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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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Meet Us at the BCI 2018 Global Cotton Conference and Discuss How to Scale Impact Through Collaboration 26 – 28 June 2018

17. Mai 2018 - 16:51

At the BCI 2018 Global Cotton Conference in Brussels on 27 – 28 June 2018, the global cotton sector is coming together to discuss opportunities for collaboration for a sustainable future for the material. Join us and don’t miss the CSCP’s Cristina Fedato’s key note on future trends for supply chains in the textile sector.

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), initiator and host of the Conference, implements a number of measures to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it and the environment in which it is produced. The Global Cotton Conference is one of these measures, bringing all stakeholders together to shape the future of cotton production.

Cristina Fedato, Head of the Sustainable Infrastructure, Products and Services Team at the CSCP, has been invited as one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 Conference. With over 15 years of experience as a specialist, professor and consultant in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Supply Chains, she will give insights into sustainability strategies for textile supply chains.

Circular and sharing economy models, digitalisation, smart manufacturing, business model innovation, consumer behaviour changes; these trends are already reality for many businesses today. Cristina Fedato will explore them as opportunities for the textile value chain in her keynote.

 

Date and time: 26 – 28 June 2018

Location: Brussels, Belgium

 

Registration and conference fee required for attendance. The event will be conducted in English.

Please visit the Conference Website for detailed information on the programme, confirmed speakers, as well as the registration form.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Cristina Fedato for further information.

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Register Today! EcoProcura 2018 Launches Registration and Extends Call for Contributions to 18 May 2018

9. Mai 2018 - 14:33

Registration is now open for the EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3 – 5 October 2018 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. EcoProcura 2018, marking the 20th year of the conference series, will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations.

The conference is organised by ICLEI and the 2018 European Green Capital, the City of Nijmegen. As a strategic partner to ICLEI’s Procura+ Network, the CSCP invites you to join the 2018EcoProcura Conference!

The interactive programme of the conference will present, discuss and identify ways of using procurement as an effective tool in the strategic decision making process of a public authority. It will focus on important policy areas for sustainable, innovative and circular future, such as sustainable mobility, renewable energy and low carbon infrastructure. Approaches to organisational culture and behaviour change to achieve sustainable, innovation and circular procurement will also be explored.  In addition, participants will have the chance to learn more about topics such as, life-cycle costing, design of specifications and monitoring of contracts.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation, Hubert Bruls, Mayor of Nijmegen, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö (Sweden) and Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, with further speakers to be announced soon.

The deadline for call for contributions for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions has been extended to 18 May 2018. Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit proposals online via the EcoProcura 2018 website.

For more information and to register, or submit a proposal to the call for contributions, visit the EcoProcura 2018 website.

 

Date and time: 3 – 5 October 2018

Location: Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Call for Contributions closes on 18 May 2018. Registration required and conference fee required for attendence.

Please visit the Conference Website for detailed information on the programme, confirmed speakers, the Call for Contributions, as well as the registration form.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Find further information on the CSCP’s strategic partnership in the Procura+ Network here. Please contact Janpeter Beckmann for further information.

 

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Towards a Longer Life: Backpack Company FOND OF Develops Circular Solutions for Their Backpacks

3. Mai 2018 - 8:40

How many of your old backpacks have been forgotten in the attic or on the top shelf of your closet? What if they could be given a second life rather than cluttering up your storage space? Together with the Mittelstand 4.0 – Kompetenzzentrum eStandards, the backpack company FOND OF is developing solutions for prolonging your favourite backpack’s life – or reusing its raw material.

“Since its inception in 2010, FOND OF has always been committed to responsible production. A large part of fabrics used for our backpacks and bags are made from recycled PET-bottles”, explains Hannes Weber, who is responsible for corporate responsibility at FOND OF, the backpack company known for brands such as Ergobag, Aevor and pinqponq. “What happens to backpacks that are no longer used? Many backpacks end up in a landfill or incineration facility, others are in good condition but end up forgotten and no longer used. Valuable resources are lost”, his colleague Julian Conrads adds. In a pilot project with the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards—which the CSCP is part of—the young company from Cologne will find solutions for these challenges.

