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Table of contents

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

  • Invitation to a Public Stakeholder Forum and Workshops on EU SDS
  • SERI Visions: Happiness, Consumption and Work
  • Preparing for FP7
  • Recent presentations by Fritz Hinterberger in Vienna and Salzburg
  • SERI consultant on trade policy to speak in Brussels
  • Stefan Giljum at the workshop „A resource strategy for Germany”, 4.4.2006, Berlin

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

  • New project: Environment and Innovation commissioned by EU parliament
  • First stakeholder workshop of the project "Modelling sustainable energy scenarios"
  • SERI developed footprint calculators for Greenpeace

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

  • SERI's contribution to "Sustainable Degrowth"
  • Co-operation between the Republic of Serbia and SERI

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

  • National and Regional Physical Accounts (Material Flows) for the United Kingdom
  • "Ökologische Wirtschaftspolitik" published in China

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

  • Heidelberger Jubiläumstagung im Mai 2006 zum 10jährigen Bestehen der VÖÖ
  • Participatory Approaches in Science & Technology (PATH) Conference

6. SERI - 5 Years ago

  • Evaluation of Environmental Integration
  • Material flows and land use - Accounting, Analysis and Scenario Formulation
  • Labour and Environment - Austria

7. Going on in Vienna

  • Vienna Conference on Efficiency Environment & Employment: Update
  • Event: SERI brownbag seminars

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


Invitation to a Public Stakeholder Forum and Workshops on EU SDS

A Public Stakeholder Forum „A Framework for the Improvement of the EU Strategy of Sustainable Development“ will be held on April 27th, 2006 at Amazone asbl, Rue Méridien, 10, 1210 Brussels. The Stakeholder Forum is held in order to present a framework for the improvement of the EU SDS for critical assessment by European policy makers and the European Public. A model of European sustainability politics elaborated within the thematic network ‘Sustainability Strategy’ as a "Synthetic Model" takes in a variety of perspectives - e.g. to open sustainability politics in all dimensions for considerations of gender. Furthermore, we would like to welcome you to the thematic workshops on "Energy" and on "EU SDS and Gender Networking Strategies", which will held on April 28th. For further information and registration (until April 20th, 2005) please see www.sustainability-strategy.net.


SERI Visions: Happiness, Consumption and Work

SERI will increase its attention to thinking through and calculating the effects of reduced consumption levels on the economy and personal well-being. We are open to suggestions, criticism, and partnerships.
Debates on sustainability have led decision makers in the economy to acknowledge the limitations of nature as a fait accompli. However, this acknowledgement will not be reflected in practice as long as economic growth and an increase in consumption remain the number one priority. This obsession with economic growth is just as fatal as it is redundant. Limitations of nature are unavoidable and will dominate our economy and our lives in the long term. Additionally well-being, happiness and contentment of both individuals and societies depend little on economic growth, at least for the European and worldwide consumer class. SERI will increase its attention to these questions in the future. We intend to think through and calculate the “worst case” (from the perspective of an economist) or “necessary case” (for ecology) of reduced consumption levels. [more]

Preparing for FP 7

Friedrich Hinterberger was invited to join a sectoral innovation panel on eco-innovation as part of the Europe Innova project of the European Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry (www.europe-innova.org). As an input to this panel, SERI produced a shortlist of research needs to foster eco-innovation in Europe. The 2 pages paper can be downloaded from www.seri.at/eco-innovation.

Recent presentations by Fritz Hinterberger in Vienna and Salzburg

Fritz Hinterberger contributed to a workshop on "growth" at the "alternative ECOFIN", organized in Vienna by attac and other organisations. His presentation can be found at www.seri.at/welcheWirtschaft.htm.
Another talk, opening a new series of "Future talks" in Salzburg is documented at www.seri.at/erneuerbareZukunft.pdf.

Both presentations are in German language.

SERI consultant on trade policy to speak in Brussels

As a result of his activity as a SERI consultant on trade policy, Thomas Ruddy will speak at the College of Europe on 26 April about Trade and Sustainable Development.
Through these activities SERI not only seeks to influence policy but has also gained access to the civil society European Trade Network and the Seattle to Brussels Network. Eastern European civil society organizations are also becoming more active in these networks, as noted on page 4 of this PDF describing the Brussels consultations on trade policy.

