members at a working group for the Genoa Non Governmental (GNG) Initiative
in occasion of the G-8 meeting
Hinterberger and Giovanni Mastino have been invited to join a working
group on Sustainable development and Environment for the Genoa Non
Governmental (GNG) Initiative in occasion of the G-8 meeting in Genoa
July, 20-22) to encourage a dialogue and a discussion Forum on global
between the G-8 and non governmental actors.
Other members of the working group include Gianfranco Bologna, Wolfgang
Sachs, and Norman Myers.
Rosinski joins UNEP, Paris
Rosinski is now staying in Paris as an intern (February - May) in the
UNEP-project: "Strategies and mechanisms for promoting cleaner
production in developing countries."
The project aims at launching new instruments/project initiatives, e.g.
credit lines, trust funds, policy changes and training to foster CP.
for more on UNEP.
To contact Niki visit his website
Project-Overview: News from our projects, our other work
and new research fields
and Environment - Austria
project "Labour and Environment - Austria" was started. On behalf of
the Austrian ministry for the environment, we discuss the feasibility
of an Austrian research programme on this topic.
german website on the topic for details.
of Environmental Integration
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) has just recently completed
a study evaluating the environmental integration reports of the Council
formations Internal Market , Energy and Transport. SERI has developed
practicable policy recommendations for the design of this process in
the following years.
These recommendations refer to the individual sectors and their specific
issues, as well as to the more general, institutional aspects of the
find the summaries of the different parts and the complete studies as
download in pdf-format here.
The German version is available here.
1999, the OECD Council of Ministers asked the Paris headquarters to
hammer out corner stones of a sustainability strategy for the OECD and
member countries, including policy measures and monitoring mechanisms.
number of hearings followed, providing high quality input, and a conference
in Rome in December 1999.
Since the 2000 Progress Report to the ministers was focussing on a quite
narrow-minded economistic view, national delegations (representing the
ministries involved, like economic, finance, environment, social affairs)
rejected the draft for its lack of balance and its ignorance for the
the OECD had been given. One of the key demands from the ministers was
strengthen the social dimension of sustainable development to give it
weight as compared to economic and environmental concerns.
SERI has been contracted along with the Wuppertal Institute to advise
German Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs on this matter. By mid-April
it will be clear if this advice has been acceptable to the national
delegation as well as to the other OECD members.
get more information on this project please click here.
flows and land use - Accounting, Analysis and Scenario Formulation
co-operation with IIASA and other partners worldwide, we are making
attempt for the accounting, analysis and scenario formulation of material
flows and land use.
website for details.
Friends: Seri and ... (News
about co-operation and partnerships)
videos on the internet Central parts of some lectures given by Mathis
Wackernagel, Fritz Hinterberger and Arnim Wiek can now be viewed at
A dicussion with EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström was broadcasted
live and will soon be available for download.
in Portugal - ...making the invisible visible
Lda - Centre of Studies, Information and Education on the
Environment - is a service-oriented company recently founded in Portugal.
The company's goal is to assist people, companies and institutions in
search for economically and ecologically efficient solutions to challenging
environmental problems in Portugal.
CEIFAmbiente operates in Portugal and other countries as a "network
generator". It brings together people and institutions that are
and implementing ambitious environmental projects in Portugal, and want
exploit the potential of knowledge and technology transfers within the
CEIFAmbiente's task is to establish and co-ordinate interdisciplinary
working groups which fulfil the requirements of the individual projects.
These working groups are to develop and/or implement scientifically
socially and ecologically compatible concepts adapted to local needs,
ensuring sustainable development in Portugal.
would still like to invite post-doc researchers intending to apply for
Marie Curie Fellowships to work with SERI or members of the SERI network
in other parts of Europe.
for more, or try the links below for detailed information:
we are also looking for interesting places of research to which our
researchers could go for some time!
Selected publications: Book
reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and
Finance: Niki Rosinski's diploma thesis on Sustainable Finance
paper explores the state of sustainability in the financial markets
consequences for companies:
As an important resource provider, financial markets have a considerable
impact on corporate strategies. Today, signals for increased importance
sustainability are multiplying in the financial markets. Therefore it
become more and more difficult for companies to evade the challenge
sustainability. Thus, companies that act in a proactive way will be
profit from future changes triggered by sustainable development.
paper is for download as pdf-file at our Sustainable
Publication (extended version) by
BOCKERMANN, Bernd MEYER (GWS), Ines OMANN (SERI, Vienna), Joachim H.
SPANGENBERG (Wuppertal Institute and SERI, Vienna)
Sustainability - European and German Approaches"
presented at the International Conference Systems Science 2000, Osnabrück,
Germany, March 20th - 22nd 2000
Sustainable Development is probably the key new paradigm on which to
policies for the future. However, so far the concept remains vague at
in many aspects, and in particular as regards the interaction environmental,
economic and social politics. Based on some theoretical considerations
paper defines minimum conditions for sustainable development. This provides
minimum conditions for the suitability of economic models for sustainability
questions, as well as a criterion to assess the sustainability of the
scenarios presented in the remainder of the paper. Both models introduced
are shown to meet these requirements.
This paper presents two such models. One (PANTA RHEI) is a highly
sophisticated econometric model for the German economy (Meyer et al.
