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Infomail 04/04

 

Dear Friends and colleagues,

 

Welcome to the 4th edition of SERI’s InfoMail of the year 2004 (04/04), the regular published electronic news bulletin of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI). You are receiving this InfoMail because you indicated 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        SERI @ ISEE Montréal 2004

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

 

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

 

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

 

o        EU Regional Stakeholder Workshop on eco-efficient services



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

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

6. Going on in Vienna

 

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

 

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.


For details on the “Governance for Sustainable Development” sessions see www.gosd.net/isee2004.

 

 

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

 

 

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


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.

 

 

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

 

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.
You can download the executive summary
at: www.seri.at/eco-innovation.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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


Abstract

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.

 

Abstract

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 Chile’s 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, Chile’s 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.

 

For further information on the journal click here or contact directly Stefan Giljum.

 

Lorek, S. (2004): Household energy and water consumption and waste generation. A German case study. SERI Studies 2. Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Vienna.

 

SERI studies can be downloaded at www.seri.at/studies.

 

 

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

 

 

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



The print journal, Spirituality & Reality, offers articles by leading edge thinkers relevant to shaping our global future.


See: Spirituality & Global Affairs at www.global-spirituality.org.

 

 

Bochumer Nachhaltigkeitscheck and following project presentation on 06.07.04 in VFL Bochum Stadioncenter.


Eight companies from
Bochum, from Brauerei Moritz Fiege to Nokia – are going to test their fitness for future through sustainability-check.
More info: Trifolium - Beratungsgesellschaft mbH
Hanauer Str. 10, D-61169 Friedberg                                                  
Tel.: ++49-(0)6031-68754-64, Fax: ++49-(0)6031-68754-68                 
Email: holger.rohn@trifolium.org
Internet: www.trifolium.org / www.nachhaltigkeit.de  

 

International conference: Foresight management in corporations and public organisations

June 16-17, 2005, Helsinki, FINLAND
http://www.tukkk.fi/tutu/conference2005 (to be released in August 2004)
 
Deadline for abstract submission: October 29, 2004
Notific
ation of Acceptance January 21, 2005
 
This conference organised by Finland Futures Research Centre from the Turku School of Economics and Business Administr
ation provides an international forum for researchers and industry practitioners to meet and share their new ideas in the area of Foresight management.

Topics of Interest
Contributions are solicited in (but not limited to) the following topical areas:

· Foresight management
· Visionary management
· Str
ategic management
· Foresight methodologies
· Integr
ated chain management
· Environmental value chain management
· Environmental stakeholder management
· Environmental network management
· Sustainability str
ategy issues in corporations
· Long-run business visions
· SMEs and inter-organis
ational environmental management
· Decision-making analysis and the environment

Review Process

Papers will be reviewed by their abstracts (max 200 words). Abstracts should contain paper title and the body of the paper, with author names, affili
ations and contact information. Scientific board that will evaluate the abstracts include Professor Markku Wilenius, Professor Jouni Korhonen, PhD Jyrki Luukkanen, PhD Jari Kaivo-oja and PhD Mika Aaltonen.

Final papers should be original, unpublished and not more than ten single-spaced pages with a minimum font size of 12 pt. Papers should be submitted in pdf form
at, and should only contain the paper title and the body of the paper, with author names and affiliations. Final papers should be sent to the conference secretariat one week before the conference.

Best conference papers will be published in following journals: Progress in Industrial Ecology - An Intern
ational Journal (PIE) or Futura.

For more inform
ation, please send e-mail to paula.hakola@tukkk.fi or visit the website.

 

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

 

 

6. Going on in Vienna


 

 

 

For more information on SERI related events in Vienna pleas surf to www.seri.at/events

 

 

 

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: 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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