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Kompetenzzentrum eStandards Invites SMEs to “eStandards in der Praxis” Conference in Cologne on 26 November 2018

18. September 2018 - 11:26

Titled “Leuchtturmprojekte: nachhaltig und wirtschaftlich digitalisieren – Strategien und Lösungen aus Anwendersicht”, this conference is explicitly meant for practitioners from SMEs, who want to devise and implement a digitalisation strategy or have already begun to do so. Meet fellow SMEs to learn about their digitalisation strategy, explore best practices with representatives from companies who have successfully implemented digital solutions and get to know the services of the Kompetenzzentrum.

Whether your company faces unique challenges in future-proofing through digitalisation or needs a run-of-the-mill solution, it is always best to learn from those who have already put their solutions into practice. At the conference, the Kompetenzzentrum will highlight pilot projects we have conducted with companies from various sectors. You will hear from the companies themselves as well as from the Kompetenzzentrum experts.

Workshop topics include the new logistics concept of the SME Korfman that allows efficient resource use, forward planning and time savings for cusomers and employees. The fashion company FOND OF will showcase their project on circular business models that generate added value for their customers. You can also learn about increasing workplace safety and improving integration and inclusion through digital solutions from the Recklinghäuser Werkstätten. These are only some of the concrete, hands-on sessions that this conference offers.

The programme will be complemented by visits to the Offene Werkstatt Köln, coffee and tee, as well as artistic and entertaining analyses of the topics discussed.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Date and time: 26 November 2018, 10:30am – 5.30pm

Location: Cologne, Germany

Cost: The event is free

The event will be held in German.

Registration required. Find detailed information on the programme and the registration process for the event here.

Please contact Thomas Wagner, if you have further questions.

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German ‘Mittelstand’ Meets Digitalisation – Win Tickets to the DIGITAL FUTUREcongress in Essen on 8 November

4. September 2018 - 12:37

Organisations face increasing demands when it comes to digitalisation. A comprehensive understanding of the topic, the right strategy for the organisation and very concrete solutions for implementing that strategy are needed. And with new regulations, data protection becomes increasingly complex. The DIGITAL FUTUREcongress is there to help!

The congress’ motto this year is “Discover Business 4.0 – Mittelstand trifft Digitalisierung” and it offers a full day of hands-on workshops and exhibitions. Participants can discuss their digitalisation strategy with experts, exchange experiences with colleagues and learn from best practice examples. The goal is to take home concrete solutions for implementing the digitalisation strategy at their organisation.

The CSCP is respresented at the congress – and we are happy to announce that you can be right there with us! As a German small or medium-sized company or organisation (revenue of no more than 50 million, 250 employees or less), you have the opportunity to win free tickets to the DIGITAL FUTUREcongress.

All you have to do is email us before 22 October 2018 with the following information: Name, Company or Organisation, Contact Information, Digitalisation needs. It is crucial that you let us know what you are hoping to get out of your participation, i.e. what your digitalisation needs are. We will select the recipients of the free tickets on that basis. Please email Thomas Wagner and include “Teilnahmeverlosung für den Digital Future Congress am 08.11. in Essen“ in the subject line.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The DIGITAL FUTUREcongress is the largest IT Management event within the Ruhr Area. It will take place in Essen for the first time, and more than 3.000 participants are expected. They will learn from more than 120 speakers, panel memebers, workshops and exhibitions clustered around six topics: online-marketing, process optimisation and IT-infrastructure, new work, cyber-security and data security.

Date and time: 8 November 2018

Location: Messe Essen

Find detailed information about the programme and the location here.

Please contact Thomas Wagner, if you have further questions.

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Inherit Publishes Report and Videos: “Reaching The Tripple-Win”

22. August 2018 - 15:39

The INHERIT positive scenarios publication and videos give us a glimpse at the future. In a systemic manner, four different types of societies are carved out, in order to show us what it might look like to enable a good life by identifying and harnessing leverage points for systemic and effective change.

“We’re lucky nowadays. There wasn’t always so much green space around here. It’s much calmer now and more relaxed. Less traffic and less stress” Isabella, 59, Less is more to me’. 

This is what Isabella, a (fictional) person living in 2040 tells us about her present. Isabella, like Adam, Milan and Tereza are part of the recently published INHERIT “Reaching the tripple-win” report and they share with you what is like to live in 2040.

The report portrays four positive scenarios of a healthier, more equitable and sustainable Europe in 2040. Fast forwarding into the future, the report aims to inspire strategic interventions, innovations and action plans as well as behaviour change for better future livelihoods.

Diverging in social dynamics (collective versus individualistic) and driving sector (public versus private) the scenarios differ in the implemented approaches for reaching this triple-win. The ‘My life between realities’ and ‘Less is more to me’ scenarios are examples of an individualistic social dynamic.  Digitalisation, including virtual and augmented realities, connectivity and personalisation characterise ‘My life between realities’ while sufficiency, elevated self-awareness and mindfulness as well as less material ownership are the main principles of the ‘Less is more to me’ scenario. Scenarios ‘One for all, all for one’ and ‘Our Circular Community’ are based on a collective social dynamic. The former is based on elevated locality, participatory decision making and communality, while the latter thrives on (multi-stakeholder) co-creation, citizen sciences and circular economy.

