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Urban Up Launches “Expedition: Space Station”

3. September 2019 - 13:32

Most companies, organisations, entrepreneurs, and politicians work in ‘regular’ office spaces situated in ‘regular’ buildings. What would happen if they had an opportunity to switch their workplace to a shipping container for a few weeks? This is now a reality with the launch of the Expedition: Space Station (“Expedition: Raumstation”) in Utopiastadt, Wuppertal – a collaboration with Utopiastadt.

Utopiastadt has been offering workspaces to various enterprises such as businesses and voluntary work in the Wuppertal Nordbahntrasse. Between July and October, 2019 organisations have the opportunity to test their business ideas in the newly set up “Expedition: Space Station” shipping containers. These containers are an open laboratory module which can be rented for 1 Euro for a period of up to four weeks.

The “Expedition: Space Station” is being implemented by the Utopiastadt as a practical partner within the framework of Urban Up, a joint project of the Wuppertal Institute, the University of Wuppertal and the CSCP. The project is located at TransZent (the Centre for Transformation Research and Sustainability) which was founded by the Wuppertal Institute and the University of Wuppertal.

The shipping containers are located in the Nordbahntrasse, which is Wuppertals bike highway in a former train station. Utopiastadt also has a repair café, free bike rental, open workshop space, community garden, co-working space, a café as well as a concert location with a lot of free space surrounding it. Here, everything is shared and everyone is welcome to be part of it.

This summer a new area outside the former train station, Mirker Bahnhof, is being used to provide space to several actors and initiatives. Shipping containers will be the temporary home for a free cargo bike rental, an aquaponics farm, a caterer and others.

Out of these, two containers are rented by Urban Up and can be used by organisations and companies who want to create real impact in this unique environment and experiment with their way of doing business and work. Those interested in using this setting as a testing bed for new ideas can apply to work in these containers.

Additional information about the application process can be found here.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as a junior research group within the framework of social-ecological research.

Please contact Alexandra Kessler for more information.

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Join Us at Our Digitalisation and Sustainability – Requirements and Opportunities Event on 10 October 2019 in Wuppertal

21. August 2019 - 17:22

How will climate change, digitalisation, blockchain and new work concepts affect your company? Can you implement digitalisation and sustainability in your company activities? Our event Digitalisation and Sustainability – Requirements and Opportunities will answer these questions with practical examples, interactive workshop formats along with ideas for the future of your organisation.

In the one-day event, we will show you the potential of the two topics – sustainability and digitalisation, with practical examples. Through keynote speeches, workshops and discussions we will highlight opportunities and challenges, while helping you come up with concrete ideas on how your company can benefit from these megatrends. We will also address questions on what large and small companies can learn from each other with insights from our R2Pi Project.

The following topics will be covered in the event :

  • Best practices of digital and sustainable business models
  • How can digitalisation promote transparency and sustainability in value chains?
  • How does digitalisation enable circular economy products and services?
  • How will the future of work look like and how can we prepare for it today?
  • How does digitalisation promote resource efficiency, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation?
  • How do sustainable digital responsibility and new management models in companies look like?
  • What are the funding opportunities for innovative digital sustainability activities?

Workshop: Digitalisation & Sustainability – Requirements and Opportunities
Date: 10 October 2019
Time: 10:30 to 17:00
Location: VillaMedia Gastronomie GmbH, Viehhofstrasse 125, 42117 Wuppertal

This event is organised by the Competence Centre eStandards (Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards)and is primarily tailored towards decision-makers in SMEs. The event will be conducted in German.

Click here to register for the event.

Registrations are open until 02.10.2019

For further information contact Patrik Eisenhauer

 

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Learn About the Impacts of our Competence Centre eStandards

13. August 2019 - 10:32

In June, the Competence Centre eStandards completed two years of actively engaging in guiding German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) towards sustainable digital business models. During this time, the CSCP conducted pilot projects, develop hands-on tools and provide comprehensive curricula to SMEs on creating future-proof companies through digitalisation.

“Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards” introduces digitalisation and standardisation to German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is an initiative of Mittelstand-Digital, which is a part of the digitalisation strategy put forward by the German Federal Ministry for Economic and Energy Affairs (BMWi). 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.

The CSCP is especially proud of the pilot projects with FOND OF, migori and TENETRIO.

Together with FOND OF, we developed the roadmap towards a circular business model for backpacks and bags. The company intends to keep its materials and raw materials longer in the economic cycle, thus contributing to the product’s added value.

In collaboration with migori, we developed a digital customer communication solutions for packaging-free shopping. Through this solution, customers can access all product information which is usually printed on the packaging.

TENETRIO is a start-up that offers insect-based nutrition which is resource-optimised and sustainable food for dogs. We supported the firm in enabling optimal availability of their products through consistent tracking of stock movements and the implementation of eStandards.

