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Open Dialogue is Key for Sustainability

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A graduate of economic geography with an interest for online marketing, Felix Schumacher believes that maintaining an open and ongoing dialogue with all groups in society is the key to a sustainable life. As part of the CSCP, he looks forward to mobilising the power of multi-perspective approaches in changing things for good.

Why did you apply to work for the CSCP?

I have a background in geography and economic geography, two fields that gave me access to new viewpoints on sustainability. During my studies, I worked part-time in online content marketing and was looking for a way to link my educational background and work experience in an impactful way. A few months as an intern at the CSCP were proof that this is where impact happens, so here I am.

 What are the projects that you are most excited about?

Already during my internship, I started working on the HOOP project. Being involved right from the start is a unique opportunity to see how a project kicks-off, takes shape, and starts having real impact. We work with eight lighthouse cities and regions in boosting circular, bio-waste economy models, but with very different approaches. Building bridges, managing data, and enhancing stakeholder engagement are all topics that I feel very excited about.

In your view, what are the main ingredients for a sustainable life?

Though there are many facets, I think that being open for dialogue is the main component. People have different needs and face different challenges. To make sustainability work for all, we need to make concepts relatable to all the different groups in society. Finding the right balance and making change happen while considering multiple perspectives is complex and yet one of the main ingredients for a sustainable life.

For further information, get in contact with Felix Schumacher.

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One Step at a Time Toward the Circular Economy that Benefits All

17. Februar 2021 - 12:56

Freshly-graduated Livia El-Khawad is the newest member of our SIPS team. She has placed a special focus on circularity and resource management during her studies and is driven by the goal of making circularity not only work, but to do so in a socially responsible way.

How did you decide to join the CSCP?

My decision to pursue a job at the CSCP was rooted in the belief that only through hands-on approaches would I be able to further comprehend what sustainability really means for society, organisations and individuals. Having just finished my studies at the Leuphana University in the field of Environmental Sciences, I felt that I needed a ‘reality check’.  Through the diverse projects that I am working on and the numerous collaborations with various stakeholders, I can better grasp the opportunities at hand and think of creative solutions that move things forward. My main focus will be our circularity projects, a key objective being not only accelerating the transition but also ensuring that it is a fair one for all parties involved.

What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as a consultant for the SIPS team?

A great approach at the CSCP is that no one is put into a thematic box in which they have to spend most of their time. By showing interest and motivation, there are excellent opportunities to explore new areas, grow beyond one’s core expertise, think creatively and connect the dots. That’s exactly what I am looking forward to the most: expanding my horizon. Tapping into knowledge and belief systems beyond one’s comfort zone is, in my view, key for the professional as well as the personal development.

In your view, what are the main ingredients for a sustainable life?

Leading a sustainable life requires perseverance, openness towards new ways of doing things, and on many occasions, creativity. We still live in a world in which the norm is pretty much an unsustainable, resource-intensive way of living. Not choosing the default option always necessitates extra effort on the part of the individual, but it also comes with little joys – like moving to toothpaste tablets, which I proudly did recently. I do sometimes get frustrated if I can’t find sustainable alternatives for perfectly simple things, but then I am so heartened by seeing all the creative solutions already out there.

For further questions, get in touch with Livia El-Khawad.

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Listen to our Podcast: Digital Leadership for Resilient Businesses

22. Januar 2021 - 12:27

Faced with a pandemic that challenged the conventional ways of doing business, many Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) had to reinvent themselves in order to keep up with the new dynamics. The conference on Digital Leadership gathered business representatives to discuss new leadership styles and organisational structures in SMEs, not only as a response to the pandemic but also as a vital prerequisite for resilient entrepreneurship.

The virtual conference, which was held in December 2020, focused on a perspective of leadership that adheres to the challenges and opportunities created by digital transformation, sustainability, and crises such as the Coronavirus pandemic.

As part of a panel discussion, Anna Yona, founder of Wilding Shoes, Lars Rückemann, board member of codecentric AG and Dr. Markus Baumanns from company companions presented their strategies and experiences on the role of digital leadership and the inspirational drivers that keep employees motivated, maintain the entrepreneurial spirit, and keep social and environmental sustainability high on the agenda.

From redefining organisational structures and driving decentralisation through to finding creative ways to foster informal exchange in spite of remote working, the panellists shared insights on how digital leadership can help SMEs to remain competitive and thrive.

Central to the discussion was the concept of ‘working with purpose’: how to provide employees the room to identify with their work and empower them to carry collaborative and innovative work regardless of where they are.

Highlights from the panel discussion are summarised in this video.

For the entire discussion, listen to our podcast.

Download the podcast now!

You can also listen to the podcast on Spotify. The panel discussion was followed by a lively exchange with the audience. aims to inform and support SMEs in developing solutions for entrepreneurial challenges in the age of digitalisation and sustainability.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger.

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Walk Toward Your Vision: Join Our Online Visioning Walkshop for Wuppertal – 13 December 2020!

9. Dezember 2020 - 21:36

Who knows better what a city needs or how to make it more liveable than its own citizens? Our project Day of the Good Life is exploring ways to motivate and empower Wuppertal citizens to take an active role in visioning and shaping their neighbourhoods. Through the concept of virtual walkshops, the project will create an encouraging space for citizens to come together and generate positive change. Join our first walkshop on 13 December 2020 to have a say in making your neighbourhood a place of the good life!

The Day of the Good Life in Wuppertal, during which citizens will design public space according to their needs and wishes, is scheduled for 16 May 2021. More than a just a day, the project is about a process aimed at engaging citizens as well as supporting and strengthening initiatives that work on promoting a sustainable, climate-friendly and socially-just life in Wuppertal.