Guiding through these scenarios are the above mentioned characters, which give you a sense of what it is like to live in that specific future society. What’s more, you can look at their respective lives in these videos.

Achieving these visions requires changes in citizens’ behavioural patterns. Linking the scenario narratives with the INHERIT behaviour change framework supports this understanding and brings us closer to healthier, more equitable and sustainable lifestyles.

Read the full scenario narratives here and find out more how we developed the scenarios, and what they imply for interventions, innovations, action plans and policies.

For further questions, please contact Rosa Strube.

 

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Save the Date for the #InheritYourFuture FORUM in Vienna on 21 November 2018

7. August 2018 - 9:54

What will the future of transportation look like? How will we stay healthy, and how can we keep our environment healthy as well? Together, we can imagine a future that serves us in different ways and design the necessary policies, actions, products and services to get there. #InheritYourFuture is a European exchange of ideas on promising practices that will lead us to live, move and consume in a way that protects the environment and promotes health and equity (the INHERIT triple-win).

Once we have figured out which policies, actions, products and services are right, we must ask how we can ensure that they reach the most vulnerable members of our societies? How can different sectors work together to better deliver systemic change?

These are the questions that will be central to the #InheritYourFuture Forum,  where participants will showcase inspiring examples of initiatives that can enable and encourage people to live and behave in ways that improve the environment and their health. They will discuss how these initiatives can be strengthened to contribute to the ‘triple-win’, the opportunities and barriers to ‘mainstreaming’ good ideas and how the barriers can be overcome to pave the way to more sustainable lifestyles and behaviours.

At the forum, we will present the four illustrative future scenarios of healthy, sustainable and happy European Societies, which were mainly developed by the CSCP. Behavioural patterns in those future scenarios range from remembering old receipts to return to cooking with regional ingredients to engaging in outdoor exercises in the park to receive points from health insurance. Videos of these future scenarios will be presented to a broader audience during the conference.

The Forum will focus on the areas of sustainable diets, active transport, green space in cities and energy efficient housing. We invite all those who are interested in transitioning to more sustainable EU societies, particularly policy makers and those that seek to influence and advise them, as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs active in these areas, to take part in the exchange and the discussions.

The event will provide the opportunity for an exchange at the European level as a pre-event for the EU Presidency conference on “People’s Food – People’s Health”.

Date and time: 21 November 2018, 9:30am – 5pm

Location: Vienna, Austria

The event will be held in English.

Registration required. Find detailed information and the registration procedure for the event here.

Please contact Rosa Strube, if you have further questions.

 

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Sustainable Procurement Hub Project Shows the Advantages of an Exchange Hub Between Private and Public Actors

30. Juli 2018 - 12:49

Take a ride into the beautiful back hills of the Bergische Land, past Lindlar and into the green, lush woods, towards :metabolon. A guide from :metabolon tells you that you have just climbed a landfill and you are standing on tonnes of household trash from the 1970s. Suddenly, it becomes very clear why end-of-life thinking is essential for sustainable procurement – and why a sustainable procurement hub is needed.

Through sustainable procurement organisations have the opportunity to realise their buying power. In May, we finished a project that explored the potentials of a Sustainable Procurement Hub to connect private and public organisations to share their procurement expertise. In the project, the CSCP conducted in depth interviews with experts on sustainable procurement. Workshops were held on three central aspects of successful sustainable procurement: change management, digitalisation and end-of-life thinking.

Taking stakeholders out of the meeting room and creating an interactive exhibition or taking them to a location that makes the topic tangible is an important approach for us that can make all the difference. For the third worshop we took the participants to :metabolon, the project of ‘Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband’ and a site that has much more to offer than trash. From state of the art research facilities used in collaboration with different universities to talking trash cans that teach kids about trash in a fun and playful way, the site makes theoretical concepts blatantly obvious to the eyes and the nose. Talking about end-of-life thinking in a sustainable procurement workshop has a different dynamic and urgency when looking at the remains of products from a time when cradle-to-cradle was not a concern at all.

Our subsequent study shows the two main target groups ‑ municipalities and companies ‑ place a similarly high significance on sustainable procurement and sustainable supply chain management. While the identified challenges are similar in both groups, prefered solutions differ significantly. However, all solutions identified through interviews and workshops are based on an exchange among the target groups and on the involvement of civil society actors such as NGOs or regional initiatives. We therefore see that an exchange hub is not only needed but will also be met with broad support and interest.

We can identify the following top themes for such an exchange hub:

  • Market / supplier commitment
  • Labour rights and decent work
  • End-of-life and circular thinking
  • Reduction of internal and external costs
  • Consumer demand and acceptance
  • Rules and standards

Get an impression of the potential of an exchange hub on Sustainable Procurement: see a short video and hear a few sound bites from workshop participants!

The project is funded by Engagement Global, SKEW and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

For further information, please contact Janpeter Beckmann.

Photos by Marc Jahnen

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Starting Project SUS Island Mauritius Creates Positive Impact Through Tourism by Addressing Sustainability Challenges

25. Juli 2018 - 8:21

Billions of people travel domestically and internationally every year. The value created by these travellers makes up 10.4% of global GDP and accounts for 313 million jobs – 1 in every 10 jobs worldwide. 1 in 5 of all jobs created in 2017* were created in the tourism sector. As the same time, however, tourism contributes to 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions**.

