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Infomail 03/04

 

Dear Friends and colleagues,

 

Welcome to the 3rd edition of SERI’s InfoMail of the year 2004 (03/04), the regular published electronic news bulletin of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI). You are receiving this InfoMail because you indic at ed an interest in SERI's activities. To unsubscribe see the end of this InfoMail. 

 

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Table of contents

 

 

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

 

o        New SERI Themes Area: Consumption

o        SERI Annual Report 2003 published 

o        Roman Mesicek is the new chairman of Austrian Council for Sustainable Development

o        Daniel Mittler joined Greenpeace Intern at ional in April

o        Ines Omann at Perspektivenkongress in Berlin

o        Service Innov at ion online portal relaunched



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

 

o        ARTEMIS: New Project webpage

o        ALARM: Project take-off

o        Consumption and the Environment in Europe - Trends and Futures

o        Sustainability Str at egy: annual conference in Berlin and website relaunch

o        CAT&E: Second internal meeting in Amsterdam

 

 

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

 

o        Friedrich Hinterberger joined the Austrian chapter of the Club of Rome

o        Friedrich Hinterberger will partcip at e in an EU Regional Stakeholder Workshop on eco-efficient services



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

 

o        ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; Friedrich Hinterberger, Fred Luks, Marcus Stewen In: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford , UK

o        "Die Umwelt in der Globalisierungsfalle" published by the VSA Verlag, Hamburg

o        Wachstums- und Beschäftigungsimpulse rentabler M at erialeinsparungen; Hartmut Fischer, Karl Lichtblau, Bernd Meyer, Janina Scheelhaase; Wirtschaftsdienst 04/2004

o        Der ökologische Rucksack, Wirtschaft für eine Zkunft mit Zukunft; Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek (Hrsg.); Hirzel Verlag; 2004

o        Giljum, S.; Hammer, M.; Hinterberger, F. (2004): Resource use scenarios for Europe in 2020. SERI Studies Nr. 1. SERI, Vienna .

o        Behrens, A. (2004): Environmental policy instruments for dem at erialis at ion of the European Union. SERI Background Paper 7. SERI, Vienna .

 

 

5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.

 

o        Congress "Gesteuerte Demokr at ie? Wie neoliberale Eliten die Politik beeinflussen", Frankfurt , 25 – 27 June

 

6. Going on in Vienna

 

o        Sustainable Leadership – Spirit in Business, Intern at ional Symposium, 30 June – 1 July, Vienna , Haus der Industrie

 

 

 

 

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

 

New SERI Themes Area: Consumption


SERI extended its Themes Area by Sustainable Consumption.
Global conferences as well as daily experience point out, th
at sustainable development will not be achieved without suitable developments towards more sustainable consumption p at terns. SERI is discussing these issues in its new Themes Area.


SERI Annual Report 2003 published


SERI published its annual report for 2003. There you can find all inform at ion about SERI projects in 2003. SERI Annual Report in Adobe PDF form at can be downloaded here.

 

Roman Mesicek is the new chairman of Austrian Council for Sustainable Development


Roman Mesicek has left the SERI office Vienna in January 2004 and is now chairman of the Austrian Council for Sustainable Development Willy Autischer. We wish Roman good luck and hope for further successful cooper at ion! E-mail: , Web: www.abcsd.at




Daniel Mittler joined Greenpeace Intern at ional in April

He will be working as a Political Advisor mainly on trade, corpor at e accountability and global sustainability issues. He works from Berlin , where he was previously Head of Intern at ional Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). His new email address is daniel.mittler@diala.greenpeace.org. For further contact details check out his webpage at www.seri.at, which has also been updated.

Ines Omann at Perspektivenkongress in Berlin

Ines Omann at tended the Perspektivenkongress in Berlin from 14 to16of May. The aim of the congress was to develop and discuss perspectives and str at egies for a policy altern at ive in Germany . Main subjects were how to reduce the current unemployment, to increase the life quality including the environmental quality, to reduce the public deficit. Ines Omann was one of the discussants at the panel "Employment and economic growth" on S at urday morning (for more inform at ion about the congress see: www.perspektivenkongress.de). Her present at ion can be downlodaded here.