Together with the Kompetenzzentrum-Team, FOND OF develops a circular economy business model that prolongs the life of backpacks and resource use, with the help of digital solutions and open standards. “We aim to further develop our business model through the project to keep materials in the economic cycle and contribute to further value creation. At the same time, we are developing new after-sales services and strengthening customer loyalty”, say sustainability expert Hannes Weber.

The CSCP’s Thomas Wagner, expert at the Kompetenzzentrum’s Co-Working Space in Wuppertal, adds: “Circular economy business models have many advantages. Materials are retained in the economy and contribute to further value-added. In addition, communication across the entire value chain is optimised and innovations are facilitated”. In developing and implementing this circular approach, which impacts business models, logistics, interactions with retailers, as well as customers, FOND OF is supported by 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. Recently, the CSCP has started a new project—Sustainable Procurement Hub— to establish circular thinking in procurement practices.

 

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.

For further information, please contact Thomas Wagner.

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Bringing Value to the Mongolian Cashmere Wool Sector Through Sustainability

30. April 2018 - 9:29

A cashmere wool sweater is considered a luxury product in Europe. Even though Mongolia has the second largest cashmere wool output in the world, the local infrastructure is not developed enough to process the raw material, and at the same time, unsustainable herding practices are ruining pastureland – the very basis for cashmere production. Our new project, STeP EcoLab aims to change that dynamic through sustainable practices.

The Mongolian cashmere wool sector is an important pillar of the country’s economy, supporting about a million nomadic herders. Unfortunately, the sector is experiencing a dilemma: It is lacking the infrastructure to process wool into high value products. Therefore, almost all revenue is made by selling the raw material cheaply to manufacturers in other countries and profits can only be increased by adding goats and producing more wool. Unfortunately, production practices do not sufficiently consider social and environmental aspects. Overgrazing, deforestation and erosion of the landscape, especially due to goat farming, are increasing threats. While the farmers struggle with disappearing pastureland, changing practices is difficult. They lack support and an understanding of how to implement more sustainable production processes.

Within STeP EcoLab we therefore strive to address these issues. Based on an in-depth, on-site analysis of the sector’s present challenges, we will draft a voluntary code of practice  together with the farmers and other stakeholders (like national financing and regulatory institutions.) Its implementation will be accompanied by capacity building programs for the farmers which will ensure necessary changes are understood. Ultimately, this process ensures a continuous and long-term improvement of the industry’s ecological and social performance.

In order for these tools to successfully establish more sustainable value chains, consumers need to be aware of and recognise.

The CSCP contributes its key competences: Sustainable Value ChainsHand- and Footprint AssessmentsMulti-stakeholder Engagement, as well as Participatory Strategy Development and Design and Communication.

The STeP EcoLab Mongolia project is funded by European Switch Asia Programme and will be implemented with Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, the Mongolian Wool and Cashmere Association, the Environment and Security Center of Mongolia, as well as the National Association of Pasture Users Group in Mongolia and the Mongolian Bankers’ Association.

For any furthre information, please contact Pawel Zylka.

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Meet Us at “Nachhaltigkeit im Handel – From Fair Trade to Fair Business” at IHK Köln, 26 April 2018

12. April 2018 - 9:24

Sustainability is gaining more and more relevance across sectors, and even well-established trade companies have to face the challenges of integrating sustainability strategies into their business models. Under the headline “From Fair Trade to Fair Business”, this session of the event series “Sustainability and Economic Success” sheds light on the relevance and potential of sustainability topics in different trade segments.

The event is organised by the IHK Köln in collaboration with Cologne Business School and the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management. The afternoon features a keynote by Michael Kuhndt, CSCP’s Executive Director, a panel discussion, as well as three applied camps on using sustainability in marketing, reward programs, and business model development. Project Manager Thomas Wagner organises an interactive barcamp on the development of sustainable business models on behalf of the CSCP’s CSR Hub.