As the tourism sector grows, more concerns are raised on its negative impacts (e.g. over-tourism and alienated local residents). It is also credited for its potential to bring innovative solutions to societal-economic challenges (e.g. economic opportunities in places that have few others, improving cultural understanding and reducing prejudice). Our goal is not to balance the negative impacts with positive impact in tourism, but to improve its handprint while reducing its footprint. Sustainable tourism should drive value creation for the company and customers by addressing sustainability challenges.

The CSCP aims to make sustainable tourism mainstream for the mass market. Sustainable tourism should address the needs of the key market segments to the destination, appealing to the majority of the travellers. Towards this end, the CSCP has been working on the Pro-handprint Innovation (PHI) Framework. It is a tool guiding businesses to target, manage, measure and communicate the positive impacts of tourism.

As tourism relies on local resources (e.g. local work force, natural resource etc.), the PHI Framework provides an inspirational tool that supports the creation and implementation of innovative ideas, guiding business on creating value by addressing the local challenges. This brings sustaining solutions to the local communities while also future-proofing their business.

The PHI Framework will be applied by the CSCP in partnership with Mauritius Tourism Authority (MTA) in the newly launched Switch Africa project “Improving Sustainable Tourism In Mauritius Through Greening The Value Chain Of Tour Operators (SUS-ISLAND)”. SUS-ISLAND aims to promote sustainable tourism in Mauritius by demonstrating and scaling up a self-sustaining mechanism for improving sustainable added value along the value chain. Another goal is to  improve awareness and the marketing of sustainable tourism products.

The CSCP also contributes to SUS-ISLAND by guiding tour operators, hotels and other suppliers to improve the handprint and reduce the footprint in 4 stages:

  • Identify PHI targets
  • Generate PHI ideas
  • Implement PHI actions
  • Measure and communicate MauPHI impacts

SUS-ISLAND contributes to Mauritius’ vision of becoming a green destination to visit and a sustainable island to live on, where:

  • Tour operators, suppliers and stakeholders are mobilized and empowered to develop, promote and deliver sustainable tourism products for the mainstream market
  • Sustainability becomes a key innovation ingredient for tourism products
  • Mainstream tourists are attracted by and enjoying tourism products that generate positive economic, societal, environmental and cultural impacts for Mauritius
  • Tourism generates sustainable solutions to the local challenges

The PHI framework is based on the handprint methodolgy, which was created in the Handprint project. The project jointly developed with Centre for Sustainability Management der Leuphana-Universität Lüneburg, Universität Kassel and Zentrum für Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung at Witten/Herdecke University.

For further questions, please contact Yang Deng.

 

*WTTC. “Evaluation of Job Creation in G20 Countries Through Maximising Infrastructure Capacity Through Technology That Facilitates Travel and Integrates Security,” 2018. https://www.wttc.org/-/media/files/reports/2018/wttc–g20-jobs-creation-white-paper-en.pdf.

**“FAQ – Climate Change and Tourism | Sustainable Development of Tourism.” Accessed July 4, 2018. http://sdt.unwto.org/content/faq-climate-change-and-tourism.

Picture by Shutterstock / Ohrim

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The CSCP Partners with the Conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (Refab)” in Cologne 1 – 2 October 2018

11. Juli 2018 - 9:05

Today’s global agriculture faces a myriad of problems that range from desertification and loss of fertil soil to over-fertilisation. These pose a significant risk to biodiversity and food security. REFAB brings together experts from research and industry to collaborate for cutting-edge solutions to these problems and enable a high-tech revolution in the production of food, feed, and biomass.

Revolution is a strong term, but it might just be the right word for what is going on in food and biomass production. In nine areas, major upheavals and innovations are taking place, largely independently of each other. Taken together, they represent a transformation that brings our entire food and biomass production to a whole new level, becoming more efficient, sustainable, healthier and more in harmony with nature.

During the conference, nine innovation pillars of the sustainability revolution in food and biomass production will be tackled. Precision farming will take us into a future where further digitalisation enables artificial intelligence (AI), robots and drones, to make modern agriculture more efficient and sustainable. We will see how biostimulants complement crop nutrition and crop protection, and how Urban and Vertical Farming leads to sustainable and local food sourcing in highly populated areas. As climate change progresses agriculture under extreme conditions will become more and more relevant, including the need for improved plant varieties. Further pillars include the search for alternative protein sources, enabling organic and smallholder farming. At the conference, there will also be a focus on the oceans, as mariculture and marine farming take centre stage. Last, but not least, biorefineries and biotechnology are an important part of the Revolution in Food and Biomass Production.

The CSCP supports this unique conference and we are inviting you to join us there to participate in the food and biomass production revolution.

Date and time: 01 – 02 October 2018

Location: Cologne

The event is in English, registration is required and participation fees apply.

Please visit the REFAB Website for further information on the programme and registration procedures.

Please contact Jana Brauer if you have further questions.

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Over 50 Leading NGOs Accelerating Sustainable Behaviour Worldwide

11. Juli 2018 - 8:07

The Academy of Change is our new programme on sustainable behaviour designed for future leaders working on climate change and sustainability in the NGO sector. This month we kicked off the programme’s first module with over 50 leading NGOs from all over the world. Over the course of the Academy, we will learn new and insightful approaches to accelerate change in sustainable behaviours that really matter.

