Archive of past news on our work, friends,
publications etc.

SPACES [Okt. 2005]
“To improve framework and agenda for research and action on the sustainability of production and consumption systems” this is the goal of a recent project called SPACES (Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems).
On October 15th and 16th 2005 the working group of this project met in Siegburg, Germany for the first time.
The working group will focus on answering two kinds of questions:
1. What knowledge is most needed for societies to pursue sustainability through the integrated management of production-consumption systems?
2. Where appropriate knowledge already exists, but is not being effectively used, what could be done to narrow the knowledge-to-action gap? And, where the needed knowledge appears to be absent, how can research be re-oriented to address the sustainability problems in the production-consumption system?

SERI@Lange Nacht der Forschung: [Oct.2005]

Wissen Sie wie Ihr Lebensstil und Konsum mit dem Umweltverbrauch zusammenhängen? Machen Konsum oder eine saubere Umwelt glücklich?

Besuchen Sie am 1. Oktober unseren Nachhaltigkeitsparcours, diskutieren Sie mit anwesenden WissenschaftlerInnen über Nachhaltigkeit, Konsum, Arbeit und Glück. Workshop zur Energieversorgung der Zukunft um 21h.

SERI @ the Environmental Accounting Conference in Prague [Sep. 2005]
Arno Behrens and Stefan Giljum will speak at the conference on “Environmental Accounting and Sustainable Development Indicators”, taking place from 26 to 27 of September at the Charles University Environmental Centre in Prague. Arno Behrens’ speech will focus on the global extraction of natural resources and its implications for international development policies. In the same working group, Stefan Giljum will talk about the quantification of indirect natural resource requirements with a global input-output model. Both presentations and related papers will be available for download at

„The forest of tomorrow“– participative art project at [Aug. 2005]
Within the topic of the month August “art and sustainable development “ at, SERI designed the participative internet art project “forest of tomorrow” together with the German multimedia artist Herman Josef Hack.
The project will be open during the whole month of August. Its idea is based on the old ritual act of engraving (love-) messages in barks of trees to entrust them to the future. Trees are the guardians of such secret messages, sometimes for many hundred years. We designed a virtual forest at where each visitor can entrust messages to the future.

Veranstaltung: [Jun. 2005]
30. Juni 2005, 8.30 - 12.30 Uhr, Wien.
"Zwischen Effizienz und Gerechtigkeit"

Ein Minisymposium aus Anlass der Vorstellung des neuen Buchs des Wuppertal Instituts für Klima, Umwelt, Energie: "Fair Future. Begrenzte Ressourcen und globale Gerechtigkeit", herausgegeben von Wolfgang Sachs und Tilman Santarius. [more]

Europas globale Verantwortung: Umweltraum, internationaler Handel und Faktor X. [May 2005]
SERI und Friends of the Earth Europe, 2005. Hintergrundpapier für die Veranstaltung “Closing the global sustainability gap – für eine nachhaltige Weltwirtschaft“. 9. Mai 2005. Berlin.
Europa muss zum energie- und ressourceneffizientesten Wirtschaftsraum werden, um seine globale Umweltverantwortung wahrzunehmen und dem Lissabon-Prozess eine nachhaltige Richtung zu geben.
[Abstract] [Download]

Methodology for Product Service System Innovation (MEPSS) [Jul. 2005]

SERI was a member of the scientific peer review group in this EU project which has been coordinated by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) Amsterdam.
An online webtool and handbook for the methodology have now been published an can be found at
For further information on the project see and

SERI@ESEE2005: [Jun.2005]
The biannual meeting of the European Society of Ecological Economics will take place in Lisbon from 14-17 June 2005.

SERI is represented by a number of members who will present a wide selection of topics. For more information, please visit

Sustainability-guided promotion of renewable electricity generation [Apr. 2005]
by Reinhard Madlener and Sigrid Stagl; in: Ecological Economics, Volume 53, Issue 2, 15 April 2005, Pages 147-167
In this paper, the authors propose a methodology for the design of renewable energy policy instruments that is based on integrated assessment.

Wedding of Joachim Spangenberg and Sandra Striewski[Apr. 2005]
In a gorgeous ceremony Joachim Spangenberg and Sandra Striewski said “I will” to each other.
The wedding of two vital SERI members took place on 30th of April in Cologne. The whole SERI team is deeply whishing them all the best for their joint future.

SERI at the Evangelische Akademie in Loccum, Germany [April 2005]
On 9th April, Stefan Giljum held a presentation on “Decoupling economic growth from resource use as a new paradigm?” prepared together with Arno Behrens for a colloquium on “Reducing Poverty through Environmental Policy.
The presentation includes an overview on global resource extraction and shows how trade affects resource use patterns across different regions of the world. With a short review of past and current resource prices and their effects on resource extraction and resource use, the presentation concludes with policy recommendations on how to best tackle poverty and environmental problems associated with increasing resource use in different parts of the world. The presentation (in German only) can be downloaded [here].

Topic of the month at
"Christian organisations and sustainable development "
[March 2005]
Religious institutions and churches constitute very important actors within societies. Not only due to their spiritual and moral power, but also because of their importance as employer, landowner etc.
As such, churches and Christian networks significantly shape societal processes. For them, integrating the concept of sustainable development can offer new opportunities in demonstrating their social, economic and environmental engagement also in non-religious areas. The political implementation of sustainable development may also benefit by finding positive synergies with Christian organisations. The theme describes and analyses some of the manifold initiatives, projects and activities already realised within Christian and Protestant institutions and networks.