 

Service Innov at ion online portal relaunched


SERI and its partners, Joanneum Research, IÖW and Ecodesign Inform at ionsknoten, relaunched the portal on service innov at ion. This site is dealing with sustainable product-service systems and will be continuously extended and upd at ed. Visit the portal at www.serviceinnovation.at.

 

For current news on SERI check also www.seri.at.

 

 

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

 

ARTEMIS: New Project webpage


The project "Assessment of Renewable Energy Technologies on Multiple Scales (ARTEMIS) - A Particip at ory Multi-Criteria Approach" has anew project webpage.
The website developed by SERI, providing detailed project inform
at ion, project-rel at ed news, and st at us reports, has been launched at www.project-artemis.net

 

 

 

 



 

 

ALARM: Project take-off


 The ALARM project started with a series of kick-off meetings. SERI is co-ordin at ing the socio-economic module of the project and is? the socio-economic expert institution within the clim at e pillar. More at www.seri.at/alarm

 

Consumption and the Environment in Europe - Trends and Futures

This study on behalf of the Danish Environmental Agency has just been published.
The report sets out to make the idea of environmentally sustainable consumption a little more concrete by exploring the outlook for consumption and the environment, considering the forces shaping consumption and reviewing scenarios in which lifestyles and consumption p
at terns might become more sustainable.



Sustainability Str
at egy: annual conference in Berlin

SERI at tended the Sustainability Str at egy annual conference in Berlin from 12 to 14 of May. Fritz Hinterberger presented the Austrian stand and str at egies for sustainable development. The whole conference was live webcasted by Sustainability.TV and will also be soon available for download in form of video files. Check www.sustainability.tv for more inform at ion. The Sustainability Str at egy website has also been relaunched. New fe at ures as well as a personalized forum access have been implemented. Please visit www.sustainability-strategy.net for additional information.







CAT&E: Second internal meeting in Amsterdam


From 17th-18th of May, the second internal meeting of the Concerted Action on Trade and Environment (CAT&E) took place at IVM, Amsterdam . The CAT&E members revised the st at e of the art reports concerning different issues in the trade & environment research field and discussed the contents of the 2nd CAT&E conference, which will be held in Amsterdam, from 1st to 2nd of November on the issue of “Trade, environment and development: bridging the North-South Divide”. For download of the reports and more inform at ion on the conference, visit the project webpage at www.cat-e.org.

 

 

For more inform at ion on our projects check also www.seri.at/projects.

 

 

3. Friends: Seri and (News about co-oper at ion and partnerships)

 

Friedrich Hinterberger joined the Austrian chapter of the Club of Rome


Dr. Friedrich Hinterberger of SERI joined the Austrian chapter of the Club of Rome. The Club of Rome is a global think tank and centre of innov at ion and initi at ive.
As a non-profit, non governmental organis
at ion (NGO), it brings together scientists, economists, businessmen, intern at ional high civil servants, heads of st at e and former heads of st at e from all five continents who are convinced th at the future of humankind is not determined once and for all and th at each human being can contribute to the improvement of our societies.






Friedrich Hinterberger will partcip at e in an EU Regional Stakeholder Workshop on eco-efficient services.

 

The workshop will be part of the prepar at ion for the Informal Environment Council during the upcoming EU Presidency of the Netherlands th at will be held in Maastricht from 16-18 July.  As topic for the Informal Environmental Council, the Netherlands has chosen 'eco-efficient innov at ions as an opportunity for a competitive Europe '. Together with the Factor 10 Institute, and the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Devlopment, SERI is preparing a paper on eco-efficient innov at ion. See www.seri.at/eco-innovation for further details.

 

 

For more news please check also www.seri.at.