The other one (SuE) is less disaggregated system dynamics model for
15 economy (Spangenberg, Scharnagl 1998). Both include the measuring
energy and material consumption and are thus well suited to indicate
linkage of economic development and environmental impact. Similarly,
calculate the employment effects of a given policy, permitting to include
one key social concern in the evaluation of sustainability policies
When comparing the results of similar strategies simulations run on
models, their inherent structural difference rules out any methodological
bias or system artefact. All the more relevant are those outcomes that
into a similar direction for policy development, having a base in two
independent, structurally independent policy impact assessments. Key
There is a trade off between growth and employment on the one and
environmental concerns on the other hand, however sustainable compromises
No single policy instrument (neither legal measures nor economic incentives)
is able to deliver a sustainable economy. What is needed is an intelligent
mix of economic, social, environmental and labour policy measures.
If such a combined strategy is applied, it is possible to reduce the
currently unsustainable high unemployment levels to significantly below
percent of the labour force, while at the same time reducing resource
consumption, safeguarding or increasing the standard of living and not
running into significant public debt.
Words: Sustainability, Modelling, IO-Analysis, Embodied Energy
Accounting, Dematerialisation, Employment.
download the extended version of this paper click here.
CHAMBERS, Craig SIMMONS, Mathis WACKERNAGEL:
footprinting is rapidly being adopted as an effective and
practical way to measure our impact on the environment - in both large-
small-scale planning and development. This is an introduction to ecological
footprint analysis, showing how it can be done, and how to measure the
"footprints" of activities, lifestyles, organizations and
studies illustrate its effectiveness at national, organizational, individual
and product levels.
Sharing Nature's Interest is an online resource for individuals and
organisations interested in ecological footprint analysis.
book is published by Earthscan and available through good bookshops.
book is supported by a web-based resource at:
Price £13.95 (P&P £2.50 UK or £3.50 rest
of world from Earthscan, 120 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9BR or email
Links + Other: News about
other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.
for the 6th FP for research
proposal from the European Commission for the 6th framework programme
for research and technological development can be downloaded here.
or www.kowi.de to get
an overview in
Ski World Championships/Lahti 2001
project Eco-efficient Ski World Championships is organized by Suvi
Häkkinen and aims at reducing the environmental effects of Lahti
the official website of this Ski-event click below:
Announcement for the 2nd international conference:
Eco-Efficiency to Overall Sustainability in Enterprises"
taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 14th to 17th May 2001.
Wuppertal Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable
Development (WBCSD) have been mandated to organise for the 2nd time
1998 an international conference that will give an outlook over technologies
and concepts that go beyond pollution control.
on the topics of ENVITEC - energy, water and resources - noted
speakers will present entrepreneurial success stories. For the first
one session will deal with social aspects of eco-efficiency, with the
corporate social responsibility of enterprises. A further session will
hosted by the consulting company Arthur D. Little and will deal with
possibilities of consulting enterprises towards eco-efficiency.
can find further information about the conference and eco-efficiency
the web site www.eco-efficiency.de.
It also gives you the possibility to sign the directory to receive the
conference programme by mail.
about ENVITEC (The International Trade Fair for Supply and Waste
Management) is available on the web site www.envitec.de.
has been approved towards two 'mini-conferences' on ecological
economics under the EC High-Level Scientific Conferences (type: EuroConferences),
Human Potential Programme, 1998-2002. The main objectives of such conferences
are to promote scientific excellence by (i) allowing senior researchers
to impart their experience to younger researchers; and (ii) creating
a framework for networking of EU researchers with scientists outside
the Member and Associated States. Numbers are limited to 100 participants
to allow for good focus and interaction.
4/7 July 2001 - Cambridge, UK
The focus will be on fundamental issues concerning ecological economics.
CALL FOR PAPERS is posted on the Frontiers website. Deadline for
submissions is 15 March 2001.
12-15 February 2003 - Tenerife, Spain
The second Frontiers conference will focus on state-of-the-art applications
of ecological economics for environmental planning and management, in
education and for testing the robustness of research tools.
Going on in Vienna
SERI brownbag seminar
a loose series of lectures, to which we invite all interested guests,
we want to discuss our own work and that of our colleagues. Please bring
your own lunch bag!
seminar: "Ecological Economic Policy"
Juerg Minsch and Fritz Hinterberger.
SERIs office in Vienna.
Date and time: April 2nd 2001, 2 p.m.
Minsch, professor for sustainable development at the Vienna university
of agriculture and Fritz Hinterberger will discuss on the issue of "Ecological
It seems that an overall and absolute reduction of material flows through
industrial economies is by no means being achieved without policies
deliberately aiming at such a reduction: rebound effects eat up these
(food needs a special treatment). And the access to these
services/technologies is unevenly distributed.
These problems are a challenge to individual goals and efforts as well
for policy. Both Juerg Minsch and Fritz Hinterberger will give short
presentations (20-30 minutes each) introducing a broader discussion.
event will be broadcasted at www.sustainability.tv.
were our messages and news for this month. Please dont hesitate
to contact us for detailed information on our projects and for possibilities
in co-operation and partnership. Its a challenge to start an interactive
dialogue of exchanging experiences. You are all invited to participate
in this process.
is the first "virtual" research institute with associated
researchers all over Europe.
Sustainable Europe Research Institute, together with a supporting legal
association, exists since September 1999 according to Austrian Law.
The headquarters have been established in Vienna. We would like to invite
you to participate in this undertaking.
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) is a Pan-European think
tank aiming to explore sustainable development options for European
societies. SERI's research agenda and methodology is based on previous
work carried out by Friends of the Earth and the Wuppertal Institute.
The Institute aims to develop the concept of environmental space and
shows ways to substantially reduce the resource throughput of modern
industrial societies. The research carried out by members of SERI supports
the dialogue within European civil society. It specifically aims to
further develop the exchange of ideas between environmental citizens
organisations, governments, trade unions and industry. The scientific
dialogue SERI aims to engender is supported by its web page and this
newsletter, conferences, meetings as well as publications.
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