Stefan Giljum at the workshop „A resource strategy for Germany”, 4.4.2006, Berlin

tefan Giljum was invited to give a speech at the workshop “A resource strategy for Germany”, organised by the Aachen Foundation Kathy Beys in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Berlin, on 4th of April, 2006. The workshop aimed to present and discuss the needs for elaborating national strategies in the course of the implementation of the EU Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. In his talk, Stefan Giljum presented framework processes on the EU level with high relevance for the issue of sustainable resource use, such as the Lisbon Strategy and the EU Sustainable Development Strategy, discussed the EU Thematic Strategy and presented examples for policy instruments from different EU Member States. The presentation (in German only) can be downloaded here. For more information about the event, click here.

 

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

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


New project: Environment and Innovation commissioned by EU parliament

Environment and Innovation: New environmental concepts and technologies and their implications for shaping the future EU environmental policies. This project, which SERI carries out in cooperation with MERIT, University of Maastricht and the Finland Futures Research Center, Turku, for the European Parliament assesses emerging environmental concepts and technologies in terms of their proponents, their potential for further use and their implications for future EU environmental policy as well as for the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy and Sustainable Development Strategy.
For more information about this project see www.seri.at/eu-inno and www.seri.at/eco-innovation or contact Stefan Giljum (stefan.giljum@seri.at) or Doris Schnepf (doris.schnepf@seri.at).

First stakeholder workshop of the project "Modelling sustainable energy scenarios"

In the project "Modelling sustainable energy scenarios” SERI (in cooperation with GWS Osnabrück and CEPE, ETH Zürich) investigates possible economic, social and environmental effects of an increasing use of renewable energy resources for heat and power. A macro-econometric multi-sector model is used to simulate five different energy scenarios for Austria until 2020 with a focus on renewable energy technologies.
In order to reach a praxis-oriented and transparent modelling process, around 25 stakeholders and experts are integrated in the scientific work process during the whole project. On April 4th, 2006 SERI organised the first stakeholder workshop of the project. The aim was to get suggestions and valuable inputs for the scenarios development. Three more workshops are planned during this 2-year project. With the help of this participatory character the project promotes the intensive exchange of experiences between researchers on the one hand and users of the results from policy, economy and society on the other hand. In this respect the project contributes to the connection of science and practice by improving the dialogue between stakeholders and researchers and by enhancing the transparency of modelling.
For more information please contact Andrea Stocker (andrea.stocker@seri.at).

SERI developed footprint calculators for Greenpeace

In order to check the footprint of Austrian or German people, SERI developed a simple footprint calculator for Greenpeace which determines the ecological footprint for the four catagories food, consumption, mobility and living. The footprint calculator which is based on Austrian data can be found at http://greenpeace.edis.at/index.php?id=2716. To calculate the ecological footprint on the German database please click on http://de.einkaufsnetz.org/footprint/21717.html.

 

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

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3. SERI and Friends: News about co-operation and partnerships

SERI's contribution to "Sustainable Degrowth"

A debate has been developing over the last few years in France on the concept of “Sustainable Degrowth”. SERI member François Schneider has contributed to the development of this concept. In his work, he is linking the concept to dematerialisation and rebound effects. He presented and debated these ideas in many locations in France, for example on the 12th of April 2006 in Paris for at the HEC business school.
Researchers interested in the subject of "Sustainable Degrowth" can contact Francois Schneider at francois@decroissance.org.

Co-operation between the Republic of Serbia and SERI

Fred Luks and Doris Schnepf have been invited to the "Conference on Sustainability Strategy of the Republic of Serbia" which took place on 28th of March in Belgrade. It was the first public stakeholder meeting within the process of the creation of a national sustainability strategy. The experts were invited to hold a plenary speech at the conference concerning sustainable development in Europe, as well as to attend informal meetings with the team leaders of the working groups of the strategy. This meeting was the starting point for further cooperations between the republic of Serbia, the invited experts and SERI.

 

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

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


National and Regional Physical Accounts (Material Flows) for the United Kingdom
Authors: Wiedmann, Thomas, Mirko Moro, Mark Hammer and John Barrett (2005). REAP Report No4. Stockholm Environment Institute, York.