To accompany citizens in the creative process of developing their own thoughts and ideas, visioning walkshops will be held each month. The 13 December 2020 walkshop, which will take place virtually, is the first in the series. Join us, team up with your neighbours, and let’s make Wuppertal a sustainable and inclusive city for everyone!

The walkshops are inspired by the methods of urban design thinking and strollology, the science of taking a walk. By walking through the streets of Wuppertal, places with a potential for creative re-designing can be identified and visions for a better, more sustainable and inclusive city can be developed together with other residents. The implementation of the ideas – be it murals, benches, swings, high-beds or whatever people desire – will be carried out by local artists and craftspeople. In addition to the walkshops, neighbourhood meetings will be held to further shape the citizens’ visions for a long-term engagement toward the good life in Wuppertal. The ultimate goal is to enable citizens to bring their ideas to life by forming engaged local groups.

Date: 13 December 2020
Time: 13:00-15:00
Language: German
Cost: Free

To register, please email the walkshop team at

All visioning walkshops and neighbourhood meetings will be held according to current COVID-19 regulations to ensure everyone’s safety.

The Day of the Good Life is a joint project of the CSCP and its partners, the Nachbarschaftsheim Wuppertal, e.V., Idealwerk and the Forum für Soziale Innovation (FSI) gGmbH.

For further information, please contact Alexandra Kessler.

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Digital Leadership: Listen to Our Podcast with Codecentric

9. Dezember 2020 - 21:22

With remote working turned into a new normal, many organisations are concerned about its potentially adverse side-effects. Team spirit, trust levels, longterm employee satisfaction – the stakes are high. What’s more: how to ensure that digitalisation processes are carried forward in sustainable and inclusive ways? In a recent interview with the Solingen-based IT company, Codecentric we discussed their concept of digital leadership and how it can support companies in succeeding with remote working while keeping environmental and social sustainability on the agenda.

Lars Rückemann, Codecentric CEO and his colleague Jonas Verhoelen, a software developer, explained how they bring digitalisation and sustainability together in their everyday work. They shared that internalising sustainability as the norm by which things are done is a key prerequisite. For this purpose, Codecentric is in the process of developing its own ‘climate manifesto’ in order to set firm targets for climate protection.

On the topic of remote working, Codecentric is trying to come up with formats that nurture a  ‘we’ feeling, in spite of teams sitting in different locations. ‘Remote Coffee Breaks’ or ‘Virtual Wine Tastings’ are in the meanwhile a routine for their employees. “We are a company in which the ‘we’ feeling and constant exchange are very important. We are already experiencing a great challenge due to the current situation, which we are trying to address in this way.”, shared Rückemann.

Watch highlights from the interview in this short video.

For the complete interview, listen to the podcast here.

The interview was conducted in German.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger.

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The Strategic Role of Circular Procurement

8. Dezember 2020 - 14:48

From goods as simple as office supplies to services as complex as energy systems – everything has to go through procurement. For the private sector, a company’s commitment to procure in sustainable and circular ways can generate added value at multiple levels: better risk management, more efficiency, long-term cooperation with suppliers, and collaborative development of innovative solutions. On the other hand, the public sector and its high demand could turn procurement into a strategic tool for promoting more sustainability and supporting circular economy systems. This means, for instance, shaping public tendering in ways that ensure the lowest footprint with the highest positive social and environmental impact through circular procurement. Recognising public authorities as major buyers, the European Commission has put Green Public Procurement (GPP) high on the political agenda. Green Public Procurement is not only closely tied to key EU Green Deal targets, but also to the indispensable principle of a just and inclusive transition to the Circular Economy.

Developing circular procurement processes

Put simply, circular procurement is the process by which products and services are purchased in accordance with the principles of the circular economy, and it should function as part of the wider sustainable procurement strategy of a particular organisation. Two main pillars of circular procurement are: boosting circular supply chains by increasing demand for circular products, materials and services and promoting new business models based on innovative and resource-efficient solutions. In designing and implementing successful sustainable and circular procurement strategies, clear guidelines are half of the work. Such guidelines define the scope, identify and link existing processes as well as facilitate the planning and prioritisation of improvement measures. Such measures can take place at any of the implementation levels of circular procurement. For example, on a systems level, it is important that organisations look for collaborations and partnerships as circularity cannot be achieved alone. On a process and supply level, an eye must be on designing for disassembly, improving data exchange systems, or putting into place take-back schemes that work on a consumer level as well. Finally, on a product level, through circular procurement organisations can favour and boost innovative and sustainable materials, as well as circular design.

For public organisations – whether they are government agencies, cities or utilities – it is important to make green public procurement (GPP) more relevant through training, communication and engagement for circularity. With its extensive demand, the public sector can both lead by example and bring about substantial positive changes: improve the social well-being of citizens, create added value and support regenerative circular economy models.

For private companies, identifying relevant questions and addressing those with key stakeholders, internal and external, is the right starting point. The concept of eight steps is useful in that it takes companies through a process of rethinking their procurement models by defining the benefits of circular procurement, identifying relevant internal stakeholders, and finding ways to involve key suppliers in the value chain. Moreover, the process of developing circular procurement strategies should aim to put into place mechanisms for measuring, assessing, and sustaining the circularity of procured goods and services in the long run.

Finding solutions at all levels

Organisations of all types and sizes – private or public, corporations or small and medium-sized enterprises – are faced with various challenges, have to make decisions, and find solutions at all levels of circular procurement: technical, organisational, and financial.

