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The CSCP and the BMWi Show How Mittelstand Digital Competence Centres Can Be Pivotal in Mainstreaming Sustainability

13. Dezember 2018 - 10:47

Mittelstand-Digital, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, heads 25 different Competence Centres on different digitalisation topics throughout Germany. When they all came together in November, Thomas Wagner of the CSCP and Stefan Liebenberg from BMWi presented the potentials of digitalisation for sustainable business practices and urged Competence Centres to think sustainability and digitalisation together in their projects.

The CSCP is part of the Competence Centre eStandards, where we conduct digitalisation projects with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a strong focus on enabling sustainable business practices, such as circular economy approaches or digital sustainable supply chains. This adds another area of expertise to the Competence Centre eStandards, an area from which not only those practice projects with a strong focus on sustainability profit. The presentation at the semi-annual meeting of the Competence Centres served to enhance the impact of sustainable practices, and ensure that sustainability and digitalisation are thought together in the work of all Competence Centres.

Digitalisation strategies are often complex and it is difficult to say what their effects in terms of sustainability, especially on an environmental and social level are. However, as Thomas Wagner detailed in the presentation: “Digitalisation means that we can create much more transparency. At any point of production, along the entire value chain, but also when it comes to consumption or consumer behaviour, digitalisation gives us much more transparency, information and data. This is very important, because one of the major challenges to sustainable development is that we have a lack of data which hinders us to set the right framework conditions and policies in many areas.” With transparency as a starting point, thinking digitalisation and sustainability together can enable resource efficiency, safer work places or closely monitored working conditions along the supply chain. In his presentation, Thomas Wagner also addressed the sustainability challenges related to digitalisation and highlighted possible solutions to handle them.

These are important steps towards adjusting business models to the expectations of consumers, peers and politicians alike. The Sustainable Development Goals have set the stage for sustainability worldwide. On a national level, the German Sustainability Strategy in its 2018 version details that “The overarching goal and yardstick of all action is to secure the earth’s natural basis for life in the long term and to enable all people to live in dignity now and in the future”. For businesses, this means that there will be an increased pressure from consumers, customers

, the public and the government to make their business models sustainable. Digitalisation and ICT solutions can be the tool to achieve that, if digitalisation and sustainability are thought together.

Combined, the Competence Centres reach a significant number of SMEs to implement this thinking and use digitalisation to achieve more sustainable business practices.

For further information, please contact Thomas Wagner.

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At the Competence Centre eStandards Day of “eStandards in Practice”, Companies Report on Their Digitalisation Projects and Share Strategies and Solutions

12. Dezember 2018 - 10:31

What do lighthouses and digitalisation have in common? Not much at first glance. But like lighthouses, the lighthouse projects already implemented by small and medium-sized companies with the help of the Competence Centre eStandards offer orientation and have a signal effect on further digitalisation projects.

To bring these projects together and inspire other Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Competence Centre eStandards organised a free “eStandards in Practice” theme day in November in Cologne. Titled “Lighthouse projects: Sustainable and economical digitalisation – strategies and solutions from the user’s point of view”, SMEs reported on their own digitalisation projects. The participants experienced first-hand which learnings, recipes and standards can be used to implement digital solutions.

The workshop on sustainability, lead by Patrik Eisenhauer (CSCP), was well-received during the theme day. First-hand experiences on the topic were provided by FOND OF, a backpack company from Cologne who developed a sustainable return and recycling scheme and looked into circular economy solutions with the help of Competence Centre experts. “SMEs have the opportunity to receive very practical input on how to make their business models more resilient and to prepare their value chains for the future by thinking digitalisation and sustainability together. We see the positive effects of this type of thinking in many lighthouse projects, not just those that were specifically focused on sustainability”, comments Patrik Eisenhauer.

In addition to practical reports and workshops, the theme day offered hands-on eStandards experiences. During guided tours through the Cologne Open Workshop and the Mobile Open Workshop, visitors experienced how artificial intelligence is changing shopping in the future (“Shopper’s Experience”). The “Technologies Experience” demonstrated the advantages of using standards in a vivid and playful way with everyday examples. In the Mobile Workshop, visitors were able to experience first-hand applications of additive manufacturing with 3D scanning and printing, virtual reality and smart building installations.

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 Patrik Eisenhauer.

Picture source: Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum eStandards

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SCALIBUR Project Kick Off: Promoting the Recycling of Urban Bio Waste for a Circular Economy

11. Dezember 2018 - 15:56

In the EU over 100 million tonnes of bio waste are thrown away each year – around 200 kg per person.* The majority of this waste goes to landfills, causing major environmental problems. This practice wastes valuable nutrients, energy and resources. The SCALIBUR project promotes a circular economy approach to curb urban bio waste.

