The One Hectare Challenge“ – Playing the Ecological Footprint
(September 2005)

When demands of sustainable development are viewed from the perspective of global equity, every human being of the world needs to satisfy his/her needs on one global hectare. The aim of this computer game is therefore for the player to reduce his/her ecological footprint to one hectare. Options to do so include changes in lifestyle (consumption, mobility, housing), technological changes (e.g. ecological agriculture) etc. The game was initiated by Greenpeace CEE and is developed in cooperation with Datenkraft.

Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (MATISSE)
(April 2005 - March 2008)

Sustainable development has become an overall policy objective in the European Union. The objective of MATISSE is therefore to achieve a step-wise advance in the science and application of Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) of EU policies. In order to reach this objective the core activity of the MATISSE project is to improve the tool kit available for conducting Integrated Sustainability Assessments.

Macroeconomic impacts of policy measures to meet Kyoto goals (2004-2005)
On behalf of the Lebensministerium and in cooperation with the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO), SERI studies the economic impacts of climate policy measures for the Austrian economy regarding the reaching of the Kyoto goal. Since at the time being, Austria has no simulation model (neither CGE nor a macro-econometric multi-sector model), which fulfills the requirements of modeling the impacts of climate policy in a suitable way, first an appropriate model framework must be developed. This model framework is based on existing models of WIFO and will be supplemented with new modules, which are judged to be necessary for investigating the question. Within the project, SERI is responsible for modelling foreign trade and quantifying the CO2 leakage effects.

Assessing large-scale environmental risks with tested Methods (ALARM)
(February 2004 – January 2009)

SERI is contributes to and coordinates the socio-economic dimension of ALARM. Its aim is to improve the instruments for assessing the risks of biodiversity due to climate change, use of chemicals, biological invasions and the loss of pollinators in Europe and to recommend political measures to reduce these risks.

Product Service System Methodology (MEPSS) (2002-2004)

The MEPSS project develops a methodology that helps the industry to set up and analyse newly developed product service systems. SERI is a member of the scientific peer review group.

PDL Leuchttürme (Mar. 2004-Nov. 2004)

Analysing outstanding examples of Product Service Systems (PSS) throughout Europe. The collected examples will be reported in an online database. Expert interviews will help to find out strengths and constraints for PSS.

The Future for Sustainable Consumption in Europe

The study identifies and analyses the main past trends and future outlooks for household consumption in Europe and its environmental effects. This includes an assessment of which consumption clusters (goods and services) have had the most significant environmental impacts in the past and which are expected to have the most significant impacts in the foreseeable future. It takes into account existing work on prioritising product areas and product groups.

Intelcities - Intelligent Cities

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.

Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria (2003-2004)

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).

Artemis (Jun. 2003 - Jun. 2006)

The aim of the proposed research project is to apply, critically assess and develop further participatory multi-criteria evaluation of selected future energy scenarios and of individual renewable energy technologies based on sustainability criteria of different dimensions (social, economic, environmental, institutional) in Austria.

Sustainability-Strategy (May. 2003 - Apr. 2006)

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.

Sustainable Development between throuput and symbolism (Nachhaltige Entwicklung zwischen Durchsatz und Symbolik – NEDS) (Oct. 2002 - Nov. 2004) (Oct. 2002 - Nov. 2004)

Analysing the interrelationships between discourses, socio-economic structures and material flows for three European metropolitan regions.

Modelling opportunities and limits for restructuring Europe towards sustainability (MOSUS) (Feb. 2003 - Jan. 2006)

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.

Concerted Action on Trade & Environment (CAT&E) (Dec. 2002-Nov. 2005)

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.

eCommunity (Sep. 2002 - Aug. 2005)

The objective of eCommunity is to promote sustainable and democratic urban planning by using opportunities offered by information technology and WWW in Narva, Estonia.

Intelcity (Aug. 2002 - Jul. 2003)

The aim of INTELCITY is to explore new opportunities for sustainable development of cities through the intelligent use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It 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.

Ways towards Sustainability in the EU beyond the Spring European Summit 2003 (Jul. 02- Feb. 03)

In a study 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, SERI explored possible strategies for the Austrian position at the next EU-Environmental Council meeting..

Visualisation of consumptive behaviour on the basis of material intensity (May 2002 - Sep. 2002)

SERI has development of a questionnaire for the self-assessment of the 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.