The Academy of Change is about unlocking the practical applications of behavioural theory to enhance the way environmental and climate change NGOs engage with their target groups, members and supporters. These efforts are aimed at assisting these NGOs in generating greater impact through their activities and campaigns.

As we understand the challenges around the implementation of behaviour change knowledge, we are confident about the role tailor-made training, coaching and networking play as a decisive factor in integrating and scaling best practices within organisations. Through the integration of behavioural insights into their projects and activities, NGOs have the opportunity to boost their impact.

This month we kicked off the first training module of the Academy for a group of over 50 leading NGOs from all over the world that have embarked on this 8-month training journey with us. In this first session we explored key principles of behaviour change, myth-busted common misconceptions around the topic and discussed why behaviour change is important in promoting sustainable behaviours. We also heard from Soenke Lorenzen, Research Manager for Global Engagement of Greenpeace International about their activities and strategies to shift mindsets towards a green and peaceful world.

Despite concern for the environment being high among people, it is not yet on top of their list, as normally economic concerns and appearance take precedence. Besides, there is a gap between what people think and what they do, which becomes even more challenging as people tend to overstate their performance of pro-environmental behaviours. During the training module, we dicussed how to overcome these significant cognitive biases and the most effective tools and approaches to integrate behavioural insights into sustainability initiatives. In the coming months, Academy members will jointly explore these questions and implement their findings in their work.

The Academy of Change is always looking for people interested in accelerating change in the sustainable behaviours and lifestyles that really matter. There are different ways to get involved. Are you an NGO? You can still apply here to our waiting list to join the programme. Are you interested in supporting or sponsoring the Academy beyond its current funding framework or to bring it to your organisation? Or are you looking for insightful and beyond state-of-the-art information related to sustainable behaviour and behaviour change? Drop us a message at contact@aochange.org.

Academy of Change is a non-profit initiative of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) and Behaviour Change, funded by the KR Foundation.

For further information, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

Photo by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash

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Project Kick-off: SWITCH Africa GOALAN Will Implement SCP to Revitalise Kenya’s Horticulture Sector

11. Juli 2018 - 6:26

The horticultural sector contributes to Kenya’s economy by nearly USD 1.03 billion in 2016 from exports of fresh produce. Unfortunately, the sector poses significant environmental impacts due to unsustainable water consumption and pollution from overuse of fertilizers and pesticides. Our project GOALAN will tackle these issues in collaboration with MSMEs, policy makers and financial institutions.

The project seeks to promote the adoption of sustainable horticulture practices to smallholder farmers and micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) at the Lake Naivasha Basin.

 

As part of the EU-funded SWITCH Africa Green Programme, the GOALAN project will contribute to Kenya’s transition to an inclusive green economy through sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The project targets three counties of Nakuru, Nyandarua and Narok, and will select and closely engage with at least 140 MSMEs, local governments and financial institutions. The three counties contribute 70% of the country’s floriculture; a sector that overall contributes to almost 1.3% of the country’s GDP and a lifeline to local communities with revenues of nearly USD 1.03 billion in 2016 from exports of fresh produce. However, the sector poses significant environmental impacts due to unsustainable water consumption and pollution from overuse of fertilizers and pesticides.

 

The project promotes the horticulture sector as a driver for the adoption of resource efficient and green practices. These practices will aim to minimise the sector’s impacts on climate, water and land, while ensuring social inclusion through the involvement of youth and women and facilitate new job creation. To achieve this, the CSCP will provide various capacity building programmes to horticultural farmers and MSMEs to adopt SCP practices. A dedicated train the trainer programme for youth will also be developed, encouraging young people to be green entrepreneurs in the horticulture sector.

Following the project launch, the CSCP has started to roll out first activities. We are developing the first training modules on sustainable horticulture practices for Kenyan farmers and MSMEs. A first training is foreseen to take place towards the end of 2018.

Throughout the project, the consortium will establish strategic partnerships to ensure effective implementation of the GOALAN project and ultimately achieve a healthy environment that supports sustainable growth for the country and its citizens. The CSCP will be involved in assessing and enhancing market linkages for Naivasha’s high value horticultural crops, and in strengthening the value chains. Together with WWF Kenya, the CSCP will engage in policy dialogues with the three county governments on green public procurement through policy recommendations, guidelines and high level events.

The project was launched by the European Union Delegation to Kenya in Nairobi on 18 – 19 June . It will be implemented by the CSCP together with WWF Kenya, and will run until 2021.

For further questions, please contact Kartika Anggraeni

*Photo by Shutterstock / sevenMaps7

 

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CSCP Shares Experiences With Voluntary Agreements as Policy Instruments for Food Waste Reduction

10. Juli 2018 - 14:10

Picture the great pyramid of Khufu, Giza – it is estimated to weigh about 6 million tonnes. Now imagine fourteen such pyramids, and you are still four tonnes short of the food waste produced annually in the EU alone. The EU REFRESH Project sets out to find and share information and best practice on food waste reduction, to curb this wastefulness.

In June, the CSCP and its European REFRESH partners met with member state representatives and policy experts for an interactive working group in Amsterdam. We shared our experiences with hosting the REFRESH Steering Committee as a national pilot of a voluntary agreement in Germany. Voluntary agreements hold great potential as key policy instruments for food waste reduction.