Other impacts of this project in the last two years:

  • Conducted 5 workshops which covered a wide range of topics, such as digital sustainable value chains and business models as well as design-thinking methods for digitalisation and sustainability;
  • Participated in 10 conferences, including the Bits & Bäume Conference for Digitalisation and Sustainability, as well as the conferences of nachhaltig.digital;
  • Engaged with 11 SMEs to discuss the opportunities and challenges of sustainable digitalisation and established more than 1000 contacts with SMEs and other relevant stakeholders.

For further information, contact Patrik Eisenhauer.

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Join Our Transitioning to Circular Economy in Plastics/Packaging, Electronics and Textiles Workshop on 1 Oct 2019 in Cologne

8. August 2019 - 15:22

How to enable organisations and their value chains to innovate towards more viable, sustainable and competitive economic models? What steps do companies need to take to transition to a Circular Economy Business Models (CEBM)? Do they need to focus on the enablers and the barriers of the markets and policy making? Find answers to these questions and more in our Transitioning to Circular Economy in Plastics/Packaging, Electronics, Textiles Workshop.

As increased attention is placed on the production, consumption and disposal of products around the world, business leaders are recognising the growing need to transition to a Circular Economy. There are many benefits to transitioning to a CEBM, such as great business opportunity to improve economic growth, produce substantial net material cost savings, create more jobs and increase innovation. Although there are barriers and questions to adapting this process, a few companies have addressed these and made the successful transition to circularity.

By participating in this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn from a consortium of experts, as well as potentially collaborate with fellow attendees representing multiple sectors of industries. Experts will share their rich insights, examples and tools to inspire your next steps and possible partnerships in your journey to implement and further scale up sustainability and circularity. This workshop is organised as part of the European Union (EU) “R2Pi – Route to Circular Economy” project, in which 16 partners from 9 countries have contributed to analysing business models, political frameworks and developed practical tools and methods to accelerate the transition to circularity.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Learn about the challenges, opportunities, and practices of innovative organisations
  • Collaboratively engage in how to transition to circular economy business models in the sectors of textiles, plastics, and electronics.

Here, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network and engage with business leaders and representatives invested in a circular future
  • Develop awareness about successful circular business models from others
  • Learn about practice-oriented tools for innovating your circular business models
  • Develop further knowledge concerning relevant and key Circular Economy policy initiatives.

Event: Transitioning to Circular Economy in Plastics/Packaging, Electronics, Textiles
Date: 1 October 2019
Time: 9:30 to 16:00
Location: Cologne

This workshop is aimed at business and association representatives, especially those from the plastics/packaging, electronics, and textiles sectors.

Please note, the workshop will be conducted in English, and is free of charge but subject to registration limits.

Click here to download workshop agenda.

To register for the workshop click here.

For further information, please contact Raymond Slaughter. 

 

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SCALIBUR Project Kicks-Off Their Biowaste Club in Kozani, Greece

6. August 2019 - 12:50

In the European Union over 100 million tonnes of biowaste are thrown away every year. Currently, 75% of this goes to landfill or is incinerated, and this is about to change for the SCALIBUR project’s three pilot cities – Kozani, Albano Laziale and Madrid. The first city to officially kick-off their biowaste club is Kozani, Greece, where a local stakeholder panel will implement various activities along Kozani’s biowaste value chain.

As in much of Europe, most organic waste in Kozani currently goes to landfill – a bad option for the environment and the economy. The Municipality of Kozani is determined to change this with the newly launched Biowaste Club.

The Club consists of a stakeholder board that includes all key local actors along the city’s biowaste value chain. During the 4 years of the SCALIBUR project, the Biowaste Club will be supported by the CSCP and local project partner CluBE (Cluster of Bioenergy and Environment of Western Macedonia) to pilot new initiatives to make Kozani’s biowaste value chain more circular. The Biowaste Club will support the Municipality to roll-out separate collection in pilot neighbourhoods across the city of Kozani, and explore opportunities to transform biowaste into valuable products such as bioplastics and fertilisers.

Members of the Club will work together to revolutionise the Integrated Regional Waste Management System, making the city a circular economy pioneer in Greece, while also exploring the potential to create new growth and employment opportunities through better biowaste management.

“The biowaste club will be our core engagement tool in Kozani, to empower all actors along the value chain – in particular the citizens – to bring in their needs, perspectives and visions for Kozani and to motivate them to actively contribute to biowaste recycling and sustainable lifestyles in their city”, explained Carina Diedrich, Project Manager, the CSCP.

Kozani, Albano Laziale and Madrid will be supported by expert partners from the SCALIBUR project, who are researching and testing improved methods for biowaste collection, transport, sorting and (pre)treatment.