The H2020 project is a joint effort of leading waste management companies, technology developers and research organisations, as well as four European cities – Madrid (Spain), Albano Laziale (Italy), Kozani (Greece), and Lund (Sweden) as a mentor and example of a city with less than 1% of biowaste being landfilled. Together, we will demonstrate innovative solutions to transform urban bio waste into high value-added products and help cities increase their recycling rate, creating new circular economy business opportunities.

The CSCP will engage stakeholders along the entire bio waste value chain. A first step in these stakeholder dialogues will be the involvement of households to raise citizens’ awareness for the importance of waste separation and to raise the acceptance of products made from bio waste.

To implement better waste separation schemes, the Spanish company FCC will advise cities on the infrastructure required for collection, transport, sorting and pre-treatment of bio waste, while the City of Lund will mentor the municipalities on technical and social aspects.

Thus far, bio waste is commonly used for energy or composting, but SCALIBUR will demonstrate a range of innovative technologies to produce high value-added products, such as bioplastics and biopesticides. Three demonstration lines are planned:

  • Commodity chemicals, bioplastics and biopesticides from household waste (Spain’s National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER), ASA, Novamont, AERIS)
  • Proteins, lipids and chitin from HORECA and retail waste (Kour Energy, University of Modena, Reggio Emilia, ITENE, Nutrition Sciences, Zedatec)
  • Bioplastics from urban sewage sludge (Aqualia, WETSUS, Waterschap Brabantse Delta, ITENE)

The sustainability of the developed products and processes will be evaluated by CENER, ITENE and Exergy.

SCALIBUR plans a Europe-wide expansion by inspiring a revolution in urban biowaste recycling in Europe. Greenovate! Europe will lead activities to facilitate the expanded adoption of the project’s solutions, including an e-learning training programme for municipalities and entrepreneurs. Municipalities looking to improve bio waste recycling in their city are invited to join an Early Adopter Club, which will organise activities to share best practices from the SCALIBUR pilots. Recycling of bio waste into bio-based products creates many new business opportunities. 10 entrepreneurs and businesses will be mentored to enter this market. All information will be available via an online Stakeholder Platform, developed by IRIS.

The project will run for four years and is funded by the European Union. There are 21 project partners who held a kick off meeting for the project in Valencia, Spain, on 14 – 15 November.

For further questions, please contact Carina Diedrich.

*https://www.greenovate-europe.eu/sites/default/files/SCALIBUR%20kick%20off%20press%20release.pdf

Photo by Fahmi Ariza on Unsplash

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Sustainable Horticulture Practices in Kenya: The CSCP Trains Local Farmers as Part of the GOALAN Project

11. Dezember 2018 - 10:59

How can we support Kenyan farmers to adopt and successfully implement sustainable horticulture practices that preserve local ecosystems and promote socio-economic development? In January 2019, the CSCP will deliver the first training of series for farmers and entrepreneurs around Lake Naivasha, Kenya. With partner WWF-Kenya, the CSCP will provide tailored knowledge about sustainable consumption and production methods for the local horticulture sector.

Kenya is known for its rich wildlife and its popular national parks. However, from an economic and development perspective, Kenya also strongly relies on agriculture. In particular, horticulture is key to Kenya’s economy. In 2016, it contributed USD 1.03 billion to the country’s GDP. Nevertheless, if not properly managed, the agricultural sector can cause serious environmental and health-related impacts, such as unsustainable water consumption, pollution and unhealthy food products due to the overuse of fertilisers and pesticides. The GOALAN project (Green hOrticulture At LAke Naivash) aims to tackle these challenges through knowledge and awareness raising activities targeting smallholder farmers as well as micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). GOALAN aims at strengthening both institutional and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to mainstream sustainable horticulture practices in the country, in line with the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP).

The CSCP will deliver the first training in the second half of January 2019. The objective of this initial training is two-fold: to provide farmers and entrepreneurs with general knowledge about sustainable consumption and production; and to enhance their technical skills to foster the practical adoption of sustainable farming practices.  .

This first training kicks off a series of training modules to gather feedback, track and revise the training activities to best address local knowledge needs and expectations of farmers and entrepreneurs, enabling the long-term adoption of sustainable horticulture practices beyond the project timeline.

For further questions, please contact Kartika Anggraeni.

Photo © WWF Kenya

 

 

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Action Alliance for Sustainable Bananas (ABNB) Brings Retailer and Producer Countries at One Table

9. Dezember 2018 - 10:49

At its stakeholder workshop in November in Berlin, the ABNB was happy to welcome the Colombian ambassador and an important Columbian producer association to start a dialogue on sustainable banana production with German retailers. In an open dialogue, important stakeholders from the whole banana value chain and civil society discussed standards, living wages and various price issues.

Besides seven retailers and importers for bananas, two standard organisations and four civil society organisations spoke with one of the most important producer countries for bananas in Germany, represented by a Columbian producer association and the Colombian ambassador. Among others, approaches for the implementation of a living wage for banana producers and plantation workers were explored. Furthermore, there were discussions and group work around the topic on standards, how standards can help improve conditions along the banana value chain and what the issues are that go beyond certification.

