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Table of contents
o SERI @ ISEE Montréal 2004
o MOSUS: presentation at the conference of Economy and environment: total economic value and ecological footprints
o PSS landmarks: presentation at the SUSPRONET conference
o Project "Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria" finished
o EU Regional Stakeholder Workshop on eco-efficient services
o Niederl, A. und R. Mesicek (2004): Self-Assessment of Consumptive Behavior Based on Material Intensity in Scharl, A. (Ed.), Environmental Online Communication, Springer, London, pp. 79-87
o Giljum, S. (2004): Trade, material flows and economic development in the South: the example of Chile. Journal of Industrial Ecology 8 (1-2), 241-261.
o Lorek, S. (2004): Household energy and water consumption and waste generation. A German case study. SERI Studies 2. Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Vienna.
o Spirituality & Global Affairs
o Bochumer Nachhaltigkeitscheck and following project presentation on 06.07.04 in VFL Bochum Stadioncenter.
o International conference: Foresight management in corporations and public organisations
SERI @ ISEE Montréal 2004
The 8th Biennial conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, taking place in Montréal, Canada from 11-14 July 2004, focuses on challenging boundaries in economics, ecology and governance. SERI members Fritz Hinterberger, Ines Omann, Joachim Spangenberg, Stefan Giljum, Fred Luks and Sigrid Stagl give a number of presentations in different sessions of the conference. In addition, SERI organises two special sessions with the title Governance for Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Europe.
All presentations and papers are available for download at www.seri.at/isee2004.
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MOSUS: presentation at the conference of Economy and environment: total economic value and ecological footprints
Stefan Giljum presented the MOSUS project at the conference on Economy and environment: total economic value and ecological footprints, which took place on 31st of May in Gijon, Spain. For more information on the MOSUS project, click www.mosus.net, for more information on the conference visit www.economiaymedioambiente.tk.
PSS landmarks: presentation at the SUSPRONET conference
Mark Hammer presented the PSS landmarks project and results from the sustainable PSS project at the Conference of the product/service-design network SUSPRONET in Brussels, 3-4 June 2004. For further information see: www.seri.at/leuchttuerme, www.serviceinnovation.at and www.suspronet.org.
Project "Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria" finished
Models suitable for simulating sustainability strategies have to fulfil some required criteria. Formulating these necessary criteria was the key aim of this project, which was sponsored by BMLFUW and worked on by Fritz Hinterber and Andrea Stocker in co-operation with WIFO. For further information see www.seri.at/a-modell.
For more information on our projects check also www.seri.at/projects.
EU Regional Stakeholder Workshop on eco-efficient services
For the Informal Environment Council on the 16th to 18th of July 2004 in Maastricht, the Dutch EU presidency (more specifically the Dutch environmental ministry, VROM) is preparing a discussion on ways the EU could further stimulate the development, dissemination and market introduction of eco-efficient innovations. Together with the Factor 10 Institute, and the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Devlopment, SERI is preparing a paper on eco-efficient innovation for that event.
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Niederl, A. und R. Mesicek (2004): Self-Assessment of Consumptive Behavior Based on Material Intensity. In Scharl, A. (Ed.), Environmental Online Communication, Springer, London, pp. 79-87
The paper describes the process of developing a questionnaire for the self-assessment of the consumptive behaviour. After pointing out the importance of the material flows created by society, we argue that one way to reverse the current trend is a change in consumption patterns. An important precondition for such a change is that people are aware of the problem. And offering online information can contribute to creating such awareness. Therefore an online questionnaire has been developed identifying direct and indirect resource consumption. The questionnaire allows interested persons to spot the material flows caused by their consumptive behaviour in selected areas and thus inspires them to rethink their behaviour. Material flow analysis (MFA) serves as the methodological basis and material intensity per unit of service (MIPS) as the respective indicator. The consumption clusters with the highest relevance are those which are environmentally significant and can also be influenced by the individual. After identifying these clusters, the process of creating the questionnaire is presented.
Giljum, S. (2004): Trade, material flows and economic development in the South: the example of Chile. Journal of Industrial Ecology 8 (1-2), 241-261.
Material flow accounting and analysis (MFA) is internationally recognized as a key tool to assess the biophysical metabolism of societies and to provide aggregated indicators for environmental pressures of human activities. Economy-wide material flow accounts have been compiled for a number of OECD countries, but so far only very few studies for countries in the South exist. In this paper the first material flow-based indicators for Chile are presented. The paper analyzes the restructuring of the Chilean economy towards an active integration in the world markets from the perspective of natural resource use in a time series from 1973 to 2000. Special emphasis is placed on the assessment of material flows related to Chiles international trade relations. Results show that material inputs to the Chilean economy increased by a factor of six, mainly due to the promotion of resource-intensive exports from mining, fruit planting, forestry and fishery sectors. With more than 40 tons, Chiles resource use per capita at present is one of the highest in the world. The paper addresses main shortcomings of the MFA approach, such as weight-based aggregation and the missing links between environmental pressures and impacts, and gives suggestions for methodological improvements and possible extensions of the MFA framework, intending to develop MFA into a more powerful tool for policy use.
Lorek, S. (2004): Household energy and water consumption and waste generation. A German case study. SERI Studies 2. Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Vienna.
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Bochumer Nachhaltigkeitscheck and following project presentation on 06.07.04 in VFL Bochum Stadioncenter.
International conference: Foresight management in corporations and public organisations
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