The IWR was founded in 1996 and is an independent, cross-party and autonomous institution.
The IWR´s central guiding aim is the introduction and awareness-related development of a sector image for the renewable energy industry.
Dr. Norbert Allnoch, director of the International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR) defined this in 1995 as follows:
'We define the renewable energy industry as the interdisciplinary examination of renewable energy supply (climate protection) and of renewable plant and system construction (industrial policy) for the three areas electricity, heating and fuel.'
Dr. Norbert Allnoch (* 06.09.1958) has devoted himself to the study of renewable energies since 1982. In 1988 he was appointed director of the wind power research group at the University of Muenster, laying the foundation stone of what is probably the oldest site database for wind power plants in Germany. This data pool provided the basis for numerous market analyses and publications on the market development of wind power.
In 1996, he founded the International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR) as an independent, self-supporting and autonomous institution. The vision is the development of a national and international 'renewable energy industry' as a unified sector, in which energy policy (environmental and climate protection) and industrial policy (growth and employment) are placed on an equal footing in the electricity, heating and fuel sectors.
In 1999, the IWR received the European Solar Media Price. in recognition of their realisation of this idea.
Honorary activities and involvements
In, among others: Agenda 21 Prozess (climate & emissions trading), jury member for the Wuppertal Environmental Prize awarded by the Wuppertal Institute, consultant for the German Federal Environment Foundation (DBU), patron of the Offshore-Finance Circles (OFC), director of the wind power task force/NRW regional initiative for future energies, member of the EnergieVision e.V. advisory board (development of the eco-electricity label OK-power).