendly work. The IOER premises from GDR times have undergone step-by-step energy-efficient refurbishment. The new extension has been built to high environmental standards and according to passive house standards. By the rebuilding and extension the IOER saves annually more than 587,000 kilowatt hours of energy. The energy demand decreased after renovation and extension by 84.5 percent. For this the IOER received the GreenBuilding Award of the European Commission in the category "Modernization".

Investments were also made in telephone and video conferencing technology. After all, business trips pollute the environment - especially when they take you to faraway places by plane. The majority of project meetings and also team meetings with the IZS in Görlitz take place quite naturally via video conferencing. It is also standard practice to travel by public transport on business trips. Within Dresden the employees of the IOER can also use a company bicycle. Also for their daily way to work many of the researchers and staff use their bicycles or public transport.

Recycled paper: A change well worth it

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For an ecologically oriented research facility there can be no question about what many studies confirm: "recycled paper saves forests, water, and energy."

Conversion was therefore a matter of course for the IOER. All office equipment, printing and photocopy paper, has been converted step by step. In the case of products produced externally in printing works, the paper bears the Blue Angel label. For this commitment the IOER was awarded by the initiative "Pro Recycling Paper".

Save energy, avoid waste

The IOER also always has a critical eye on its power consumption. Therefore energy efficiency is an important criterion when purchasing new servers, computers, monitors and other technical equipment. The IOER covers a substantial part of its energy demand with its own solar system, which is installed on the roof of the building.

Wherever possible, waste is avoided in the Institute. The remaining waste is disposed of separately.

Since the behavior of the employees is crucial in the operational environmental and resource protection, the researchers and staff of the IOER are sensitized to these topics. Regularly the environmental team of the Institute informs about measures and their success and looks for further ways how the IOER can reduce its environmental impact.

Sustainability in the Leibniz Association

For the Leibniz Association and its member institutions, sustainability is a key orientation parameter. In autumn 2019, the General Assembly of the Leibniz Association adopted a Sustainability Mission Statement.

Further information and the Sustainability Mission Statement can be found on the Leibniz Association's website.


Carsten Hantzsch (Management)
Heike Bernhardt
Sven Haase
Antje Knechtel