Previous case study research conducted within REFRESH identified food waste drivers to be cross-cutting by nature, and further studies highlighted the relevance of multi-stakeholder collaboration. In light of these findings, voluntary agreements and multi-stakeholder collaboration are key policy approaches to address the issue of food waste throughout food supply chains.

As the case studies in Germany, Hungary, Spain and the Netherlands revealed, the right actors to participate in the agreement must be identified and motivated. Gaps between different actors and stakeholders have to be bridged to arrive at voluntary agreements. Often, that means finding a strong business case for a company to participate in the agreement, and engaging NGOs that might initially have very divergent objectives.

With disruptive approaches to gain signatories and media coverage that helps share best practices and encourage businesses, successes can be had. At the same time, regional and national differences make a tailor-made approach necessary. In some countries, policy changes create the necessary pressure to interest businesses into entering a voluntary agreement. In other countries social pressure from consumers is the decisive factor. Investigating these factors to initiate the right voluntary agreement is crucial to realising the full potential of this approach to reducing food waste.

This meeting was the first in a series of four REFRESH workshops focusing on policy options to reduce food waste which will be organised between June 2018 and January 2019. Please find the agenda for the workshop here. Information on the upcoming events can be found here.

For further questions please contact Nora Brüggemann.

 

*Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

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Call for Collaboration – Digital Responsibility as Part of Corporate Strategy

10. Juli 2018 - 14:08

Digitalisation fundamentally alters the way we do business and how we interact with one another and with our environment. This challenges all of us to shape this new playing field to enable a good life for everyone. There are great opportunities for organisations as well as for sustainability, but with them, we also face new responsibilities.

More than just products supply chains now also produce data

Take the supply chain of a morning smoothie, for example. Without a doubt, you still need the pineapple farmer in Costa Rica to grow the fruit, they still need to be processed, packaged, shipped, distributed and filled into recyclable cups for you to have your smoothie. Working conditions, pesticide use, shipping emissions, and other issues are still concerns today, but there is also a lot of data generated in any given supply chain. This holds great opportunities: farmers could be paid contingent on their environmental and social practices. Digital labels could communicate product information in real time to consumers and account for individual preferences. New services based on personalised nutrition using real-time health data are feasible.

The changes digitalisation creates are not confined to products and services. They permeate every aspect of organisations, people’s work lives and lifestyles.

Now organisations are feeling a great need to better understand what kind of responsibilities they will be facing in the fast-changing digitalised world. We invite you to discuss with us the opportunities and responsibilities that digitalisation holds.

Get in touch – contact Michael Kuhndt with your ideas and enquiries and enjoy reading the rest of the article!

More than an individual every person produces data

Imagine your customer “John” entering his kitchen in the not so distant future – but not to rummage around in the fridge—instead, his home healthcare system has registered a pending drop in his blood sugar level about an hour ago. Luckily, the same system also has access to his personalised nutrition info, such as DNA details and full blood screen. When the low blood sugar was registered, it directed the automatic cooking-system to calculate the perfect menu for him at this time, the fridge to scan the items he has at home and to order everything that was missing.

This scenario might sound like a utopian world to some, where everything is connected and personalised, where people are healthier and freed of daily chores. Or it might feel a bit dystopian to your customers, and perhaps to yourself. Whether the effects of digitalisation swing in one or the other direction, is up to us to actively shape where and how digitalisation is implemented and how associated data is protected and handled, who owns it and what can be done with it.

More than consumption digialisation can lead to sustainability

Digitalisation can be a great lever for more sustainability worldwide but can also lead to rebound effects: consumption rises as efficiency increases, diminishing the sustainability effect. Personalised nutrition could lead to a primary focus on eating the right foods for oneself without concern about their sourcing and footprint. When done right, on the other hand, information about a farmer’s environmental and social impact could directly influence their pay and therefore provide incentives to adhere to better standards. A virtual supermarket experience or digital labels can be pre-configured to direct the customer to products produced according to their preference.

New business models that tap into the opportunities that digitalisation and data generation hold can only become permanent successes on the basis of credibility and standards. On the one hand, customers will be looking for such reassurances. On the other hand, recent development like the EU’s GDPR show policy measures regulating the use of data will start inhibiting unchecked use of data. Instead of merely reacting to such developments, organisations should be pro-active in entering into a dialogue with civil society and policy makers.

Shaping digital responsibility a task for all of us

Shaping this future together may take the form of trusted civil society associations sitting at the table with corporations and policy-makers to develop new standards. These then guide how personal data can be used to enable new business models, sustainability and services to citizens – while ensuring privacy and security. The realisation of those standards can empower us as citizens and consumers, and give us as organisations direction and credibility. A first step is for organisations to recognise this new digital responsibility and firmly establish it as part of their overall corporate strategy as well as integrate it in their business development.

We recognise the need for a society-wide discourse on how to shape digitalisation in a way that enables a good life for all (read our previous Call for Collaboration on this), and call on orgnisations to take up the issue of digital responsibility as a first step towards that goal.

Get in touch – contact Michael Kuhndt with your ideas and enquiries.

 

*Photo by Fabian Grohs on Unsplash

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Wissenschaftsjahr is Coming to Your City – Join Us at Our Interactive Popup Dialogue-Centers

9. Juli 2018 - 16:20

What does tomorrow’s working world look like? Will we partner with robots to do the computationally expensive work so we can follow our creative instincts? Will we connect with colleagues from all over the world in virtual offices while never leaving the comfort of our homes? What new jobs will be created when data and digitalisation-driven business models become the norm? We want to discuss these and many questions with you!