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.

Development of Product Service Systems (Jan. 2002 - Mar. 2003)

SERI participates in a new project on "Development of new possibilities for companies by using a methodology of initialisation, creation and implementation of eco efficient Product Service Systems"

International trade and material flows - the case of the Chilean export economy (Oct. 2001 - Feb. 2002)

This project analyses the metabolic changes and developments of the Chilean socio-economic system driven by export orientation and active integration in the world markets within then last 30 years,

National Research Activities on Sustainable Development (Sep. 01- Jun. 02)
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.

Greenig the G8 (Mar. 2001 - Apr. 2001)

SERI helped the organizers of the recent G8 summit in Genoa to encourage the dialogue on global issues between the G-8 and non governmental actors.

Environmental impact of population growth (2001-2002)

Commissioned by the Ministry for Environment SERI has calculated the environmental impact of population growth in Luxemburg. Four sectors are analysed

  • energy consumption
  • traffic
  • land
  • waste

SERI shows that it is not inevitable that the growth of population and the economy will reduce the quality of life in Luxemburg. The factors population growth, economic growth and resource consumption are in a non-linear relation. This results in higly diverse trends of environmental pressure.

MIPS Academy (2001 - 2002)

This virtual academy created by the Society Factor 4 + in cooperation with SERI introduces you into the world of environmental protection and dematerialisation. Main concept of the dematerialisation is to create products and services with a reduced use of natural resources. This saves the environment, helps to reduce costs and leads to innovations and new market opportunities.
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PROREGIS (Productivity Registry – Center for Resource Productivity Factors for Wealth Creation) (2000-2001)

Feasibility study for the implementation of a database for material input and flow data.

Labour and Environment - Austria (in german only) (Jul. 2000 - Jun. 2001)

Pathfinder - Developing new strategic targets for the sustainable societies programme of Friends of the Earth (Feb. 2000 - Sep. 2000)

Starting from the need that the sustainability debate lacks momentum and strategy, the European network of Friends of the Earth has started a process that will revive the concept of a sustainable Europe and bring it back onto the agenda of the groups of Friends of the Earth.

Environmental impact of population growth

Commissioned by the Ministry for Environment SERI has calculated the environmental impact of population growth in Luxemburg. Four sectors are analysed
- energy consumption
- traffic
- land
- waste

SERI shows that it is not inevitable that the growth of population and the economy will reduce the quality of life in Luxemburg. The factors population growth, economic growth and resource consumption are in a non-linear relation. This results in higly diverse trends of environmental pressure.

Employment and Environment - The Transfer Process (Apr. 2000 - Oct. 2000)

Sustainable development means exploring ways to reconcile job creation, economic competitiveness and environmental protection.

Italian National Plan for Sustainable Development (Jan. 2000 - Nov. 2000)

Consulting ENEA in the preparation of the Italian National Plan for Sustainable Development

Beyond-Growth - Nachhaltige Entwicklung versus Wirtschaftswachstum? (Jan. 2000 - Jul. 2000)

In co-operation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung SERI was working at a publication of the contributions to the conference.

Eco-efficient regions (Dec. 1999 - Nov. 2000)

The "5th Environmental Conference of Regional Ministers and Political Leaders in the EU" will take place in Villach (Carinthia / Austria) from 27th to 28th September 2001.

Environmental Integration

In a comprehensive study SERI analyses the strategies and reports which were prepared by the EU-Councils of ministers for energy, transport and the internal market. The study contains sectorial as well as general policy advice.

Sustainable OECD

In 1999, the OECD Council of Ministers asked the Paris headquarters to hammer out corner stones of a sustainability strategy for the OECD and its member countries, including policy mesures and monitoring mechanisms. A number of hearings followed, providing high quality input, and a conference in Rome in December 1999.

Environmental Mediation in Europe (Sep. 1999 - Feb. 2000)

Mediation is frequently overrated and misinterpreted. The Use of mediation and mediation-like processes initiate a debate within society and may increase the acceptance of strategies for a sustainable development.
SERI presented a study with suggestions as to how a European environmental discourse might be structured.

The SERI Annual Reports with all projects and publications can be downloaded here.

SERI Annual Report 2002

SERI Annual Report 2003

SERI Annual Report 2004




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last update 05-Jul-2005