Time and date: 26 April 2018 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Location: IHK Köln, Börsen-Saal, Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26, 50667 Köln

The event is free and in German.

Find the programme and registration procedure for the event here.

We are looking forward to seeing you there! Please contact Thomas Wagner for further information.

 

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Join Us for the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards Workshop “Digital Sustainable Supply Chains” on 9 May 2018 in Wuppertal!

11. April 2018 - 12:06

Want to make your supply chains sustainable?

Establishing transparency and sustainability along your entire supply chain helps with meeting customer demands, saving money, and making your business model more resilient. The CSCP is hosting the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards Co-Working Space in Wuppertal and will be organising a workshop looking at your challenges and needs in making your supply chains future-proof and developing digital solutions with you.

Small and medium-sized companies especially can profit enormously from digital processes that make their supply chains more transparent and sustainable. With large companies as their customers, their supply chains are subject to continuous scrutiny and must comply with their buyers’ codes of conduct. Showing good supply chain management attracts new customers and leads to increased loyalty.

Knowing the hotspots and sweetspots of their supply chains also lets companies introduce efficiency measures, reduce costs and react quickly to changes. Having a holistic and transparent view of the entire supply chain provides opportunities to make business models more resilient by fully exploiting sustainability potentials.

Learn how transparent and sustainable supply chains can be realised in your business by joining the interactive Kompetenzzentrum eStandards workshop!

Date and time: 9 May 2018 from 10am – 4:30pm

Location: Co-Working Space Kompetenzzentrum eStandards, CSCP, Hagenauer Straße 30, 42107 Wuppertal

The event is free and in German. Registration required.

Find further information and registration details for the event here.

We are looking forward to seeing you there! Please contact Thomas Wagner for further information.

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.

Photo © alvarez / istock

 

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Joining Private and Public Forces to Overcome Common Challenges in Sustainable Procurement

10. April 2018 - 9:00

CSCP brings together private and public actors to identify potential opportunities for cooperation. A workshop-series in April will allow deep-dives into key topics for defining common ground and the creation of a joint vision.

Sustainable Procurement has been a key topic for the CSCP almost since its inception. Since public procurement accounts for a major share of a country’s gross domestic product (e.g EU 16% in average, in other countries such as Brazil, China, India even exceeding 30%), it can be a major lever to make value chains more sustainable and to pull innovation at the same time.

At the same time, an increasing number of companies try to green their product portfolio or tackle social hotspots in their supply chains. The reaction to changing consumer preferences, the search for new markets, stakeholder communication aspects or in general corporate social responsibility strategies are only some of the reasons.

However, the implementation process of sustainable procurement is complex. In an applied research project, CSCP has systematically captured cluster topics of relevance for both public and private procurers in the Federal State of North-Rhine Westfalia in Germany. Now, the CSCP will evaluate potential benefits deriving from synergies or leverage effects of joint endeavours and explore a common ground in order to further implement sustainable procurement in a structured exchange process (exchange hub).

Throughout a workshop series in April, the CSCP will lead a multistakeholder process to create a joint vision between companies, governmental bodies and NGOs envisioned to be the ground work for the exchange hub. To further define technical common challenges, the following Sustainable Procurement cluster topics will be discussed in detail: digitalisation as an enabler for sustainable procurement, governance/change management, end-of-life challenges/circular material flows.

For further informations, please contact Janpeter Beckmann.

 

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INHERIT Policy Route Map: 20 Policy Interventions to a Healthier, More Sustainable and Equitable Europe in 2040

9. April 2018 - 15:52

If you leave your front door and walk for five minutes – can you reach a park? Or a forest? If it was up to the INHERIT project team, there would be a policy intervention that guarantees every citizen at least 0.5-1 hectare of greenspace within 300 meters of their home. Sound great? That’s because accessible and well-planned green space contributes to the health and well-being of everyone. This policy intervention is only one of many that the INHERIT project identifies in their newly published Policy Route Map.

