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
1. What knowledge is most needed for societies to pursue
sustainability through the integrated management of
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
der Forschung: [Oct.2005]
Wissen Sie wie Ihr Lebensstil und Konsum mit dem Umweltverbrauch
zusammenhängen? Machen Konsum oder eine saubere
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.
Behrens and Stefan Giljum will speak at the conference
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 www.seri.at/Prague05.
of tomorrow participative art project at
the topic of the month August art and sustainable
development at www.nachhaltigkeit.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 www.nachhaltigkeit.at/morgen-wald
where each visitor can entrust messages to the future.
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.
Verantwortung: Umweltraum, internationaler Handel und
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.
Product Service System Innovation (MEPSS) [Jul.
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 www.mepss.nl.
For further information on the project see www.seri.at/mepss
The biannual meeting of the European Society of Ecological
Economics will take place in Lisbon from 14-17 June
SERI is represented by a number of members who will
present a wide selection of topics. For more information,
please visit www.seri.at/esee2005.
promotion of renewable electricity generation
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
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
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].
of the month at www.nachhaltigkeit.at
"Christian organisations and sustainable development
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.
SERI presents papers at the ConAccount meeting 2004[Sep.
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
2nd Open Conference in Amsterdam [Oct.
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 www.seri.at/cate.
For more information on CAT&E see also www.cat-e.org.
Flow Analysis (MFA) of Chile: presentation of results
in Santiago de Chile[Sep.
Giljum presented results of his material flow analysis
study of Chile (see www.seri.at/chile)
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
Project "Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria"
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 www.seri.at/a-modell.
Sustainability Strategy Annual Conference Live
annual conference of the Sustainability Strategy project
has been held from 12 to 14 May 2004 in Berlin.
participation, SERI also provided a multi-media based
coverage of the event. www.sustainability.tv
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 www.sustainability-strategy.net
EU Regional Stakeholder Workshop on eco-efficiency
Together with the Factor 10
Institute, and the Austrian Institute for Sustainable
Devlopment, SERI is preparing a paper on Eco-efficient
for further details.
to the UNESCO Encyclopedia
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.
can be found here.
Text summary is available here.
Governance and the Austrian Sustainability Strategy”
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
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
project PDL Leuchttürme started in March 2004.
analyse outstanding examples of Product Service Systems
(PSS) throughout Europe. The collected examples will
be reported in an online database.
See our project page
NEDS project webpage
webpage of the project NEDS (Nachhaltige Entwicklung
zwischen Durchsatz und Symbolik) is now online.
SERI office moved
of 1st January 2004, SERI changed
its postal address. Our new snail-mail address is: SERI,
Garnisongasse 7/27, 1090 Wien, Austria.
use this new address for all mail correspondence. Our
phone numbers, as well as our e-mail addresses and URLs,
remain the same.
edition of Austrian Newspaper
Der Standard opens Sustainability section!
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 derstandard.at/?ressort=Nachhaltigkeit.
Event: SERI brownbag
SERI is continuing its brownbag seminar series.
can find more information about these loose lectures discussing
our and our friends’ work at www.seri.at/brownbag.
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 www.sustainability.tv/live.
will be present at the World Summit on the Information
Society 2003 and its side events
The summit will take place in Geneva,
Switzerland from 10th to 12th of December 2003.
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: www.seri.at/wsis2003/
Event: Jonathan Lash, President of the
World Resources Institute (WRI). [Oct.
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.
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.
of consumptive behaviour
English version of questionnaire
||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
on 30th of June 2003 and the Final Report
was sent to Brussels on 31th of August 2003
|AIRP-SD project successfully
||The EU-STRATA project "Adaptive
Integration of Research and Policy for Sustainable Development"
(AIRP-SD) has officially ended
The executive summary of
the Final Report is publicly available for download from the
AIRP-SD website: www.airp-sd.net/reports.htm
Set of Indicators [Aug.
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 @ McPlanet.com
||SERI was invited to give a presentation
at the conference McPlanet.com - 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 www.mcplanet.com).
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
3rd milestone-report of the EU-STRATA project
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: www.airp-sd.net.
Start of the MCE-RET Project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Project homepage: www.seri.at/MCE-Ret
|First members meeting
of the Concerted Action on Trade & Environment (CAT&E)
||The first CAT&E members meeting took
place at the IVM / Free University Amsterdam from 12-13 June,
|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
Product Service Systems für SME's - Improving
New Services [Apr.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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)
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.
SERI established a student group which supports
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.
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
The Future of Work and Ecology [Aug.
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
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
Brownbag Seminar on Tuesday, 23rd July 2002,
12.30-14.00 Francois Schneider on Global “dematerialisation”
and “dewaterisation” of regional and national economies, considerations
and perspectives (in English) and
14.30-16.00 Joachim Spangenberg on Quality of Life, Consumption and the
Environment (in German)
Both talks were be broadcasted on www.sustainability.tv.
Project «AIRP-SD» presents first milestone
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 www.airp-sd.net).