The Wissenschaftsjahr 2018 carries the title “The Future of Work: Insights – Popup Dialogue-Centers on the Working World of Tomorrow”. Together with our consortium partners, we are designing an interactive exhibition that tackles all the questions you (and we) might have about the working world of tomorrow. We have assembled state of the art reseach on the future of work, along with examples of the newest technology and expert opinions. Through many examples,we are looking at promising developments, but we will also be asking difficult questions. Will my job still be relevant with the further advancement of digitalisation? What will happen to our interpersonal relationships – will an anonymous robot take care of me when I am old, for example? We want to hear your hopes and worries, comments and questions. Join us!

The traveling exhibition will zoom into three different fields of work. You can sit on a desk in the year 2035 (if they still exist then) and see what desk work will look like. Or you can experience the technological development of the coming two decades that will shape care work. Of course, we cannot forget that there are jobs that will only arise as digitalisation progresses – what would an ethics expert for artificial intelligence do without the artificial intelligence?

For this popup exhibition we are looking to rent vacant storefronts in Wuppertal, Gelsenkirchen, Hannover, Kiel, Potsdam and Dresden during the fall of 2018. In order to do so we would like to ask your help. If you are from one of those cities and you know of such a vacant store, contact us at kontakt@durchblick-popup.de. The exhibition will stay for 6 to 10 days in each city and we are looking forward to contributing to a more lively city centre through all our popup has to offer.

For more information on the Wissenschaftsjahr, and for the latest updates on exhibition dates near you follow our twitter account @durchblickpopup.

Please contact Imke Schmidt, if you have further questions.

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A Big Step for a Climate-Friendly Future for North Rhine-Westphalia, One Final Step for the ILoNa Project

8. Juli 2018 - 16:27

The logistics sector has enormous potential for incorporating practices that take into consideration the social and ecological aspects of all steps along the way. Over the course of three years, our ILoNa Project looked at the interaction of customer behavior and logistics services and worked out the future challenges for the sector on its way to sustainability practices. At its final conference, the project was recognised by KlimaExpo.NRWas the 296th of 1,000 steps into a climate-friendly future in North Rhine Westphalia.

The research project ILoNa, “Innovative Logistics for Sustainable Lifestyles” was committed to promoting sustainable logistics for business and society. In doing so, social aspects were considered on an equal footing with ecological and economic aspects to comprehensively uncover the sustainability potential in logistics.

The project also investigated the interaction of customer behaviour and logistics services. In several consumer and company surveys, the project team not only examined the status quo, but also worked out the future challenges of the industry. One result: sustainability problems are in particular due to the high number of returns in online retail, in packaging and in transport routes. These challenges can be mitigated by changes in purchasing behaviour and customer demands. Many companies are working on generating solutions based on the use of new technologies and, in some cases, enabling new business models.

At the final conference on 17 April 2018 at the University of Essen, the CSCP and its project partners looked back on three years of research and presented recommendations for action.

During this final conference, ILoNa was also honoured by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for its commitment to climate protection. “The project deals with decisive questions of an industry whose rethinking is of particular importance for climate protection. …. This is an important step – not only for climate protection – and therefore deserves a place in our exhibition,” said Dr. Heinrich Dornbusch, Managing Director of KlimaExpo.NRW, at the award presentation. As an initiative of the NRW state government, KlimaExpo.NRW will present positive examples of climate protection in and from North Rhine-Westphalia in 1,000 steps until 2022. The ILoNa project is the 296th step.

For further information, please contact Rosa Strube.

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The CSCP Partners with the Conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (Refab)” in Cologne, Join Us 1 – 2 October 2018

7. Juli 2018 - 16:33

Today’s global agriculture faces a myriad of problems that range from desertification and loss of fertil soil to over-fertilisation. These pose a significant risk to biodiversity and food security. REFAB brings together experts from research and industry to collaborate for cutting-edge solutions to these problems and enable a high-tech revolution in the production of food, feed, and biomass.

Revolution is a strong term, but it might just be the right word for what is going on in food and biomass production. In nine areas, major upheavals and innovations are taking place, largely independently of each other. Taken together, they represent a transformation that brings our entire food and biomass production to a whole new level, becoming more efficient, sustainable, healthier and more in harmony with nature.

During the conference, nine innovation pillars of the sustainability revolution in food and biomass production will be tackled. Precision farming will take us into a future where further digitalisation enables artificial intelligence (AI), robots and drones, to make modern agriculture more efficient and sustainable. We will see how biostimulants complement crop nutrition and crop protection, and how Urban and Vertical Farming leads to sustainable and local food sourcing in highly populated areas. As climate change progresses agriculture under extreme conditions will become more and more relevant, including the need for improved plant varieties. Further pillars include the search for alternative protein sources, enabling organic and smallholder farming. At the conference, there will also be a focus on the oceans, as mariculture and marine farming take centre stage. Last, but not least, biorefineries and biotechnology are an important part of the Revolution in Food and Biomass Production.

The CSCP supports this unique conference and we are inviting you to join us there to participate in the food and biomass production revolution.

Date and time: 01 – 02 October 2018

Location: Cologne

The event is in English, registration is required and participation fees apply.

