About us

EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer

EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer (formerly EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH, founded in 1987 by Dr. Michael Braungart) was founded in 2019 (more information our press release). As an internationally active scientific research and consultancy institute we work with actors and companies from economy, politics and science and support them in the introduction of circular processes. We combine chemistry, biology and environmental science with product optimization and product development. We look beyond borders – and begin there with our work.

Our headquarter is located in Hamburg in the historic building of the Patriotic Society. We have satellites and subsidiaries worldwide – among others in the Netherlands, Taiwan and Switzerland.

EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung in der Patriotischen Gesellschaft

Our ambition: Eco-Effectiveness

Intelligent nutrient cycles:

We develop solutions for the entire value chain. We provide intelligent material and economic solutions by leveraging our 30 years of scientific experience, knowledge of materials, global network and consulting expertise.

Our scientific basis is the Cradle to Cradle® design concept:

We integrate the value chain from production of raw materials to their use in the next cycle. The right materials are used at the right time at the right place. Our role model is nature – Use Materials: yes. Create waste: no.

Our goals are innovation, quality and good design:

Our task is to improve the quality and usefulness of materials, products and services to make a positive impact through eco-effective design. Our core competencies include product development, optimization and evaluation of materials.

Find out more about EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer:


Within the past 30 years, EPEA has achieved significant milestones with the Cradle to Cradle design concept.

Hamburg Office

Get to know the international and interdisciplinary team at the EPEA head office in Hamburg.

Michael Braungart

Find out more about the Co-Creator of Cradle to Cradle, Michael Braungart: His career, his work and his ambition.


EPEA is represented worldwide by branch offices and cooperates with various partners.