The aim of the ABNB is to tackle systemic challenges in broad alliances and to stimulate changes in the whole sector, in order to improve the social, ecological and economic conditions in the banana value chain. This collaboration between non-governmental organisations and the private sector is supported by the Federal Government. One of the aims of the ABNB is to improve the living and working conditions and wages in the production countries in vertical cooperation with the partners in the value chain.

The ABNB approaches its goals through

  • the implementation of projects,
  • the development and distribution of material for consumer education,
  • a dialogue process with standard setters to improve standards and beyond,
  • consideration and involvement of the political level (e.g. contribution to the achievement of the National Action Plan for Human Rights in Germany and cooperation with governments in Latin America).

The CSCP runs the secretariat of ABNB.

Contact Jana Brauer for further information.

Photo by Andrey Câmara on Unsplash

 

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Evaluating the Sustainability Impact of Dairy Packaging

8. Dezember 2018 - 11:01

Fresh food products demand a high tech solution to protect and deliver the best quality to the customer, but which packaging solution is the most sustainable? Are biodegradeable plastics, for example, the solution for today’s plastic problems? The fact that they are not the answer and why that is the case was one of the findings of the CSCP’s project with the Deutsche Milchkontor (DMK).

We can hardly imagine a life without packaging. Especially in food products, the packaging plays an important role in protecting the product and keeping it fresh for as long as possible.

However, consumers are increasingly aware of and concerned with the negative environmental effects of packaging and expect companies to take responsibility and apply sustainable and consumer-friendly solutions. But which packaging is the most sustainable? What environmental impacts do materials have along their supply chain and at their end-of-life?

Together with The Deutsche Milchkontor (DMK), the CSCP has been looking to answer these questions by analysing the market and different packaging concepts for dairy products. Next to market and regulatory trends, the analysis has been focused on understanding the different perspectives of relevant stakeholder groups such as consumers and the recycling industry. Based on the findings, the CSCP delivered a user-friendly evaluation tool on the sustainabilty impact of dairy packaging concepts.

The tool lets the user access and compare the relevant sustainability dimensions for different packaging conceptes, including environmental impact, recyclability and circular economy aspects, renewable materials and food waste related factors. While also taking the transportation impacts into account, multi-way packaging concepts can be compared with one-way solutions. Today’s standard for sorting and recycling practices along with supply chain analyses and information from life-cycle-analysis-databases deliver reliable and important up-to-date results.

The tool highlights the different perspectives of stakeholders on sustainability dimensions, for example the consumer perspective on the use of renewable materials, and thus gives valuable information for decision makers, customers and retailers on packaging concepts.

DMK is now able to evaluate under which conditions a multi-way milk bottle is more sustainable than a one-way bevarage carton. Throug the tool, DMK’s packaging designers and decision makers have a solid basis for taking the environmental impacts and stakeholder perspectives into account during their decision making processes on packaging solutions. With the knowledge on how biodegradeble plastics disturb established recycling activities, for example, the company now has reliable guidelines for actively tackling our world’s waste and plastic issues – switching to biodegradable plastic is not one of them.

For further questions, please contact Marius Mertens.

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How Can Cities Benefit From Sharing? Transdiscliplinary Autumn Academy and Sharing Night in Wuppertal

7. Dezember 2018 - 11:22

Sharing is often promoted as a solution to sustainability challenges, but the practical details are not clear. What are the benefits for a city, the needs of the citizens and how could existing structures be improved to enable more sharing? Using a design thinking approach, experts from practice and science explored the potentials of sharing in Wuppertal during the transdisciplinary Autumn Academy.

From 01 to 05 October 2018, the 8th Autumn Academy of the Association for Ecological Economy Research (VÖW) took place in Wuppertal in cooperation with UrbanUP, a joint research group of the CSCP, Wuppertal Institute and Transzent. Themed “Sharing and the City”, the event showed the potential of sharing in the city as a more sustainable form of economic activity.

At the core of the diverse programme participants developed ideas for the sustainable use of Sparkasse buildings as public spaces and communication solutions for food sharing activities at Arrenberg via a design thinking approach. As partners of UrbanUP, Sparkasse Wuppertal and Aufbruch am Arrenberg e.V. welcomed the participants and presented their current challenges: the Sparkasse is looking to open its locations for multi-use purposes, to invite citizens and become a more public space. Aufbruch am Arrenberg e.V. wants to reach more people with their foodshring initiative. They reported their difficulties with people reacting very differently to the concept of foodsharing and not being very receptive to the idea.

Participants developed a communication strategy to normalise foodsharing and establish it in Aufbruch am Arrenberg’s target group. Suggestions for Sparkasse Wuppertal ranged from urban gardening in Sparkasse branches and a stage for featuring local bands, to a concept for displaying the important work of Wuppertal volunteer groups and giving them a forum to promote their work – also after normal opening hours. The results of the group-work was well received by both partners. Sparkasse Wuppertal is considering the suggestions to make their existing as well as new premises more accessible and inclusive to the public.