 

 

4. Selected public at ions: Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and rel at ed writers and publishers

 

ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Friedrich Hinterberger, Fred Luks, Marcus Stewen

In: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford , UK

 

Summary

So far, a "delinking" of economic growth from environmental burden has not taken place to the extent necessary for ecological sustainability. Hence, the delinking (or decoupling) of growth from environmental pressure is deb at ed in the context of the so-called "Environmental Kuznets Curve" before we make some references to new developments in economic growth theory and in ecological economics. The political relevance of these deb at es stems from differences in the evalu at ion of possible technological trends, which might help to delink economic growth from environmental pressures, or not. In addition to technological potentials of decoupling, economic agents have opportunities to delink economic activities from individual well-being, which would enable human societies to increase their well-being without necessarily increasing environmental disruption. The final section makes some concluding remarks on how to bias economic development.

 

Keywords: growth, sustainable development, dem at erializ at ion

 

"Die Umwelt in der Globalisierungsfalle" published by the VSA Verlag, Hamburg

A new book on globaliz
at ion and the environment has recently been published in Germany . "Die Umwelt in der Globalisierungsfalle" published by the VSA Verlag, Hamburg , brings together the contributions made at last year’s McPlanet.com conference in Berlin . It is the most concise overview over the deb at e on environment and globaliz at ion available in German langauge. Three SERI members contributed articles to this book: Duncan McLaren, Martin Rocholl and Daniel Mittler. Other heavyweights include Walden Bello, Vandana Shiva, Ricardo Navarro, Gerd Leipold and Angelika Zahrnt.

The book can be ordered for EUR 12,80 via bundladen@bund.net, via www.mcplanet.com or via www.attac.de/material . Further info is available at www.mcplanet.com

 

Wachstums- und Beschäftigungsimpulse rentabler M at erialeinsparungen; Hartmut Fischer, Karl Lichtblau, Bernd Meyer, Janina Scheelhaase; Wirtschaftsdienst 04/2004

 

Die Industrie ist ständig bestrebt, die M at erialkosten von Produkten und den M at erialeins at z der Produktion zu senken. Welche gesamtwirtschaftlichen Effekte sind von einzelbetrieblich rentablen M at erialeinsparungen zu erwarten? Unter welchen Bedingungen entstehen neue Arbeitsplätze? More on internet at www.hwwa.de/Publikationen/Wirtschaftsdienst/2004/wd0404.htm

 

Der ökologische Rucksack, Wirtschaft für eine Zkunft mit Zukunft; Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek (Hrsg.); Hirzel Verlag; 2004

 

Ein Baumwoll-T-Shirt wiegt eigentlich 15 kg und ein Computer mehrere Tonnen – wenn man ihren ökologischen Rucksack mitrechnet. Kein Wunder, dass wir bei solchen Gewichten auf unserem Weg in die Zukunft nur schleppend vorankommen! Wir belasten die Umwelt und verbrauchen viel zu viel Energie und Rohstoffe. Dass es auch ander geht, belegt dieses Buch. Es zeigt an innov at ionen, kre at iven Beispielen wie die Ressourcen der Erde effizienter genutzt werden können.

 

Giljum, S., Hammer, M., Hinterberger, F. (2004): Resource use scenarios for Europe in 2020. SERI Studies Nr. 1. SERI, Vienna .

 

Abstract: This study summarises the research undertaken in the work package “resource use scenarios” of the EU-funded “MOSUS” project. We present three main scenarios for resource use in Europe up to the year 2020. The baseline scenario projects further trends observed between 1980 and 2003, if no particular sustainability-oriented policy str at egies and instruments are put into force. The weak sustainability scenario reflects sustainability policy goals and measures derived from str at egic documents of the European Community, such as the 6th Environment Action Programme and the Sustainable Development Str at egy of the European Union. The strong sustainability scenario defines policy goals and instruments, which are more ambitious from the point of view of sustainable development compared to those included in the EU documents. In the two policy scenarios, we analyse key economic sectors responsible for the major part of resource use in Europe and suggest sector-specific policy targets, str at egies and instruments, which should be accomplished by environmental policy measures on the macro level.

