"The Innovation Lab you envision is an important initiative and very needed. I encourage you and your colleagues to push forward with this. Innovation is urgently needed!"

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

"System innovation is not just an economic, technological or managerial process, but also a political and cultural project that will require leadership, inclusiveness and a shared societal vision to drive it."

OECD report on System Innovation, 2015, p.7.

Handbook online //

This document was developed as a reference book in the context of the System Innovation Lab.

Don't miss our Assumptions Revisited.

It's done... //

After an exciting week in Warsaw we have finished the official part of our System Innovation Lab 2016. We are looking forward to staying in touch with an amazing group of people and seeing system innovation flourish.



Problem Statement

Europe’s energy future requires us to master a substantial transformation towards sustainability. We are caught in national ways of thinking, yet need a common European vision to design our future energy system. Europeans across all sectors – public policy, corporate, civil society and individual citizens – need to work together towards a sustainable energy system in order to secure prosperous living conditions for themselves and future generations.

Our Mission

Together we want to:
…understand different paradigms in energy policy between EU member states.
…design a common vision for a sustainable European energy system.
…implement & evaluate concrete solutions that will shape Europe’s energy future.

Our goal is to bolster a network of inspired and inspiring system innovators with the objective of overcoming barriers towards a sustainable energy future across Europe.

Who we are

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the Centre for Social Investment of Heidelberg University are merging their expertise in the realms of systemic-ecological and socio-cultural innovation to create the System Innovation Lab.

The Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WI) is a research institute with the mission of developing models, strategies and instruments for transitions to sustainable development at the local, national and international level. Research at WI champions transdisciplinarity and focuses on resource flows, climate and energy systems and sustainable prosperity solutions. wupperinst.org

The Centre for Social Investment (CSI) is a central academic institute of Heidelberg University cooperating with the economics, social science, law and theological faculties. Its mission is to improve the theoretical and practical understanding of social investment and social innovation through research, teaching, networking and consulting. csi.uni-heidelberg.de

Funding Partners

The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation) is one of Europe's largest foundations and promotes innovative and exemplary environmental projects. The foundation supports innovative, exemplary projects for the protection of the environment. In doing so it is guided by ecological, economic, social and cultural considerations based on the concept of sustainable development. dbu.de/359.html

The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation supports friendly relations between the Poles and the Germans. For the last 20 years, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation has co-financed over 10 000 bilateral projects, thereby contributing to the foundations of Polish-German dialogue. fwpn.org.pl/en/foundation/about-us

Our Team


Wuppertal Institute


Wuppertal Institute


Wuppertal Institute


Wuppertal Institute


Centre for Social Investment


Centre for Social Investment

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