SERI
Infomail 02/03


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Table of contents

1. SERI-News

General news from SERI and SERI members

  • Internships @ SERI's Vienna office

2. Project-Overview

News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

  • Final workshop of the AIRP Project
  • Official Start of the EU-Project Sustainbility Strategies (Sustrat)
  • Launch of the official website for the "MOSUS" project
  • Completed Project: Product Service Systems für SME's - Improving New Services

    3. Friends

    Seri and ... (News about co-operation and partnerships)

    • Conference Proceedings on the Environmental Fiscal Reform Conference
    • Sustainability Conference in Jurmala/Latvia on March 26th-29th
    • Conference on International Sustainable Research in Nottingham/UK

    4. Selected publications

    Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

    • Joachim Spangenberg (2003), Sustainability Strategies-Roots, State and Challenges; Paper presented at the International Sustainable Development Research Conference, University of Nottingham, 24-25 March 2003

    • Joachim Spangenberg (2003) Environmentally Sustainable Household Consumption: Material Flow Based Indicators for Priority Fields of Action; Paper presented at the Conference “Integrative Approaches Towards Sustainability” in Jürmala, Latvia

    5. Links + Other:

    News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

    • Announcment of conferences and meetings
    • Nationale Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien :Perspektiven der Umsetzung und Weiterentwicklung
    • Governance of Sustainability: Incentives for sustainability markets in Japan, Germany and other countries
    • Economic Development and the Environment:Information, Modeling and Management
    • International Perspectives on Environmental Public Policy Conference
    • MCPLANET.COM - THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE TRAP OF GLOBALISATION
    • Euro Science Open Forum 2004
    • New websites
    • Sustainability or resource wars - the alternatve for a peaceful future
    • Cooperative sustainable benchmarking
    • Summer School on the Politics and Economics of Renewable Energy 2003

    6. Going on in Vienna

    Contents

    1. SERI-News

    General news from SERI and SERI members

    Internships @ SERI's Vienna office

    SERI is constantly looking for students of all diciplines as interns. We ask you to provide a short cv and a letter of interest stating in which of our research fields you would especially like to work with. For special thematic internship positions open at the moment, please have a look at www.seri.at/jobs.

    We usually cover for your travel and stay, but can unfortunately not pay a salary. If you are interested or have further questions please write a mail to jobs@seri.at

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    For the current news on SERI check also http://www.seri.at.

    2. Project-Overview

    News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

    Final workshop of the AIRP Project

    SERI, together with its project partners, will present the results of the EU-STRATA project "Adaptive Integration of Research and Policy for Sustainable Development (AIRP-SD)" to science policy experts on sustainable development for their feedback in a workshop on 22. May 2003 in Brussels. The main outcomes presented will be an evaluation methodology for research programmes on sustainable development and recommendations on how to design and manage such research programmes. Science policy experts who wish to attend this workshop are requested to contact Mark Hammer at mark@seri.at to register.

    For more information about the AIRP- project please look at www.airp-sd.net

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    Official Start of the EU-Project Sustainbility Strategies (Sustrat)

    The Sustainability Strategies Project under the 5th FP held its first workshop at the ESEE Frontiers 2 conference, Tenerife, in February. After a technical interruption until May 1st, a re-launch conference will be held in Brussels in mid June.

    The objective of the SUSTRAT Project 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. This requires the creation of a trans-disciplinary network focused on sustainable development, bringing together technical, economic and political science insights, and capable of monitoring the European sustainability strategy, while building a bridge to experts’ and civil society networks committed to European policy co-ordination. The creation of such a thematic network would not only contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Europe, including the policy co-ordination objectives of dynamic economic development, full employment and stronger social cohesion and of integration of environmental issues into all policies. Its functioning as an integrated discursive space would furthermore strengthen the governance structure of the European Union, by making it more accessible to its citizens, and reinforce the basis for a constructive role of the EU in global partnership.

    If you want to learn more about the project please go to www.sustainability-strategy.net or contact doris.schnepf@seri.at

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    Launch of the official website for the "MOSUS" project

    SERI has launched the official website of the EU-funded project "Is Europe sustainable? Modelling opportunities and limits for restructuring Europe towards sustainability (MOSUS)", which has started in February 2003.