The results were also at the centre of the “Sharing Night”, which took place at the Wuppertal City Library. All ideas were very well received by the participants and visitors, which included initiatives such as clothes swapping, car sharing, community supported agriculture, food sharing, urban gardening, repair cafés, who also presented their activities to the audience in a market setting.

Contact Alexandra Kessler for further information.

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Popup Dialogue-Centre Opens Its Doors in Kiel From 12 – 20 December

6. Dezember 2018 - 12:31

The Popup Dialogue-Centre “Durchblick” opens its doors for citizens in Kiel. It is dedicated to the questions and answers on the digitalisation of work. Which technologies will be pioneering in the future and which social and ecological aspects will play a role? What hopes and worries do we associate with digitalisation?

In the travelling exhibition, which tours six German cities from October 2018 onward, we present current developments and trends in the world of work and invite you to join us: by participating, asking questions, expressing opinions and criticising – we want to hear your vision for the future or work!

For nine days, starting on 12 December 2019, the exhibition will be located at Stresemannplatz 1 – 3, 24103 Kiel, Germany. We look forward to your visit on business days between 12 – 7pm.

On 17 December, we invite you to a round table discussion on the topic “Can humans and robots work together? Emma introduces herself”. Visiting us is the care robot “Emma” and Prof. Jens Lüssem (FH Kiel). See how robots support care personnel and what that means for the future of care work. For more information, please visit our website: www.durchblick-popup.de and follow us on Twitter @durchblickpopup.

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Creating Positive Business Impacts on Sustainability – Join Us for Our Workshop on 7 December and Find Out How!

20. November 2018 - 11:32

Today, good sustainability performance is commonly associated with having a small footprint. This means a reduction of negative sustainability impacts, such as CO2 emissions, waste of natural resources, poor working conditions, etc. We say: Assessing our footprint is key but there is more to explore!

What about the positive impacts we are having on people and the planet? Positive impacts – or in other words handprint – can be generated throughout your whole company. How you can use the handprint analysis will be the central question in this workshop. A brief introduction to the handprint can be found here.

To give you some examples:

  • Strategy managers and decision makers Positive thinking of sustainability as a component for the corporate strategy instead of telling the story of diminution and restriction. Or in other words making sustainability the centre of all corporate decisions.
  • Strategy managers, Marketing and decision makers Creation of new values to attract new customers and investors as part of your communication and stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Product Developers, Marketing, Business Development and Procurers New opportunities and points of reference through creation of product features reflecting positive sustainability effects, throughout the value chain, or activities on the corporate level; for example, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a point of reference in procurement or product development
  • Sustainability Managers, Finance and Controllers Opportunities through integrated approaches based on joint life cycle thinking (and untapping long-term cost saving potentials) instead of standardised foot print reporting and following “silo mentality”
  • HR Managers and Strategy Strengthening of employer branding and motivation of employees through participated impact creation instead of “only” increasing wages to retain staff

We will work out with you:

  • How to identify positive impacts (handprint) of your business and how to capitalise on?
  • What are new positive impacts your company or even yourself could create in the company as an additional value?

Join us!

Date and time: 07 December, 10:00am – 4pm

Location: Collaborating Centre of Sustainable Consumption and Production, Hagenauer Straße 30, 42107 Wuppertal

The interactive and collaborative workshop is limited to 20 participants. Please register by 21 November latest by sending an email to hpworkshop@scp-centre.org. An agenda will be provided on our website soon. Workshop language will be English.

An organisational fee of 29 Euros will be charged subsequent to the workshop. Lunch is included.

For further information please contact Janpeter Beckmann.

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Popup Dialogue-Centre on the Future of Work visits Hamburg on 28 November – 7 December

19. November 2018 - 11:21

The Popup Dialogue-Centre “Durchblick” opens its doors for citizens in Hamburg. It is dedicated to the questions and answers on the digitalisation of work. Which technologies will be pioneering in the future and which social and ecological aspects will play a role? What hopes and fears do we associate with digitalisation?

In the travelling exhibition, which tours six German cities from October 2018 onward, we present current developments and trends in the world of work and invite you to join us: by participating, asking questions, expressing opinions and criticising – we want to hear your vision for the work of the future!

For ten days, starting on 28 November 2018, the exhibition will be located at Stockmeyerstr. 41, Halle 4b, 20457 Hamburg, Germany. We look forward to your visit on business days between 12 – 7pm.

On 4 December, we invite you to a round table discussion on the topic “Digitalisation for people: How can we utilise digitalisation for society and individuals?” For more information, please visit our website: www.durchblick-popup.de and follow us on Twitter @durchblickpopup. Joining us will be Henning Schramm, Tollense GbR, representatives from the Diakonie Altholstein, who are setting new standards in elderly care with the Kieler Demenz-WG, as well as Johanna Schultz of Johanna Schultz Wohnen (invited) and Thomas Sampl of Hobenköök (invited).