This initiative is part of the project SCALIBUR, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Under the guidance of the CSCP, ‘Biowaste Clubs’ are also being established in Albano Laziale (Italy) and Madrid (Spain).

Please contact Carina Diedrich for more information.

Map Image: OpenStreetMap | License: Open Database License (ODbL)

photo Ⓒ Nikos Ntavos, CluBE (Cluster of Bioenergy and Environment of Western Macedonia)

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The CSCP Releases the Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities

30. Juli 2019 - 20:29

Cities are growth engines in need of supervision and control. They are the major contributors to climate change and responsible for up to 76% of the carbon emissions. Even though they occupy less than 2% of the Earth surface, they account for 75% of natural resource consumption and 50% of global waste production. The Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities addresses these challenges by suggesting systematic approaches, deriving context-related recommendations and providing concrete examples united under the goal to achieve progress towards circularity in cities.

When looking at the “how to achieve progress” it becomes clear that common collaborative action between different stakeholder groups within cities – such as citizens and private initiatives, entrepreneurs, NGOs, policymakers, academia – is needed. Cities are among the most important actors which can positively influence development if they turn circular.

The guidebook is based on our work from international research projects as well as regional groundwork on circular cities. It’s objective is to give practical advice to actors involved in the development of a circular city as well as a contribution to the overall discourse.

We are steadily looking for further opportunities to bring in our expertise and commitment to the development of circular cities as well as the circular economy through collaborative endeavours. We do this with partners who share our fascination with sustainability.

We’d like to thank Piyush Dhawan who temporarily joined the CSCP as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2018 and who is also the lead author of this publication.

Please click here to download the Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities.

Please contact Janpeter Beckmann for further questions.

 

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EU Commissioner Andriukaitis Praises the Legacy of REFRESH Project on Food Waste Reduction

23. Juli 2019 - 9:52

The EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis congratulated the success of the REFRESH project as an outstanding research project with valuable results and impacts. The REFRESH project ended in June 2019 and in a video message, the Commissioner emphasised that thanks to the concrete actions and tools developed, the project results will continue to guide EU policy for food waste reduction.

Commissioner Andriukaitis pointed out that the extensive research done by the REFRESH project has helped “to understand complex questions on what drives food waste at consumer and business levels”. He mentioned the national Pilot Working Platforms set up in four EU countries represented an “excellent blueprint for members states to organise food waste prevention programmes by harnessing the power of public-private partnerships.”

According to Andriukaitis, the project’s holistic approach combined technological innovation, the design of voluntary agreements against food waste and the support for national implementation was “invaluable”. It will continue to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 of halving food waste in Europe. He said, “Personal investment of each one of us is required to meet the global challenge of halving food waste by 2030. But with the legacy of the REFRESH project, we are all better equipped to do so.”

Commissioner Andriukaitis himself was involved in several of the project ‘s events and activities. He highlighted that “the REFRESH workshops and conferences complemented the cooperative way of building solutions, providing innovative and interactive ways of deepening networks across all levels of society”. The Commissioner emphasised the power of such multi-layered cooperation must not be underestimated.

To watch the video message by Commissioner Andriukaitis, please click here.

To learn more about the REFRESH project Pilot Working Platform, which was hosted by the CSCP in Germany, click here.

For further questions, please contact Nora Brüggemann.

 

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Supporting the Change of Behaviours That Can Have an Impact

4. Juli 2019 - 5:37

Nudges, social norms, digital tools and triggers for shifting to plant based diets, saving energy at home or reducing daily food waste – these are just some of the examples that participants could experience and discuss during the Day of Change, which was organised by the Academy of Change project in Brussels on 1 July 2019.

To keep global rise of temperatures to 1.5 degree, substantial reductions of CO2 emissions related to our lifestyles have to happen fast. Sari Laine, of the Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA presented the Summary of 1.5 degree lifestyle report, highlighting high emission impact areas like meat and dairy consumption or transport. While reduction pathways for these emission areas are partly attributed to changes in infrastructure and policy frameworks, several topics also call for a shift in personal behaviours.

That need for a change in everyday lifestyles was discussed lively by the expert panel consisting of Renatas Mazeika, Head of Unit for Consumer Policy, DG JUST, European Commission, Dr Kate Burningham, Deputy Director in CUSP, University of Surrey, Antonios Proestakis, Policy Analyst, Competence Centre on Behavioural Insights, JRC, Rachel Gray, Behaviour Change Manager, WRAP and Rob Moore, Director, Behaviour Change and moderated by CSCP’s Mariana Nicolau. Key messages from the discussion included the need for developing and testing behavior change interventions on the ground, and for science-based policy making when aiming to change the way citizens act. Also, ensuring that the approaches are socially inclusive and that the pressure for solving climate change is put on the individual.

