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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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Accelerating Change Towards the Sustainable Behaviours That Really Matter – The Academy of Change Publishes Final Report

23. Oktober 2019 - 12:22

At the end of July 2019, the Academy of Change (AoC) completed the final milestone of the first round – a capacity building programme on behaviour change for more sustainable living patterns. The results of the programme have been impressive as we have been able to narrow down the elements of a successful behaviour change intervention as well as design, implement and test three pilot interventions on the ground. This journey and other learnings from the project have been captured in AoC’s recently published final report.

AoC is a unique professional development journey to help NGOs build their skills to enable more sustainable behaviour within their target groups, allowing them to integrate evidence-based knowledge about the underpinnings of behaviours into their strategies and projects. Through this project we have –

  • Enabled networking and peer knowledge exchange among NGOs based on their needs and experiences
  • Facilitated direct testing of behaviour change interventions on the ground and in partnership with local NGO partners
  • Co-developed sustainable behaviour change pilots in different countries around the world.

In the recently published final report, ‘Accelerating change towards sustainable behaviour that really matter – with NGOs and beyond’, you can learn about the first two years of the Academy work, the tools developed and the results achieved. We invite you to join us in developing successful approaches to enable a good life within the limits of a sustainable planet.

And finally our latest announcement! We are happy and excited to share that the first round of AoC will be followed by a second round where we aim to double our outreach and impact. If you’re curious and are part of an NGO covering sustainability and climate topics, then sign-up for our newsletter and drive the change together with us!

AoC is the CSCP’s programme on sustainable behaviour designed for future leaders working on climate change and sustainability in the NGO sector. It is a non-profit initiative of the CSCP, Behaviour Change, funded by the KR Foundation.

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

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Textiles, Electronics, Plastics/Packaging Sectors Come Together at the CSCP Workshop on Circular Business Models

22. Oktober 2019 - 14:32

What can we learn from companies who have successfully transitioned to circular business models? If closing the loop is the way forward, what are the many benefits in transitioning to circular economy? The answers to these questions were discussed in the workshop with insights from 20+ case studies on the benefits, enablers and barriers of circular business models. The CSCP organised this workshop as a part of the R2Pi project on circular economy – funded by the EU and Horizon 2020.

What steps can businesses take to contribute to a more circular economy, and how can I encourage them in my own business?” were key questions from the attendees at the Transitioning to Circular Economy Workshop held in Cologne on 1 October. Experts and business leaders from the textiles, electronics, and plastics sectors came together to learn about some of the many intricacies surrounding the application of circular economy business models to the real world.

Discussions and breakout groups were centred around real-world case studies, and the barriers and potential opportunities that must be navigated and leveraged to improve business and the European Union (EU) towards a more circular system. Some of the topics included were extended producer responsibility schemes, circular economy case studies, social equity in a circular economy and the role of sector coordination and policy in the managing of market externalities. The attendees discussed challenges and solutions in their respective sectors, and they defined actions that could be taken at the organisational, the sectoral and the policy level. Only through consistent multi-stakeholder coordination can we further the status quo towards a future that addresses these issues and more.

A few of the takeaways from the workshop were that while businesses may face many external barriers in adopting fully circular practices, there are many opportunities especially in the initiation of sectoral coordination.

Are you interested in applying circular solutions to your own business? Feel free to contact the CSCP, and we will help you explore circular economy potential within your organisation.

Please contact Raymond Slaughter for more information.

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The CSCP Heads the First-Ever Centre for Economics and Digital Responsibility in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

17. Oktober 2019 - 14:52

How can companies contribute to improving the quality of life for everyone in times of digitalisation? How can companies successfully adopt sustainability as a part of their digital strategy? The newly set up centre aims to answer these questions by encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to introduce a long-term concept on economic, ecological, digital and social issues and to develop innovative products, services and business models. The centre is also an important component in the implementation of the strategy for digital transformation in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

This project is a collaboration between the CSCP and its networking partners the Chamber of Industry and Commerce North Rhine-Westphalia (IHK NRW) and Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf.