The project is a contribution to the Science Year 2018 – “Working Life of the Future” and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Date and time:

4 December | 18:30 Round Table Discussion on “Digitalisation for people: How can we utilise digitalisation for society and individuals?”

28 November – 7 Decembe | 12 – 7pm Popup Dialogue-Centre

Location: Stockmeyerstr. 41, Halle 4b, 20457 Hamburg

To visit the exhibition, no prior registration is required. If you would like to join the round table event, please register here. Both are free and in German.

For further information please contact Imke Schmidt

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Future-proof Business Models in the Era of Digitalisation – What Should Your Business Do? Join Our Workshop on 20 November 2018 and Find Out!

13. November 2018 - 10:04

Digitalisation is one of the megatrends of our time, and the first order of business is making organisations ready for a future shaped by it. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the pressing issues that arise due to digitalisation and find solutions that fit your company.

With the megatrend, completely new opportunities and challenges arise. For example, it will be easier to produce more efficiently, to market products more effectively and to ensure transparency and sustainability along the entire value chain. At the same time, there are challenges from new (disruptive) competition, matters of data security, work structuring and attracting employees.

It is thus very important for future-oriented organisations to know how to position themselves, keeping relevant stakeholders in mind, and how to design future-proof business models using the right instruments.

To that end, the workshop will deal with the following questions:

  • Which are the positive and negative effects of digitalisation, and where does it allow for improvements within the company and along the value chains?
  • How can digital solutions and eStandards be used to create future-proof business models?
  • What innovative solutions are there and how do they fit to your company?

We are looking forward to fruitful exchanges and hands-on strategy development.

 

The workshop is part of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre eStandards and will be held by experts from its co-working space Wuppertal, which is hosted at the CSCP.

Date and time: 20 November, 4:00pm – 6pm

Location: Popup-Campus, Alleestr. 49, 42853 Remscheid

The event is free of charge and will be held in German. To participate, registration is required here.

 

For further information please contact Patrik Eisenhauer.

 

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149 – That Is the Number of People Who Visited the Popup Dialogue-Centre on Opening Night

29. Oktober 2018 - 9:57

The team of actors, Stefan Herrmann, Anna Röser and Romi Goehlich were on the road in the city centre of Wuppertal before the opening event, asking citizens to design an APP for their future work. We collected these ideas in the pop-up dialogue centre on our APP wall. Visit the Popup Dialogue-Centre to check out the APPs and many other great installations!

Prior to the opening, our other interaction formats also invited passers-by to visit the exhibition and participate. The empty store at the Rathaus Galerie Wuppertal quickly filled up with invited guests, spontaneous visitors and citizens who had travelled to the opening.

We are thrilled about the positive response to the exhibition and the great discussions. Moderated by Carolin Baedeker from the Wuppertal Institute and Michael Kuhndt from the CSCP, the panelists Ralf Münchow from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Julia Koch from Entrance, Martin Klebe from the Employment Agency Solingen-Wuppertal and Jörg Heynkes, author of the book Zukunft 4.1, as well as the visitors debated the topic “Digital Competences: Which ones do I need?”. But there were also questions about data security, decision control by artificial intelligence and job security – will we soon be replaced by robots? Opinions differed, but one thing was clear: there are professions that are undergoing major changes, and some will become obsolete, but others – such as roofers and electricians – will continue to exist for a long time.

Ethical, philosophical and other critical questions were also discussed. Visitors were interested not only in the future of their work, but also in the path we want to take as a society.

We can still shape the digitalisation of work in such a way that it is useful for all of us! Do so with us, let us know how you would like to use digitalisation for your work and what your wishes are for the future of work!

The exhibition is open in Wuppertal on business days from 12 – 7pm. On 26 October the exhibition will close in Wuppertal, and reopen in Gelsenkirchen on 31 October. Visit us!

For further questions, please contact Imke Schmidt.

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Popup Dialogue-Centre Shows the Future of Work in Gelsenkirchen from 31 October to 9 November

23. Oktober 2018 - 13:12

The Popup Dialogue-Centre “Durchblick” opens its doors for citizens in Gelsenkirchen. It is dedicated to the questions and answers on the digitalisation of work. Which technologies will be pioneering in the future and which social and ecological aspects will play a role? What hopes and fears do we associate with digitalisation?

In the travelling exhibition, which tours six German cities from October 2018 onward, we present current developments and trends in the world of work and invite you to join us: by participating, asking questions, expressing opinions and criticising – we want to hear your vision for the work of the future!

For ten days, starting on 31 October 2018, the exhibition will be located at Arminstrasse 13, 45879 Gelsenkirchen, Germany. We look forward to your visit on business days between 12 – 7pm.

