SERI's work is organized under 6 main themes:
Ecological Economics and Policy, Globalisation, Europe, Sustainable Societies,
Production and Policy & Politics
Global conferences as well as daily experience point out, that sustainable development will not be achieved without suitable developments towards more sustainable consumption patterns.
Understanding the Evolution of an Economy
towards Dematerialisation (Factor X), Employment, Safeguarding Competition
Sustainable international development requires
a substantial reduction of natural resource use on a global level and
a fair distribution of environmental space between countries in North
The treaty of the European Union defines
sustainable development as a constitutional target of the EU. In particular
the articles 2 and 6 of the EU treaty require the integration of environmental,
economic and social policies in order to promote sustainable development.
On this basis SERI advises governments and relevant agents within society.
Sustainable Societies are not least built
upon social and institutional sustainability. Social cohesion, full employment,
the role of unpaid work and the development of consumption are themes
of scenarios, indicators and policy advice.
Sustainable development requires innovation
towards radically dematerialized products, infrastructures and systems,
as well as the change of consumption habits.
Policy & Politics
The design of a feasible MIX OF policy instruments
and a deeper knowledge about the fundamentals of political processes is
essential for a successful implementation of dematerialization.