Available for download at: www.wwflearning.org.uk/ecobudget/download-centre/reap-reports,557,AR.html.

This report – the fourth in the REAP Report series from the Ecological Budget UK project – describes the methodology that was used to compile national and regional material flow accounts. For the first time, a complete account of material supply and demand is presented for all commodity groups (economic sectors) and all Government Office Regions in the UK. While this document describes the methodological approach, the accompanying spreadsheets with regional mass balance tables are available as an e-Appendix under www.ecologicalbudget.org.uk.

"Ökologische Wirtschaftspolitik" published in China

10 years after its publication in German, "Ökologische Wirtschaftspolitik" (Ecological economic policy) is now available in Chinese, published by "University of Finance and Economics Press". See www.dufep.cn/books_detail.asp?id=978a.

 

For other interesting publications please visit www.seri.at/publications.

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


Heidelberger Jubiläumstagung im Mai 2006 zum 10jährigen Bestehen der VÖÖ

Von Donnerstag, den 4. Mai, bis Samstag, den 6. Mai, wird in Heidelberg die Jubiläumstagung "Ökologische Ökonomie im Klimawandel - 10 Jahre Vereinigung für Ökologische Ökonomie" stattfinden. Das Programm und die Anmeldeinformationen finden sich hier.

Participatory Approaches in Science & Technology (PATH) Conference.
4th-7th June 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland

The PATH conference aims to explore how best to involve stakeholders and the public in policy development and decision-making on science and technology issues. The conference will bring together policy makers, practitioners and academics to exchange knowledge and explore future directions for public participation in these areas. Using a combination of keynote speakers; papers addressing state of the art theory and practical examples; and interactive sessions exploring best practice approaches, participants will consider experiences and innovative ideas from around the world. The conference will be small and focussed with a limited attendance of around 120 delegates. The conference is part of the PATH project, a Science and Society Coordination Action funded under European Commission 6th Framework Programme for Research. For further information visit: www.macaulay.ac.uk/PATHconference.

 

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

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6. SERI - 5 years ago

Evaluation of Environmental Integration

SERI completed a study evaluating the environmental integration reports of the Council formations Internal Market , Energy and Transport. SERI developed practicable policy recommendations for the design of this process in the following years.
These recommendations refer to the individual sectors and their specific issues, as well as to the more general, institutional aspects of the process.

Material flows and land use - Accounting, Analysis and Scenario Formulation

In co-operation with IIASA and other partners worldwide, we made a new attempt for the accounting, analysis and scenario formulation of material
flows and land use. This activity resulted in the MOSUS project (www.mosus.net).

Labour and Environment - Austria

The project "Labour and Environment - Austria" was started. On behalf of the Austrian ministry for environment, we discussed the feasibility of an Austrian research programme on this topic. See our website on the topic for details.

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7. Going on in Vienna

Vienna Conference on Efficiency Environment & Employment: Update

As announced previously, the European Environment Agency and SERI, in cooperation with a number of partner institutions, are organising a two days conference to reflect recent developments and synergies between economic efficiency, environment and employment. The conference will take place in Vienna, Austria on 8/9 June 2006 in the Marble Hall of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour.

Speakers include Michael Kuhndt, Karl Sieghartsleitner, Szilvia Gärtner, Henrik Lund, Michael Getzner, Juliet Schor, Orio Giarini, Alexander Kaiser, Beate Littig, Gunter Pauli, Helga Weisz, Bernd Meyer, Fritz Hinterberger, Andrea Stocker, Werner Wutscher, Michael Kohlhaas, Wolfgang Pekny, David Mum and David Gee.
Participation in the conference is free of charge.
For further details and registration see www.eee2006.org or contact secretariat@eee2006.org.

SERI brownbag seminar series

02.05.2006 von 12.30 bis 14 Uhr
Stefan Giljum: "Europas Globale Verantwortung"

In diesem Brownbag Seminar werden mehrere neue SERI Projekte vorgestellt, welche sich mit dem Themenkreis „Europa und seine internationalen Beziehungen“ beschäftigen.
Weitere Brownbags:
11.05.2006, Michael Mirtl
16.05.2006, Christine Jasch
20.06.2006, Roman Mesicek


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

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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. 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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