On 7 November, we invite you to a round table on the topic “Social security in the face of frequent work place change and self-employment”. For more information, please visit our website: www.durchblick-popup.de and follow us on Twitter @durchblickpopup.

The project is a contribution to the Science Year 2018 – “Working Life of the Future” and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

 

Date and time: 7 November Round Table Discussion on “Social security in the face of frequent work place change and self-employment”

31 October – 9 November, 12 – 7pm, Popup Dialogue-Centre

Location: Arminstrasse 13, 45879 Gelsenkirchen

To visit the exhibition, no prior registration is required. If you would like to join the round table event, please register here. Both are free and in German.

 

For further information please contact Imke Schmidt

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Healthier, More Equitable and Sustainable Europe by 2040? Here Is What European Citizens Have to Say!

22. Oktober 2018 - 13:53

Citizens of five different European countries unanimously agree that there is a need for a systemic change towards more sustainable and better lives. However, when it comes to achieving this, where do they agree and differ? The INHERIT focus group analytical report provides insights to citizens’ perceptions!

The CSCP’s INHERIT team has recently published the ‘Citizen Insights for a Healthier, more Equitable and Sustainable Europe by 2040’ report, which is comprised of the analytical results of citizen consultations conducted in five European countries, namely the Czech Republic, Germany, Macedonia, Spain and the UK.

The report provides insights into citizens’ perceptions, behavioural drivers and challenges, among others, in relation to the previously developed and reported INHERIT positive future scenarios, that depict four alternate narratives of healthier, more equitable and sustainable European societies throughout four living areas: green spaces, energy efficient housing, mobility and consumption.

From the four future scenarios, ‘My life between realities’, which is dominated by technological advances and virtual reality, was deemed the most controversial among citizens, mainly due to its prominent technological attributes and influence. In the report, the reader delves into the details of citizens’ diverging views about the challenges and benefits of the perpetual technological developments.

“I don’t know if it is possible or not [the scenario ‘My life between realities’], but I hope it doesn’t happen. It doesn’t provide you with what it should, it dehumanizes” (Spain, 32, Middle Income)

The increased share of green spaces and its contribution to more relaxed, calm and healthier living patterns drove the citizens’ preference about the ‘Less is more to me’scenario. Citizens perceived the developments of this scenario to contributing towards more egalitarian European societies.

“I liked ‘Less is more to me’, with more green spaces where [the person in the scenario] said there had been only parking lots and houses everywhere and it wasn’t like that before and now we have green and fresh air and less exhaust fumes everywhere, which is also very important. I thought that was great.” (Germany, 36, Middle Income)

The most appealing scenario, according to European citizens, was the ‘One for all, all for one’scenario, mainly due to its strong focus on communality, locality and mutual support. The backbone of this preference was the participants high appreciation of social and family cohesion.

“It spoke to me the most, because it’s about human relationships […]. So, it’s about helping and sharing […]” (the Czech Republic, 44, Low Income)

Lastly,‘Our circular community’was also found appealing mainly due to its inclusion of citizens in socio-economic affairs and the promotion of resource efficient models of production and consumption.

“It is getting away from throwaway society. Repair things and make things last longer like they used to rather than changing it every few years or throwing away materials.” (UK, 69, High Income)

Unanimously, European citizens reinforced the need for systemic change and agreed that various scenario developments (also in combination) could lead to a future in which better and more egalitarian lives are made reality.

To find out more and explore further European citizens’ mindsets take a look at the report!

For further questions, please contact Rosa Strube.

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Meet the CSCP at the Think 2030 Sustainability Forum on 17-18 October in Brussels

16. Oktober 2018 - 9:11

Are you interested in discussing and proposing solutions to Europe’s most pressing sustainability issues? Then join the CSCP at the Think 2030 Sustainability Forum and exchange your views with other like-minded experts.

The EU, for decades now, has advanced and brought forward the sustainable development agenda through its various policies and programmes. Through careful consideration in each passing round, EU policy makers have continuously improved and enhanced the implementation of the sustainable development agenda. To this end, European scientific and research institutions have also largely contributed with their findings, insights and recommendations. Together they make sure the EU’s environmental and sustainability policies incorporate and reflect the most innovative and cutting-edge solutions and ideas.

To discuss the work done so far by both actor groups as well as identify opportunities of further improvements, stakeholders gather at the Think 2030 Sustainability Platform and Forum. Based on various backgrounds and expertise, they will discuss leverage points for the future of EU environmental and sustainability policy making, also in relation to the successful implementation and achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Realising that the key to successful policies lies in systemic and holistic approaches, the discussion will revolve around the synergies and trade-offs between different EU policies, with special emphasis on the three sustainability pillars. Thus, discussions will be policies and related work focusing on the EU’s sustainable financial and trade affairs, circular and bio-economy, climate change and action, biodiversity, oceans as well as food and agriculture. Moreover, the role of various regional, national and local actors including policy makers, businesses, CSOs and (young) citizens will be discussed.