    You will find interesting background documents as well as regularly updated information on the project status and results at www.mosus.net.

    For further information on the project, please contact Stefan Giljum

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    Completed Project: Product Service Systems für SME's - Improving New Services

    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 - Improoving New Services (INES) - was developed, that allows them the self assesment of their ideas for new Product Service Systems (PSS).

    This project was funded by the programme of the Austrian BMVIT (Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology): "Fabrik der Zukunft" ("factory of tomorrow").

    See www.seri.at/INES and www.serviceinnovation.at for more information. Please contact ines.omann@seri.at if you have any further questions.

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    For detailed information about SERI’s projects please surf to: http://www.seri.at/projects

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    3. Friends

    Seri and ... (News about co-operation and partnerships)

    Conference Proceedings on the Environmental Fiscal Reform Conference

    In the context of the Environmental Fiscal Reform Conference international experts gave lessons to the state of the art of the ecological fiscal reform as well as to future perspectives. The discussion shall contribute to the implementation of a uniform standard in the EU and in the Accession Countries

    To download the proceedings please click at www.oegut.at/publikationen/pdf/tagungsband_conference.pdf

    This conference was organised by ÖGUT and supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture Forestry Environement and Water Management and the German Federal Environment Ministry

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    Sustainability Conference in Jurmala/Latvia on March 26th-29th

    The Jurmala/Latvia sustainability conference on March 26th – 29th brought together researchers from East and West to explore how dematerialisation (most prominent speaker: Friedrich “Bio” Schmidt-Bleek), sustainable consumption (for SERI: Joachim Spangenberg), sustainable development, business (a.o. Georg Winter, Gunter Pauli) and education (e.g. Walter Leal Filho) can be brought together. Poster sessions on a variety of issues in the environment – society context complemented a highly interesting conference. For a copy of the proceedings or other information please contact Arnolds Ubelis at Arnolds@latnet.lv , the head of the local organising committee.

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    Conference on International Sustainable Research in Nottingham/UK

    The 2003 International Sustainable Development Research Conference was held on March 24th -25th in Nottingham/UK, at few days after the country went to war. This prevented a number of speakers from the South for reasons of visa problems and from the USA for the reason of fear to participate, and provided a permanent issue for discussions in the lobby. The widely shared conclusion was that the strive for sustainability is now more important than ever, as this is the only alternative to ongoing resource wars in a “full world”. Joachim Spangenberg was writing a paper which is dealing exactly with this situation and its historical situation.

    4. Selected publications

    Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

    Joachim Spangenberg (2003), Sustainability Strategies-Roots, State and Challenges; Paper presented at the International Sustainable Development Research Conference, University of Nottingham, 24-25 March 2003

    Abstract

    The term and concept of sustainable development date back to 18 th century Germany, when economic shortages (firewood for silver smelting) led to the introduction of sustainability principles in forest management. Similar concepts arose in France and in Britain. The strategies suggested in feudal Europe resemble quite closely today’s discussion: to shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns, or to overcome resource scarcity (these days including pollution sinks) by means of global trade, relocating industries or forcefully seizing foreign resources. These strategies are discussed regarding their present applicability, and the need for structural change is highlighted. The Johannesburg summit for all its weaknesses demonstrated that the integration of economic, social and environmental concerns has come a long way since “Our Common Future”. The con-ference results are discussed regarding which of the strategic options mentioned they support. The repercussions for policy strategy formulation in a rapidly changing political environment are discussed.

    To download the paper go to www.seri.at/Data/personendaten/js/roots.htm

    Joachim Spangenberg (2003) Environmentally Sustainable Household Consumption: Material Flow Based Indicators for Priority Fields of Action; Paper presented at the Conference “Integrative Approaches Towards Sustainability” in Jürmala, Latvia

    Abstract

    Unsustainable consumption patterns of the affluent global consumer class have long been identified as one of the driving forces of unsustainable development. Unfortunately, there is hardly any data regarding socially sustainable consumption, and for the environmental impact the data available are varying significantly. To overcome this situation, a comprehensive analysis of household consumption has been conducted. The assessment was based on an analysis of the total resource throughput measured as energy, materials and land use, using physical input-output data. As a result, three core consumptions patterns of European societies could be identified where consumers have significant impact on the generation of environmental problems, namely construction and housing, transport and mobility, and nutrition. All other consumption patterns turned out to be either environmentally marginal or not under consumer control. For these patterns, indicators have been developed to guide political action and to monitor their effectiveness.