The Academy of Change pilots, conducted by Greenpeace Spain in Madrid to increase plant-based diets in canteens, by Friends of Nature in China in Beijing to save energy at the household level, as well as by Verbraucher Intitiative in Berlin to reduce household food waste, presented their work and gave participants the chance to interact with some of the intervention material. Additional interactive sessions were given by the INHERIT project on healthy, sustainable and equitable lifestyles, the Parents project on energy saving with the help of smart metering and CIDSE’s movie Energy to Change.

The Academy of Change team also announced that two more rounds of the Academy programme on behavioural insights will be offered for NGOs working on climate and sustainability topics and the call for application will be reopened in the coming weeks. If you are working for an NGO and interested in the programme, you can already register your interest here.

The Academy of Change will continue to work for another two more years with a renewal of funding from the KR Foundation. If you are not an NGO, but you are interested in bringing the Academy of Change to other groups, then please get in touch with Mariana Nicolau.

For more information please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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Join Us at the Final Inter-Sectoral Health and Environment Research for Innovation Conference, 10 December 2019 in Brussels

3. Juli 2019 - 13:03

For our future generations to inherit a sustainable planet, it is crucial for us to protect the environment in ways that promote health and reduce inequities. The Horizon 2020 research project INHERIT (INter-sectoral Health and Environment Research for InnovaTion) promotes this by identifying ways of living, moving and consuming that protect the environment and promote health and health equity.

The CSCP contributed to the 4-year research project INHERIT by creating four future scenarios, which show European societies where healthy, sustainable and equitable lifestyles have been adopted. The CSCP also led the process by organising workshops with citizens in five European countries to understand their aspirations and wishes for a better future. To know more about the future 2040 scenarios, click here.

The final conference will take place against the backdrop of closing the 4-year EU research project INHERIT, which brings together 18 partners from across Europe, coordinated by EuroHealthNet.

Meet the CSCP on 10 December at the final INHERIT conference. Also, hear speakers from across Europe at international, national, and local levels about practical, implementable, and scalable solutions to bring about this more sustainable future, in line with the global targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals.

This full-day high-level event will also prompt you to consider what you can do as an individual, a consumer, a professional, and a voter, to contribute to more sustainable lifestyles that respect planetary boundaries and promote health and well-being.

Event : A Future for All to INHERIT: Taking Action Now
Date : 10 December 2019
Time : 9:00-17:00
Location : KVS-Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (Royal Flemish Theatre), Quai aux Pierres de Taille 7 / Arduinkaai 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Click here for more information regarding the INHERIT conference.

Click here to register for the INHERIT conference.

Please contact Rosa Strube for any further questions.

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The Consumer Insight Action Panel on Circular Economy Is Now Open – Express Your Interest Today!

2. Juli 2019 - 8:58

Looking for new and insightful approaches to enable change towards the circular behaviours that really matter? Today is your chance to express your interest to become a club member of the Consumer Insight Action Panel.

EU policies and decision-makers have recognised the importance of understanding and integrating consumer knowledge and behavioural insights into the circular economy transition. Despite the importance of consumer insights, there is little research or action on behaviour change with specific regard to the circular economy, and the need to consider behavioural and consumption aspects is still largely overlooked within circular strategies.

To address this gap, the CSCP and Sitra are setting up the Consumer Insight Action Panel, as part of their contribution to the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform Coordination Group a joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee. The objective of the Consumer Insight Action Panel is to translate consumer needs and behavioural knowledge with specific regard to the circular economy in Europe into impact-oriented and consumer-relevant policy recommendations, business innovations and civil society actions towards the circular economy. In other words, our main objective is to enable change towards circular behaviours that really matter.

This new European initiative is designed to support the transition to the circular economy by generating, applying and testing consumer behavioural insights in circular strategies for textiles, plastics and electronics. The Expression of Interest is now open and 30 organisations will be selected to join the initiative.

The work will be carried out in clubs, which are exclusive groups of high-level stakeholders committed to leading the work of generating and integrating consumer behavioural insights into successful circular economy strategies. Each club will be sector-focused and composed of max. 10 members, including businesses, policy makers, NGOs, researchers and cities, dedicated to exchange knowledge, benchmark existing solutions, prototype and test innovations and lead the circular consumer interface work. The sectors of focus will be textiles, electronics and plastics. You can find more details about the Consumer Insight Action Panel here.

Due to the limited number of spaces in the initiative, club members will be selected through an open Expression of Interest process, to ensure a fair, transparent and high-quality selection procedure. Are you interested in joining an exclusive group of pioneering stakeholders driving behavioural knowledge and behaviour change towards the circular economy transition in Europe? Are you keen to have access to beyond state-of-the-art knowledge on behavioural insights and behaviour change in view of your concrete circular economy challenges? Interested in contributing to the development and improvement of circular policies, business innovation and CSO initiatives? Express your interest now, we are looking forward to working with you. Expressions of Interest can be sent until 31 July 2019.

