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Infomail 05/04

 

Dear Friends and colleagues,

 

Welcome to the 5th edition of SERI’s InfoMail of the year 2004 (05/04), 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        SERI is 5 years old!

o        Regions website relaunch

o        SERI presents papers at the ConAccount meeting 2004



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

 

o        Material Flow Analysis (MFA) of Chile : presentation of results in Santiago de Chile

o        Artemis - Scenario building workshop

o        Webpage to Productivity Registry

o        MOSUS: Three presentations at modelling conference in Brussels

o        SERI attended the official Workshop “Sustainability Governance and European Enlargement” , the 6th in Sustainability Strategy Project

 

 

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

 

o        SERI started a co-operation with the Foundation "Aachener Stiftung Kathy Beys"



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

 

o        Giljum, S., Hubacek, K. (2004): Alternative approaches of physical input-output analysis to estimate primary material inputs of production and consumption activities. Economic Systems Research 16 (3), pp. 301-310

o        Seiler-Hausmann, J.-D., Liedtke C., Weizsäcker, E.U. v., Eco-efficiency and Beyond. Towards the Sustainable Enterprise , Sheffield , 2004

 

 

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

 

o        Thematic Network Sustainability Strategy Conference announcement Ljubljana , 21.-23. October 2004

o        6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community, University of Bonn , Germany , 9-13 October 2005

o        Oikos international Winter School 2004, St. Gallen, December 05 - 10, 2004

o        4. Conference on Biomass in the Rhineland Pfalz, 11th and 12th November 2004, Umwelt - Campus Birkenfeld


 

 

 

6. Going on in Vienna

 

o        SERI brownbag seminar, 5.10.2004, 12.30-14.00: “Sustainable Product Service Systems (PSS)” by Mark Hammer

 

 

 

 

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

 

SERI is 5 years old!


This fall, we will celebrate our anniversary with a series of public events concerning the topics of our work. The first one will be held on eco-efficiency and sustainable production in cooperation with the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development (ABCSD) on the 9th of November. Further information will soon be available at www.sustainableeurope.net




Regions website relaunch

SERI relaunched its webpage for the research area sustainable regional development.
For further information see www.seri.at/regions.

 




 



SERI presents papers at the ConAccount meeting 2004


ConAccount Meeting 2004, 10.-12.10.2004, Zuerich, Switzerland, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zuerich.

A future research agenda for MFA - Towards a new common ground for Research on Sustainable Resource use. The meeting which is jointly organized by ConAccount and the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning in association with the International Society for Industrial Ecology discusses current issues in material flow research. You can finde more information here.

 

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

 

 

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

 

Material Flow Analysis (MFA) of Chile: presentation of results in Santiago de Chile

 

Stefan Giljum presented results of his material flow analysis study of Chile (see www.seri.at/chile) in a seminar held at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Santiago de Chile. Around 30 participants from academia and ministries discussed the implications of the rapidly growing resource extraction for a possible restructuring of Chile 's economy - in particular of export-oriented economic sectors such as mining, agriculture, forestry and fishery. The presentation can be downloaded here.




Artemis - Scenario building workshop

The first workshop of the regional case study of the Artemis project took place on 1st of September in Graz . It was organised and carried out by Ines Omann and Catherine Gamper (as an intern she worked on her master thesis in the field of ecological economics during the summer). The aim of the workshop was to develop storylines for energy scenarios for the region of Eastern Styria ; for that purpose a specific participatory scenario technique developed by Dale Rothman was used. For furhter information about the technique and the results of the workshop, see chapter 4 of Catherines thesis.






PROREGIS - Webpage to Productivity Registry


SERI relaunched its webpage to the project "PROREGIS (Productivity Registry – Center for Resource Productivity Factors for Wealth Creation)" coordinated by the Factor 10 Innovation Network and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation, and Technology (BMVIT).

For further information see www.seri.at/proregis.


MOSUS: Three presentations at modelling conference in Brussels


Three MOSUS members (Bernd Meyer from GWS, Kurt Kratena from WIFO and Stefan Giljum from SERI) gave presentations at the conference "Input-output and general equilibrium: data, modelling and policy analysis", organised by the Global Economic Modelling Network in cooperation with the International Input-Output Association. The conference took plae in Brussels from 2-4 September, 2004 (see www.ecomod.org).

The paper of Stefan Giljum and Fritz Hinterberger on "Modelling global resource use: MFA, land use and input-output models\" as well as all other conference papers can be downloaded here.

For more information on the MOSUS project, visit www.mosus.net.