The events of the second day will take place at the European Parliament where the main deductions and outcomes of day one will be discussed and put into perspective by European Parliament Members in light of the 2019 European Parliamentary elections.

The CSCP will contribute to the event. Project manager Rosa Strube will be holding a session on 17 October at 12 – 1pm and share her ideas and views about the systemic changes necessary to advance the EU’s performance in the domain of sustainable consumption and lifestyles and the importance of incorporating citizens’ insights in the future EU policies and policy making processes.

If you want to learn more about the programme, other speakers and more detailed overview of the topics, please take a look at the event’s agenda.

Date and time: 17 October (9:00am – 4:30pm) and 18 October (8:00am – 12:00pm)

Location: Brussels, Belgium

To participate at the event a registration is required here.

For further information please contact Rosa Strube

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Register now for the #InheritYourFuture FORUM in Vienna on 21 November 2018

15. Oktober 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, our colleague and INHERIT project manager, Rosa Strube, 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. Moreover, Rosa will also present citizens’ perceptions and insights in relation to these future scenarios and respective context, collected through a focus group exercise conducted in five different European countries.

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. To get an initial understanding of what can you expect from the forum, please take a look at the preliminary agenda.

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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Producers, Consumers, Prosumers: New Ways of Doing Business

10. Oktober 2018 - 8:53

Prosumption is as old as time. “Production for self-use” (Toffler 1980) is simply what many of our grandparents and great-grandparents did every day: growing their own food, making and mending their clothes and fixing what’s broken. After decades where production and consumption were firmly separated – in everyday life as much as in academic studies and theories – prosumption is making a comeback.

“Are you a prosumer?” was also the first question we asked the participants in our expert workshop that took place at the end of June 2018. It turns out that many of the participants were, indeed, prosumers. The workshop’s goal was to find out about the different value creation models of prosumption and to cluster those different models.

We found that the distinction between production and consumption does not reflect the manifold forms of value creation anymore. There are consumers who engage in production (e.g. community based agriculture or DIY), in marketing (bloggers), in food distribution and waste management (foodsharers) and in re- or upcycling (repair cafés). Consumers are engaging in every step of the supply chain.

In contrast to what generations before mass-consuption have done, these prosumption patterns are turning into distinct organisations, i.e. they are institutionalised at a local level (and beyond). Hence, they are changing the way not only of producing, but also of doing business in general. We were very excited about these findings, as they indicate a distinct shift in our economic thinking.

To understand what is happening in more detail, we conducted interviews with practitioners in the weeks after the workshop on each of the above mentioned prosumption models. Here are some of our findings:

  1. Prosumers want to create better and more sustainable lives for all. All people we interviewed were convinced that their activities – be it sewing a dress or cultivating vegetables – help make the world a bit more social and ecological.
  2. All of them were unsatisfied with our current economic system. All the overproduction, throwing away, exploiting workers and overstressing the ecological system bothered
  3. They enjoyed their activities and felt a new sense of social inclusiveness when engaging in community projects such as a repair café.

Here, we can see another difference to the prosumption activities of former times: rather than being a necessity, today’s prosumption is often chosen with a clear societal motivation. Through the interviews, we got a sense of prosumers’ values and core principles: a sense of community, social and ecological values, criticism of the current system, creativity, networking, and the need for a relationship with value creation processes.

While our sample consisted of people with different occupations, ages, and life circumstances who identified as prosumers, there are also serious limitations to the prosumption model at this time. The activities are often time consuming, sometimes they are also expensive, and there are legal hurdles that have to be dealt with. Companies might count on prosumers for taking over steps in the value-creation process for free.

Nevertheless, prosumption holds great value in changing our economic thinking. In the upcoming weeks, we will develop practicioner guidelines that will help involved actors – prosumers, companies, and consumer policy – to identify and to overcome those barriers.

For further questions, please contact Imke Schmidt.

Photo by Igor Peftiev on Unsplash

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The CSCP Advises the 6th ASEM Working Group Seminar on SME Capacity Development

8. Oktober 2018 - 16:04

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provide 70% of jobs and are major contributors to value creation, generating up to 60% of value added in OECD countries. In September, the ASEM Working Group convened in Luxembourg to develop recommendations on how to support SMEs to embrace eco-innovation to create greater impacts.

Efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are gaining momentum throughout the global community. The member states of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) have been focusing on the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in achieving sustainable development. In preparation for the upcoming 12th ASEM Summit, taking place in Brussels on 18-19 October 2018, the ASEM Working Group convened in Luxembourg in September to prepare recommendations for enhancing European and Asian SMEs’ competitiveness through eco-innovation. The event was co-organised by the Luxembourg and South Korean governments, and attended by governmental representatives from Bulgaria, Denmark, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

The CSCP’s project manager, Kartika Anggraeni, contributed to the 6th ASEM Working Group, providing insights from various projects that the CSCP has implemented in Asia as well as Europe. Until recently, the CSCP has been hosting the EU SWITCH-Asia Network Facility (2008-2017) and has implemented three SWITCH-Asia grant projects located in Bhutan, India and Thailand. Currently, two ongoing SWITCH-Asia projects are being co-implemented in Pakistan and Mongolia to promote energy/resource efficiency among Pakistani SMEs in the sugar sector and eco-labelling among Mongolian wool and cashmere SMEs.