The Consumer Insight Action Panel is a non-profit initiative of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

Send your Expression of Interest here.

For more information please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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Circular Cities Workshop: Discussing Effective Steps and Discovering New Business Models

30. Juni 2019 - 10:12

For cities, the circular economy approach does not only offer completely new ways to a sustainable future and a better quality of life for their citizens, but also unimagined economic potential. In June, the CSCP held a one-day Circular Cities Workshop at the Wuppertal office, which brought together many stakeholders such as city representatives, companies, and policymakers to discuss ideas and approaches on how to make cities more circular.

The workshop participants were introduced to the topic through the presentation of recent case studies from the CSCP’s projects – R2Pi and the Guidebook Circular Cities. The topic of circular economy was further explored through group work where the participants discussed ways to improve circularity in Bonn and Gelsenkirchen.

By setting forth essential questions that enable the transformation to circular cities, two interactive sessions were conducted – how do I make a city circular? systematically discovering approaches and possibilities and what is actually possible and how do I start? – the development of a strategy. This gave the participants ideas to establish a systematic approach to circularity through impact-oriented collaborative action. For example, sharing innovative energy solutions such as hydrogen, have helped to shape concrete endeavours in new business models.

The workshop was a success and more workshops under the theme of ‘circular cities’ are being planned in the future.

Please contact Janpeter Beckmann for further questions.

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State Prize 2019 Awarded to Dr Klaus Töpfer by Prime Minister Armin Laschet

29. Juni 2019 - 9:26

The State Chancellery announced that this year, the highest award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the State Prize, goes to Professor Dr Klaus Töpfer. He is a former Federal Environment Minister of Germany, long-time Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Under-Secretary-General of the UN and also the founding member of the CSCP.

Prime Minister of NRW, Armin Laschet will award the prize to the environmental politician and scientist on 16 September 2019 in Bonn. The award ceremony will be held by Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel.

While congratulating Töpfer for his award, Laschet highlighted his commitment to sustainable development, global environmental protection and also his efforts to find holistic solutions to reduce poverty. Among his many achievements, the Prime Minister commended  Töpfer for his influence on the ban of the CFC’s and the introduction of the circular economy, during his tenure as the Federal Minister for the Environment in Germany.

Executive Director of the CSCP, Michael Kuhndt congratulated Töpfer on receiving the state award while acknowledging his vision for founding the CSCP, a centre for the promotion of sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP). He said, “Dr Töpfer’s tireless work for the environment while in public service has been an inspiration in setting up the CSCP, where we continue to take his vision of collaborative action towards sustainable development and consumption forward. This is an award that recognises the many achievements and milestones of Dr Töpfer’s legacy.’’

Dr Klaus Töpfer took over the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Bonn in 1987 and was Germany’s second Federal Environment Minister until 1994. He then moved to the Federal Ministry for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development. In 1998, the United Nations appointed him Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi and he was involved for many years at an international level in global environmental protection and sustainable development. From 1998 to 2006, Töpfer was also Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi, and from 2001 to 2010 he was a member and then Vice-Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development. During that time, in 2005, Töpfer along with Peter Hennicke from the Wuppertal Institute and Prof Dr Ernst Ulrich, co-president of the Club of Rome founded the CSCP. On the occasion of the CSCP’s 10th Anniversary Unconference, Töpfer said, ‘’It is absolutely necessary to change and to transform. And yes that needs concepts and thinking. Although we are quite successful in technology, there is a gap between implementing that in civil societies. Therefore it is very necessary to link thinking and acting closer together. We haven’t given up and I’m looking at this child of ten years with a lot of joy and happiness.’’

Since 2007, Töpfer has taught as Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at Tongji University Shanghai. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the German Society for the United Nations and the Board of Trustees of the German Foundation for World Population. Since May 2014 is the Chairman of the German section of the UN Network Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Currently, Töpfer is also working with experts in an informal working group for climate protection plans with CDU Party Leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

We are proud to have the ambitions of Dr Klaus Töpfer as part of our foundation.

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Circular Economy Entrepreneurs Conference in Switzerland

28. Juni 2019 - 15:20

“Do you need light bulbs or light?” This quote by Robert Metzke, Philips AG was one of the central questions regarding the circular economy at the Circular Economy Entrepreneurs Conference in Langenthal, Switzerland. Organised by the Swiss Economic Forum, The CSCP played an active role in this conference and led a deep dive session on the consumers’ role and responsibilities in the circular economy.