Event: SERI presents papers at the ConAccount meeting 2004[Sep. 2004]
ConAccount Meeting 2004, 10.-12.10.2004, Zuerich, Switzerland, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zuerich. A future research agenda for MFA - Towards a new common ground for Research on Sustainable Resource use. The meeting which is jointly organized by ConAccount and the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning in association with the International Society for Industrial Ecology discusses current issues in material flow research. See details here

CAT&E: 2nd Open Conference in Amsterdam [Oct. 2004]
The 2nd Open Conference of the Concerted Action on Trade and Environment (CAT&E) on “Trade, Environment, and Development: the North-South Dimensions” takes place in Amsterdam from 1-2 November, 2004. SERI is represented by Stefan Giljum, who presents a paper on “North-South trade and global patterns of natural resource use: implications for governance of trade and the environment”. Paper and presentation can be downloaded from
For more information on CAT&E see also

Material Flow Analysis (MFA) of Chile: presentation of results in Santiago de Chile[Sep. 2004]
Stefan Giljum presented results of his material flow analysis study of Chile (see in a seminar held at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Santiago de Chile. Around 30 participants from academia and ministries discussed the implications of the rapidly growing resource extraction for a possible restructuring of Chile's economy - in particular of export-oriented economic sectors such as mining, agriculture, forestry and fishery. The presentation can be downloaded here

Project "Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria" finished
[Aug. 2004]
Models suitable for simulating sustainability strategies have to fulfil some required criteria. Formulating these necessary criteria was the key aim of this project, which was sponsored by BMLFUW and worked on by Fritz Hinterber and Andrea Stocker in co-operation with WIFO. For further information see

Sustainability Strategy Annual Conference Live
[May. 2004]
The annual conference of the Sustainability Strategy project has been held from 12 to 14 May 2004 in Berlin.
Besides participation, SERI also provided a multi-media based coverage of the event. broadcasted this event live and there you will soon be able to find video files for download. For more information about the project and the conference see

EU Regional Stakeholder Workshop on eco-efficiency
[May. 2004]
Together with the Factor 10 Institute, and the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Devlopment, SERI is preparing a paper on Eco-efficient innovation”.
See for further details.

Contribution to the UNESCO Encyclopedia [Apr. 2004]
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT by Friedrich Hinterberger, Fred Luks and Marcus Stewen has been published in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK.
UNESCO Encyclopaedia can be found here. Text summary is available here.

“Multi-level Governance and the Austrian Sustainability Strategy” [Mar. 2004]
The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) in cooperation with CSR-Austria cordially invites you to a public discussion forum in the course of an EU-research-project to the European Sustainability Strategy.
On this evening, questions about multi-level governance regarding the Austrian Sustainability Strategy shall be posed: The question of new organisation models in a growingly complex network of players is discussed under the word Governance, also and in particular for tackling a complex idea like sustainable development.

New Project: PDL Leuchttürme [Mar. 2004]
Our project PDL Leuchttürme started in March 2004.

We will analyse outstanding examples of Product Service Systems (PSS) throughout Europe. The collected examples will be reported in an online database.
See our project page at:

NEDS project webpage online [Feb. 2004]
The webpage of the project NEDS (Nachhaltige Entwicklung zwischen Durchsatz und Symbolik) is now online.

SERI office moved [Jan. 2004]
As of 1st January 2004, SERI changed its postal address. Our new snail-mail address is: SERI, Garnisongasse 7/27, 1090 Wien, Austria.
Please use this new address for all mail correspondence. Our phone numbers, as well as our e-mail addresses and URLs, remain the same.

Web edition of Austrian Newspaper Der Standard opens Sustainability section! [Dec. 2003]
From this month on a special section on Sustainable Development produced in cooperation with SERI is online.
In cooperation with SERI the web edition of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard opens a section specialised in the topic Sustainability. The first article features the online questionnaire created for the Environmental self-assessment of consumptive behaviour. This and all future articles can be accessed at

Event: SERI brownbag seminars [Nov. 2003]
SERI is continuing its brownbag seminar series.
You can find more information about these loose lectures discussing our and our friends’ work at There you’ll also find detailed description of topics as well as timetable of upcoming events. The keynote speeches of the seminars will also be webcasted live on the internet at

SERI will be present at the World Summit on the Information Society 2003 and its side events [Nov. 2003]
The summit will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 10th to 12th of December 2003.

Roman Mesicek will be presenting the paper "Prerequisites for a Sustainable and Democratic Application of ICT" by Ursula Hester, Doris Schnepf and Roman Mesicek. (The paper is available for download at the website given below). Find out more about our activities at:

Event: Jonathan Lash, President of the World Resources Institute (WRI). [Oct. 2003]
SERI and the IFF want to invite to a discussion evening with Jonathan Lash: "World Resources 2002-2004" Decisions for the Earth: Balance, voice, and power". IFF - Soziale Ökologie, Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070 Wien. 8.10.2003. 18-20h.
Who should decide where to build a road or locate a dam? When is the public consulted? Can people appeal decisions they find unfair? Jonathan Lash’s lecture will focus on the importance of good environmental governance. He will discuss how we make environmental decisions and who makes them and will explore how citizens, government managers, and business owners can foster better environmental decisions. It will be argued that better environmental governance is one of the most direct routes to a fairer and more sustainable use of natural resources. Decisions made with greater participation and greater knowledge of natural systems - decisions for the Earth - can help to reverse the loss of forests, the decline of soil fertility, and the pollution of air and water that reflect our past failures.

