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from SERI and SERI members
Internships @ SERI's Vienna office
- Two master theses on material flow analysis (MFA) completed by SERI students
News from our projects, our other work and new
- 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,
- 3rd milestone-report of
the EU-STRATA project AIRP-SD (Adaptive Integration of Research and
policy for Sustainable Development)
Seri and ... (News about
co-operation and partnerships)
- Reaction of the Green 8 to the EU-convention
- ESEE Frontiers 2 Conference Videos
Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and
related writers and publishers
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
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.
News from our projects, our other work and new research
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
or write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
or to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Project homepage (to come) : www.seri.at/MCE-RET
First members meeting of the Concerted Action on Trade & Environment (CAT&E)
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
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
for more information on the IHDP-IT programme.
GoSD meeting in Pignans,
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.
of the EU-STRATA project AIRP-SD
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.
and ... (News about co-operation and partnerships)
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.
Frontiers 2 Conference Videos
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
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
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.
J. H. (2003): Globale Umweltveränderungen. Eine Literaturauswertung. SERI
Background Paper Nr. 1, Mai 2003.
M.(2003): Inputorientierte Umweltpolitik in der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft,
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:
Links + Other
about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.
of the Aachener Stiftung treats with the topic of dematerialisation.
The portal reflects the broad discussion on a technical, economic and
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
6. Going on in
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