ESEE Research Network.
SERI helps to organize a process to include
Ecological Economics research themes in the 6th Framework Program of the
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
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.
SERI brownbag seminar series [Oct.
Stefan Giljum, „MOSUS – Europäische Nachhaltigkeitsszenarien
Im Projekt MOSUS (siehe www.mosus.net)
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
On 19.09.2005 the Finish environmental ministry invited
to a workshop to discuss recent research and practical approaches towards
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
SERI brownbag seminar series [Sep.
Fritz Hinterberger, Harald Hutterer und Jill Jäger: Well-being, Glück
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.“...[more]
New project: Handbook for peer reviews of national sustainable
development strategies [Jul.
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 www.seri.at/nsds_evaluation.
Greenpeace: Ecological Footprint Game[May
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 www.seri.at/bigfoot.
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]
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
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 Expansionsprozesse
geben. Eine Wirtschaft, die physisch wächst, muss früher oder
später an Grenzen geraten. Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung, die auf physische
Expansion angewiesen ist, ...
Unused biomass extraction in
agriculture, forestry and fishery
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 www.mosus.net). 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...
MOSUS: 3rd internal project meeting [Apr.
The 12 partners of the MOSUS project (www.mosus.net)
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.
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 www.matisse-project.net.
SERI brownbag seminar series [Apr.
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
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
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.
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
For further information see [more]
"Modelling the economic impacts of climate policy" started [Jan.
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
Regions website relaunch[Sep.
relaunched its webpage for the research area sustainable regional development.
For further information see www.seri.at/regions.
Publication: Integration zukunftsfähiger
Lebensstile in die Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie Umsetzungs- und Kooperationsstrategien
anhand beispielhafter Akteursmatrizen[Sep.
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
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
Innovation webiste relaunch
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 www.serviceinnovation.at
SERI Network Pages Update
homepage network section has
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
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.
Project Website: ARTEMIS
"Assessment of Renewable Energy Technologies on Multiple Scales (ARTEMIS)
- A Participatory Multi-Criteria Approach" has new project webpage.
by SERI containing detailed project information, project-related news
and status reports has been launched at www.project-artemis.net
New SERI Themes
Area: Consumption [Apr.
SERI extended its Themes Area by Sustainable
as well as daily experience point out, that sustainable development will
not be achieved without suitable developments towards more sustainable
Annual Report 2003 published
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) published its annual report
You can download the entire document in Adobe
Acrobat format here.
Indicators and Scenarios for Sustainable Development
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.
Scenario Meeting [Mar.
2nd internal meeting of the MOSUS project took place in Osnabrück,
Germany, from March 8-9.
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
and the official project website at www.mosus.net
for more details and downloadable background documents.
Event: Limits of growth in the city
of Hamburg, 13.2.2004 [Feb.
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
New Project: Inteligent Cities (INTELCITIES)
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
More information can be found here: www.seri.at/intelcities/
Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria (Ansätze zur Modellierung
einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung) [Dec.
Based on national and international experiences the project will formulate
necessary criteria for an Austrian modelling framework for integrated
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: www.seri.at/a-modell
of Rome [Dec.
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: www.seri.at/download/CoR_2003.pdf.
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.
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).
Tomorrow's Markets - a presentation by Jonathan Lash [Oct.
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 www.sustainability.tv/video/lash/
Science Days 2003 [Sep.
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
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 www.wienerwissen.at
(in german only).
|GoSD meeting in Pignans, France
||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
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
SERI Working Paper and SERI Background Paper series launched
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 www.seri.at/publications
Arbeit und Nachhaltigkeit (Labour and Sustainability)
Topic of the month at www.nachhaltigkeit.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.
Strategies (Sustrat) [May.
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
The Fifth International Conference
of ESEE Statement [Feb.
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
and limits for restructuring Europe towards sustainability (MOSUS)
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
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.
Joachim Spangenberg produced a
backgrund paper on sustainability indicators for the Green Group in the
EU parliament, which can be downloaded from our website.
Global Discussion on Sustainable Development
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 www.nachhaltigkeit.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...]
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...]
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.
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...]
for Sustainable Development (GoSD) [Jul.
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 www.gosd.net.
Eco-efficient Product Service Systems [Jun.
The Topic of the month on www.nachhaltigkeit.at.
The SERI Team prepared the topic of the month June for the Website www.nachhaltigkeit.at.
Find out more about background, opportunities and examples of Eco-efficient
Product Service Systems on this site. [more..]
Next Brownbag seminar with Fred Luks and Felix Rauschmeyer
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
Post Barcelona - Beyond Barcelona [Mar.
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.
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
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;
3. Built-up area;
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
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
the national sustainable development strategy.
For further information please contact: Philipp.Schepelmann@seri.de
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.
SERI’s preparations for the 6th EU framework programme
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 http://www.gosd.net]
SDSD.net: 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
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.
SERI Members can get more information and download
a mission report. [more..]
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