“If you look after me, I’ll look after you” was the slogan under which Ken Webster from the University of Exeter presented the basic principles of the circular economy, which is reduce, reuse and recycle. Through this, he also reminded us that we only have one earth to live on.

In addition to discussions on circularity and entrepreneurship, many innovative start-ups also had the opportunity to present their products and services. One example is HeiQ Materials GmbH, which produces innovative, resource-saving and recyclable textiles. They were awarded the Swiss Environmental Award for the Economy at the conference.

One of the main challenges regarding the circular economy is how to bring these innovative ideas to the (mass) market, and CSCP’s deep dive session on Consumer Responsibility had a few solutions regarding this.

  • Collaboration: Search for partnerships with stakeholders, since sustainable solutions are found and tested together.
  • Co-Creation: Talk to your customers, get to know their daily behaviour and co-design new solutions together at the beginning of the innovation process!
  • New business models: Think outside the box! The recycling industry is not only about selling more sustainable (and often more expensive) products, but also offering services which including repairs, leasing, and consulting.

To stick to the theme of the circular economy and the “reuse” principle, the conference took place in an old market hall which had no air conditioning. Since it was over 35°C, this was quite a challenge for the 350 participants who were able to bear the warm weather. This shows the relevance of the topic and the interest of the (Swiss) economy.

If you are interested in circular solutions, the CSCP can support you with collaborative processes, co-creation formats and developing circular business models.

Contact Imke Schmidt

photo Ⓒ NZZ Mediengruppe | 2019

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The CSCP Presents a Case Study from the SCALIBUR Project at EU Green Week

27. Juni 2019 - 13:26

European households produce between 118 and 138 million tonnes of biowaste every year. Biowaste is a valuable resource and can be transformed into green energy, organic fertilizer, feed, biopesticides, bioplastics and many other bio-based products. However, the biowaste management process from collection to treatment and disposal must be optimised to reduce greenhouse gases emissions.

Improving biowaste collection and valorisation is also in line with European Circular Economy Package published in December 2015. Transition to a circular economy will require changes in the whole value chain; in product design identifying new methods turning waste into products, new business and market models and changes in consumer behaviour.

During the EU Green Week partner event, several EU projects and networks presented their work on biowaste. SCALIBUR – Leading a revolution in biowaste recycling, a project the CSCP has partnered in was also presented at this event. The CSCP’s Rosa Strube shed light on the importance of understanding consumer behaviour related to waste at the household level and recycling the different types of waste. As understood, the behaviour on household waste separation usually differs greatly and innovative methods for understanding real household behaviours is needed. To design interventions on the municipality level, tools can go beyond pure information campaigns and include social norms and elements of fun. The CSCP will be shaping these processes for the three pilot municipalities Madrid (Spain), Albano (Italy) and Kozani (Greece) to become innovators in transforming their biowaste into value-added products and pave the way for a bio-based economy.

The SCALIBUR project will be carried out by 21 partners based in Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Ireland over a period of four years. SCALIBUR plans a Europe-wide expansion by inspiring a revolution in urban biowaste recycling and circular economy in Europe. The funding for this project will be allocated by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework.

For more information please contact Rosa Strube.

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The CSCP and Sitra Set Up the Consumer Insight Action Panel at the World Circular Economy Forum

26. Juni 2019 - 8:32

The 3rd World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) took place in June 2019 in Helsinki and brought together about 2200 key circular economy thinkers from across the globe. Hosted by Sitra, this year’s forum laid a strong emphasis on the next era of the circular economy and scaling up the transition.

European Union (EU) policies and decision makers have already recognised the importance of understanding and integrating consumer knowledge and behavioural insights into the circular economy transition. Despite the importance of insights in consumer behaviour, there is little research or action on behaviour change with specific regard to the circular economy, and the need to consider behavioural and consumption aspects is still largely overlooked within circular strategies.

To address this gap, the CSCP and Sitra kicked off a joint project in a side session called the Consumer Insight Action Panel borne out of their roles in the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform Coordination Group. The welcome and introductory panel was led by the CSCP’s Executive Director Michael Kuhndt, Sitra’s Markus Terho, Project Director Resource-wise Citzen, and Cillian Lohan, CEO of the Green Economy Foundation.

The side session focused on the work and engagement opportunities of the circular economy Consumer Insight Action Panel. The CSCP jointly explored circular economy challenges related to textiles, plastics and electronics with potential to be better understood and addressed based on behavioural insights and from a consumer perspective.

The WCEF is the global initiative of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF2019 was hosted by Sitra and co-organised with selected international partners.

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How Can Sustainability Labels Work More Effectively?

25. Juni 2019 - 18:43

Even though the interest in sustainability is on the rise, most labels – represeting environmental and social standards – and their underlying criteria are widely unknown. The CSCP partnered with Verbraucher Initiative and Wuppertal Institute to support the German government in raising awareness for their meta label platform Siegelklarheit.