Economics and Digital Affairs Minister Prof. Dr Andreas Pinkwart shared, “We are consistently continuing along the path we have embarked on with the topic of responsible corporate management in digital times. Digitalisation must be at the service of the people. I am pleased that we are now bundling the various aspects of digitalisation in connection with economic responsibility in a state-wide centre, offering companies a contact point in North Rhine-Westphalia and thus assuming a genuine pioneering role.’’

The new centre will network partners from business, science, start-ups, civil society, financial players as well as chambers and associations with each other. The centre aims to jointly develop solutions for entrepreneurial challenges in the age of digitalisation and sustainability and to carry them into organisations. The focus is on corporate culture, living and working, digital leadership and social entrepreneurship. Other important fields of action are fair dealings with employees, diversity in personnel selection, environmental, climate and resource protection, respect for consumer interests, assuming responsibility for the supply chain, transparent corporate management and open and appropriate communication with stakeholders in connection with digitisation.

Michael Kuhndt, Managing Director of the CSCP, sees the new centre as a special opportunity to accelerate the sustainable transformation of the economy with the help of digital technologies and to strengthen NRW as a business location: “Digitalisation and sustainability equally challenge products, services, business models, leadership and lifestyles. The resulting changes offer great opportunities for actively shaping the corporate strategy for a good life and sustainable innovations”.

The centre was selected among many other projects by a jury and is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by state funds. A total of 800,000 euros is available for 3 years. As planned, the centre will start work at the beginning of 2020.

For further information, please contact Patrick Bottermann.

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GOALAN Project Organises a 3-Day Train the Trainers Programme for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs in Kenya

15. Oktober 2019 - 12:05

Can ‘imperfect’ fruits and vegetables be recycled and given new life? Also, can the ‘agents of change’, help pass on the information about sustainable methods of farming? In the training programme organised by the Switch Africa Green ‘GOALAN’ project in Njambini, Kenya, over 40 women and youth entrepreneurs learned through practical demonstrations how they can apply sustainable horticulture practices and add value to their produce of potatoes and Brassicas.

The micro-, small- and medium-sized horticultural enterprises (MSMEs) around the Lake Naivasha Basin in Kenya face a range of challenges from a dry climate to limited water resources. The unsustainable horticultural practices such as the overuse of chemical pesticides and fertilisers further pollute the water and soil in the area, creating the vicious cycle of chemical overuse.

Almost half the employees in agriculture and its sub-sector horticulture are women. Even still, women face more restrictions than men in accessing productive resources such as land and finance. At the same time, Africa’s population is growing with [2]billion population under the age of 25. A majority of the African youth are unemployed and according to the World Bank, by 2035 around 350 million new jobs will be required to balance the booming population. The youth do not view agriculture as a favourable opportunity for livelihood, even though the sector has great potential to create jobs. The objective of GOALAN project is to support the women and youth overcome these challenges in the Kenyan horticulture sector.

The project introduces sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices to MSMEs and farmers, allowing them to comply with the new Kenyan Standard (KS) 1758 for horticultural produce. This government standard, under the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), covers issues of food safety, environmental sustainability, and social accountability and is key to farmers as it allows greater market access.

Strengthening the supply chain

The GOALAN project also works with bulk buyers, such as big hotels around Lake Naivasha, to create the awareness of SCP and the importance of buying sustainable fruits and vegetables. The produce is healthier and nutritious, and buying locally supports the economy and local communities. As stipulated in Kenya’s national Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP), this enables them to also support and build a better relationship with the local (county) governments.

The push and pull strategy of the GOALAN project resulted in the signing of contracts between several high-end hotels and MSME groups around the Lake Naivasha Basin. Through contract farming, MSMEs are guaranteed that their sustainable produce will find a market which offers them a better price and buyers are assured a stable supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

After the initial success of cultivating sustainable fruits and vegetables, the project is now working with public procurers (governmental institutions, schools, prisons) to identify ways the MSMEs can supply their produce to these institutions. With the support from the county governments of Nakuru, Narok and Nyandarua, the GOALAN project hopes new contracts with public procurers can soon be facilitated.

