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Infomail 03/03


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Table of contents

1. SERI-News
General news from SERI and SERI members

  • Internships @ SERI's Vienna office

  • Two master theses on material flow analysis (MFA) completed by SERI students

2. Project-Overview
News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

  • Arbeit und Nachhaltigkeit (Labour and Sustainability). Topic of the month at www.nachhaltigkeit.at
  • Start up conference of the SUSTRAT Project in Brussels (Sustainability-Strategies)
  • Start of the MCE-RET Project (Participatory multi-criteria evaluation for a sustainability-oriented promotion of renewable energy)
  • First members meeting of the Concerted Action on Trade & Environment (CAT&E)
  • News on the MOSUS project (Modelling opportunities and limits for restructuring Europe towards sustainability)
  • Governance for Sustainable Development (GoSD) meeting on objectives and indicators for sustainable development in Pignans, France
  • 3rd milestone-report of the EU-STRATA project AIRP-SD (Adaptive Integration of Research and policy for Sustainable Development)

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

    • Reaction of the Green 8 to the EU-convention
    • ESEE Frontiers 2 Conference Videos

     
    4. Selected publications
    Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

    • SERI Working Paper series and SERI Background Paper series launched on SERI website

      Giljum, S., Eisenmenger, N. (2003): North-South trade and the distribution of environmental goods and burdens: a biophysical perspective. SERI Working Paper Nr. 2, June 2003.

      Spangenberg, J. H. (2003): Globale Umweltveränderungen. Eine Literaturauswertung. SERI Background Paper Nr. 1, Mai 2003.

    • Stewen M.(2003): Inputorientierte Umweltpolitik in der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
     
    5. Links + Other:
    News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

    • Internet portal on dematerialisation
    • Workshop: Interfaces between Science and Society

    6. Going on in Vienna

     
    Contents
     

    1. SERI-News

    General news from SERI and SERI members

    Gisela Bosch leaves SERI´s Vienna office

    After 2 years of collaboration Gisela Bosch, member of SERI´s Vienna office, who was leading the AIRP-SD project, (see www.airp-sd.net) leaves the institute and will join the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development (ÖIN).

    Two master theses on material flow analysis (MFA) completed

    SERI students Karl Jamek and Johannes Hacker, both from the Technical University of Vienna, completed their master theses in the area of material flow accounting and analysis under the auspicies of SERI. The theses dealing with the material intensity of electricity production in Europe (Johannes Hacker, in german) and on total (used and unused) primary non-renewable material inputs for most countries of the world (Karl Jamek, in english) can be downloaded from SERI's students webpage at www.seri.at/students.

    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

    Arbeit und Nachhaltigkeit (Labour and Sustainability)
    Topic of the month at www.nachhaltigkeit.at., elaborated by SERI

    It deals with different types of work and the concept of mixed work which 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 language. If you are interested in the topic please go to www.nachhaltigkeit.at or write an email to doris.schnepf@seri.at.

     

    Start up conference of the SUSTRAT Project in Brussels

    The Sustainability Strategies Network "Improvement of sustainability strategy elaboration for economic, environmental and social policy in Europe" , funded by the 5th framework program of the EU, officialy started with its first conference in Brussels from 12th until 15th of June. The objective of the three year long 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. Meetings, workshops and conferences as well as project publications will be announced continously at the project homepage at www.sustainability-strategy.net.

    If you have further questions on the project, please write to: joachim.spangenberg@seri.de or to doris.schnepf@seri.at .

     

    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 ines.oman@seri.at Project homepage (to come) : 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, 2003. Around 30 scientists from more than 20 European institutions performing research in the area of trade and environment, gathered to present completed and ongoing reserach projects in this area and to discuss a common research agenda. Furthermore, draft reports on the state of the art in the different sub-areas were reviewed. These draft reports as well as all other information related to this project can be downloaded from the project webpage at www.cat-e.org.


    News on 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. Furthermore, MOSUS has been endorsed by the Industrial Transformation Project of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP-IT). See http://130.37.129.100/ivm/research/ihdp-it/ for more information on the IHDP-IT programme.

