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Procura+ Awards

13. Februar 2020 - 14:57

Application to the Procura+ Awards for Innovative and Sustainable Procurements is Open – Submit Yours Until 31 March!

Are you a public authority? Have you implemented any procurements and/or related initiatives with remarkable innovation elements or significant economic, environmental and social impact? Then, submit your application for the 2020 edition of the Procura+ Awards – a major and prestigious recognition of sustainable and innovative procurements and related initiatives.

The Procura+ Award is an initiative of ICLEI in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project and in strategic partnership with the CSCP. The application period is open until 31 March 2020. The awards are divided into four categories: Innovation Procurement of the Year, Outstanding Innovation Procurement in ICT, Sustainable Procurement of the Year, and Procurement Initiative of the Year. The awarded public authorities will receive a unique trophy and have the right to promote themselves with the award title. Furthermore, the rewarded procurement activities will be widely disseminated using a variety of ICLEI publications and channels, as well as other channels, platforms and media outlets. Winning a Procura+ Award can thus be an excellent way to prove your commitment to innovation and sustainability, and let others know about it. Participants in previous editions highlighted that taking part in the Procura+ Awards helped them to benchmark themselves, get recognition, and advocate in favor of more sustainability and innovation criteria in tenders.

For more information on the Procura+ Awards 2020, and to download the application form, visit the Procura+ Website.

For further questions, please contact Ahmad Hafiz.

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Wanted: Your Fresh Idea to Reduce Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail!

7. Februar 2020 - 10:13

Do you have a promising idea that can contribute to the further reduction of food waste in retail and wholesale? You are a company, start-up or initiative and have recognised the potential to reduce food waste as a direct “bridge to the consumer” as well as an interface to food production and want to take full advantage of the possibilities or are already testing new appraoches?

Within the framework of the German Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Industry (HandelsforumRLV), the CSCP is looking for ideas that can be realised together with wholesalers and retailers in the form of innovative, measurable and replicable demonstration projects.

Incoming ideas and initiatives are reviewed based on the following points: What results (e.g. food saved, number of people reached) can be expected? How does the activity work in the medium and long-term and what is its broader impact? How can it be used as a model by others and how innovative is it? What are the efforts needed for implementig the activity?

Please e-mail your suggestion to handelsforum-rlv@scp-centre.org by mid February 2020.

Contributors of the most promising ideas will be contacted by the CSCP to further discuss its suitability as a possible demonstration project. Selected ideas will be given the opportunity to present themselves at the next meeting of the Dialogue Forum in April 2020 in Berlin and to discuss them with stakeholders.

We are looking forward to your fresh ideas for reducing food waste!

In order to reduce food waste along the entire food supply chain in cooperation with all relevant actors, the Federal Government has developed the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste. The objectives of the Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Industry – funded by the BMEL via the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) under the Federal Program for Ecological Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture –  are to discuss concrete ways of reducing food waste in and together with the retail sector. In addition, we want to shed light on and start data collection processes and jointly develop and adopt a voluntary target agreement with concrete reduction targets.

For further informations please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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Oh no! Attention, Academy applicants…

22. Januar 2020 - 12:35

For those who have applied to the Academy of Change, please give us a minute of your attention.

Unfortunately, we had a technical issue with our server and all incoming applications submitted between December 10, 2019 and January 15, 2020 were not received.

We are truly sorry and have fixed the issue.

Please resend your application until 31 January if you had sent yours in that time period. We extended the original application deadline to make sure you have enough time to get back to us. Click here to send your application.

If you are unsure about when you submitted your application, we sent out another confirmation email on 21 January 2020 to all applications we have received.

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mariana Nicolau, project manager of the Academy of Change, at: contact@aochange.org

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Good-Bye to Our Beloved Colleague Yang Deng “Sunny”

9. Dezember 2019 - 17:22

With deep sorrow we had to say goodbye to our beloved colleague Yang Deng last week. She passed away on Friday, 6 December following a tragic accident. Sunny, as she called herself, will be deeply missed by our team, of which she has been part of for seven years, as well as our partners with whom she worked closely.

We are so honoured and grateful that we got to share her friendship and partner with her during her far too short time on earth. We will miss her open, incredibly curious and brilliant mind; her passion and dedication to her work and the kindness and spirit of her friendship. Her positive attitude, drive and desire to be of service to others and the planet has touched us all.

Sunny’s light will continue to shine in our hearts and her memory will carry us forward.