Field demonstration on sustainable potato production

Value addition          

Around 200 target MSMEs expressed their interest in the capacity-building training in harvesting and post-harvest handling techniques so they can add value to their horticultural produce. Through proper harvesting and post-harvest techniques, MSMEs can reduce the loss of harvest, ensuring good quality produce reach the markets and consumers.

The GOALAN project facilitated the train the trainer programme (ToT) to develop new products from the horticultural produce. This helps diversify the MSMEs’ products as they often cannot sell all their fruits and vegetables and have to discard them or use them as cattle feed. Creating new products adds value and gives the not-so-perfect fruits or vegetables new life. The GOALAN project promotes sustainable food systems where food is not wasted but instead ‘recycled’ to preserve its nutritious values.

Women and youth empowerment

Through the (ToT) programme for youths and women, the GOALAN project creates a pool of ‘change agents’ who will further share their knowledge on sustainable horticultural practices (SCP) with other farmers and entrepreneurs in their villages. During the 3-day programme, the youth and women were introduced to Irish potato and Brassicas production (Cabbages, Spinach, Kale, Broccoli and Lettuce) and also learned how to add value to their produce. Through practical field demonstrations, they were also shown how to prepare the land for planting and received information on marketing as well. They were also taught about potato storage structures, seed production and the safe and effective use of pesticides. Most importantly, the group also received guidance regarding access to finance.

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

[1] The role of women in agriculture Prepared by the SOFA Team and Cheryl Doss

[2] The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations: The future of Africa’s Agriculture rests with the youth

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BMWi’s AI Innovation Competition – The CSCP Is the Proud Partner of A Winning Consortium

10. Oktober 2019 - 8:34

16 consortiums won the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Competition run by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and will have the chance to start implementing their AI-related project ideas from early 2020 onwards.

Among the 16 winners is the project “REIF: Resource-efficient, Economic and Intelligent Foodchain”, which aims to revolutionise the food industry in Germany to guarantee a supply that is as waste-free as possible. The CSCP is a partner of this research project which investigates the potential of AI to optimise the planning and control processes in the food industry.

The CSCP will support the effective and efficient integration of all relevant stakeholders into the REIF ecosystem, both during and after the project. Also, it will contribute to enabling the participating companies to adapt operational processes and organisational learning through training and further education. By analysing the needs of manufacturers, retailers and end consumers, the requirements for AI-based services will be sharpened and the range of solutions and concepts improved to ensure connectivity and further use of the project results.

On 19 September 2019, on the occasion of the opening of the new Digital Technologies Forum in Berlin, Dr Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), honoured the winners of the competition. The winners now have the opportunity to implement their project within the framework of a funded three-year phase. The projects cover numerous industries and topics from health, smart living, trade, production, agriculture, mobility and construction to quantum computing.

The REIF consortium, which will start its work officially in 2020, consists of the following 18 partners: Arxum GmbH, BayWa AG, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Hochland SE, GS1 Germany GmbH, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, University of Applied Sciences Hof, Industrial Analytics IAB GmbH, Inotec GmbH, Jade University, Kuchenmeister GmbH, Software AG, Spicetech GmbH, Technologisches Institut für angewandte Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, tegut… good food GmbH & Co. KG, Technical University of Munich, Westfleisch SCE mbH. It will be coordinated by the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. 

For further information, please contact Rosa Strube.

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Dr Klaus Töpfer — Founding Member of the CSCP — Awarded the Prestigious State Prize

1. Oktober 2019 - 12:25

Prime Minister Armin Laschet awarded the State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia to Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer on 16 September for his decades of outstanding commitment to international service in environmental protection, nature conservation and global sustainable development, as well as for his service to his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The award ceremony took place in the former plenary hall of the German Bundestag in Bonn, and the encomium of the event was held by Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, who was the successor to Prof. Klaus Töpfer in 1994 as Federal Environment Minister of Germany.

