Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU) is a research institution. It was created in 1972 as the Katowice branch of the Institute for Environmental Protection and obtained the status of Environmental Protection Centre. In 1992 it was transformed into an independent unit. The goal of the research is to develop the scientific basis for implementation of measures for rehabilitation and development of the environment of industrialized and urbanized areas.
The Institute is a scientific and research base of the Ministry of the Environment. Prepares expert opinions for the Ministry, the Central Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, as well as other units of state and local administration as well as industrial companies from all over the country, give opinions and advice regarding environmental actions undertaken.