At the technical level, which concerns the reduction, reuse and recycling of materials, organisations have to engage in co-design processes with researchers, start-ups, businesses, and civil society to ensure that products are not only durable, easy to maintain and fit to be repurposed but are also made of renewable and non-toxic recourses.

At the organisational level, an involvement of all partners in the supply chain, from production to end of life product, is key in ensuring circularity. Important questions to be asked include: What opportunities are there available in becoming more circular? Which products and suppliers should be prioritised to achieve a more circular supply? What structure should the contract have in order to establish a long-term relationship with the suppliers and ensure joint product responsibility?

Finally, on the financial level, organisations should make circular solutions financially viable and support measures like put in place financial incentives that ensure circularity both on the supplier side as well as on the customer/consumer side.

Tapping into the strategic power of circular procurement

Integrating circularity criteria and principles into procurement turns the latter into a powerful mechanism not only to optimise investments, but also reach multiple other goals: reduce dependencies and become more resilient, meet regulatory demands and increase the positive social and environmental impact. The CSCP supports private and public organisations in leading more circular and sustainable procurement processes and supply chains at all levels: facilitating collaborations (system level), developing and implementing strategies and new circular business models (process level), and assessing products and product portfolios (product level).

Together with you, we are also keen on going beyond and leveraging other assets, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence or the internet of things, to ensure transparency, increase resource efficiency, and improve the interaction between different productions units – all in favour of smooth and efficient circular procurement processes.

Do you share this vision? Contact us and let’s turn procurement into a strategic tool for circularity – together!

For further information, please contact Cristina Fedato.


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Watch Our Valumics Webinar “Putting Solutions in the Shopping Basket”

8. Dezember 2020 - 9:43

Around one hundred participants joined the interactive webinar which focused on food retailer approaches and interventions to support more sustainable food consumption. With a broad participation of EU policymakers, food retailers, and academics, the webinar sparked a constructive discussion about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fostering sustainable food consumption.

The webinar “Putting Solutions in the Shopping Basket” was held as a side session of the EAT@Home series, a global science-based platform dedicated to transforming global food systems. The webinar addressed these main questions:

  • How can retailers in the food sector play an active role in supporting the transition towards healthier and more sustainable food consumption in view of the Farm to Fork Strategy, part of the EU Green Deal?
  • What can we learn from behavioural interventions applied in real-life contexts and what is the way ahead to scale them up?

Expert speakers and key notes:

  • Isabelle Rollier, Policy Officer, Farm to Form Strategy, European Commission spoke about the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, specifically the promotion of sustainable food consumption and the Code of Conduct process.
  • Jan Per Bethge, Project Manager, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), shared more about the role of retailers in driving sustainable consumption and production.
  • Matthew Gorton, Newcastle University, focused on the topic of behaviour change strategies.
  • Jan Dörrich, Senior Sustainability Manager, REWE International AG Retail Group, explained more about the pilot interventions conducted by REWE International AG.
  • Klaus Kastenhofer, Consultant to REWE International AG, spoke about consumer expectations and how to meet growing demands for climate responsibility.

The webinar was concluded with a lively Questions & Answers session between participants and the expert panel. A selection of questions and answers is available here.

The webinar “Putting solutions in the shopping basket: food retailer approaches and interventions to support more sustainable food consumption” was held within the framework of the VALUMICS project. VALUMICS focuses on food system dynamics and is a multi-stakeholder consortium funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

For further information, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

Photo by Ralph (Ravi) Kayden on Unsplash



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Call for Innovation: Let’s Crowdsource Solutions that Foster Circular Behaviours!

3. Dezember 2020 - 13:13

How can we improve take-back schemes in order to motivate consumers to return their old electronics to the right collection points? How can behaviour change interventions support consumers in exercising their right to repair? What are the best ways to enable consumers in choosing repairable electronics? Are you aware of ideas or innovative solutions in addressing these questions? Get in touch with us and let’s foster circular behaviours together!

Electronics have become an indispensable part of people’s lives. Each European generates about 16.6kg e-waste per year, from which less than 40% is recycled*. Carbon emissions, resource depletion, and social implications are among the impacts. You can become a part the solution by supporting the Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) in finding out which solutions support consumers to behave in more circular – and ultimately – sustainable ways.

How can you get involved?

CIAP’s work has been organised in sector-focused clubs. The Electronics Club consists of a group of high-level stakeholders dedicated to exchanging knowledge, benchmarking existing solutions, prototyping and testing behaviour change interventions, and leading the sector when it comes to fostering circular behaviours. The stakeholders include business, start-ups, NGOs, researchers and European policy makers. You can find more details about the clubs here.

The Electronics Club focuses on exploring ways to engage consumers more effectively in the transition towards more circularity and test behaviourally-informed approaches in retail stores, through online shopping, in neighbourhoods and households. The Electronics Club will focus on two main behaviour challenges with regards to the use of smartphones and tablets: take-back and repairing.

Have you or your organisation researched, developed or tested an innovation that helped boost either of these behaviours? Are you aware of existing innovative solutions that might be helpful, be it a new or improved product, service, business model innovation, campaign, initiative, messaging or nudge? Then get in touch with us!

Share your information on innovative solutions by contacting our consumer insights team at until 10 January 2021 with the reference ‘Call for Innovation’!

In your email, please:

  • describe the innovation in a few lines,
  • highlight if it has been useful for supporting “take-back” or “repair” behaviours for smart phones and tablets, and
  • include evidence that describes how it has been successful

Most promising innovations will be analysed by the CIAP team and referenced in the project report and results.

The Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) mobilises and supports frontrunners in advancing the integration of consumer behaviour in all circular economy endeavours. To do that, CIAP connects circular production to consumption, going deeper into understanding the consumer behavioural challenges of the circular transition and unlocking the practical applications of behavioural insights to enable more circularity.

For further information, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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*EC, 2020

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Capacity Building Programme “weiter_wirken” Started: Communicating Sustainability Successfully

3. Dezember 2020 - 11:47

Changing behaviours of people toward acting and consuming more sustainability is complex — a major challenge being the intention-action gap — we intent to be sustainable but our actions don’t reflect that. Tackling this requires generating solutions that make it easier to change habits in long-lasting ways. Our training programme weiter_wirken aims to support non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in building a community of practice dedicated to achieving more sustainability in North-Rhein Westphalia (NRW).

Twenty-two NGO professionals and volunteers embarked on the four-module workshop training programme, which launched virtually in October 2020. Building upon the success of our international capacity building programme, the Academy of Change (AoC), ‘weiter_wirken’ offers its participants comprehensive training on how to generate greater impact with their sustainability projects and enable their target groups to engage in more sustainable behaviours. At the same time, the programme tries to create a networking and learning space for exchange and knowledge sharing.

The opening workshop offered an introduction on the topic of behaviour change and served as a get-to-know opportunity. The participants introduced themselves and their work through an object of their choice – a first step towards exploring the topic of belief systems and behaviours. The lively exchange that followed covered a range of topics, from how to foster healthier and more sustainable food consumption practices, promote ethical clothing, or advance social equity and fairness. Throughout the programme, the participants will have the opportunity to apply the gathered input directly to their individual projects and discuss questions and challenges during workshops as well as in smaller working groups.

Further details on the training programme are available on the weiter_wirken website. You can get the latest weiter_wirken news as well as be informed about future calls for participation by subscribing to the programme’s newsletter.

‚weiter_wirken‘ is a non-profit initiative of the CSCP and its cooperating partners Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and ecosign/ Akademie für Gestaltung. The project is funded by the Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and runs until summer 2021.

For further questions, please contact Christian Malarciuc.

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Consumer Behaviour in the Circular Economy

1. Dezember 2020 - 11:46

The transition from a linear to a circular economy is one of the most important imperatives of our time, a transition that requires a fundamental change in the way we produce and consume. A circular approach to production and consumption reduces emissions and pollution, increases competitiveness, and boosts innovation – in short, it makes our economies and societies more sustainable and resilient for the future.

At a European level, the EU Green Deal sets an important strategic framework to guide, promote, and push towards a Circular Economy. The Circular Economy Action Plan entails initiatives along the entire life cycle of products in order to ensure that resources are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. On top of making sustainable production a norm in the EU, the new action plan aims at fostering sustainable consumption specifically.

At the CSCP, we take an all-round approach on sustainable consumption. An important ingredient in making circularity work is often overlooked: Human behaviour. If it’s citizens that do not follow recycling or take-back efforts or consumers that ignore innovative circular products – the human variable plays a key role that we need to integrate in all circular design endeavours. Drawing on our core expertise in behaviour change we work with partners across the board to identify, promote, and leverage consumer behaviours that support the transition to circular economy. Conversely, we analyse behaviours that hamper circularity and try to address the barriers that people encounter on the way. Our view of behaviour change goes beyond the strict realm of behavioural interventions and towards more systematic ones. This enables us to generate creative solutions that lead to the right interventions at the right stages of the life cycle – sometimes that means engaging directly with consumers in driving behaviour change, other times it means making changes on the product level.

Our Consumer Insight Action Panel – CIAP is a lighthouse initiative to foster circular behaviours at the European level. With its multi-stakeholder setup, CIAP supports the transition to circular economy by generating, applying and testing consumer behavioural insights in circular strategies for textiles, plastics and electronics. The core question that CIAP explores is: how to enable people to reuse, repair, share, recycle or lease easily and efficiently? A recent household waste analysis carried out as part of CIAP’s Plastic Club is a case in point about the way we integrate consumer behaviours and insights for more circularity. In the analysis we looked for cues about what triggers certain waste sorting behaviours but discourages others and share with producers as well as policy makers the relevant findings.

In the electronics sector, we focus on greater uptake of behaviours that support the lifetime extension of products, particularly take-back and repair practices for smart phones and tablets. As far as take-back ratios are concerned, we are still lagging behind for various reasons: awareness shortfalls, lack of trust in the process, missing social and financial incentives. Beyond investigating why certain consumer groups avoid take-back schemes, CIAP’s work consists of designing and testing interventions that lead to positive behaviour change. Concerning repair practices, we are testing aspects such as the impact of product repairability in purchase decisions, especially if corresponding labelling is applied across the full product range. The New Circular Economy Action Plan foresees special measures related to the ‘right to repair’ and countries such as France are already pioneering the way forward. From testing labels that inform consumers upfront on the repairability of a product through to designing clear and simple messages on the added value of repairing – we are looking for ways to extend the life of electronics.

If you are interested in how people’s behaviour influences your organisation’s (municipality, city, start-up, etc.) path to circularity, contact us. We are a non-profit think and do tank that supports mainstreaming circularity by integrating all relevant stakeholders, behaviour insights and sustainable consumption expertise in the process.

For further questions, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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Circular Economy at a City Level

24. November 2020 - 12:35

Imagine a city that promotes the transition from a linear to a circular economy in an integrated and inclusive way by collaborating with municipalities, utility companies, citizens, businesses, and the research community to develop and test business models that decouple resource use from economic growth. A city that maintains the value and utility of products, resources, and materials for as long as possible in order to close the loop and minimise new resource use and waste generation. A city that through public procurement and investment budgets drives demand for circular products and services. And by doing all of this, improves human wellbeing, reduces emissions and pollution, protects our environment and enhances biodiversity, while leaving no one behind —in line with the bigger goals and strategies we want to achieve: the EU Green Deal and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Such a circular city looks beyond returning to business-as-usual in the post-Pandemic times, and instead seeks to find different, more sustainable and resilient strategies for its future.