Executive Director of the CSCP, Micheal Kuhndt and Cristina Fedato, leader of the SIPS team were honoured to be invited to the ceremony. Congratulating Prof. Töpfer on the state award, Mr Kuhndt said “Prof. Töpfer’s legacy and work is an inspiration for all of us at the CSCP, where we continue to take his vision forward with our work in sustainable development and consumption. This award rightly recognises the tireless work he has done for the environment while in public service.’’ Prof. Töpfer along with Prof. Peter Hennicke from the Wuppertal Institute founded the CSCP in 2005.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Armin Laschet said, “Climate change presents us with unprecedented challenges – global challenges that can only be met if we pull together internationally. Foreign policy is therefore today more than ever climate foreign policy. Prof. Klaus Töpfer was one of the first to recognise the global significance of climate protection and was a strong and successful advocate for solutions at the highest level – regionally, nationally and globally. He is a true pioneer of climate foreign policy, which has promoted worldwide environmental protection, growth, social balance and the preservation of creation in dialogue with the international community. Like no other, he stands as a champion and early admonisher for global environmental protection”.

Eckart von Hirschhausen, the State Police Orchestra and the choir designed the supporting programme for this State Award Ceremony. The choir group, BonnVoice sang the song “Africa” by Toto, in response to the great African commitment of Prof. Klaus Töpfer.

Photo by Land NRW / Ralph Sondermann Galerie

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The CSCP Contributes to Recent EEA Report – ‘Paving the Way for a Circular Economy: Insights on Status and Potentials’

1. Oktober 2019 - 8:52

While circularity can minimise waste and resource extraction, improve resource efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to conserving biodiversity, a recent report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) states that the circular economy initiatives in Europe are still in their “infancy”.

In its report titled ‘Paving the way for a circular economy: insights on status and potentials’ (published on 1 October 2019) the EEA points out: it is too early to evaluate the overall economic and environmental impacts of the circular economy, since initiatives are young and diverse, and relevant harmonised European-level statistics are still largely lacking.

The good news is European companies are increasingly adopting circular business models, focused mainly on operational efficiency and reducing waste. Shifting from product-based to service-based business models is another promising development. The majority of the EEA member countries support circular economy initiatives with regulation and market-based instruments or softer policy instruments such as information campaigns and labels.

That said, challenges such as corporate culture, market factors and system complexity still limit the adoption of such models. Furthermore, relevant methods of data monitoring is still not available in established information systems, including national statistics. The EEA report also points out that circular economy policies and initiatives require better integration with bio-economy and climate policies.

The CSCP as part of the European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (ETC/WMGE) has contributed to this report by particularly looking at circular business models and relevant consumer behaviour.

This EEA report is the fourth focusing on the circular economy; the three previous reports are:

For further questions, please contact Nora Brüggemann

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University Students Visit the CSCP as Part of ‘Tour De CSR’

30. September 2019 - 13:25

The students of Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-Brs) attended a workshop organised by the CSCP to learn about developing innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities that facilitate the concept of circular cities. This was a part of their one-week CSR course where they cycled to different organisations in the Rhineland and Ruhr area to learn about business ethics and different approaches to CSR.

The 2- hour workshop started with a presentation on CSR and circular cities, through which the students were made aware of the challenges in cities. Following this, they were divided into groups and had the chance to collaborate on solutions on the following questions:
– How can organisations contribute to the development of circular cities through their CSR strategy?
– How can design thinking be used and successfully implemented?

The other topics students focused on were local production systems, urban mobility system and urban bioeconomy, where they had the opportunity to develop their concepts. One such interesting concept which they devised under the topic of urban bioeconomy was a food waste collection system. Here, waste from private households and companies are collected by people riding cargo bicycles, which is then brought to urban gardening spots. The organic waste produced from the food waste is then further used as fertiliser to cultivate fruits and vegetables. Additionally, this urban gardening spot houses a recreation space which also offers childcare facilities.