Kartika Anggraeni shared her experiences in working with the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia projects. In Asia, SMEs often face four major challenges: lack of capacity or competence to innovate, the use of inefficient or obsolete technology, lack of access to finance (to invest in cleaner production and consumption), as well as a lack of enabling policy for SMEs to thrive.

As a solution to these challenges, she suggested the ASEM Working Group focus on building the capacity of SMEs, ensuring they have the right knowledge and training to innovate and operate sustainably. A SME Competence Centre that provides various training programmes and facilitates exchange between European and Asian businesses would be key in achieving these goals.

These suggestions were integrated into formal recommendations for the 12th ASEM Summit that will convene about 50 heads of member countries. If these recommendations are accepted by the Summit, each of the national governments of the ASEM countries will provide the means for implementing the recommendations.

For more information, please contact Kartika Anggraeni.

Photo by © Marie De Decker

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Choose Germany’s most Sustainable Products in the “Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis” Competition! Vote Now!

8. Oktober 2018 - 15:54

Europe’s most renowned sustainability award, the “Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis” (DNP), rates sustainability frontrunners in the consumer goods sector. In a competition between companies, cities and individuals, Germany’s most sustainable consumer goods are nominated and awarded with the assistance of the CSCP.

The DNP brings together over a thousand of the most relevant actors from the sustainability scene to identify and reward the sustainability frontrunners nationwide and to contribute towards mainstreaming environmentally-friendly and responsible lifestyles.
As part of the ceremony, the REWE Group and its partners are looking for Germany’s most sustainable consumer goods. The process consists of three stages, involving the CSCP as an independent research institute, an expert jury and consumers. The latter will make a final decision in early November and will vote on the products from the food or non-food sectors that have the largest impact on lowering their own environmental footprint, enabling a more sustainable lifestyle.
During the initial stage, the CSCP is responsible for pre-evaluating a broad range of products according to various sustainability criteria through the use of the Sustainability Hot Spots Analysis (SHSA) tool and nominating the most promising products for the award. The short list of products is then submitted to the expert jury of the DNP, which gives its approval of the final list of participants. The last stage is an online consumer voting poll, where consumers can choose the best and their top 3 products. The products from the list prepared by the CSCP and the jury are presented together with their sustainability stories. The consumers can then express their opinion on which products they find the most trustworthy with regards to sustainability issues and which products they are willing to stay loyal to when shopping.
This year, 42 candidates from a broad range of product categories were nominated to take part in the competition. Check them out and vote for your sustainability favorite!
If you would like to vote, please visit http://www.verbrauchervoting-2018.de/, starting from 08 October. You can give up your vote until 02 November.

The award is endorsed by the German Federal Government, local and business associations, as well as numerous NGOs. It was established in 2008 to encourage the acceptance of social and ecological responsibility and to identify and reward frontrunners in the area of sustainable production and consumption.

For further questions, contact Jan Per Bethge.

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Want to Make Your Supply Chains Sustainable? Join the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards Workshop “Digital Sustainable Supply Chains” in Bottrop on 29 November

7. Oktober 2018 - 15:39

Establishing transparency and sustainability along your entire supply chain helps meet customer demands, saves money, and makes your business model more resilient. The CSCP, as part of the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards, in cooperation with the Economic Development Agency Bottrop, will be organising a workshop that looks at your challenges and needs in making your supply chains future-proof and develops digital solutions with you.

Sooner or later, medium-sized companies in particular are addressed by critical customers about their supply chain, or, as suppliers, have to comply with their customers’ Code of Conduct and meet minimum ecological and social standards. At the same time, digitalisation is creating more and more opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises to present transparent and sustainable supply chains through digital solutions. Among other things, the following key questions will be dealt with in this workshop:

  • What is the added value of a sustainable supply chain for my company?
  • What are the positive and negative effects and what potential is there for improvement?
  • How can digital solutions be used to create a sustainable supply chain?
  • What innovative solutions are there and how do they fit into my company?

This workshop is part of a workshop series offered by the Economic Development Agency Bottrop in cooperation with the Living Lab “Bottroper Unternehmen wirtschaften nachhaltig”. Find more information on the workshop series here.

Date: 29 November 2018

Time: 4 – 7pm

Location: Hansastraße 1, 46236 Bottrop, Germany

The event is free and will be held in German. Please register here.

For further questions, contact Thomas Wagner.

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