Sustainable consumption and production: vision or realistic option?
SERI’s research group "Sustainable Consumption and Production" applies
various methods within its projects. The most common ones are analyses
at the product and company level using quantitative sustainability
indicators. On the basis of environmental indicator assessments as well
as on qualitative aspects, the SCP group conducts strategic consulting
for companies, CSOs and policy makers that wish to reduce their resource
use and ecological impacts of production and consumption. The SCP group
focuses on analyses related to agriculture and nutrition, forestry and
renewable resources, traffic and mobility, construction and living, as
well as IT and communication services.
SERI project: Analysis of Austrian pork production
For the Austrian retailer Spar Österreichische Warenhandels-GmbH, SERI
conducted an analysis of different modes of pork production. The
objective was to assess each mode with the SERI indicator set and to
compare the different modes with each other in order to deduce best
practices for production methods that are resource-efficient and emit
the least greenhouse gas emissions.
SERI at the 10th IAS-STS-Conference in Graz
From 2-3 May 2011, the 10th Annual IAS-STS Conference on “Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies” took place in Graz (Austria). Lisa Bohunovsky from SERI presented results from the BENE-Project: “Patterns of Energy Use in energy aware households”.
Ines Omann teaching at the University of Luxembourg
SERI-Researcher Ines Omann teaches the course “Science and citizens meet challenges of sustainability"
at the University of Luxembourg. One module dealt with the topic
“Measuring, Numbers, Quantity and Quality in the field of Environment”.
In the interactive part of the course, Ines Omann presented a model that
shows people who are dedicated to sustainable development how to solve
conflicts of values.
Vision Research and Development for Sustainable Development
The VISION RD4SD (Research & Development for Sustainable Development) project has submitted a response to the European Commission Green Paper on the Common Strategic Framework. The response and
recommendations of VISION RD4SD underline the importance of including
sustainable development and sustainability science in the CSF.
CapitalAdapt (KlimaNetz): The Role of Human and Social Capital in Coping with and Adapting to Climate Change
The project "KlimaNetz" (i.e. ClimateNetwork)
dicusses the role of human and social capital in coping with and
adapting to climate change. Strategies and measures will be developed in
close collaboration with communities in order to successfully deal with
the consequences of climate change.
Environmental Tax Reform (ETR)
The book “Environmental Tax Reform (ETR). A Policy for Green Growth”
was published by Oxford University Press and edited by Paul Ekins and
Stefan Speck. SERI contributed two chapters to this book, “European Resource Use and Resource Productivity in a Global Context” and “Global Economic and Environmental Impacts of an ETR in Europe”.
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