They also developed business models for the future which were based on CSR-strategies and the principles of the circular economy. Each group had the chance to present their results and explain the business model. This was followed by a lively discussion on the challenges and opportunities of these business models .

The Faculty of Economics and the Centre for Ethics and Responsibility (ZEV) at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) introduced a one-week course in CSR for their students this year. Instead of this course being held in a lecture hall, the students conceived the idea of Tour de CSR, where they cycle to different companies to engage with their representatives and receive insights into their CSR strategy.

The Tour de CSR lead the group of students to companies Deutsche Post DHL Group (Bonn), REWE Group (Cologne), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fortuna Düsseldorf, C&A (Düsseldorf), Impact Hub Ruhr (Essen) and Barmer (Wuppertal).

For further information, please contact Marius Mertens.

Photo by Holger Willing

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The CSCP Joins Leading German Association on Alternative Protein Sources

30. September 2019 - 10:05

The German Association for Alternative Protein Sources (Bundesverband für alternative Proteinquellen e.V., or Bal-Pro) officially kicked-off this summer. The Association’s members come from a network of start-ups, food companies and experts. They will come together to create a platform that provides transparent and comprehensible information on alternative protein sources. The CSCP is a member of this Association and will mainly act as a scientific advisor.

The complexity of our food production systems often makes it difficult for consumers to understand the production processes to make sustainable and informed consumption choices. The Bal-Pro Association thrives on an exchange from start-ups, consumers, research institutions and corporations. They aim to provide clear information on alternative protein sources internally (between the members of the association) and externally.

The official kick-off meeting saw representatives from the German food industry (including large and small corporations), innovative start-ups and scientists from the food industry. The CSCP participated in this meeting as our Executive Director, Michael Kuhndt, is a member of this Association.

Bal-Pro chairmen Sebastian Biedermann and Fabio Ziemßen shared that the association, which began with seven members, has now expanded to 48 member companies. The members also set the strategic fields of action for Bal-Pro,  including Food Data + Protein 4.0, Labelling +Transparency, the Future of Alternative Proteins, and Raw Materials.

The CSCP is looking forward to being a part of this promising new association as alternative protein sources have great potential to change the food landscape in Germany to be more sustainable.

For further information, please contact Carina Diedrich.

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A day at the Global Climate Strike

25. September 2019 - 12:20

We need to be a part of the conversation about climate change now, as so many world leaders are making key decisions that pave the way forward to meet or not meet our climate targets. The CSCP team took the day off to join the Global Climate Strike demonstrations in the cities of Wuppertal, Cologne, Berlin, Essen, Düsseldorf and Heidelberg to demonstrate for climate action and support the Fridays for Future movement.

Over the course of a year, Greta Turnberg’s #FridaysforFuture has slowly become a global movement with the youth stepping in to demonstrate and raise awareness on the topic of climate change. This is an important topic for the CSCP, as it aligns with our vision of a good life for all and our work towards that of mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production.

Some with colourful handmade banners, the team members of the CSCP along with their colleagues, children, spouses, and friends joined the demonstrations in different German cities. This is a cause that is not only important for us as an organisation but essential for the future of our lives and the lives of the next generations.

5000 people in the street in Wuppertal! I cannot recall any previous protest of this size. However, positive mood and good weather did not hide the concern and seriousness of many, especially young, participants.’’ Stephan Schallar, Senior Consultant shared from Wuppertal where other colleagues were gathered as well, like Mariana Nicolau, Project Manager “The atmosphere in streets of Wuppertal was amazing! Full of people from different backgrounds and ages gathered around a common purpose.”

Michael Kuhndt, Executive Director of the CSCP was busy supporting the path of the demonstration over the B7 in Wuppertal as well as meeting up with our local community of partners and friends.The CSCP team joined the climate strike in different cities — and the fight for climate and environmental justice — for a better future for the generations to come. I am looking forward to collaborating with others on the front line fighting against climate change. We need to engage policy makers, business and communities further in order to accelerate the required changes in consumption and production patterns.’’