We want to thank everybody who reached out to us and supported Sunny in her final days with their energy and best wishes. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends around the world.

 

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Introducing Mission Green for Vodafone Germany Employees

8. Dezember 2019 - 18:23

The CSCP supports Vodafone Germany in the development of sustainable lifestyle activities as part of its innovative Mission Green employee engagement programme for approximately 16,000 employees throughout Germany.

Going on business trips, commuting to work or having lunch at the canteen. Employee behaviour both at work and at home contributes to carbon emissions, and therefore presents huge potential for reducing the carbon footprint of both a company, as well as the individual members of staff. At the same time, employees who are motivated to make a difference for sustainability in their own life are also more likely to drive new sustainability actions and innovations in the workplace.

As a scientific and implementation partner, the CSCP has supported the development of Vodafone’s Mission Green programme with its expertise on sustainable behaviours and guidance in behavioural change, while the Wuppertal Institute has provided estimations for carbon emission savings related to each action.

Mission Green started in October 2019 with an eight week kick-off phase, followed by a one year consolidation phase. Through the programme, Vodafone employees learn everything about their personal CO2 footprint and how to reduce it by participating in a wide range of activities. The approach is to raise awareness on sustainable lifestyles and encourage behavioural change. Employees can take part in over 40 missions in the categories Mobility & Travel, Nutrition & Health, Shopping & Consumption, Housing & Energy and Nature & Leisure via an app developed for this purpose. Suggestions from the app include; Riding a bicycle to work, eating vegan food or setting up a video conference instead of flying to a meeting – everything helps to reduce the personal CO2 budget. In addition, there are lots of interesting facts, as well as tips and tricks, to make everyday life more environmentally conscious. In addition, the company helps its employees with a variety of other offers: from company bicycle leasing and car sharing to subsidies for public transport tickets. If flights are unavoidable, the company will soon offset the CO2 emitted. Weekly actions on the Vodafone campus support the missions, including the presentation of low carbon alternatives by cooperation partners like electric scooter manufacturers, farmers from the region or e-bike suppliers.

“We have set ourselves ambitious goals when it comes to sustainability. We are significantly increasing our pace on the road to becoming a green company”, says Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Germany. The ‘Mission Green’ is part of ‘GIGA Green’, a supporting pillar of the corporate strategy. The declared goal: Vodafone wants to become a green company. This is based on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By 2022, the company aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 92%.

Please contact Rosa Strube for further questions.

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BOOM Holiday Camp’s Registration Is Open for Summer 2020 – Share it on Your Network!

6. Dezember 2019 - 11:13

“How will I live and work in 2030? What products and services will be needed in the future and how can they be designed more sustainably? Will there still be the same jobs in 2030? What skills will I need for the future?” The CSCP will be exploring these questions among many others with teenagers and young adults in the BOOM holiday camps.

“BOOM – Berufsorientierung und grüne Jobs mal anders” are camps where participants can explore future jobs in the fields of “daily consumption and product design”, “energy and mobility”, “building and housing” and “food and agriculture”.

The BOOM camps are free for participants and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, European Social Fund and Nuclear Safety.

If you want to share this exciting opportunity on your network, feel free to download our media kit which includes short descriptions as well as banners for newsletters, social media or websites.

For a longer description of the project feel free to use the text on our project website.

Furthermore, you can follow and share our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with your network. Additionally, we would be glad to send you printed materials. Further information can be found on our website.

 Plus, we are now looking for exciting practical partners who would like to support us in our project in the coming year. Please contact Marius Mertens if you are interested!

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Join us at the Urban Sharing Society Workshop on 7 Feburary in Wuppertal

5. Dezember 2019 - 20:30

Can sharing as a guiding principle and strategy for sustainable development provide new impetus for sustainable living and economic activity in cities? How can urban space and coexistence be shaped in such a way that everyone can benefit from (alternative) prosperity as well as social and ecological sustainability? How is it possible to facilitate cooperative patterns in the design of (urban) transformation processes?

We want to discuss these questions together with you based on inputs from research and practice. The concept of an Urban Sharing Society should serve as a guiding idea for the discussion and describes the frame within which cities could develop more sustainably: A future urban society could be based on governance principles of sharing and participation, redefining prosperity and conserving resources and thus create an alternative paradigm of urban development.

Join our workshop on the Urban Sharing Society, on 7 February 2020 in Wuppertal.