Environmental self-assessment of consumptive behaviour [Sep. 2003]
English version of questionnaire online!
As consumptive behaviour is a key to dematerialisation, the awareness of this fact by consumers is crucial,
as it is necessary to have an idea of the environmental stress potential of specific consumption goods to be capable to personally evaluate the impacts of decisions. Test your behaviour with the easy to use online-questionnaire at:

AIRP-SD project successfully finished [Sep. 2003]
The EU-STRATA project "Adaptive Integration of Research and Policy for Sustainable Development" (AIRP-SD) has officially ended
on 30th of June 2003 and the Final Report was sent to Brussels on 31th of August 2003
The executive summary of the Final Report is publicly available for download from the AIRP-SD website:

The Pignans Set of Indicators [Aug. 2003]
Carnoules Statement on Integrated Objectives and Indicators for Sustainable Development
In a meeting from 1-4 May, 2003 at the Factor 10 Institute in Carnoules/Pignans, Provence, France, 16 European experts in sustainability research developed a set of Integrated Objectives and Indicators for Sustainable Development to be used as a basis for further discussion but also as a policy statement on the further develpment of SD indicators. You can find outcomes of this meeting at

SERI @ [Jul. 2003]
SERI was invited to give a presentation at the conference - the environment in the globalisation trap, organised by attac,Greenpeace,
Friends of the Earthand the Heinrich-Böll Foundation in Berlin, 27th to 29th of June ( for detaills on the conference see
Stefan Giljum gave a talk on international trade, economic growth and (un)sustainable development from the perspective of ecological footprints and material flows. The presentation (in german) can be downloaded here.

3rd milestone-report of the EU-STRATA project AIRP-SD [Jun. 2003]
The EU-STRATA project „Adaptive Integration of Research and Policy for Sustainable Development“ (AIRP-SD) will end 30. June 2003.
As future users, science research experts on sustainable development from 14 EU and 3 accession countries reviewed and commented on a list of preliminary recommendations, presented in the 3rd Milestone Report. These comments will be taken into consideration in the final report. The Milestone report can be viewed on the AIRP-SD website:

Start of the MCE-RET Project [Jun. 2003]
On 1st of July startet the MCE-RET Project “Participatory multi-criteria evaluation for a sustainability-oriented promotion of renewable energy technologies”, funded by the FWF (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung).
The project aims at the use of existing and developing new tools for the participatory exploration of scenarios concerning their potential to contribute to sustainable development. For a more sustainable development the increased substitution of modern renewable for conventional (fossil, nuclear) energy technologies has to play a paramount role. In the energy sector, in particular, new technological developments, which are expected to lead to a shift towards a more decentralised use of energy technologies calls for a more intense participation of stakeholders. For these reasons renewable energy use is chosen as a most interesting application for the mapping and participatory decision framework. If you are interested in more information please contact
Project homepage:

First members meeting of the Concerted Action on Trade & Environment (CAT&E) [Jun. 2003]
The first CAT&E members meeting took place at the IVM / Free University Amsterdam from 12-13 June, 2003.
Around 30 scientists from more than 20 European institutions performing research in the area of trade and environment, gathered to present completed and ongoing reserach projects in this area and to discuss a common research agenda. Furthermore, draft reports on the state of the art in the different sub-areas were reviewed. These draft reports as well as all other information related to this project can be downloaded from the project webpage at

Product Service Systems für SME's - Improving New Services [Apr. 2003]
The project "Product Service Systems für SME's" which started in January 2002 has come to an end with an event that took place o the 11th of April in Graz. The successful project combined the efforts of research and consulting institutes from Austria with those of small and medium sized companies in order to promote the design of sustainable product service systems (PSS).
SERI participated as a partner in the project "Development of new possibilities for companies by using a methodology of initialisation, creation and implementation of eco efficient Product Service Systems". The project contributed to the development of new, innovative product service systems. The project team put special interest in supporting the realisation of these concepts together with the targetted companies. The resulting new products and services were evaluated, to be sure that the criterias for sustainable development are implemented. To achieve this, a tool for the companies - Improving New Services (INES) - was developed, that allows them the self assesment of their ideas for new Product Service Systems (PSS).

Annual report on projects and publications [Feb. 2003]
All projects and activities running in 2002 as well as last year’s publications have been included in an annual report which can be downloaded here .

SERI at the FRONTIERS II Conference [Feb. 2003]
The FRONTIERS 2 Conference - European Application in Ecological Economics - took place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 12-15 February 2003 and focused on current applications of ecological economics for environmental planning and management, in education and for testing the robustness of research tools. Friedrich Hinterberger, President of SERI was part of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the conference. A couple of SERI members participated in the confernece, giving presentations or chairing sessions.
All abstracts, papers and presentations can be downloaded at: [more...]

Ways towards Sustainability in the EU beyond the Spring European Summit 2003 [Feb. 2003]
SERI completed its project for the Austrian environment ministry on the further development of (and link between) the European Sustainability strategy, Lisbon (structural indicator reporting) and Cardiff (environmental integration) processes with a special look at the role of structural and sustainability indicators.
This study explores possible strategies for the Austrian position at the next EU-Environmental Council meeting. One aim is to improve the integration process of sustainability into all sectoral policies. [more...]