Please visit the REFAB Website  for further information on the programme and registration procedures.

Please contact Jana Brauer, if you have further questions.

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Apply Now! “Sharing and the City”, the Interdisciplinary Autumn Academy Takes Place in Wuppertal on 01 – 05 October 2018

27. Juni 2018 - 13:50

What can sharing contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle, future work patterns and local consumption patterns in cities? What is the potential for sustainable business? The participants of this year’s academy will discuss these and other questions while developing creative new concepts.

‘Sharing’ has become a trend in many parts of Europe and has been reintroduced into many spheres of life in recent years. Especially in the urban context, ‘sharing’ is playing an increasingly important role. Concepts like carsharing, foodsharing, urban gardening and co-working are becoming increasingly popular with a growing community of supporters and users.

The academy offers participants the opportunity to use the design thinking method to reflect on problems in real-life case studies, explore potentials for sharing in the context of sustainable urban development, and jointly develop innovative solutions. The programme will include presentations by companies and initiatives from Wuppertal that present their sustainable strategies and sharing ideas for the city. At the end of the autumn academy, the participants’ ideas will be presented in the context of a public Sharing Day in Wuppertal.

The autumn academy is encouraging students, graduates, doctoral students, postdocs, practitioners from all disciplines and anyone interested in sharing in cities to apply!

The VÖW ‘Herbstakademie‘ is organised and realised in cooperation with the project “Urban Up” in Wuppertal. The transdisciplinary research project “UrbanUp – Upscaling Strategies for an Urban Sharing Society” is being implemented by the CSCP, the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Transzent, and the Wuppertal Institute.

Date and time: 01 – 05 October 2018

Location: Wuppertal

Maximum number of participants: 22. Participation fee: 130€ (VÖW members 90€). Application required, please send application documents (CV, Letter of Motivation with 1 page maximum) to urbanup (at) uni-wuppertal.de until 30 June 2018.

Find detailed information and the registration procedure for the event on the VÖW homepage or the Transzent website.

Please contact Alexandra Kessler  if you have further questions.

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EU Plastics Strategy Opens Doors for Rethinking Business Models

25. Juni 2018 - 15:18

150 000 to 500 000 tonnes of plastic waste are dumped in the oceans yearly – from the EU alone*. And this only accounts for a small percentage of worldwide plastic litter, as 80% of all plastic waste enters the oceans from Asia. While we are watching the large plastic vortices in the ocean, perhaps as we sip a drink through a plastic straw from a convenient plastic cup, we forget that these are ‘single use’ plastics. Now the EU plans to put an end to that – opening up avenues for new products, changing lifestyles, and entire new business models.

European plastic waste looks relatively good on paper. That is mostly because about half of it is shipped to Asia, out of sight, out of mind. Waste management in many Asian countries is notoriously poor and much of the shipped and locally disposed of plastic waste has ended up in the oceans. Furthermore, many Western companies have introduced western-style consumer products for the Asian market, all of which are wrapped in plastic, knowing very well that there are no end-of-life solutions for the packaging in many of the receiving countries. This is further compounded by extra small individual portions of food, toiletries and cosmetics catering to modest local incomes.

The EU recognises a certain responsibility yet also demonstrates leadership: it now wants to clamp down on ‘single use’ plastic items such as straws, coffee cups, lids and stirrers, as well as cutlery and take away packaging. In a first step, the EU will assess the impact of different ways of taxing such items, with the goal that 55% of all plastics be recycled by 2030. This includes plans to require clearer labelling of recycled or recycleable plastic for consumers, as well as a potential ban on microplastics in cosmetics.

These upcoming changes signaled by the European strategy should drive companies to rethink their products, their consumers’ lifestyles and business models.

Alexis Figeac, Team Leader at the CSCP and Consortium Coordinator of the European R2Pi – Transition from Linear to Circular project illustrates the business opportunities: “Businesses can tap into the opportunities that arise from material alternatives to plastic or by rethinking business strategies. Alternative forms of packaging in particular bio-based ones may be the way forward. Why use plastic packaging for high-value products such as cosmetics when the same functionality may be achieved from wood-derived ligno-cellulose? Indeed such innovations from the likes of Sulapac, winner of the Green Alley Award 2017, or Eatapple for straws ought to be adopted by established industrial players.”

These strategies are part of implementing Circular economy thinking, i.e. keeping materials in the economic cycle, strengthening customer loyalty and enabling a business to anticipate and be compliant with future regulatory developments.

Despite the business opportunities, Alexis Figeac also sees a clear need for the new European strategy: “While the strategy of the pioneers serves as a behavioural nudge to the initiated, the new European directive is, presently, the only way to mainstream sustainable alternatives. Moreover, it is centred on items which are not essential by any means. It does not require overhauling of major material circuits, as would, for example, result in a European-wide deposit scheme for plastic bottles not to mention plastic packaging.”

*European Commission (2018). EU Strategy for plastics in the Circular Economy – brochure. Circular Economy package.

Photo by Caroline Attwood on Unsplash

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How to Future-proof Your Products and Services and Become a Sustainability Trailblazer

7. Juni 2018 - 13:03

While we offer a variety of Think and Do Services to all actors in society, we have created fact sheets for your organisations and municipalities to get a quick and clear overview of our top tools to future-proof your products and services through procurement strategies, holistic impact assessments, sustainable portfolios and business model innovation.