Circular Economy: What Are the Stakes?

Natural systems are circular par excellence from which we can draw inspiration. The ‘take-make-dispose’ principle is the conventional way through which humans have been producing and consuming – but our planet has been pushed to the limits and it is high time for a fundamental change of course. A circular approach to both production and consumption is no longer a topic of discussion; it is rather the imperative of our era. At an EU level, the Circular Economy Action Plan, as part of the EU Green Deal, lays the ground for designing sustainability into products and services. Cities and regions, as major stakeholders in fields such as construction, mobility, food, waste management, products and services, and more, have a vital role to play in the transition to circular economy. For a comprehensive take on the multi-faceted role of cities in circular economy – watch our webinar Circular Economy on a City Level and check out our Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities. 

Cities: Why Are they Key?

Home to over 55 % of the world’s entire population, cities are responsible for 70 % of all greenhouse gas emissions*,  75 % of all consumption of natural resources, and 50 % of the global waste. On the other side, cities are epicentres of innovation and facilitators in socio-economic transformations. At the CSCP, we see cities and regions with a two-fold role: as suppliers and consumers of (circular) goods and services, but also as enablers. In the latter case, they provide instruments and infrastructure for local communities and the economy to transition to circularity. They could be change agents for sustainability if they increasingly internalise principles of circularity. The “reward” is not only a higher quality of life for citizens, but also a promising economic potential: according to the European Commission, waste prevention, eco-design, reuse and similar measures could lead to net annual savings of 600 billion Euros.

Fostering a Systems Change

Circular Economy has long been seen as a primarily technical challenge, considering that resources needed to be transferred into long-lasting applications that could be easily recycled and kept in the loop. This approach overlooks how deeply the current linear model is rooted in regulatory frameworks, governance structures, processes, and human behaviour. Moreover, a hallmark of circular economy, namely business models that rely on providing services instead of selling products, are still sidelined in institutional structures. That’s why the transition to circular economy needs a systems approach and change. This is what we are working on through innovative programmes such as City Loops and by leading the discussion with all relevant stakeholders as in our Circular Economy on a City Level webinar. The CSCP and its partners have also developed the European Circular Cities Declaration, a commitment, guiding and learning platform designed to accelerate the transition to circular economy. We call on cities to sign the declaration and become circularity pioneers! Through our engagement at the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform – a key European platform – we are supporting the common work of all relevant actors, cities included, to make the transition to circular economy not only possible, but also fair and just for everyone.

Making Circularity Work for Citizens

The European Commission recognises the need to “make circularity work for people, regions and cities”. Innovation, education, and a huge shift in mobility and urban planning are all necessary steps towards circular cities and regions. Circularity is about engaging people – all people! It is about co-creation processes involving civil society, administrations, businesses, and academia. It is about experimenting and trying out new approaches as well as understanding what role human behaviour plays and how to incentivise behaviour change where it is needed. In our recent workshop Nudging and Beyond: Consumers Towards Circular Behaviours, as part of EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference 2020 , we explored the modalities of turning existing behavioural science and circular economy know-how into a step-wise process that makes it easier for consumers to take up circular behaviours. Conversely, analysing citizen’s behaviour can also inform about where interventions in the system are needed to make it work for people. In our CSCP initiative Consumer Insight Action Panel we do just that by looking at specific circular endeavours of our participants and explore its behaviour component to find the right solutions to enable circularity. The circular economy is not merely a technical feat and the “variable” human behaviour has often been overlooked but must be considered when designing successful circular systems. 

Circular Waste Management

As a classic responsibility of cities—waste management is related to numerous challenges: limited space, what to do with the different types of waste, low recycling rates. Designing circular processes reduces waste by design and reuses waste in highly efficient and innovative ways. On top of reducing pollution, a circular approach to waste management entails growth potentials for cities by keeping materials in the economy for as long as possible and minimising resource loss. Biowaste in particular is very promising from a circular perspective: think of biopesticides or bioplastics as prime examples. However, and despite its high decomposability, huge amounts of biowaste still end up on landfills. Cities are faced with challenges ranging from finding the right recycling technologies through to aligning with other stakeholders in the process. In our projects SCALIBUR and HOOP, we support cities in choosing, financing, and implementing technologies for recycling biowaste that work for all parties involved. Through our concept of Biowaste Clubs, we ensure that key local stakeholders along the entire biowaste value chain get involved, work together, and co-design solutions that yield real, positive impacts. We look forward to replicating and scaling up this expertise and unleashing the circular potential of waste management! 

Circular Public Procurement

The European Union is increasingly calling for a “purchase of works, goods or services that seek to contribute to the closed energy and material loops within supply chains, whilst minimising, and in the best case avoiding, negative environmental impacts and waste creation across the whole life-cycle”**. Through procurement, cities have a powerful tool at hand to incentivise circularity: circular demand triggers circular supply! We support the development and implementation of a circular procurement strategy and management, including definition of priorities, engagement of key actors, and capacity building.

Let’s Collaborate for Circular Cities

The transition to circular economy needs a comprehensive approach that looks to maximise the social, economic and environmental impacts while being inclusive and leaving no one behind. We are keen on supporting municipalities and stakeholders to develop strategic, long-term circular solutions that take into account multiple perspectives and use the overlapping between them in smart and impact-driven ways. Let’s join hands in making cities circularity champions!