Health and Environment [Jan. 2003]
The German Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia is preparing a “Health and Environment” programme. SERI was called upon to contribute a comprehensive overviewf the global trends regarding environmental degradation of all kinds. As a backgrund document, Joachim Spangenberg produced a literature review, which can be downloaded from our website.

Freier Handel, nachhaltiger Handel - ein Widerspruch? [Jan. 2003]
New publication: World Summit Papers der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Nr. 21: Freier Handel, nachhaltiger Handel – ein Widerspruch? Hintergrundpapier für die Debatte um Handel und nachhaltige Entwicklung nach Johannesburg
A study by the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) from Tobias Döppe, Stefan Giljum, Mark Hammer, Friedrich Hinterberger, Fred Luks, Doris Schnepf and Joachim Spangenberg. Edited by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Berlin). (In german with engslish and spanish abstract.). [more...]

Environmental self-assessment of consumptive behaviour [Jan. 2003]
SERI has developed a questionnaire for the environmental self-assessment of consumptive behaviour especially for the younger generation. On the basis of the Material Flow Analysis a questionaire was created so the interested public can self assess there material requirement in the consumption clusters food, construction/housing, transport and lifestyle.
As consumptive behaviour is a key to dematerialisation, the awareness of this fact by consumers is crucial, as it is necessary to have an idea of the environmental stress potential of specific consumption goods to be capable to personally evaluate the impacts of decisions. The online-questionnaire that is easy to use and understand allows that. AT&E puts its primary focus on the environmental dimension of trade policy, but will also consider the interactions between trade and social policy concerns that can impact on trade and environment linkages. Thus also trade and sustainable development issues are addressed. [more...]

Concerted Action on Trade & Environment (CAT&E) [Dec. 2002]
A European-wide network of scientists working on inter-linkages between trade, environment and sustainable development.
CAT&E puts its primary focus on the environmental dimension of trade policy, but will also consider the interactions between trade and social policy concerns that can impact on trade and environment linkages. Thus also trade and sustainable development issues are addressed. [more...]

Students @ SERI [Dec. 2002]
SERI established a student group which supports active students
PhD and Master thesis topics are announced and the supervision in cooperation with universities is offered. Students present their work in dedicated student meetings and their recent papers are featured on the website. [more...]

SERI in Johannesburg [Sep. 2002]
Several SERI members participated in the Johannesburg World Summit for Sustainable development, e.g. Daniel Mittler and Joachim Spangenberg, to name but a few. A summary of the results by Joachim Spangenberg and an analysis of the summit with conclusions rather different from the public and published opinion can be downloaded here and here.

The Future of Work and Ecology [Aug. 2002]
SERI intends to contribute to overcoming the still existing antagonisms of work and environment by offering a number of serious attempts to develop innovative ways to link the social and the environmental dimensions of sustainability.
Work and ecology are policy issues highly relevant on the agenda for both the EU as a whole and all Member States. The European Treaties require an integration of environmental, economic and social policies in order to allow for a Sustainable Development. This is of special importance for the link between environmental and employment policy.
In most countries the concept of sustainability is foremost approached from the environmental point of view. But currently the social dimension of sustainability is gaining in importance in international and national discussions.

Brownbag Seminar on Tuesday, 23rd July 2002, [Jul. 2002]
12.30-14.00 Francois Schneider on Global “dematerialisation” and “dewaterisation” of regional and national economies, considerations and perspectives (in English)
14.30-16.00 Joachim Spangenberg on Quality of Life, Consumption and the Environment (in German)

Both talks were be broadcasted on

EU Project «AIRP-SD» presents first milestone [Apr. 2002]
Four months after starting our AIRP-SD project on “RTD for sustainable development“, our first milestone report is now available.
We identify sustainability-oriented RTD programmes, actors and innovations, analyse what sustainable development implies for RTD processes, and developed a first-version evaluation methodology. We invite everybody intersted in the field to review our report and comment on it by filling out the enclosed questionnaire. (more on

ESEE Research Network. [Mar. 2002]
SERI helps to organize a process to include Ecological Economics research themes in the 6th Framework Program of the EU.

The main task is to make sure, that the research themes of Ecological Economics are included in the 6th Framework Program of the EU and to position Ecological Economics as an important scientific community in Europe. Whereas the first calls for the projects will be out in about one year, the time to lobby for our themes to be included in the program is now. The EC invites Expressions of Interest to be sent in the first days of June 2002. [more..]

Systemic Roamaps for Sustainable Development [Mar. 2002]
Reseach under the 6th Framework Program of the European Union
Together wirh the Factor 10 Institute and the Club of Rome, Brussels-EU Cahapter, SERI launches a proposal for an integrated project for the 6th framework programme of the European Union. [more..]