 

The complete study can be downloaded from www.seri.at/studies.

 

Behrens, A. (2004): Environmental policy instruments for dem at erialis at ion of the European Union. SERI Background Paper 7. SERI, Vienna .

 

Abstract: This paper deals with environmental policy instruments designed to reduce the m at erial input of European economies.

Following some introductory paragraphs on dem at erialis at ion and policy instruments in general, the main part of this paper deals with specific instruments for policy-makers to pursue a dem at erialis at ion str at egy. As a start, instruments th at support voluntary behavioural changes are presented. They include the design of a clear concept of dem at erialis at ion th at needs to be publicly communic at ed; the provision of inform at ion to all involved actors on how to comply with th at concept; the development of adequ at e resource-management systems in order to reduce m at erial requirements of products over their whole life-cycle; as well as the provision of environmentally relevant educ at ion on all levels. This section also fe at ures ownership rights and cooper at ion between actors as well as an extensive part on voluntary environmental agreements. The second section deals with economic instruments and the incentives for economic agents to reduce m at erial input associ at ed with them. Subsidies, taxes, certific at es, and public procurement are discussed in this section. The third section covers some aspects of regul at ory policies. It is followed by some concluding remarks, stressing the need for an appropri at e mix of instruments in order to put the concept of dem at erialis at ion into practice.

 

The SERI Background Paper can be downloaded from www.seri.at/backgroundpapers

 

 

For other interesting public at ions click www.seri.at/publications.

 

 

5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on d at es, workshops etc.



Congress "Gesteuerte Demokr at ie? Wie neoliberale Eliten die Politik beeinflussen", Frankfurt, 25 – 27 June


This congress is organized by Attac, Transparency Intern
at ional, BUKO Pharmakampagne, den Blättern für deutsche und intern at ionale Politik and many other groups. “Gesteuerte Demokr at ie” should give a kick-start to a public deb at e about how the neoliberal elites are exercising their influence in politics and public life and how to change this.

 

CAT&E conference on “Trade, development and the environment: the North-South dimension”

 

On 1st and 2nd of November 2004, the second open conference within the “Concerted Action on Trade and Environment (CAT&E)” will take place in Amsterdam . The conference will focus on the North-South dimension of interlinkages between trade, development and environment issues. The organiser of this conference, the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Free University of Amsterdam recently launched a call for papers. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1st of July, 2004. For more inform at ion visit the project website at www.cat-e.org or contact Luke Brander

 

For other interesting activities and links click www.seri.at.

 

 

6. Going on in Vienna


Sustainable Leadership – Spirit in Business, Intern
at ional Symposium, 30 June – 1 July, Vienna , Haus der Industrie

 

SERI is preparing the multimedia coverage of this symposium dealing with ethics, spirituality and sustainable development. SERI is also organizing some events? for kids durig the symposium. For more inform at ion visit www.ethikundnachhaltigkeit.info.

 

 

For more inform at ion on SERI rel at ed events in Vienna pleas surf to www.seri.at/events. 

 

 

 

These were our messages and news for this month. Please don’t hesit at e to contact us for detailed inform at ion on our projects and for possibilities in co-oper at ion and partnership. It’s a challenge to start an interactive dialogue of exchanging experiences. You are all invited to particip at e in this process.

 

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

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute, together with a supporting legal associ at ion, exists since September 1999 according to Austrian Law. The headquarters have been established in Vienna . We would like to invite you to particip at e 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 organis at ions, 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 public at ions.

 

All InfoMail editions from the year 2000 are downloadable as pdf-Files at www.seri.at/infomail. On this website you’ll also find all editions from the year 2001 as well as the current InfoMail, offering the advantage of easy and fast navigation through the InfoMail’s topics. You’ll have easy access to all downloadable files, links and other resources of the SERI Internet-presentation.

 

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