For further information, please contact Cristina Fedato.

**EU, Green Public Procurement

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Join Our Online Conference “Digital Leadership” on 8 December 2020

17. November 2020 - 10:30

In times when working remotely has become the new normal, many organisations, including Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), are facing numerous challenges: how to build trust in remote teams, maintain a feeling of togetherness, and ensure long-term employee satisfaction? will address these questions with a group of experts during the online conference “Digital Leadership – Rethinking Leadership, Staying Competitive”, 8 December, 09:30-12:30 CET. Register here to join the discussion!

On top of megatrends such as digitalisation and sustainability, the ongoing pandemic has put conventional corporate management to a test. The pandemic is also acting as an accelerator of change by pushing companies to reinvent themselves and build agile and resilient management models. The online conference “Digital Leadership – Rethinking Leadership, Staying Competitive” looks into the impact that these fast-paced changes have on SMEs in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) by asking the following questions:

  • How are the pandemic, digitalisation, and sustainability shaping work and leadership in SMEs?
  • How can companies maintain motivation and a sense of “we” in times of remote working?
  • How to build and maintain trust in times of high uncertainties?

Each of these questions will be briefly addressed by our panel of experts and then discussed in more detail during small interactive workshops between experts and event participants.


  • Lars Rückemann, Member of the Board of Directors codecentric
  • Anna Yona, Managing Director Wildling Shoes
  • Markus Baumanns, Managing Director company companions
  • Philipp Grundler, Vorwerk & Co. KG


  • 09:30-10:30 Brief presentation from the panel of experts
  • 10:30-10:40 Introduction to digital workshop tools
  • 10:40-11:50: Interactive online workshops
  • 11:50-12:30: Presentation of results and final discussion

Date: 8 December 2020
Time: 09:30-12:30
Format: Online
Language: German
Costs: Free

To join the conference, please register here! is the first Centre for Digital Responsibility in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and aims to inform and support SMEs in developing solutions for entrepreneurial challenges in the age of digitalisation and sustainability. – Sustainably Competitive is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs NRW via the EFRE fund.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger.

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How Vaude Innovates with ‘Product-As-a-Service Business Models’

17. November 2020 - 9:21

How many times a year does one use a drilling machine, a backpack or a tent, if at all? Most likely, just a couple of times. Despite that, consumers spend a lot of money on products that, after sporadic use, are stored for most part of the year. The story of Vaude is an example of the potential of renting models and their multiple benefits for companies and customers alike.

During the R2Pi project, the CSCP collaborated with the German clothing and outdoor company Vaude on a “Product-As-a-Service Business Model”. In one in-house strategy workshop with key participants of the relevant business units of Vaude, the CSCP set up a case study and discussed future products for Vaude’s iRentit business model.

Vaude, a sustainability pioneer in the German market, aimed to further increase value for its customers. In achieving this, the CSCP and Vaude evaluated new possibilities to expand Vaude’s product portfolio for the ‘iRentit’ offering. This particular Circular Business Model, as applied in Vaude’s case, focuses on ‘Performance’ and ‘Access over Ownership’. These ‘Product-as-a-Service’ models allow customers to rent what they need for their temporary or particular use instead of a one-time purchase. This resonates positively with the increasing trend that customers value access over ownership.  Moreover, they can try new products while saving money and storage space at home. ‘Product-as-a-Service’ models increase flexibility and ensure that resources and products are not wasted and find their way back into circulation. This enables companies to reduce their resource costs, become more resilient to global supply chain dynamics, and get a head start towards reaching the circularity goals set by the EU Green Deal. Additionally, this raises the incentives on the companies’ ends to provide stronger and better-performing products that maintain or even increase value over time.

The workshop with Vaude was customised to the company’s specific needs focussing on understanding and setting the current ‘iRentit’ business model into context, and then, as a second step, innovating on new business model options in order to expand Vaude’s renting activities.

During the EU funded Horizon 2020 project ‘R2Pi – The route to the Circular Economy’, the CSCP and its consortium partners had the opportunity to further develop a process that supports companies in creating a circular vision and engaging with the most relevant stakeholders on the way. If you are keen on learning more about our Circular Business Innovation journey please contact us. At the CSCP, we have a passion for circularity and look forward to collaborating with you exploring your circular opportunities

For further details, please contact Patrick Bottermann.


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Join Our Webcast “Putting Solutions in the Shopping Basket” on 19 November 2020

12. November 2020 - 13:24

How can retailers in the food sector play an active role in supporting the transition towards healthier and more sustainable food consumption in view of the Farm to Fork Strategy, part of the EU Green Deal? What can we learn from behavioural interventions applied in real-life contexts and what is the way ahead to scale them up? To find answers to these questions, join us on 19 November 2020, 15:00-16:30 CET, at the Virtual @EATHome Newscast!

The interactive webinar Putting solutions in the shopping basket: food retailer approaches and interventions to support more sustainable food consumption’, brings together EU policymakers, food retailers, and academics in a discussion about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fostering sustainable food consumption. Register here to join the webcast! 


  • Matthew Gorton, Newcastle University
  • Jan Dörrich, Sustainability Manager, Rewe International AG Retail Group
  • Jan Per Bethge, Project Manager, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
  • Isabelle Rollier, Policy Officer, Farm to Form Strategy, European Commission
  • Mariana Nicolau, Project Manager, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

The participants will have the opportunity to post questions and interact directly with the speakers through the chat.

Date: 19 November 2020
Time: 15:00-16:30 CET
Language: English
Cost: Free

Register now!