SERI brownbag seminar series [Oct. 2005]
25.10.2005, Stefan Giljum, „MOSUS – Europäische Nachhaltigkeitsszenarien bis 2020“.
Im Projekt MOSUS (siehe werden mit einem globalen Wirtschafts-Umwelt-Modell verschiedene Entwicklungsszenarien für Europa bis zum Jahre 2020 simuliert und hinsichtlich ihrer ökonomischen, ökologischen und sozialen Auswirkungen bewertet. ...[more]

Finnish future research for sustainable consumption [Sept. 2005]
On 19.09.2005 the Finish environmental ministry invited to a workshop to discuss recent research and practical approaches towards sustainable consumption.
Beside a presentation of the “National Sustainable Consumption and Production Framework” the meeting intended to identify adequate questions for further research. The successful meeting indicated the good and close links SERI has to Finland. As one of the two international guests Sylvia Lorek gave a key note presentation on “Consumption and the Environment in Europe: Trends and Futures”. The Finish based SERI member Adriaan Perrels presented findings from his recent work “Exploring Sustainable Consumption Scenarios for Finland”.

SERI brownbag seminar series [Sep. 2005]
22.09.2005, Fritz Hinterberger, Harald Hutterer und Jill Jäger: Well-being, Glück und Sozialpolitik.
Nachhaltige Entwicklung im heutigen Sinn des Wortes wurde vor etwa 20 Jahren als normatives Konzept geprägt. Es stellt die Frage: „Wie soll wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Entwicklung zukünftig den voranschreitenden Veränderungen natürlicher Kreisläufe durch den Menschen im globalen Maßstab begegnen.“

New project: Handbook for peer reviews of national sustainable development strategies [Jul. 2005]
SERI together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) were commissioned by DG Environment to develop a handbook of guidance for conducting peer reviews of national sustainable development strategies (NSDS) in the EU.
The purpose of this project is to design the template, method, and core specifications of the peer review, which should allow a similar approach to be taken in reviews of different NSDS and enable exchanges of good implementation practices.
For more information see

Greenpeace: Ecological Footprint Game[May 2005]
Greenpeace CEE has initiated the creation of a computer game with the aim to raise the awareness concerning our Ecological Footprint.
The player will have several options to adjust his/her environmental impact while trying to increase his/her happiness. SERI is contributing to the conceptual design of the game and will deliver the scientific input. Information in German is available at

Veranstaltung: [Mai 2005]
9. Mai 2005, 18.00 – 22.30 Uhr, "Closing the Global Sustainability Gap – Für eine nachhaltige Weltwirtschaft. Von der Vision zur Umsetzung"
Diese Veranstaltung im Rahmen der Reihe "5 Jahre SERI" bringt führende Akteure aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft zusammen, um zukunftsfähige Handlungsstrategien zu präsentieren und zu diskutieren. [more]

Veranstaltung: [Apr.2005]
25.4.2005, "Potenziale für eine nachhaltige Regionalentwicklung. Zwischen Ressourceneffizienz und Bürgerbeteiligung".

Das Projekt untersucht den Materialverbrauch, die Flächennutzung und den Nachhaltigkeitsdiskurs in den Regionen Hamburg, Wien und Leipzig. Ziel des Projektes ist unter anderem, aus den Analysen Schlussfolgerungen für Politikempfehlungen in Richtung nachhaltiger Regionalentwicklung zu ziehen. 25.4.2005; 12.00 - 18.30.[more]

New publication by Fred Luks
[Apr. 2005]
Innovationen, Wachstum und Nachhaltigkeit. Eine ökologisch-ökonomische Betrachtung. In: Jahrbuch Ökologische Ökonomik, Band 4, Innovationen und Nachhaltigkeit .
In einer begrenzten Welt kann es keine unbegrenzten materiellen Expansionsproze
sse geben. Eine Wirtschaft, die physisch wächst, muss früher oder später an Grenzen geraten. Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung, die auf physische Expansion angewiesen ist, ... [more]

Unused biomass extraction in agriculture, forestry and fishery [Apr. 2005]
by Daniela Jölli and Stefan Giljum, 2005. SERI Studies. No. 3.
This study summarises the research on unused biomass extraction in agriculture, forestry and fishery undertaken in the project MOSUS (see Our research was based on literature reviews and internet searches and aimed at elaborating procedures for calculating unused biomass extractions in material flow analyses on the national level
... [more]

MOSUS: 3rd internal project meeting [Apr. 2005]

The 12 partners of the MOSUS project ( held their 3rd internal meeting at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) from 14-15 April, 2005.
First results of the baseline scenario runs (including projections of European and global material and energy use) up to the year 2020 were presented and discussed. The consortium also agreed on a set of policy targets and instruments, which will be implemented in the two policy scenarios (weak and strong sustainability scenario) in order to identify possible paths towards sustainable development in Europe.

MATISSE kick-off meeting [Apr. 2005]
The kick-off meeting of the European MATISSE project on integrated sustainability assessment (ISA) took place from 12-15 April in Nordwijk, NL.
The aim of MATISSE is to assess sustainability at the EU-level, using the best available current ISA-tools (models) in a more advanced manner, but also developing new ISA-tools (models) in process of co-production with stakeholders. For more information see

SERI brownbag seminar series [Apr. 2005]
26.04.2005, Jill Jäger: International Dialogue on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development - Linking Knowledge with Action.
The plans for the “International Dialogue on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development” will then be discussed. In essence we are designing...
28.04.2005, Fred Luks: Everything We Don’t Know About Sustainable Development. Trying to combine „material“ and „symbolic“ problems and to move along the borderline of of science and policy...[more]

Website on cooperation partners launched [Mar. 2005]
A website has been launched portraying SERI's cooperations with related organisations.
SERI's partner institutions, project partners and contracting institutions include a large number of institutions concerned with research on sustainable development cooperating with SERI in a number of different ways. [more]

Cooperation Agreement with EOI Escuela de Negocios[Feb. 2005]

SERI and EOI Escuela de Negocios, a recognised Spanish business school and pioneer in environmental management training, have signed a collaboration agreement that will enhance the pursuit of common objectives in training and research.