Marius Mertens, Consultant reported from Cologne: ‘’The Global Climate Strike organised by #FridaysforFuture created a wonderful atmosphere in the streets of Cologne. There were about 70.000 people from all generations. The strike showed, that climate change has already arrived and is in the center of the German society. It was beautiful to see, what this young generation is capable of. Eva Rudolf, Creative Designer also joined in Cologne: ‘’I went with the elementary-school of my son (7) to the strike in Cologne. We were about 150 kids plus teachers and parents. I think it was a very valuable experience for everyone – to learn that everyone can stand up for a good future for all of us.’’

Nikola Berger, Head of Design and Comunication at the CSCP went to the strike in Berlin on her day off with the Kindergarten of her daughter. ‘The atmosphere in Berlin was peaceful and positive. It was a great day for us to take the chance to speak to our small children about the reasons for the strike. We also met a lot of teenagers who were thrilled that the next generation is joining in the movement that they have started.”

While the images display the joy we all felt to come together for a common purpose, we want to continue the conversation that so many people have started on that day with their banners and posters, conveying wishes, demands, fears and hopes. To add to Michael’s statement from above — our team is looking forward to collaborate with you on all we can do to fight climate change and support a good life for all!

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Join Our “Transitioning to Circular Business Models Conference” on 24 Oct 2019 in Brussels

24. September 2019 - 17:21

Businesses the world over are recognising the need to change their business models to a more circular one. With customers becoming more aware and eco-conscious, along with the international focus on the production, consumption, and disposal of products throughout the globe, there is a need now more than ever for businesses to transition. Our upcoming conference will discuss the opportunities, challenges, practices and lessons learnt by innovative organisations who have transitioned to circular economy business models.

The Transitioning to Circular Business Models Conference is organised as part of the “R2Pi – Route to Circular Economy“ project, in which 16 partners from 9 countries have contributed to analysing business models and political frameworks and also developed practical tools and methods to accelerate the transition to circularity. In this conference, business representatives, policymakers, sector associations, and other key stakeholders will come together to discuss next steps and possible partnerships in the journey to implement and scale further sustainability and circularity.

 You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Network with business leaders and policymakers from leading organisations
  • Learn about successful circular business models from other industry leaders
  • Test practice-oriented tools to support the innovation of circular business models
  • Collaborate and discuss potential policy recommendations to encourage the transition to a more circular world

This conference is aimed at business and association representatives, policy-makers, and civil society organisations.

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

Date: 24 October 2019

Time: 9:00 to 16:00

Location: Covent Gard, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels

Click here for conference agenda

Click here to register

For further information, please contact Raymond Slaughter.

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Join Us and Support the Global Climate Strike on 20 September

17. September 2019 - 12:52

Under the hashtag #allefürsklima (all for climate) the youth-led global #FridaysforFuture movement is asking all members of society to show their support and join the upcoming Global Climate Strike Day on 20 September 2019. We are excited about the response by civil society, companies, NGOs, as well as many other organisations who are supporting this day. The CSCP joins the Global Climate Strike Day in support of the movement’s goals that are deeply linked to our mission: working towards mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production.

When Greta Thunberg started skipping school and protesting outside the Swedish Parliament demanding action for the climate crisis, little did anyone expect this small act of courage and determination to turn into a global movement. Through her activism, Greta urged school students to strike every Friday by walking out of their classrooms, giving birth to #FridaysforFuture, one of the fastest-growing global movements against the climate crisis.

At the CSCP, we believe that change can be achieved when people and all actors of society collaborate for sustainable solutions. The Global Climate Strike Day is important to us as an organisation as it resonates with our work towards investing in a good life now and for future generations.

The CSCP is supporting two campaigns Entrepreneurs for Future and Unternehmen für Fridays for Future (organisations for Fridays for Future).

Here are a few ideas for you and your organisation to support this movement:

The CSCP Team members will show their support by joining the strikes in Wuppertal, Cologne, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Vienna and Bra in Italy.

For further information, please contact Marius Mertens.

Photo by Jasmin Sessler on Unsplash

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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;
  • 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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