A label for the labels?

Labels are an efficient shortcut for consumers to search for products and production practices that go beyond and above legal requirements. However, their sheer number and complexity of criteria causes in itself a communication challenge. Siegelklahrheit, an initiative of the German government, has been established a couple of years ago to shed light on the social and environmental ambition of labelling schemes as well as the robustness and trustworthiness of the underlying standard. Supported by the GIZ and the International Trade Centre (ITC) with its Standards Map, great progress has been made in product categories such as textiles, detergent and paper where minimum criteria were defined in a multi stakeholder process. Based on that, sustainability labels are assessed as being a “good choice” (meeting all minimum requirements) or a “very good choice” (meeting all minimum requirements and beyond).

Consumers are not interested in labels, but in sustainable products!

While analyzing the current website and communication approach of Siegelklarheit we developed strategies to increase its visitor numbers, improve userability as well as add relevant content. We went to sustainability-oriented events and fairs to exchange with consumers and learn about their needs as well as their current understanding and use of labels. Some needs were implemented right away, others will take more time. Here a few ideas and learnings:

  • Create a (digital) one-stop shop for interested users: While Siegelklarheit offers in-depths assessment of sustainability labels, other leading platforms such as www.label-online.de cover the full range of labels and certificates. Combining both services in some way would enable a better user-experience when needing buying guidance.
  • Strengthen sustainable consumption through education: The project team developed education material – such as interactive teaching units for different ages – and compiled links to helpful external content.
  • Communicate in relevant user contexts: Instead of promoting the Siegelklarheit portal as such, we concentrated on providing seasonal and product-related sustainable consumption guidance that included Siegelklarheit as supporting tool.
  • Design the content from the user needs: Based on user feedback we redesigned the website (which is not yet online) to cater to the different audiences, like consumers, educators and also retailers or producers that seek cooperation. We also focussed on visualizing the entire scope of labels and information available on one page with various options to filter the relevant labels.

Going to the next level

With the measures we have taken we were able to double the number of visitors of www.siegelklarheit.de in the course of one year.

In March, the CSCP has been elected as members of the EU Ecolabelling Board. We will continue to drive the sustainable consumption agenda in a number of areas and invite all interested parties to engage with us on the topic!

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Sustainability is a Behavioral Challenge, 1 July 2019 in Brussels: Register Now

25. Juni 2019 - 12:57

Changes in consumption patterns and mainstream lifestyles are a critical and integral part of the solutions package to addressing climate change, especially if we are to deliver on the 1.5°C target.

In this transition towards a more sustainable society, understanding how humans actually think and behave is crucial. In other words, sustainability is a behavioural challenge and it is about time for us to develop behaviourally-informed solutions.

On the Day of Change, 1 July 2019 in Brussels, the Academy of Change invites you to address these questions together with leading NGOs, policymakers, business and experts. The interactive sessions will combine the latest findings of the 1.5-Degree Lifestyles Report presented by Sitra and partners, with the Academy practical insights and real-world results on how to make sustainable behaviour change happen in practice.

NGOs that would need support with their travel cost to attend the day can request it through the registration link. Priority will be given to those travelling in a more sustainable way to the event, on a “first come, first served” basis.” If you are far away from Brussels, please note, that there will also be the chance to follow parts of the event online.

Join us and increase your knowledge on the topic, network with actors already active on this and jointly accelerate change towards the sustainable behaviours that really matter. Registration is free of charge, but please note the places are limited.

Looking forward to meeting you on the Day of Change!

Event: Day of Change: Towards the sustainable behaviours that really matter
Date: 01 July 2019
Time: 10:30-16:00
Location: Brussels

Click here to register for the event.

Click here for event agenda

 

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Boom Project Participates in youcoN 2019

24. Juni 2019 - 15:28

“How would we live in 2030? What would we wear? What would we eat? How would we move from one place to another? Where does energy come from?” These questions guided the participants of youcoN 2019 through their vision of 2030.

Last month the CSCP joined the youcoN with some of our BOOM tools in our luggage. With the motto “Wir l(i)eben Zukunft” (We live/love future), around 150 young adults aged between 14 and 27 gathered in Prora an island of Rügen, in Germany. YoucoN is one of the biggest youth conventions for sustainability, where topics such as climate protection, reducing the use of plastic, digital education, environmentally-friendly mobility, nutrition among many more, were discussed. Through different workshops, ideas for education for sustainable development were generated and how everyone can make a personal contribution.

At youcoN 2019, the CSCP presented the future vision workshop, a tool from the upcoming BOOM holiday camps starting in 2020. The workshop asked the participants to individually reflect on an ideal future for their planet alongside a career choice that supports that vision. Through rounds of self-reflection and group discussions, the participants exchanged their viewpoints on sustainable careers for a better future.