In three sessions we will take a closer look at the Urban Sharing Society:

Session 1: Companies as actors of urban transformation

Session 2: Narratives and co-production in a shared city

Session 3: Impact assessment and practices of sharing – methodological and practical implications

Date: 7 February 2020

Event: Urban Sharing Society Workshop

Time: 10.30 – 17.00

Location: Wuppertal Institut, Döppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal

Language: German

Cost: Free

For more information on the workshop and to register please check out our website.

Please contact Alexandra Kessler for further questions.

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Join the NetWorkshop: Making Circularity a Priority – For Cities and Municipal Utilities on 4 – 5 May 2020 in Osnabrück

4. Dezember 2019 - 9:54

All value chains and associated resource flows are collected locally after usage. Due to a lack of circularity, they often become a disposal challenge with low levels of material recovery and recycling. Join us on 4 – 5 May 2020 for a NetWorkshop on Circular Cities/Towns/Villages to learn and discuss potential benefits and transformation strategies.

There is growing optimism about the potential of the ‘circular economy’ as a new model for sustainable growth. In a more circular world, products are recycled, repaired or reused rather than thrown away, and waste from one process becomes an input into other processes. To support a circular transition, cities and their metropolitan regions, as well as towns and villages, are at the right scale to make the shift.

Cities such as Copenhagen are well on their way to successfully combine their green circular transformation with job creation, a growing economy and a better quality of life. However, rethinking and transforming the built environment, local energy systems, urban mobility, urban bio economy and local production and consumption systems require a major collaborative effort by multiple actors. The public sector needs to play its part in making the necessary infrastructure available and formulating policies and regulations that incentivise innovation, including circular public procurement efforts. To learn more, please also check out our Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities.

Together with, and supported by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), the CSCP is organizing a 2-day NetWorkshop on Circular Cities>Towns>Villages and municipal companies. The workshop will take place on 4 and 5 May 2020 at the DBU premises in Osnabrück. It will aim to Inspire and encourage decision-makers in Germany to take an active part in the circular transformation, as well as facilitate networking and the development of action platforms.

Event: Sustainable.circular: NetWorkshop Circular Cities/Towns/Villages and Municipal Utilities

Date: 4 – 5 May 2020

Time: 13:00

Location: DBU Zentrum für Umweltkommunikation, An der Bornau 2, 49090 Osnabrück

Language: English

Please contact Stephan Schaller for further questions.

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Looking to Increase Sustainable Behaviour? Our Taste the Change Journey Shows You How!

3. Dezember 2019 - 11:15

‘Taste the Change’ is an interactive online toolkit that leads you through the main steps of creating successful behaviour change interventions.

Inspired by principles of gamification, ‘Taste the Change’ has been developed as part of the Academy of Change programme with the purpose to disseminate behavioural knowledge in a user-friendly and innovative way. It is openly accessible to NGOs and organisations at large interested in making sustainable behaviour change happen.

Throughout the ‘Taste the Change’ online platform you will be guided by its main character Chris, who cares about sustainability and the well-being of our planet, however, his lifestyle does not quite match these values yet. For example, his diet is largely meat-based. Why is this so? How might we encourage a behavioural shift to happen in reality? Can this knowledge be applied in other contexts, regarding different behaviours? These and other questions will be addressed with tools, tips and concepts in Taste the Change.

A reward is waiting for you after completing the journey. You have the opportunity to play the behaviour change lottery and take your chance to win a one hour behaviour change coaching session with the Academy of Change team. The team looks forward to meeting you! Taste the change and find out!

Please contact Mariana Nicolau for further information.

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The SCALIBUR Project – a Reference for Waste Management in Europe

2. Dezember 2019 - 9:32

In the EU over 100 million tons of bio waste are thrown away each year – around 200 kg per person. The majority of this waste goes to landfills, therefore wasting valuable nutrients, energy and resources while causing major environmental challenges.

Nestled in the hills – a dormant volcanic range 20km southeast of Rome – you find the town of Albano Laziale. While it may not have the grandeur of the ‘eternal city’, Albano Laziale is far ahead in another way: biowaste management.  Albano has the intention to be a national reference for good waste management, especially when it comes to biowaste.

