The partners of the Virtual Institute are also involved in other projects related to the “Energy Turn”. Here is a list of the projects.



PlasticBudget – Development of Budget Approach and LCA Impact Assessment Methodology for the Governance of Plastic in the Environment

How much plastic in the environment is still acceptable? To date, plastic waste is an unavoidable output of our current consumer and throwaway society, but how do we determine the acceptable amount of plastic in the environment? How could a per person budget be deduced and how sensitive are citizens and economic actors today to the problem of plastic waste? The Frauenhofer Institute UMSICHT and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen will answer these questions in a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) until the end of 2020. For more information, visit:


EnerAct: Energy System Transformation and Social Megatrends

The EnerAct project is developing concepts for implementing the energy transition at local and regional levels in North Rhine-Westphalia. On the one hand, the context of action is shaped by the technical challenges. On the other hand, the actors in the regions and municipalities are confronted with a series of overarching political, technical and cultural developments that are driven forward by dynamics beyond the energy transition. More than ever, the overlapping of the energy transition by megatrends such as digitalization or demographic change requires integrated problem-solving concepts for the implementation of a successful energy transition. In addition to the technical aspects, those concepts need to focus on the socio-economic characteristics of the individual regions and municipalities, while taking possible changes caused by the megatrends into account. The project is funded by the Mercator Foundation and managed by the Wuppertal Institut. For more information, please visit: