Founded in 1978, the ifeu – Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (IFEU) is a limited liability company and a non-profit SME. IFEU employs about 55 researchers consisting of specialists from all major fields of environmental sciences. In 2013, its annual turnover was 4.5 million €. As an independent body for environmental research and consulting, IFEU has an extensive track record in areas such as waste management and packaging materials, transport & mobility, renewable energies and energy efficiency as well as on all biomass sectors including food, feed, bioenergy and bio-based systems. IFEU is especially renowned for its expertise (>20 years) in the field of life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA). The clients and sponsors of IFEU include governments, federal and federal-state ministries and associated authorities (e. g. the German Federal Environment Agency), the European Commission, national and international foundations, UN organisations (e. g. FAO, UNEP and UNFCCC), private enterprises, associations and environmental organisations.