“When the actual administration was established in 2010, only 2% of waste was collected separately with a poor rate on quality. The mission was to let start a door to door waste collection system combined to an intensive sensitization campaign for citizens and business activities. The city administration has assigned the highest priority to waste management investing important resources to change the citizens behavior” (Quote from ANCI Lazio SCALIBUR partner)

 They are already on the right track, yet aim to further promote local actions thanks to the engagement activities of the SCALIBUR project, which is run at the local level with the support of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) and other project partners. The last SCALIBUR Italian Biowaste Club meeting took place in Albano Laziale on 30 October 2019 at the Municipal Townhall premises. During the meeting local stakeholders discussed current challenges and possible solutions for the city of Albano Laziale, looking into main biowaste operational areas, namely collection, transport, sorting & valorisation. The key outcomes – which will be further discussed and implemented in the town – will focus the following key course of action: 1) Implementation and monitoring of the Pay as you throw (PAYT) tariff for all commercial activities including HoReCa; 2) optimisation of the collection routes in the peri-urban areas of the city; 3) advancements in the valorisation of biowaste through the setting up of a local aerobic biowaste treatment plant.

Please contact Francesca Grossi for further information.

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

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Day of The Good Life in Wuppertal – Get Involved on 30 January 2020

28. November 2019 - 13:27

What does the ‘good life’ mean to you and how could we collectively create a neighbourhood that makes such a life possible? On 30 August 2020 citizens in the city of Wuppertal will give their suggestions and the vision will be brought to life for one day and beyond. Register now to join the kick off and be part of Wuppertal’s future.

Imagine if citizens could create their perfect city! What would happen if they were given the chance to design public spaces in their neighbourhood? What would happen if actors from civil society, business, culture, politics and administration join forces to foster a movement for a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable city?

The project “Day of the good life” will start this experiment in Wuppertal building on the long history of very active civic engagement in the city. During visioning workshops in several neighbourhoods citizens will create their ideal quarter. This vision will be creatively brought to life as a prototype, supported by local artists. In parallel, citizen engagement strategies will motivate neighbours in the Ostersbaum quarter – where The Day of Good Life will take place – to shape their living environment. In regular network meetings diverse actors will – based on the visions created and the citizen engagement – develop ideas for The Day of Good Life that will show how a city could look. On the event day, 30 August 2020, streets will be blocked and several initiatives, as well as citizens, can use and design the free public space according to their needs and wishes. This event will help to increase the visibility of initiatives committed to creating a better city, as well as motivate citizens who are not yet engaged, to get involved and spark new ideas for sustainable urban development. The visions and ideas will be communicated to local political decision-makers to stimulate a new, sustainable city development and to strengthen the connection between citizens and policy-makers.

The official kick-off of the project takes place on 30 January 2020, at 5-8pm (Hall of the  Nachbarschaftsheim, Platz der Republik 24, 42107, Wuppertal). All interested actors from various fields are invited to join the event.

Please register here by 16 December.

The work of this one year project is designed to continue into the future. It is coordinated by Nachbarschaftsheim Wuppertal, Forum Soziale Innovationen, Büro für Nachhaltigkeit/ Ideaalwerk and the CSCP and funded by Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung NRW. A broad network of varrious civil society initiatives is supporting the project: Utopiastadt, Aufbruch am Arrenberg, Bob Kulturwerk e.V., Cronenberg will mehr …, Kreuzkirche, Lernort Wuppertal, Leben Wuppertal Nord, Netzwerk Wuppertals Urbane Gärten, PERSPEKTIVwechsel – Institut für Bildung und Beratung, Transzent.

For more information contact Alexandra Kessler. 

Photo by Nina Strehl on Unsplash

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Advancing Change Towards the Circular Behaviours That Really Matter

28. November 2019 - 11:17

Looking for new and insightful approaches to enable behaviour change in the circular economy? The CSCP, Sitra and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) have realised this knowledge gap and launched the Consumer Insight Action Panel, in a multi-stakeholder collaboration including business, NGOs and European policy-makers.

EU policies and decision-makers have long 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 and 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, Sitra and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) have launched the Consumer Insight Action Panel, in partnership with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The goal 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. Its official launch took place on 18 October 2019 at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), with the participation of over 30 stakeholders among business, NGOs and European policy-makers who are supporters or partners of the initiative. The keynote speakers of the official launch included Mr. Kestutis Sadauskas, Director, Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission, and Ms. Marie-Paule Benassi, Acting Director, Consumers, DG JUST, European Commission.

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 is sector-focused and composed of max. 10 members, who are 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 or download our Flyer.

Due to the limited number of spaces within the initiative, club members were selected by invitation to trusted partners and through an open Expression of Interest process, to ensure a fair, transparent and high-quality selection procedure. The call for the Expression of Interest is now closed, but get in touch with Mariana Nicolau, project manager of the Consumer Insight Action Panel in case you would like to learn more about it. Are you interested in 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? The Consumer Insight Action Panel is the place for you.