Our featured tools have been implemented successfully for a number of projects. They provide the exact combination of proven strategy and flexibility necessary to meet your needs and make your products and services future-proof. Read the short descriptions for each below and download the fact sheet for the tool that is right for you.

Sustainable Procurement – Did you know your procurement strategy can make all the difference in establishing sustainability and pushing innovation along your entire supply chain? The CSCP enables you to realise your buying power for creating positive impact while reaching your financial goals.

Sustainable Procurement Fact Sheet

Handprint – This innovative and holistic assessment tool enables you to tally your positive impacts in all three dimensions of sustainability. Don’t just minimise your footprint, create added value for your organisation, city or region by maximising your handprint!

Handprint Fact Sheet

Sustainable Portfolio Assessment and Management – Take a good look at your product portfolio with us. Together, we will identify strategies to make it resilient to fast-changing markets and create the transparency customers and stakeholders expect.

Sustainable Portfolio Fact Sheet

Business Opportunity Lab – Meet your future customer to identify your business potentials. This collaborative process allows you to identify, develop and test how your business will be viable in the future. Be proactive in a changing environment!

Business Opportunity Lab Fact Sheet

For more on our work and services, see the Think and Do Services.

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Kompetenzzentrum eStandards Pilot Project: Where Should Used Backpacks Go?

6. Juni 2018 - 13:05

It is not uncommon for customers to call FOND OF, the backpack company from Cologne known for brands like Ergobag, Satch or Aevor, asking something along the lines of: “My daughter has an Ergobag for primary school, but it has been up in the attic for several years now, unused. We don’t need it anymore. Do you have an idea what we can do with it?” To date, FOND OF’s only reply option was unsatisfying: Customer service recommended donation or disposal, depending on its condition. That is about to change.

Unhappy with their current response, a team from FOND OF, made up of marketing, design, logistics and corporate responsibility representatives, worked together with experts from the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards and University of Cologne’s Enactus group in a design-thinking workshop. “We want to show people what they can do with their backpacks after use”, said Julian Conrads, sustainability expert at FOND OF. The goal is to motivate customers to maximise service time, keeping first backpacks and eventually materials in the economic cycle.

Together with the CSCP’s sustainability experts Thomas Wagner and Patrik Eisenhauer for the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards, the workshop team has developed two options to achieve that goal. The first one is a “Take back” model, where FOND OF develops a return system for backpacks that are broken (End of life). Those backpacks are not supposed to be thrown away: “We want to create a value-driven incentive to send the backpacks back to us, so we can recycle the material again. Enactus is working on ideas for new products that could be created from the material. For upcycling, we could imagine collaborating with Lebenshilfe for example”, describes Julian Conrads.

His colleague, Hannes Weber details the other possible solution: for backpacks that are still in good shape but no longer used (End of Use), “Second hand solutions offer enormous potential and create opportunities for people who cannot afford a new school bag or backpack. However, we also want to ensure a minimum level of quality for used backpacks. Customers who make sure that they are passing on full sets, complete with pencil case and sports bag, should derive added value from that”.

The next steps for FOND OF are clear: They will clarify with the management of the different brands which incentives are needed to motivate customers to participate in the take-back and second-hand model and specify the return process for the backpacks. In this, they are supported by the experts from the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards.

The Kompetenzzentrum eStandards Co-Working Space is hosted in Wuppertal at the CSCP. Circular economy thinking is key at the CSCP both from a business model and value chain perspective.

Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards

The Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards is an initiative of Mittelstand-Digital. Mittelstand-Digital informs small and medium-sized enterprises about the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation. Regional Kompetenzzentren help local small retailers as well as larger production companies with expert knowledge, demonstration centres, and networks to facilitate the exchange of experiences and practical examples. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy enables the free use of all Mittelstand-Digital offerings. Further information can be found at www.mittelstand-digital.de.

 

Image: At the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum eStandards, offenen Werkstatt Köln, visitors can play the circularity game. Source: GS1 Germany

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Increasing the Efficiency of Sugar in Energy Processes in Pakistan

5. Juni 2018 - 13:00

Bagasse, a waste of the sugar industry, is used to produce electricity for the factory where it’s generated or fed into the domestic energy grid. This process is highly variable and inefficient.

The productivity and efficiency of generating electricity from bagasse varies. Inefficient technologies account for higher energy consumption and a waste of energy resources. For example, an average sugar mill in Pakistan consumes about 1250 MJ/ton, much more than their Indian counterparts, which consume only 935 MJ/ton. This excess energy consumption translates to higher costs and increased emissions of greenhouse gases. The Switch Asia project is intended to “promote sustainable growth, contribute to economic prosperity, reduce poverty, and mitigate climate change.” It will do so by enhancing the resource efficiency of the sugar sector with the adoption of Resource and Energy Efficiency (R&EE) technologies.

The CSCP will support Pakistan’s State Bank in the development of policy for financing R&EE investment in the sector. It will train the lending institution and bank staff. They will learn to assess credit risk and to develop frameworks and instruments to inform risk guarantees, helping banks finance R&EE technology up-grades. The CSCP will also work as a peer reviewer of SME’s business cases used to apply for R&EE financing from public and private lending institutes.

For further informations please contact Ahmad Hafiz.

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