From blockchain technology for decentralised energy trading to the transformation of parking lots into green space, the INHERIT project has identified 20 innovative policy interventions that can influence lifestyles and lead to behaviour change—enabling healthier and more equitable societies. INHERIT’s new Route Map draws from a multi-stakeholder process with experts from all over Europe.

The Policy Route Map report contains interventions that reflect the need for holistic and systemic planning, vision and change. These interventions have the potential to contribute towards the project’s ‘triple win’ principle:  improving health, reducing negative impacts on the environment, and diminishing social and health inequities. Policies were filtered based on their degree of innovativeness and their potential to be implemented at a local, national and European level. The policy suggestions are a mix of top-down and bottom-up approaches with hard and soft measures, ranging from legislative, environmental and social planning to service provision or communication and marketing.

The policies cover leverages and opportunities in four lifestyle areas: green space, energy efficient housing, (active) mobility and (food) consumption, and one general area. Improvement to accessibility, availability and usability of green spaces and their related benefits is the focus of ‘green space’. ‘Energy efficient housing’ policies tap into opportunities for making households’ energy consumption more sustainable and efficient.  Policies for the (active) ‘mobility’ look into diversifying current modes of transport and reducing our dependence on motorised transport. Lastly, ‘consumption’ addresses sustainable and healthy diets and the improvement of related food production processes.

The Policy Route Map and our project work are multi-stakeholder oriented. The successful implementation of these policies requires and depends on the engagement of actors from several sectors operating throughout Europe including policy makers, businesses, CSOs and other organisations as well as citizens themselves.

Finally in the publication, we link the proposed interventions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the basis of their expected contribution towards the SDGs’ advancement.

Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash

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Artist Ulrika Eller-Rüter Joins the CSCP’s Co-Working Space

9. April 2018 - 15:21

We welcomed Artist Dr. Ulrika Eller-Rüter, Professor of Painting at Alanus University of the Arts and Sciences in Bonn and Founder of the “Kunst im sozialen Brennpunkt” Institute, in our Co-Working Space, where we talked about taking art into the board room and affecting change on a larger scale.

Imagine walking out of the train station in Germany’s former capital, Bonn, and stepping onto grass instead of concrete. Or exiting a subway station and running into the plywood walls of a temporary art exhibition. Or perhaps you fancy exchanging your thoughts in a writing laboratory next to your favourite burger-and-fries place in the multicultural quarter Tannenbusch. In October 2016 this and many more surprises were waiting for citizens on the streets of Bonn, when Prof. Eller-Rüter and her students teamed up with the municipality. Under the motto “How we live”, they turned Bonn into a centre for exhibitions and interventions, bringing art to the streets, where people were invited to interact with it.

Eller-Rüter has spend much of her professional career bringing art and people together. Her projects have let her to working with marginalised people all over the world. Her work is dominated by participatory projects that took her to Romania, Palestine, South Africa and Nicarague, to name a few. To her it is all about teasing out each and everyone’s creative potential. Now she wants to take this into the board room, were decisions are made. She sees this as her contribution to the transition towards sustainability.

This is where the CSCP comes in, with our mission of establishing sustainability in the mass market. Together we want to explore what art can do to support this mission to increases our impact, and add another dimension to our work. Eller-Rüter is interested in “how art can propell change processes”, as she put it during her stay at the CSCP Co-Working Space. We are looking forward to develop projects where our competences meet – where art inspires people to experience possible sustainable tomorrows today.

At the CSCP Co-Working Space we have welcomed guest like Jan Schriewer, Managing Director Consulting & Services of Green IT and Kim Münster, Managing Director and Creative Producer of Treibsand Film. Our guest have spend anywhere from one day to several weeks with us here in Wuppertal, leading to fruitful discussions and collaboration. If you are interested in collaborating with the CSCP, the Co-Working Space might be the right starting place for you. To find out more, contact Katharina Luckner.