The Consumer Insight Action Panel is a non-profit initiative led by the CSCP and funded by Sitra and DBU, in partnership with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

For more information contact Mariana Nicolau.

Credits: EU2019 – source: EESC

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Mainstreaming Circular Economy in Europe: Learn about the R2Pi Project Results

22. November 2019 - 11:00

Whether you are a newbie to the idea of circular business models or an expert – the outcomes of this project help you to get started, learn more, improve, or connect with other players in the field of circular economy or your industry. Both for businesses and policy makers, the project participants developed a toolbox and guidelines to help “mainstream” circular economy.

The case-studies you can explore on the project’s website www.r2piproject.eu not only cover a large variety of industries from construction and electronics to food and water, they also show that it’s not a matter of size: you can embrace circular economy business models (CEBM) as a global player like Rockwool or Rolls Royce, as a municipality like Venlo, or as a small and medium-sized enterprise like MUD Jeans. Fascinating stories and insights reveal the opportunities of the journey from a linear value chain to a circular one where the concept of virgin materials resulting in waste is replaced by circular sourcing and other circular economy business models, leading to an economically and ecologically sensible use of resources.

As a synthesis of the lessons learned during the project, key messages to business leaders, policy makers and everybody else engaging in this transition are:

  • Embrace complexity – find your own way and pace
  • Join-up – collaborate and integrate across sectors, strategies, partners and value chains
  • Engage customers – understand their needs
  • Level the playing field – reduce barriers, stopping subsidies for the linear model
  • Target & Measure – make your circularity progress easy to communicate
  • Invest where it matters – focus on integration, communication, specificities of your sector, harmonisation and policy innovation

From designing a CEBM to turning theory into practice (“deliver”), R2Pi shows what matters in each step, highlights good practices and successful implementation. Embark on a CEBM innovation journey supported by R2Pi Circular Economy Guidelines!

For more information please contact Raymond Slaughter.

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Take a Look at Our GOALAN Project Video to Learn About Sustainable Horticulture Practices in Kenya

21. November 2019 - 10:34

How can we reach out to a broader audience and successfully share the objectives and key impacts of our projects? How can we increase awareness among our key projects’ stakeholders? How can we inform project participants on the project in a nutshell? In the GOALAN project, the CSCP has answered this question in a creative and visual way through the development of our GOALAN project explainer video.

The overall objective of the project is to equip farmers and Micro and Small-Medium size Enterprises (MSMEs) with adequate knowledge and skills to drive sustainable horticulture, while also improving their access to markets and financial opportunities (in particular for young and female farmers/entrepreneurs). Through the GOALAN explainer video the project partners are aiming to create awareness among MSMEs, policymakers, other stakeholders and the general public, particularly in Naivasha Lake Basin, about the GOALAN project and its objectives in relation to the recently launched Kenya national Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) and SCP implementation. The video also serves as the introduction of the project to the local farmers participating in the trainings.

The CSCP produced the video in close collaboration with WWF Kenya and the support of the animation studio Der Lichtspieler.

For more information on the GOALAN project, please contact Kartika Anggraeni.

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Four Steps to Empower Mauritius’s Handicraft Sector

20. November 2019 - 13:25

How can the handicraft sector in Mauritius be empowered to be vibrant, sustainable and integrated into the tourism value chain? That was the question we reflected on as the SUS-ISLAND Project team met with different actors from the local arts and crafts sector. Workshops with stakeholders identified four key steps. Input came from a diverse group of participants, including artists, designers, manufacturers, school teachers of the arts, NGOs, governmental agencies, handicraft workshop operators, as well as shop procurers, tour operators and hotels.

The local arts and crafts sector of Mauritius has seen years of decline among small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). This is due to policies favouring cheap imported items rather than local products, a lack of support in developing entrepreneurship, as well as difficulty in accessing the market on the island. During the SUS-ISLAND Project kickoff meeting, stakeholders highlighted that this situation must change in order to empower the sector to develop.

In partnership with SME Mauritius, Daren Moodely of the Tourism Authority and Nikola Berger, Designer at the CSCP, worked together in Mauritius in mid-September, to focus on supporting the development of authentic, sustainable, locally-made products that are integrated into the tourism supply chain.