For further information see [more]

Project "Modelling the economic impacts of climate policy" started [Jan. 2005]
On behalf of the Lebensministerium and in cooperation with WIFO SERI investigates the economic impacts of climate policy measures for the Austrian economy regarding the reaching of the Kyoto goal.
Within the project SERI is responsible for modelling foreign trade and quantifying the CO2 leakage effects. For further information see

Regions website relaunch[Sep. 2004]
SERI relaunched its webpage for the research area sustainable regional development. For further information see

Publication: Integration zukunftsfähiger Lebensstile in die Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie Umsetzungs- und Kooperationsstrategien anhand beispielhafter Akteursmatrizen[Sep. 2004]
In co-operation with Agenda Agentur Berlin the SERI consumption office developed a matrix how to integrate the aspect of sustainable consumption into the (German) sustainability strategy. Taking the consumption of organic products, space heating and aviation as example the matrix shows how a successful interaction of stakeholders could look like. The Matrix was prepared on behalf of Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). You can download the study here.

SERI @ ISEE2004 [Jul. 2004]
The 8th Biennial conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, taking place in Montréal , Canada from 11-14 July 2004, focuses on challenging boundaries in economics, ecology and governance.
SERI members Fritz Hinterberger, Ines Omann, Joachim Spangenberg, Stefan Giljum, Fred Luks and Sigrid Stagl give a number of presentations in different sessions of the conference. In addition, SERI organises two special sessions with the title “Governance for Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Europe &.
All presentations and papers are available for download at

Service Innovation webiste relaunch [May. 2004]
SERI and its partners, Joanneum Research, IÖW and Ecodesign Informationsknoten, relaunched portal on service innovation.
Site is dealing with sustainable product-service systems and will be continuously extended and updated. Visit the portal at

SERI Network Pages Update
[Apr. 2004]
SERI homepage network section has been updated.
At network pages now you can find information on SERI international network, branches in Austria and Germany, contact information as well as projects listed by network partners. There, you can also find all required information on how to become a member of SERI network.

Consumption and the Environment in Europe- Trends and Futures [Apr. 2004]

This study on behalf of the Danish Environmental Agency is just published.
The report sets out to make the idea of environmentally sustainable consumption a little more concrete by exploring the outlook for consumption and the environment, considering the forces shaping consumption and reviewing scenarios in which lifestyles and consumption patterns might become more sustainable.

New Project Website: ARTEMIS [Apr. 2004]
Project "Assessment of Renewable Energy Technologies on Multiple Scales (ARTEMIS) - A Participatory Multi-Criteria Approach" has new project webpage.
Website developed by SERI containing detailed project information, project-related news and status reports has been launched at

New SERI Themes Area: Consumption [Apr. 2004]
SERI extended its Themes Area by Sustainable Consumption.
Global conferences as well as daily experience point out, that sustainable development will not be achieved without suitable developments towards more sustainable consumption patterns.

SERI Annual Report 2003 published  [Mar. 2004]
The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) published its annual report for 2003.
You can download the entire document in Adobe Acrobat format here.

Objectives, Indicators and Scenarios for Sustainable Development [Mar. 2004]
This research area deals with the quantification of environmental, economic and social effects of policy measures on the macro level, disaggregated by economic sectors.
The research applies scenario techniques, comparing sustainability scenarios to business-as-usual trends. Thereby, SERI aims at exploring the development of a resource-optimised knowledge-based service society in relation to all dimensions of sustainability by way of applying a backcasting methodology to identify gaps between desired futures and current trends.

MOSUS Scenario Meeting [Mar. 2004]
The 2nd internal meeting of the MOSUS project took place in Osnabrück, Germany, from March 8-9.
The consortium agreed on the final steps towards the preparation of the three integrated scenarios and discussed details on the integration of environmental data into the economic simulation model. See our updated internal MOSUS website at and the official project website at for more details and downloadable background documents.

Event: Limits of growth in the city of Hamburg, 13.2.2004 [Feb. 2004]
SERI is presenting results from our work for the project NEDS (material flow analysis of the city of Hamburg) at the event "Limits of growth in the city of Hamburg" organised by the Zukunftsrat Hamburg.
For further information see or

New Project: Inteligent Cities (INTELCITIES) [Jan. 2004]
The project is concerned with advancing e-Governance at the city scale by
focusing on a range of citizens' and business concerns about engagement with decision-making over the (re)generation and management of their local built environment.
SERI is taking part in the eGovernance workpackage and working (among other issues) on analysis and assessment of leading e-governance practices, strategies and policies of European cities and the e-readiness of urban governments and civil services for reform towards e-governance (reinventing government).
More information can be found here:

New Project: Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria (Ansätze zur Modellierung einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung) [Dec. 2003]
Based on national and international experiences the project will formulate necessary criteria for an Austrian modelling framework for integrated sustainability analysis.