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Learn Which Types of Interventions Could Support More Resilient and Sustainable Food Value Chains

9. April 2018 - 15:05

Price, quality, environmental impacts, working conditions, information, infrastructure, reputation, negotiation power, convenience, values, health concerns – these are all aspects that influence how food value chains function. But what drives these factors in the first place and what are their impacts on sustainable consumption and production? Most importantly: which types of interventions could support us in achieving more resilient and sustainable food value chains? Sign-Up to for Insights and Events on Food Value Chains to find out.

The VALUMICS project tackles these questions in an innovative and participatory way, and we are keen to have you onboard. VALUMICS’s core objective is to provide food value chain decision makers with a suite of tools to evaluate and increase the impact of strategies that enhance resilience, sustainability, and innovation within the main European food value chains. Beef, dairy products, fruits and grains are among the product groups tackled by VALUMICS.

Are you a value chain decision maker? To benefit from the project, sign up for the VALUMICS newsletter here. We will keep you up-to-date about upcoming high-level events together with other businesses, policy makers, start-ups, academics, NGOs and beyond. You will also be in the loop about the latest insights on food value chains to apply in your own work and initiate innovations yourself. Together, we can work on more sustainable supply chains!

VALUMICS is funded by the European Commission and counts on over 20 partners from all over Europe, as well as Vietnam and China. Learn more about the project here.

 

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Project Start – ProMoNa: Prosumption Models for Sustainable Food and Clothing

8. April 2018 - 15:16

Are you a prosumer? That depends. If you have ever assembled furniture for your own home you are a prosumer. If you have knitted your own socks, engaged in an urban gardening project or used the self-checkout at the supermarket, that counts too. If done right, prosumption can hold great sustainability potential.

According to Alvin Toffler’s “Third Wave” (1980), prosumerism is “the production for self-use” and today is gaining more and more attention with regards to its possible sustainability benefits. Prosumerism can take many forms, all of which have one thing in common: individuals or communities – in service of their own consumption – take over activities within the supply chain that conventionally are undertaken by businesses.

We recently kicked off our 15-month long research project “ProMoNa”, which is tasked with finding those prosumption alternatives that hold the most sustainability potentials. We will first map prosumerism and cluster the different prosumption activities to get an overview of the different business and/or value creation models that emerge. We will perform a trend analysis, combined with expert interviews and workshops. Secondly, we will select some of the most promising prosumerism models from the fields of food and clothing and apply our holistic assessment tool handprint to assess their sustainability potentials.

The project will deliver a practitioner guideline targeted at consumer policy, consumer organisations, businesses, and prosumers themselves promoting prosumer models that support sustainability.

It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and implemented in collaboration with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

For more information, please contact Imke Schmidt.

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Sustainable Label assessment platform Siegelklarheit now supported by CSCP

6. April 2018 - 15:25

Siegelklarheit.de is guiding consumers through the label jungle. A CSCP-led consortium has been selected to support the platform in reaching out to mainstream consumers and increasing consumer awareness on sustainable products and labels.

Better access to information for consumers, especially through the improvement and the expansion of product labels and product labeling, is among the key measures to enable more sustainable buying decisions. However, the sheer number of labels overwhelms consumers and makes it more difficult to identify those that are trustworthy and credible.

Initiated by the German government in 2015, the web portal Siegelklarheit.de aims at closing this knowledge gap. An independent expert group defines criteria per product category, according to which the different labels are evaluated. While this process delivers highly reliable recommendations, the platform plans to create significant impact and outreach beyond sustainability-oriented consumer groups.

A consortiumn led by the CSCP, including the VERBRAUCHER INITIATIVE, as well as the Wuppertal Instute has kicked-off the project with representatives from GIZ and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to discuss options and strategies to mainstream label recommendations as provided by Siegelklarheit.

For further inquiry about the platform and the project, please contact Stephan Schaller.