Together with local partners, organisations and key stakeholders, the team identified a mismatch of needs and offers within the ecosystem of this sector. In a workshop they defined the gaps that need to be filled and the processes, as well as partnerships, that need to be developed within this project whilst being anchored in the existing ecosystem to ensure long-term success. Besides these structural changes, the CSCP broke down the process into four steps that will be integral for the upcoming workshops for the artisans and stakeholders early next year:

  1. Product: Train artisans, designers and stakeholders on sustainability criteria and locally available resources (natural as well as waste products) and support development of products that are in demand
  2. Storytelling: Train artisans, designers and stakeholders in storytelling to brand their products and differentiate them from the imports
  3. Facilitating Access to Market: Fostering collaboration through joint workshops and setting up pilots with various stakeholders to promote access to market, full integration in the tourism value chain and feedback mechanisms for long term success
  4. Creating Experiences: Creating exchanges with tourists that go beyond selling a product, like a creative course to learn a skill from the artisan, skill swap models and other innovative formats that promote personal connections between tourists and locals and create more value for the artisans as well as tour operators, hotels and the local market

The handicraft team of the project has identified some key enablers and a wider group of the locally-made products ecosystem, who will come together to hold a workshop on the four steps in the first half of 2020. The workshop will also be the starting point for 5 to 10 pilot projects consisting of small teams of representatives of the handicraft value chain as well as supporting agents to successfully bring locally made products to the market while learning what all actors need to succeed in the long term.

For further questions contact Yang Deng.

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The Call For Applications For The Second Round of The Academy of Change is Now Open! – Apply Today!

18. November 2019 - 10:10

This is your opportunity to learn more about sustainable behaviour change while working and exchanging with peers from all over the world. Building on, and motivated by, an inspiring first round of our capacity building programme on sustainable behaviour change, we are happy to announce that the call for applications for the second round of the Academy of Change is now open! Apply today and secure your place!

We know that humanity is facing unprecedented challenges due to the effects of climate change that are already being felt around the world. To meet emission targets set by governments, with the aim of restricting global warming to below 1.5oC degrees compared to pre-industrial levels, we will need the public to embrace a profound shift in ways of living, alongside systemic changes in other aspects of society.

Acknowledging the challenge and responding to this need is the Academy of Change, a unique capacity building programme on sustainable behaviour change. It is designed for leaders working on climate change and sustainability engagement within the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector. The programme enables participants to incorporate evidence-based expertise and insights about citizen behaviours into their strategies and projects, generating greater impact from their activities.

The first round of the Academy of Change was launched in 2017. Looking back, we are proud  to have worked with more than 50 NGOs from around the world, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth China and SlowFood International. We have defined elements of a successful behaviour change intervention as well as designed, implemented and tested three pilot interventions on the ground.

Inspired and motivated by the results, we are excited to open the next call for applications for the second round of Academy of Change! The programme is free of charge and will include strategic training, through both in-person workshops and online activities, networking opportunities and coaching sessions. The programme will consist of 7 stages, starting in May 2020 and will run for 4 months. 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 related impact. The content and facilitation of the programme will be delivered by the initiative partners, in combination with a line-up of high level keynote speakers, academics and experts who will deliver insight throughout the stages. 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, transparent and high-quality selection procedure. A group of 40 professionals working for NGOs across the world will be carefully selected. Applications can be sent until 24 January 2020.

Are you curious and 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? Then apply for the next round. We are looking forward to receiving your application and driving change with you!

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

For more information on the AoC programme, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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Working With Germany’s Retail Sector to Reduce Food Waste

14. November 2019 - 10:32

The CSCP continues supporting actors along the food value chain to reduce food waste. In Autumn 2019 we started the moderation and facilitation of the “National Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Industry” – referred to as handelsforumRLV – , thereby supporting the Federal Government’s National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste.

On 6 November 2019 the Federal Agriculture Minister, Julia Klöckner, inaugurated the “National Dialog Forum for the Reduction of Food Waste” in Berlin. This included awarding the CSCP and its project partner, the Thünen Institute with the implementation of the sectoral Dialogue Forum for Wholesale and Retail. CSCP Project Managers Nora Brüggemann and Patrik Eisenhauer received the award and will be managing and moderating the forum over the next three years.

Nora Brüggemann thanked the Federal Minister on the day and stated: “ We – from the CSCP and the Thünen Institute – are looking forward to the upcoming task, and particularly to the cooperation with retailers and wholesalers to reduce food waste in Germany. We gladly build upon our findings and preliminary work from the European REFRESH project. An exciting time lies ahead of us: By designing the process moderation and by actively involving forum participants to enable co-creation, we are optimistic about contributing to the implementation of the National Strategy.”

