Alongside the worlds of industry and politics, the scientific community is the third major group of partners involved in IN4climate.NRW. Six leading research institutes make up the scientific competence centre known as SCI4climate.NRW, which supports and drives forward the work of the initiative from a research perspective.


In addition to the Wuppertal Institute, which takes a leading role, five other institutions are involved in SCI4climate.NRW. These other partners are the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology (UMSICHT), the German Economic Institute (IW), RWTH Aachen University (Chair of Technical Thermodynamics as well as chair of Operations Management), the VDEh Institute for Applied Research (BFI) and the German Cement Manufacturers’ Association, VDZ gGmbH. Their joint aim is to subject the options for the development and organisation of a climate-neutral industrial base to scientific examination and to study the technological, environmental, economic, institutional, social and (infra)structural system-related challenges facing companies in the energy-intensive primary sector. The scientific work undertaken includes producing studies as well as developing concepts for new approaches.



    SCI is the short form for

    Scientific Competence for a sustainable Industry“


    Topic areas

    The four topic areas of SCi4climate.NRW are coordinated by the different partner institutes:

    • Topic area 1: Technology and infrastructure (Fraunhofer UMSICHT)

    • Topic area 2: Products and value chains (RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Operations Management)

    • Topic area 3: Case studies and transformation pathways (Wuppertal Institute)

    • Topic area 4: Framework conditions and business models (German Economic Institute, Cologne)

    Leaders from the topic areas are represented in the innovation teams.

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    Info booklet

    With information about the initiative, the participating stakeholders, technologies and solutions for a climate-neutral industrial sector.

    Info booklet