Bearing in mind the formulated criteria will support future efforts in model building in Austria. In cooperation with the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO).
Project homepage:

Club of Rome [Dec. 2003]
Fritz Hinterberger gave a presentation (in German language) at a meeting of the Austrian chapter of the Club of Rome on the role of (man-made, natural, financial, social and cultural) capital for sustainable development
The presentation can be obtained from:

Quo vadis MFA? [Oct. 2003]
SERI particpated in the workshop „Material Flow Analysis – Where do we go?
Issues, Trends and Perspectives of Research for Sustainable Resource Use", Wuppertal, 9.–10. October 2003
The workshop was organized by ConAccount and the Wuppertal Institute in association with the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), the Scientific Committee of Problems for the Environment (SCOPE), and the initiative for a European Research Network for Sustainable Resource Management (ENSURE). [more...]

Event: Tomorrow's Markets - a presentation by Jonathan Lash [Oct. 2003]
9. October 2003, 18.30, Wien, Haus der Industrie, Festsaal
Following discussion on "Water as 21th century resource - Austrian contribution to the global water culture". Watch this event live at

Vienna Science Days 2003 [Sep. 2003]
SERI is taking part at the Viennese Science Days 2003 with which the city of Vienna wants to show and strengthen its role as a active and engaged "Science-City".
Vienna has the great advantage, of possesing a high quality and innovative science and research scene. The series of events from the 19th until the 30th of October 2003 and the event website shall communicate this fact to the broader public. Get more info at (in german only).

GoSD meeting in Pignans, France [Jun. 2003]
16 European experts in sustainability research met in Pignans, France, from 1-4
May, 2003, in the course of the preparation process for a research proposal on “Governance for Sustainable Development (GoSD)” for the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission.
The outcome of the meeting will be the "Pignans Statement" on objectives and indicators for sustainable development, which will serve as one main basis of the GoSD consortium for further preparation of the project proposal. More about GoSD you can find at

SERI Working Paper and SERI Background Paper series launched [Jun. 2003]
SERI has launched two new publication series. SERI Working Papers are the outcome of ongoing research activities at SERI. SERI Background Papers present a comprehensive overview on the state of the art in particular research fields, adressing researchers from related research fields. All papers can be downloaded from

Arbeit und Nachhaltigkeit (Labour and Sustainability) [Jun. 2003]
Topic of the month at
It deals with different existing types of employment inbetween the national economy. The concept of mixed work is explained in its context of a sustainable development of the society. The idea of basic income for everyone as well as the actual debate on the interaction between pensions and the labor market are discussed. The text is only available in German. If you are interested in the topic please click here.

Sustainbility Strategies (Sustrat) [May. 2003]
Improvement of sustainability strategy elaboration for economic, environmental and social policy in Europe.
The objective of the Thematic Network is to use the diversity of scientific approaches to the problems of sustainability as a resource for improving the European sustainability strategy, especially its further elaboration and implementation (more…project overview seite. [more...]

The Fifth International Conference of ESEE Statement [Feb. 2003]
The participants of the fifth international conference of ESEE (European Society of Ecological Economics) past a declaration against a military solution to the Iraq crisis.
The full text of the statement can be downloaded here

Modelling opportunities and limits for restructuring Europe towards sustainability (MOSUS) [Feb. 2003]
MOSUS applies a global ecological-economic simulation model to quantify the interrelations between socio-economic driving forces and the state of the environment and to evaluate the economic and social impacts of key environmental policy measures in the EU.
MOSUS will formulate EU development scenarios and evaluate the economic and social impacts of key environmental policy measures in order to present quantified policy recommendations for responding to environmental challenges and changes. [more...]

National Research Activities on Sustainable Development [Feb. 2003]
The study on Identifying and Assessing National Research Activities on Sustainable Development (SD) was set up through the ESTO (European Science and Technology Observatory) network. The report aims to identify the national, publicly funded research programmes and assess the way in which each research programme addresses SD. The study mapped the key national actors involved in SD and identified and assessed the national research programmes in support of SD in selected thematic areas in seven European countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the UK.

Paper on sustainability and indicators [Jan. 2003]
Joachim Spangenberg produced a backgrund paper on sustainability indicators for the Green Group in the EU parliament, which can be downloaded from our website. [more...]

Global Discussion on Sustainable Development [Jan. 2003]
From 23rd to 28th of January two very important events about the global discussion on sustainable development are taking place The World Social Forum, where the opponents of globalisation meet, and the Worl Economic Forum, the meeting of the world economic leaders of this planet.)
For the „topic of the month“ 2003, at, SERI contributes to the discussion in the field of different aims and concepts of opponents and supporters of globalisation, and focuses on international trade and ist impacts on social, ecologic and economic aspects.. [more...]

eCommunity [Dec. 2002]
e-System for Real Time Democratic Land-Use Planning of Urban Environment - Pilot Action in Narva Community (Estland)
SERI is partner in the eCommunity project (funded by the LIFE programme of the EU), that aims to apply innovative web-based software solutions, which will promote the concept of e-democracy by enabling exchange of opinions and information. That will help raising public awareness. A further aim is to produce results that can be reproduced in spatial planning and policymaking processes at a local level. The final goal of the project is to demonstrate a system as a tool for urban planning in the EU. [more...]

Intelcity [Dec. 2002]
The aim of INTELCITY is to explore new opportunities for sustainable development of cities through the intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
The project will integrate the knowledge of experts in sustainable urban development (SUD) and ICTs to deliver a roadmap that relates the range of potential ICT development options to planning and urban re/development processes. SERI is part of the think tank of the project. [more...]