The CSCP also participated in the festival of the future (“Fest der Zukunft”) and presented the “BOOM holiday camps” project to a wider audience. Two further BOOM tools for self-assessment and external perception were also shared with the visitors. We were able to gather useful feedback on the tools and are looking forward to our first-holiday camp, which is scheduled to begin in summer 2020.

 

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The SUS-ISLAND Project Held a Pro-Handprint Innovation Workshop in Mauritius

23. Juni 2019 - 9:22

How can tourism businesses deliver a higher value to customers at a lower footprint?  What does sustainable innovation mean to tourism businesses? How can the tourism industry have a positive impact on the environment and local citizens? The SUS-ISLAND project  explored and showcased the answers to these questions in their workshop with Mautourco.

Led by the Mauritius Tourism Authority, the SUS-ISLAND project aims to reduce the negative sustainability impact or footprint (e.g. resources overuse, emission, water and waste generation) and increase the positive sustainability impact or handprint (e.g. ecosystems quality, community development, customer experience). The CSCP has developed the pro-handprint innovation toolkit, to help tourism business and stakeholders to mainstream sustainable tourism through the following three approaches:

  • Make bestselling products more sustainable
  • Develop new products that create greater value in the mass market by incorporating sustainability as an innovation ingredient
  • Make sustainable products more attractive for the mass market

To apply this toolkit, the SUS-ISLAND team conducted the first of a series of pro-handprint innovation workshops in April 2019 with Mautourco, a destination management companies (DMC) in Mauritius. Through this workshop, the Mautourco management team created their vision, targets, ideas and action plans for an aspirational pro-handprint innovation strategy. In the next 6-12 months, Mautourco will implement these prioritised actions and launch pro-handprint products and packages. Through this journey, they will be supported to create more value at a lower footprint, and also further improve their sustainability performance.

To learn more about how SUS-ISLAND and the toolkit supports sustainable innovation, please download the brochure here.

SUS-ISLAND is a Switch Africa project funded by the European Commission.

For further questions contact Yang Deng.

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Winners of the “Bio-based Material of the Year 2019”

4. Juni 2019 - 15:47

Compostable sanitary pads from India, sustainable fibres from Finland and home compostable coffee capsules from Germany are the winners of the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2019”

For the 12th year in a row, the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year” has been granted to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry.

After a 10-minute presentation from each of the six nominated companies, the three winners were chosen by the expert audience at the “12th International Conference on Bio-based Materials”. The six nominees were previously selected by a jury from a total of 21 submissions. With more than 270 participants and 30 exhibitors, the conference was able to further establish itself as one of the world’s most important meeting places for the leaders of the bioeconomy.

Organizer Michael Carus, nova-Institute, was enthusiastic about the overwhelming response: “The most important pioneers of the global bioeconomy met in Cologne and exchanged views on the strong dynamics of the industry. Previous hopefuls of the bio-based chemistry are weakening and others are making amazing breakthroughs!”

The winners in detail:

  • First place: Aakar Innovations Pvt. Ltd. (IN): Anandi Eco+ – 100% Compostable Sanitary Pads

Anandi Eco+ is the first and only Govt. of India Lab certified 100% compostable sanitary pad. In a compost environment, at least 90% of the pad are biodegraded within 180 days. Under other conditions in nature it takes longer respectively. The pads can be disposed easily in the backyard mud pit of any rural household to avoid polluting the environment and create bio-manure for agriculture.

More information: http://www.aakarinnovations.com

  • Second place: Spinnova Oy (FI): Spinnova – Sustainable Textile Fibre

Spinnova is a sustainable fibre company from Finland that develops ecological breakthrough technology for manufacturing cellulose-based textile fibre. Spinnova’s patented technology does without harmful chemicals and creates no waste or side streams, making the fibre and the production method probably the most sustainable in the world. The biggest difference to other man-made cellulosic fibres is that no chemical dissolution takes place throughout the whole process.

More information: http://www.spinnova.com

  • Third place: Golden Compound GmbH (DE): HOMEcap – Home Compostable Coffee Capsules

HOMEcap is the world’s first and only home compostable capsule successfully introduced in the market that is ‘OK compost HOME’ certified and made with natural fibres of the sunflower seed hull. The biodegradation in home compost avoids considerable waste streams. The capsule was successfully launched on the market in the spring of this year. It is made from a unique compound comprising PTTMCCs PBS and PBSA mixed with sunflower seed shells and inorganic fillers.

More information: http://www.golden-compound.com

This award has been sponsored by InfraServ Knapsack and organized by nova-Institute (both located in Hürth, Germany).

The CSCP is a media partner of the Conference on Bio-based Materials.

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