The webcast is held within the framework of CSCP project Valumics, funded by the European Commission.

For further questions, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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CSCP Appointed to the Sparkasse Wuppertal Sustainability Committee

12. November 2020 - 12:03

Banks and other financial institutions have been increasingly in the spotlight in the face of growing expectations related to their role in addressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns. The Coronavirus pandemic has brought certain sustainability aspects, such as emergency readiness or resilience capacities, even more to the fore. To be fit for a changing world and proactively engage in higher social and environmental aims, Sparkasse Wuppertal has set up its Sustainability Committee, to which Michael Kuhndt, CSCP Executive Director, has been appointed.

The committee members, which are experts in the fields of business and science, will advise the Sparkasse Wuppertal Board of Management on topics such as sustainable mobility, environmental protection, social responsibility, and the future of work. In a mission statement released after the kick-off meeting, the committee members noted that their work will focus on improving the social, economic and ecological sustainability impact of Sparkasse Wuppertal by offering concrete proposals.

“We want to gradually improve our social, economic and ecological sustainability impact in our customer business, in our own operations, and in our support of community tasks. In order to achieve this goal, we are also relying on external impetus. On impulses from people who bring experience, knowledge and passion in the areas of climate and environmental protection and sustainable business.”, shared Gunther Wölfges, Chairman of the Board of Sparkasse Wuppertal.

“In today’s world, financial institutions have to make environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations an integral part of their risk assessment, product design, and overall business strategies. The CSCP will constructively engage in a dialogue to support Sparkasse Wuppertal in advancing its sustainability agenda in ways that benefit employees, clients, and society alike.”, stated Michael Kuhndt, CSCP Executive Director.

The Sustainability Committee will meet twice a year with the Board of Management of Sparkasse Wuppertal and other employees and it will act independently.

For further information, please reach out to Michael Kuhndt.

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Product Responsibility as Value and Revenue Generator: The Case of Rockwool

10. November 2020 - 8:33

The construction industry accounts for 40% of global energy use, 30% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, approximately 12% of water use, and nearly 40% of waste*. Green buildings can not only curb the footprint, but also be a catalyst to address major policy frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by ensuring health and wellbeing for all ages, making sustainable and affordable energy accessible to everyone, and supporting communities to live safe and resilient lives. We would like to share our experience with Rockwool – a best practice example of sustainable action in the construction sector.

As part of the European Union Horizon 2020 R2Pi project, the CSCP took a closer look at Rockwool’s ‘RockCycle’ circular business model. Rockwool, an international company headquartered in Denmark, produces mineral wool that contributes to energy-efficient building insulation which helps reduce energy demand and cut CO² emissions.

As part of the construction industry, Rockwool too, is greatly burdened by end-of-life materials due to demolition or renovation. A big share of the end-of-life materials are critically contaminated and need special care in waste management.

By using a Circular Business Model, Rockwool introduced the ‘RockCycle’ take-back program for mineral wool. It consists of co-product recovery, re-make, and resource recovery – all of which are integrated along the entire value chain. The company makes sure that any cut-off and excess material in the internal production of mineral wool feeds back into its production cycle.

The ‘RockCycle’ business model is not only a convenient and eco-friendly solution, but also an economically-advantageous solution for customers. As the Rockwool case study highlights, taking responsibility for products and materials is not merely a burden on the company side; on the contrary it can represent a profit-raising opportunity and lead to sustainable future growth.

Circular Business Innovation has the power to create a competitive advantage that is sustainable and customer-centric. In collaboration with the consortium partners of R2Pi, the CSCP further developed a set of tools and methods for the assessment of your level of circularity. Drawing on a vast circular economy expertise, the CSCP supports companies to embark on business innovation journeys that set free the circular potential for sustainable growth. If you are trying to figure out how to expand your business and become more competitive in a sustainable way, reach out to us. We are looking forward to collaborating with you!

For further details, please contact Patrick Bottermann.

* UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

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The Academy of Change Call for Applications is Open – Apply Now!

9. November 2020 - 10:02

Are you a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and looking to scale up your impact? Our successful Academy of Change (AoC) programme is a unique opportunity for state-of-the-art knowledge on how to enable sustainable behaviour change in practice. The call for application for the third round of the AoC is open – apply now!

Embracing more sustainable behaviours and lifestyles has never been higher on the agenda. The current Coronavirus pandemic has unravelled the ample potential for behaviour change across societies globally, but also the sustainability challenges and social inequities that we are faced with. Acknowledging the role of people’s behaviours in shaping the most pressing challenges of our times is a first step. The second one is engaging with behaviour change in inspiring, innovative and impact-driven ways.

Aiming to respond to this in a proactive way, our Academy of Change (AoC) has become a unique capacity building programme on behaviour change for a more sustainable future. The programme of the academy is designed for leaders working on climate change and the wider sustainability agenda within the non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector. The programme enables participants to incorporate evidence-based expertise and insights about citizen behaviours into their development strategies and projects, thus generating greater impact. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to work on their own behaviour change interventions as they advance through the training.

Since 2017, the Academy of Change trained over 100 NGO practitioners from all over the world, including leaders from Greenpeace International, SlowFood International, WWF and EEB.

The programme is free of charge and will include strategic training, networking opportunities and coaching sessions. The programme will consist of 6 modules, from March to June 2021. Together we will learn about behavioural and decision-making insights, models and tools of understanding and changing behaviours, designing and implementing behaviour change interventions, as well as learn how to evaluate their impact. The content and facilitation of the programme will be delivered by the Academy team, in combination with a line-up of high level keynote speakers, academics and experts who will deliver insight throughout the modules. You can find more details about the Academy programme here.