Free Trade-sustainable Trade. A contradiction? [Sep. 2002]
SERI is organising a discussion evening in cooperation with ABCSD and the Industriellenvereinigung on the 3rd of September 2002 at 17:00 -20:00.
The UN-World Summit on Sustainable Development has already started in Johannesburg . Until the 4th of September, almost 60.000 delegates from all over the world will discuss the future of our planet. Everyone, who has not the possibility to join the event there, will have the chance to participate directly in the discussion process. As part of the event, there will be a LIVE connection to Johannesburg, including an interview with the Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero- Waldner. Everyone has the opportunity to ask questions or give some suggestions to the Austrian delegates. [more...]

Governance for Sustainable Development (GoSD) [Jul. 2002]
In preparation of the 6th framework programme of the European Union, SERI launched in cooperation with the Factor 10 Institute, Carnoules, France, an expression of interest for an Integrated Projectson on Governance for Sustainable Development: Options and choices in a knowledge-based society (GoSD).
We intend to start lobbying and working for the proposed aims after the summer break. Those interested in participating will find the text of our proposal, contact information and current activities at

Eco-efficient Product Service Systems [Jun. 2002]
The Topic of the month on '
The SERI Team prepared the topic of the month June for the Website Find out more about background, opportunities and examples of Eco-efficient Product Service Systems on this site.

Next Brownbag seminar with Fred Luks and Felix Rauschmeyer [May. 2002]
On Friday, 24th May, the SERI office in Vienna hosted 2 lectures by
international colleagues on their current research.
Fred Luks presented his new major research project NEDS and Felix Rauschmeyer from UFZ in Leipzig talked about "MCDA und Naturschutz".

Post Barcelona - Beyond Barcelona [Mar. 2002]

On the occasion of the Spring Meeting of the European Council in Barcelona (15.-16. March 2002), where the publication of structural- and sustainability indicators was a highlight, SERI also produced a statement concerning this process.

On one hand, the paper "Post Barcelona - beyond Barcelona" appreciates the coordination of the various dimenions of sustainability as a positive step towards the right direction. On the other hand, however, the environmental chapter, has merely been added to the existing list of strucutral indicators. There is neither evidence for examination or interaction of individual objectives nor have mutual reinforcements been identified. SERI therefore urges for important technical improvements within the existing structure in a "Post Barcelona Process". Improvements in the medium- and long term, however, can only be achieved through the replacement of the classification of structural indicators by a systematic structure, derived from the concept of sustainability. Such systematic set of indicators would consider an additional institutional dimension next to the economic, environmental and social dimenison, which would include the essential "rules of the game" of political decisions and their origins. [more..]

SERI study on the ecological effects of immigration into Luxemburg. [Mar. 2002]
While Luxemburg has currently a population of around 440.000 the national statistical office is expecting an increase to about 700.000 inhabitants by the year 2050.

In a recent poll by Friends of the Earth Luxemburg almost 40% of Luxemburg's population is against any further immigration into Luxemburg.
There is a risk that further population growth could have negative consequences on Luxemburg's consumption of resources and quality of life.

In this context SERI has assessed the impact of a population growth on:
1. Energy consumption;
2. Traffic;
3. Built-up area;
4. Waste.
Applying the Ehrlich-formula and a disaggregating methodology the extend to which the factors population, affluence and technology contribute to
ecological stress have been quantified and assessed. It has been shown that
the assumption that further increase in population coupled with an increase
of the GDP would automatically lead to negative environmental consequences
is not legitimate. Resource consumption can be decoupled from population and economic growth. Depending on the ecological indicator this will require a stabilisation of current trends or major structural change.
The study had been commissioned by the Luxemburg Ministry for the
Environment and will be a contribution to the parliamentary discussions on
the national sustainable development strategy.
For further information please contact:

AIRP-SD [Jan. 2002]

In the course of our oingoing EU project AIRP-SD (Adaptive Integration of Research and Policy for Sustainable Development), and with the aim of reaching a wide range of the general public as well as creating a general base for information, a project-related website has been installed. (

Next to general project descriptions (main objectives, importance of the project, ideas behind the project and project plan), there is a detailed description of the 6 project partners. Furthermore, Links to project-related websites have been installed as well as the possibility for the general public to express opinions and criticise. In addition, the possibility is offered to download interim reports and "Milestones" giving an idea of the project's progress, as soon as they have been produced. Finally, there is a place reserved to a specific "Stakeholder Board" set up for the project: the members of this board can communicate on this side and have access to specific project-related documents. [more..] 

SERI’s preparations for the 6th EU framework programme [Feb. 2002]

In preparation of the 6th framework programme of the European Union, SERI participated in several expressions of interest for Integrated Projects/Networks of Excellence, including :

GoSD: Governance for Sustainable Development: Options and choices in a knowledge-based society [more on] Research Network on the Social Dimension of Sustainable Development [more]

ENVPACT: Instruments and policies for a new environmental compact between the EU and the South [more].

We intend to start lobbying and working for the proposed aims after the summer break. Those interested in participating are invited to contact the responsible researchers.

ISEE 2002 Conference [Feb. 2002]
A substantial number of SERI Members attended the ISEE 2002 Conference, giving presentations, chairing sessions and using the opportunity to establish, renew and expand network contacts.

Under the heading "Global (in)equality in social and material terms" SERI has organised two sessions at the ISEE 2002. [more..]

SERI Members can get more information and download a mission report. [more..]




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