The National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste was published in February 2019 by the Federal Government to jointly implement effective measures to achieve the necessary significant reduction of food waste along the entire food supply chain. This is a task for society as a whole. To implement the National Strategy, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is setting up the National Dialogue, to which different sectoral fora – including the one on wholesale and retail – contribute.

The importance of wholesale and retail to reduce food waste

Wholesale and retail are accorded special importance with regard to the reduction of food waste: on the one hand, companies can continue to exploit existing optimisation potential in their own companies and markets. On the other hand, as a direct “bridge to the consumer” and as an interface to food production, retailers can work in both directions towards improvements and promote the appreciation and a more responsible handling of food in society.

The German retail sector supplies food to 82 million people in the country via its nationwide branch network of more than 37,000 shops, as well as via its newer online channels. Retailers want to live up to their responsibility and actively utilise existing potential for improvement in their own companies and markets.

Our aim is to make the process fair, transparent and participative. That is why the CSCP invites representatives of the German wholesale and retail sector to work together in the newly created Dialogue Forum for Wholesale and Retail.

In collaboration with our project partner Thünen Institut, we will present and discuss positive examples from Germany and abroad in order to jointly implement innovative demonstration projects. We want to address conflicting goals and discuss concrete possibilities of how to reduce food waste in and with trade. In addition, we want to shed light on data collection processes and jointly develop and adopt a voluntary sectoral agreement with concrete reduction targets.

For further questions, please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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INHERIT Publishes 3 Policy Briefs on Integrated Governance, Health Equity, and Behaviour Change

12. November 2019 - 9:52

How can policymakers promote interventions that foster a “triple-win” — a benefit for environmental sustainability, health and health equity? Our INHERIT project’s new policy briefs suggest ways forward for integrated governance, behaviour change, and health equity, and cover the areas of living, moving, and consuming. They also include recommendations for actions and set out concrete examples of what can and has been achieved in different contexts across Europe, highlighting possibilities for scaling-up. The briefs have been developed by the Horizon 2020 INHERIT research project (2016-2019).

The problems are clear: chronic diseases are increasing, the environment and the climate are under threat, and inequalities are on the rise, with disadvantaged populations likely to suffer most from ill-health and the negative effects of climate change.

There are solutions: Integrated governance can help ensure that interconnected environmental, health, and equity issues are addressed cohesively. Participatory approaches allow citizens to engage with policymaking that affects their lives. Enabling and encouraging people to change behaviours is a crucial but often overlooked aspect of transitioning towards greater sustainability. Making sure that policy actions do not contribute to widening inequalities is not only just, it is also good for society as a whole. Policymakers at European, national, regional, and local levels are crucial, and can take concrete actions to put these solutions into place.

The policy briefs provide guidance on three critical areas at the heart of sustainable change:

  • Integrated governance is essential to harness synergies and can be fostered by setting strategic common goals across sectors, encouraging joint programming and financing, and creating institutional cultures that value collaboration over individual success.

Example: A range of local government sectors and actors are coming together in the STOEMP initiative, part of the award-winning city-wide Gent en Garde programme (Belgium), to determine how healthy and sustainable food can be made available to everyone.

  • Understanding and considering the impact of behaviour from the outset of policy-making can help policymakers to provide everybody with the capability, opportunity and motivation to make sustainable change.

Example: Measures to ensure that children connect with and learn through nature and enjoy healthy, sustainably produced food in school-settings can help them develop better habits throughout their lives, as is being done through the GemüseAckerdemie (Vegetable Academy) in schools across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  • Health equity can be promoted and mainstreamed in practice by making it easier for everybody to engage in active travel, ensuring access to engaging green spaces that respond to residents’ needs, and subsidsing the cost of fruits and vegetables.

Example: The municipality of Malvik (Norway), converted a decomissioned railway into a path through an inclusive participatory process, and the path is now being increasingly used, particularly by people facing socioeconomic disadvantages.

Click here to view the policy briefs.

In December, INHERIT will complement the policy briefs with a broader policy toolkit, which will build on and further develop these elements, as well as areas for further work including collaborating with the private sector, meaningful public engagement, and education and training for the triple-win.