     

    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 European Commission. The outcome of the meeting is 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. The "Pignans Statement" can be downloaded from the GoSD webpage at www.gosd.net.

     

    3rd milestone-report of the EU-STRATA project AIRP-SD

    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.

     

     
    3. Friends

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

    Reaction of the Green 8 to the EU-convention

    The eight largest European environmental organisations, the Green 8, have been working together to advise the Convention on issues relevant to environment, sustainable development and participatory democracy. They welcomed the final shape of the European Constitution especially concerning the good definition of environment in the objectives (high level of protection and improvement of the environment) the 3-pilar definition of sustainable development and that the integration principle was saved. However, they also cautioned that the work of the Convention is not yet complete. It is regrettable that the Convention has not seized the opportunity to improve Europe's ambitions in relation to four crucial issues:
    • there is still no formal access to justice for citizens and their organisations at the EU level;
    • the Union's policies have not been reformed to allow them to fully comply with sustainable development;
    • there has been only partial improvement in the position of the European Parliament in decision-making in areas relevant to the environment;
    • there is still a real threat that the Euratom Treaty will persist in the new Constitution.

    You can find more information at: www.foeeurope.org/activities/convention/convention.htm


    ESEE Frontiers 2 Conference Videos

    The FRONTIERS 2 Conference - European Application in Ecological Economics - took place at Hotel Maritim, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 12-15 February 2003 and was focused on state-of-the-art applications of ecological economics for environmental planning and management, in education and for testing the robustness of research tools. The keynotespeeches of the conference are now available as videos on the follwing website: Sustainability.tv/video/frontiers2/ . Find out more about Ecological Economcs on the website of the European Society: www.euroecolecon.org

     
    4. Selected publications

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

    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. The new publications in the series are:

    Giljum, S., Eisenmenger, N. (2003): North-South trade and the distribution of environmental goods and burdens: a biophysical perspective. SERI Working Paper Nr. 2, June 2003.

    Abstract

    The implications of North-South trade for economic development and the distribution of economic benefits through international trade have been a long-standing discussion in economics. In the last 20 years, environmental distribution issues gained increasing attention in the international debate, in particular since the recognition of sustainable development as the guiding principle for future global development. In this paper we take a biophysical perspective to analyze the distribution of environmental goods versus environmental burdens in North-South trade relations. Studies based on physical accounting are particularly suitable to elucidate environmental consequences of economic specialization processes in different world regions, as they clarify implications for both the use of natural resources and the generation of waste and emissions in a coherent and comprehensive manner. Empirical evidence from biophysical accounting studies suggests that the formation of specific metabolic profiles of societies in North and South as a consequence of specialization leads to an unequal distribution of environmental goods and burdens. The paper closes with an evaluation of policy measures and instruments with regard to their likely effects on environmental distribution between North and South.


    Spangenberg, J. H. (2003): Globale Umweltveränderungen. Eine Literaturauswertung. SERI Background Paper Nr. 1, Mai 2003.


    Stewen M.(2003): Inputorientierte Umweltpolitik in der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft


    Abstract

    The impact on ecosystems, caused by material use of industrialized countries, is huge. Four billion tons of material are taken from the ecosystem just in Germany. An inputoriented environmental politic tries to reduce material flow on the input side. That means an absolut reduction of ressources, material and land use. In this book, the concept of an inputoriented environmental politic is concretised as well the possibilities for its implementation.


    For more information about these and other publications please visit:

     
    5. Links + Other

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

    Internet portal: Dematerialisation

    www.faktor-x.info
    The Internetportal of the Aachener Stiftung treats with the topic of dematerialisation. The portal reflects the broad discussion on a technical, economic and political level.

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    Workshop

    Interface between Science and Society International Workshop on Science and Society. Milano, 27th - 28th of November 2003. The objective of the workshop is to collect the experiences of eminent people in Europe and the rest of the world dedicating their work to science and society interfaces as well as to edit guidelines for good practice in science and society interfaces covered by the conference themes.

    For more information about the workshop please click: alba.jrc.it/interfaces

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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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