SERI attended the official Workshop “Sustainability Governance and European Enlargement”, the 6th in Sustainability Strategy Project


SERI attended the 6th official Workshop “Sustainability Governance and European Enlargement”of the Thematic Network Sustainability Strategy, which was held in Warsaw from 17-18 September, focussing on the situation in Poland . More information can be found under www.sustainability-strategy.net or contact sophie.strasser@seri.at

 




 

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)

 

SERI started a co-operation with the Foundation "Aachener Stiftung Kathy Beys"


SERI started a co-operation with the Foundation "Aachener Stiftung Kathy Beys" and other institutes to promote eco-efficiency and factor X. The Aachener Stiftung Kathy Beys is organising a series of meetings of the dematerialization community in Austria , Germany and Switzerland with institutes like the Wuppertal Institue, the Effizenzagentur Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Product-Life-Institute, Triple Inova, SERI and people from the media. The meetings shall bring together experts and shall lead to shared knowledge and common activities. This shall promote factor X, induce specific actions for dematerialisation in companies and bring the idea of dematerialisation and eco-efficiency to a broader public.

 

For further information see: www.aachener-stiftung.de or contact Friedrich Hinterberger.

 

 

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

 

Giljum, S., Hubacek, K. (2004): Alternative approaches of physical input-output analysis to estimate primary material inputs of production and consumption activities. Economic Systems Research 16 (3), pp. 301-310

Abstract

In the last few years a number of studies have been presented that link material flow accounting and input-output analysis (based on monetary input-output tables) for the calculation of direct and indirect resource inputs for production and consumption activities. The compilation of the first physical input-output tables for some European countries in the 1990s opened new possibilities for linking physical accounting and input-output analysis. Physical input-output analysis has so far only been applied for selected materials, but it has not been used for comprehensive assessments of material requirements of economic activities. In this paper possibilities and limits of this new input-output approach are clarified. We present and discuss a procedure similar to monetary input-output analysis and develop an alternative approach to account for primary inputs and waste otherwise not included in the analysis. Based on aggregated input-output tables for Germany , we present numerical examples intended to compare the alternative approaches of physical input-output analysis. 

 

Seiler-Hausmann, J.-D., Liedtke C., Weizsäcker, E.U. v. (2004), Eco-efficiency and Beyond. Towards the Sustainable Enterprise, Greenleaf Publishing Limited, Sheffield , ISBN 1874719608


Abstract
Sustainable enterprises are companies that manufacture products and provide services according to certain economic, environmental and social standards. So far, no definition has been set up to measure sustainable performance in companies, and in fact sustainable companies are constantly seeking to improve their performance. This book aims to clarify what sustainable companies are. Our choice of title, Eco-efficiency and Beyond, shows that, while the concept of ecoefficiency is a starting point that some companies may not yet have reached, others are already taking their initiatives much further.

 

 

 

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.


Thematic Network Sustainability Strategy Conference announcement Ljubljana , 21-23 October 2004


“Enlargement as a critical opportunity for a comprehensive European sustainability strategy”

The conference will encompass plenary sessions and working groups to challenges arising from the enlargment for the sustainabilty strategy, a focus on Slovenia , and an outlook to future possible enlargement counties. More information can be found under www.sustainability-strategy.net or contact sophie.strasser@seri.at

 

6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community, University of Bonn , Germany , 9-13 October 2005


Global Environmental Change, Globalization and International Security:  New Challenges for the 21st Century
Timeline and deadlines for applications:
Session submissions: September 15th - November 15th, 2004
Paper abstract submissions: February 1st, 2005 – March 15th, 2005
Poster submissions: February 1st, 2005 – March 15th, 2005
Pre-Open Meeting capacity-building training seminars: November 15th, 2005 – February 15th, 2005

More details, including information, application forms, timelines and deadlines, are now available at the Open Meeting website,
openmeeting.homelinux.org.  This site is also accessible via the  website at www.ihdp.org

 

Oikos international Winter School 2004, St. Gallen, December 05 - 10, 2004


The objective of this one week training session is to educate the “multiplicators” on the concept of sustainability, and the agents for change towards sustainability in higher education (Train the trainers).  

The Winter School is designed as an interactive learning platform for highly motivated students of Business Administration and also for the representatives from companies that are interested in learning more about sustainability and its business implications.  

For further information, please contact:

Heiko Spitzeck

oikos international                                                   

Gallusstr. 43                                                            

9000 St. Gallen                                                       

Phone: +41 76 524 6796                                        

http://www.oikosinternational.org                            

heiko.spitzeck@oikosinternational.org

 

4. Conference on Biomass in the Rhineland Pfalz, 11th and 12th November 2004, Umwelt - Campus Birkenfeld


The main field of interest is biomass project development. The conference fee is EUR 80 for both days or EUR 50 for one day. Students pay EUR 30 for two and EUR 20 for one day. The deadline for paying the fee is 2nd November 2004. Should you have any questions concerning the conference, please call Mr. Marx on +49 06782-171565. You can find more information here.


 

 

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

 

 

6. Going on in Vienna


 

SERI Brownbag seminar by Mark Hammer, 5.10.2004, 12.30-14.00, SERI office Vienna


Topic: Sustainable Product Service Systems (PSS). In this brownbag seminar we will discuss two of SERIs research projects both dealing with sustainable product service systems. For further information see www.seri.at/brownbag.  

 

 

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.

 

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