The results of the project will be discussed at the high-level conference ‘A Future for all to INHERIT: Taking Action Now’, taking place in Brussels on 10 December 2019. During this conference, EU Health Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, local policymakers, and leading researchers and economists, will debate what can be done now to ensure a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future, against the backdrop of the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information, please contact Rosa Strube.

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Digital Transformation and Sustainability; The Mittelstand 4.0 Zooms in on These Megatrends

11. November 2019 - 9:08

87% of companies believe that digital transformation is a competitive opportunity! [1] Climate change, digitalisation, blockchain and new work environments have already arrived – How is your business affected? The Mittelstand 4.0 event presents answers to these questions during insightful, practice-orientated workshops.

Digital transformation and sustainability present a wealth of opportunities and challenges for Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME’s). Crucial for the global agenda, these two major topics were the focal point of an event hosted by Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards on 10 October 2019. The keynote speeches and active workshops enabled participants to consider how their companies could benefit from becoming more digital and sustainable.

Michael Kuhndt, the director of the CSCP, opened the event with a speech on the importance of digitalisation for a good life. Elisabeth Kraut, sustainability manager of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, focused on the importance of data gathering, particularly with regards to product ingredients. Anna Yona, Founder of Wilding Shoes, demonstrated how digitalisation can be at the core of sustainable business models.

Workshop topics were diverse, yet complementary of each other. True to the core CSCP approach, they fostered collaboration and enabled participants to see the bigger picture. The main topics were:

  • Supply chain transparency: examples from sustainabill regarding supply chain traceability, along with the GS1’s tool Ecotraxx and blockchain project.
  • Resource efficiency and climate change mitigation: case studies presented by Maag, producer of flexible packaging, Happy Power Hour project and Cambio Analytics Gmbh.
  • Corporate digital responsibility: highlighted that digitalisation should take place in harmony with society and the environment and addressed how this could be achieved.
  • New work: presented workplaces of the future thanks to the Durchblick exhibition, as well as input from Impact Hub Ruhr
  • Digital sustainable business models: The CSCP and Resourcify helped participants to evaluate their status quo and understand the related challenges.
  • Circular economy: example of Cradle-to-Cradle certified Würth assembly system, circularity challenges faced by Wilding Shoes company and tools from R2Pi project helping companies to become circular.

Every workshop finished with open discussions or brainstorming on possible solutions. Participating companies engaged with speakers but also learned from each other.

“The practical orientation of the input providers has made complex topics very tangible. We benefit greatly from the fact that practical examples were used in such concrete ways”. Elisabeth Kraut was impressed by the diverse real-world examples.

The final panel-discussion on the future of digitalisation involved representatives from different organisations who provided perspectives on what companies could already do short-term, and which goals are to be accomplished long-term, in order to develop sustainably.

Anna Yona praised the insightfulness of the event:

“Even though we are already a very sustainable and digital company, we were able to take many concrete points for new ideas and further improvements with us from the event.”

For further information contact Patrik Eisenhauer.

[1] The secret to a successful digital transformation

 

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The CSCP Hosts Round Table at DiKomm – Future Digital Municipalities fair on 5 November in Essen

29. Oktober 2019 - 9:02

Cities have great creative potential and can act as facilitators for societal transformation for sustainability in the public and private sector. The CSCP will be hosting a round table discussion titled “Circular City and Digital Community – interlocking developments” at dikomm, where we will be sharing more concrete examples on circular cities and urban digitalisation. Dikomm is the side event during the DIGITAL FUTUREcongress for municipalities.

For cities, the circular economy approach not only offers completely new paths to a sustainable future and a better quality of life for their citizens but also unimagined economic potential: according to EU figures, net savings of 600 billion euros or 8 per cent of the annual turnover of companies in the EU could be achieved through waste prevention, eco-design, reuse and similar measures. For innovative companies, there are also huge growth markets that are emerging in the course of the transformation towards a “Circular City” and that can be shaped in cooperation with key players.

The roundtable discussion will be moderated by CSCP’s Project Manager Janpeter Beckmann and Research Assistant Valerija Bogomolova, who will introduce the topics of urban digitalisation in connection to the development of circular cities. This will be followed up with an open discussion on how digitalisation can foster the development of circular cities and the benefits of the interlinking the two.

Event will be held in German: Circular City und digitale Kommune – ineinandergreifende Entwicklungen

Date: 5 November 2019

Time:  11:30 to 12:00

Location: Messehalle Essen, Norbertstraße 2, 45131 Essen

Click here for event schedule.

Please contact Janpeter Beckmann for further questions.

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