    To download the paper go to www.seri.at/Data/personendaten/js/household.htm

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    For more information about these and other publications please visit:

    http://www.seri.at/publications

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    5. Links + Other

    News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

    Announcment of conferences and meetings

    • Nationale Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien :Perspektiven der Umsetzung und Weiterentwicklung Organised by the Vereinigung für Ökologische Ökonomie (VÖÖ) and the Vereinigung für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung will be held on 22-24 of may 2003 in Heidelberg. For more information have a look at www.voeoe.de or www.voew.de
    • Governance of Sustainability: Incentives for sustainability markets in Japan, Germany and other countries. The conference will be held at the Japanese-German Centre Berlin, 13-14 of october 2003 and is organized in cooperation between the Japanese-German Centre Berlin, the Wuppertal Institute www.wupperinst.org, and the Japanese Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). For more inforamtion please contact raimund.bleischwitz@wupperinst.org
    • Economic Development and the Environment:Information, Modeling and Management The 6th International Conference of the Russian Society of Ecological Economics (RSEE) will be held on 18 –23 of august 2003 in Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia www.eecenter.chita.ru/con3.htm
    • International Perspectives on Environmental Public Policy Conference The Conference is organized by The University of San Francisco and Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem and will take place from 2nd untill 4th of June 2003 in Budapest, Hungary. For more information go to artsci.usfca.edu/envpolicy
    • MCPLANET.COM - THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE TRAP OF GLOBALISATION June 27-29, 2003, Technical University Berlin A conference by Attac, Friends of the Earth Germany, Greenpeace; in co-operation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy Conference web site: www.mcplanet.com
    • Euro Science Open Forum 2004 The first, pan-European interdisciplinary scientific meeting - EuroScience Open Forum 2004 (ESOF2004) - will be held in Stockholm 25-28 August 2004 to provide a forum for open dialogue on Science & Technology in European society. You can find the conference website at www.esof2004.org .

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    New websites Please consult the website

    • I• Sustainability or resource wars - the alternatve for a peaceful future www.chim.unisi.it/en&war.html is aimed at offering an opportunity to share scientific and economic analyses of the relationship between energy and war, at all levels, from local to planetary. Results and on-going research projects believed to be capable of increasing understanding of, as well as offering solutions to the daily struggle of nations for available energy, are welcome. Their publication in this website may generate or contribute to further research activities on this very important topic.
    • Cooperative sustainable benchmarking www.sustainable-benchmarking.de is a project of future e.V. which aims to connect requirements of sustainability and applications of management concepts of SME´s.
    • Sustainable Companies www.sustainable-excellence.de is a project of the Wuppertalinstitut and future e.V. It connects EFQM-Modells (European Foundation for Quality Management) with criterias of sustainable management.

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    Summer School on the Politics and Economics of Renewable Energy 2003

    The school will take place from 12th untill 26th of July in Salzburg, Austria and is supported by the European Commission and the Austrian Ministry of Science. It focuses on the need to provide for a long-term transition to a non-fossil fuel-based European economy by the appropriate regulation of renewable energy sources. Therefore, the summer school brings together high-ranking experts with “academic” and “practitioner” students from different countries to discuss important topics of renewable energy sources.

    More information at: www.sbg.ac.at/pol/ress

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    6. Going on in Vienna

    For more information on SERI related events in Vienna pleas surf to:

    http://www.seri.at/events.

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    These were our messages and news for this month. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for detailed information on our projects and for possibilities in co-operation and partnership. It’s a challenge to start an interactive dialogue of exchanging experiences. You are all invited to participate in this process.

    SERI is the first "virtual" research institute on sustainable development with associated researchers all over Europe. If you want to get more detailed information on the Institute and its members please visit our website: http://www.seri.at.

    The 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.

    The 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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