Photo © Marc Jahnen

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Project Kick-off: „The Future of Work: Insights – Pop-Up Dialogue Centre on the Working World of Tomorrow“

5. April 2018 - 16:55

Can robots make medical and health care more humane? Will I be able to work on the beach as if I were sitting in the office in the near future? Do I want this? Digitalisation is happening now. It affects not only our private life, it affects the way we work as well as our work’s social and ecological impacts.

Digitalisation has many social and ecological benefits. It allows us to work from home, thereby avoiding pollution from traffic, automates many standard processes and can increase safety in the workplace – think about robots that do the risky manoeuvres in factories. At the same time, digitalisation can be scary. Will I lose my job to automation or artificial intelligence?

Under the name, „The Future of Work: Insights – Pop-Up Dialogue-Centre on the Working World of Tomorrow“ (Wissenschaftsjahr 2018, Year of Science 2018), the consortium will travel through six German cities with a special exhibition on board. In three scenarios, we will present developments, trends, and the future of specific jobs which are undergoing major changes due to digitalisation. Which technologies are going to make working from home a true alternative for many? How can we co-design the work life we want and use digitalisation in a way that serves not only us, but also considers social and ecological impacts?

Using pop-up stores (vacant storefronts) in cities, the exhibition is supposed to attract as many passer-bys as possible. We will invite them to experience the exhibition, try out the future of work at hands-on terminals and have discussions with experts and other visitors. The visitors will have the chance to interact with the exhibition and state their hopes and fears about the changes under way.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the “Wissenschaftsjahr 2018” and produced in collaboration with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the Folkwang Universität der Künste.

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The CSCP is a Founding Member of the Climate Chain Coalition

4. April 2018 - 8:55

Distributed Ledger Technologie (DLT, e.g. blockchain) is one of the major technological developments to support the transition towards sustainability. At the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, 25 organizations jointly established the Climate Chain Coalition (CCC) to advance DLT for scaling climate actions for mitigation and adaption.

During the One Planet Summit on 12 December 2017, the founding members of the Coalition agreed on shared principles and values to facilitate capacity building, networking, research, governance and pilot projects. The Coalition’s goal is the advancement of collaboration among its members in enhancing the environmental integrity and results of DLT applications for climate change mitigation and in mobilizing financial resources to scale climate actions.

DLT, as well as related digital solutions such as the Internet of Things and Big Data, enables the tracking of information. This is crucial for the enhancement of the Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) framework that enables countries to track their emissions and emission reductions, understand trends, design and implement strategies and gain international reporting credibility.

For the CSCP, as a founding member of the Coalition, this is a good example how ICT can be used collaboratively for sustainability goals. Collaboration is central to our work and multi-stakeholder dialogue is key for having impact, we welcome this chance to collaborate with diverse organisations on responsible technological development for climate change mitigation. As an open initiative, the Coalition welcomes new members to join the Coalition and contribute to a climate-resilient economy aligned with the Paris Agreement.

If you are interested in the Coalition’s work, please check here.

For further information, contact Stephan Schaller.

Image by Maria Kislitsina from the Noun Project

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The CSCP’s First Circular Economy Mapping Exercise Finds 50 Initiatives in Wuppertal

27. März 2018 - 16:34

The next generation of our economy was mapped in Wuppertal on 7 February 2018, when local stakeholders came together to take stock of the circular economy initiatives already in place – and discuss the future of circularity.

The Mapping Exercise in Wuppertal brought together local professionals working on the advancement of a circular economy under the umbrella of the CSCP’s R2Pi project. During the event, we focussed on mapping initiatives along the whole circular economy value chain, ranging from design & materials, manufacturing & logistics, sales & business models, product life extension, recycling, and across many industries, like textile and fashion, food, electronics, packaging and retail. The group mapped over 50 initiatives in Wuppertal, which shows the exemplary work done in this city alone. Check out the initiatives that we mapped and add any that we might have missed by contacting Piyush Dhawan (link to his email), Research Fellow at the CSCP through the Germany Chancellor Fellowship Programme.