Due to the limited number of places in the Academy, the participants of the programme will be selected through an open application process to ensure a fair and transparent selection procedure. A group of 40 professionals working for NGOs across the world will be selected. Applications can be sent until 1 January 2021.

Are you part of an NGO covering sustainability and climate topics? Are you looking for new and insightful approaches to boost the impact of your work and accelerate change in sustainable behaviours that really matter? Apply today! We are looking forward to receiving your application and driving change with you!

The Academy of Change (AoC) is a non-profit initiative of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Behaviour Change (BC) and the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC). The AoC is funded by the KR Foundation.

For further information, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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Watch Our Online Workshop “Nudging & Beyond: Consumers Towards Circular Behaviour”

6. November 2020 - 9:46

How to turn existing behavioural science and circular economy know-how into a stepwise process that makes it easier for consumers to take up circular behaviours? Conversely, how to use consumer behaviours to inform decisions at other hallmarks of the value chain? Are you curious about these questions but you missed our online workshop “Nudging and Beyond”? Watch the recording below!

The online workshop, held in November as part of the of 2020 EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference: Together for a cleaner and more competitive Europe, focused on how to best close the gap between favourable attitudes and actual consumption of more sustainable products and services. Food, mobility, and housing are the most impactful areas of consumption as well as the ones characterised by less durable products and higher use intensity*. Therefore, the main question is: how can we move from attitude to action and generate actual behaviour change towards more sustainable, circular behaviours? The workshop “Nudging & Beyond: Consumers Towards Circular Behaviours” approached this question from a multi-angled perspective. In a session facilitated by Michael Kuhndt, CSCP Executive Director, an outstanding line-up of speakers discussed how to enable circular behaviours among European consumers through experiments and interventions led by policy makers, business, academia, and civil society.

Speakers and topics:

  • William Neale, Advisor for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG Environment, European Commission, emphasised the significance of the Single Market in harnessing the collective consumer power of 500 million people in order to make a real difference.
  • Oksana Mont, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University, shared inspiring Swedish examples in fostering consumer circular behaviours by tapping into their ability, motivation and opportunity to act.
  • Dagmar Glatz, Product Management, Sustainability and Packaging, DM Drogerie Markt, shared approaches from the retail sector to reduce waste by minimising the usage of plastics.
  • George Bădescu, Executive director of the Association of Large Commercial Networks in Romania highlighted the measure of putting a price on plastic as a potential intervention to disincentivize plastic packaging.
  • Rosita Zilli, Deputy Secretary-General of Eurocoop, looked into consumer cooperative models and their role in fostering circular demand in the market. She spoke about making the more circular choices the easiest to make from the consumer end.

During an exchange between speakers and the participants (not part of the recording), the central question was whether the COVID pandemic has threatened sharing practices among consumers. The consensual view was that, apart from sharing home models, which are largely associated with travelling, all other sharing practices as well as the general willingness to share has either kept the same or even increased.

Reporting on the workshop during the plenary conference, Michael Kuhndt, CSCP Executive Director, emphasised two key challenges: a conceptual and a ‘scale’ one. The conceptual challenge relates to the fact that interventions to engage consumers and foster circular behaviours in Europe are still mostly based on assumptions, leading to interventions that are costly and ineffective. The “scale” challenge refers to the various successful circular economy interventions that still remain a niche. In this sense, Kuhndt underlined, “it’s crucial to normalise such initiatives and help them achieve a greater, larger impact. Ambitious policy making, such as the EU Green Deal, for example, could be a door opener to replicate and scale up such initiatives.”

CSCP’s Cristina Fedato contributed to two other sessions held during the 2020 EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference: “Making Textiles & Fashion Last Longer“ and „Circular Procurement“. You can watch the sessions of the conference here.

The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is a joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee and it aims to accelerate the transition to circular economy. The CSCP is part of the Coordination Group of ECESP.

For further questions, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

*European Commission Joint Research Centre



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Third BOOM Camp on Food Wraps Up Successfully

5. November 2020 - 11:20

During our third and last BOOM career orientation camp for 2020, teenagers between 14-17 had the chance to engage with the topic of food in unique and inspiring ways: building geodomes for urban food growing, recycling food packaging, and cooking with wild herbs and plants. The camp, which was held in October at the Jugendakademie Walberberg, near Cologne, sparked new ideas about how to integrate sustainability into future career choices and lifestyles.

With the topic of food at the centre, the participants had the opportunity to explore new perspectives and embark on new experiences with the support of experts in the field.

A geodome, which the participants built, was a hands-on-approach on growing food in urban areas. Another creative way of approaching the topic of food was recycling food packaging. Cooking was also an indispensable part of the camp. In a ‘back-to-the-roots walk’, the participants got to explore the areas nearby the camp location as well as an organic farm, where they searched for edible wild herbs and residual crops. The handpicked ingredients were turned into delicious and nutrition-rich dishes.

BOOM provides insights into future social challenges and trends and supports teenagers and young adults in facing those with self-confidence, curiosity, and enthusiasm. The camps also offer the participants a platform to reflect on their personal skills and visions as well as discuss individual challenges and upcoming decisions in the realm of job orientation. For this purpose, special workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions were held during the course of the six-day camp.

The main goal of the BOOM camps is to mainstream an understanding of sustainability as a key aspect in the career choices of teenagers and young adults. Find out more about our previous BOOM camps on Living and Building and Everyday Consumption.

BOOM camps are a joint project of the CSCP and its partners Provadis GmbH and Sportjugend Hessen e.V and it is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

For further questions, please contact Carina Diedrich.

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