Participants thought that the circular economy does not just need new business models but also attitude change. Today, it is easy for people and business to act independently, almost anonymously, but the circular economy requires relationships and interdependences. The group was also aware that visibility and a direct connection to people’s lives is important to further acceptance of circular economy initiatives.

“Car sharing is not only about not owning a car, it is about not having to take care of the car maintenance in any way, thus avoiding spending time and attention on it” – Tobias M. Freitag.

The Mapping Exercise at the CSCP was part of the Circular Economy Mapping Week, an initiative of the Circular Economy Club, an international network of circular economy professionals and organisations. Information gathered in these sessions will be made available online at the beginning of April, sign up to receive more information here. It is a collaborative effort to advance knowledge of existing Circular Economy Initiatives and inspire new ones.

The CSCP was happy to host this local edition of a worldwide collaborative effort. Working towards a circular economy is one of our central goals and we support the transition by bringing together stakeholders across value chains, sectors and continents. Furthermore, we draw from many years of experience in identifying and implementing sustainable business models that have the potential to realise more circularity.

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Join Us at the Final Conference of ILoNA and Discuss Innovative Logistics in Essen on 17 April

21. März 2018 - 16:22

After 3 years of intense research on innovative logistic services and consumers’ lifestyles, multiple workshops, interviews and case studies, the ILoNa project comes to an end. This conference will be the closing event for this project, which produced pioneering work for science, industries and civil society.

The closing event of ILoNa project will be a unique opportunity for participants from businesses, scientific organisations and civil society to learn about the results and get hands on experience with the methods of the project. It offers plenty of room for inspiration and exchange of ideas, including a keynote by the Executive Director of the CSCP, Michael Kuhndt, followed by a panel discussion with logistic companies and consumers’ representatives. Participants will be able to participate in workshops and learn about future scenarios of logistic services, business models for regional food delivery and communication strategies for different consumer groups. During a speed dating event, participants can get to know the different scientifc tools applied in the project and get hands-on guidance as to how they could be applied to their own work. Finally, the participants will be able to vote on further recommendations for actions related to the logistics sector.

The CSCP has been responsible for analysing consumer attitutes towards logistic services and lifestyle trends that will determine innovative logistic for sustainable lifestyles in the future. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Join us on 17 April from 10am – 5pm

Location: Glaspavillion, Universiät Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen

The event is free and in German.

To register please click, please send an email to VERANSTALTUNG@EFFIZIENZCLUSTER.DE by 04 April.

Find the programme of the conference here.

We are looking forward to seeing you there! Please Contact Rosa Strube for further information.

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Public Actors Gear Up for 2018 Procura+ Awards – Are You a Potential Winner?

20. März 2018 - 9:20

Is your public authority a trailblazer in the procurement of sustainable goods or services? Have you conducted exemplary green procurement in the last two years? If so, you could be in line for the Procure+ Award!

The Procura+ Awards recognise sustainable and innovative public procurements that lead to real improvements in public goods, services, processes and infrastructure. The awards are co-ordinated by ICLEI, in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project.  The CSCP is a strategic partner to the Procura+ network, contributing our knowledge of sustainable supply chains, sustainability impacts of procurement activities, and multi-stakeholder engagement.

The 2018 Procura+ Awards are now accepting applications until 30 April 2018 from public authorities that have procured sustainably and innovatively within the last two years, giving visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities in action.

This year, the application process has been streamlined, and a new winners’ category introduced: Procurement Initiative of the Year. This award recognises effective actions such as strategies, tools or projects which have been harnessed to achieve truly outstanding procurement. The remaining categories are Sustainable Procurement of the Year and Innovation Procurement of the Year.

In last year’s Procura+ Awards, Finland’s Hyvinkää Municipality was awarded Sustainable Procurement of the Year, while the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Public Health Wales won awards for Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year respectively. This year’s Procura+ Awards are set to recognise equally outstanding procurement achievements and give a platform for even greater success in the field!

Contact Ahmad Hafiz for further information or visit the Procura+ website for more information and the application form.

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