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Upskilling and Reskilling: How the CATALYST Project Will Support SMEs to Transform

22. September 2022 - 10:33

Just around one percent of German companies are not a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). With the necessary skills, SMEs can play a decisive role in shaping Europe’s sustainable future. But, how can they prepare their workforces for this? On 19 and 20 September, 16 project partners from 5 European countries came together in Skopje, North Macedonia, to launch the Catalyst project. The project goal: to make the European workforce fit for the future!

At the the kick-off, the project lead Prof. Angelina Taneva-Veshoska from the North Macedonian Institute for Research in Environment, Civil Engineering and Energy (IECE) stressed the urgent need to embrace sustainable transformation in SMEs all over Europe by upskilling and reskilling their employees and co-creating new business solutions in trans-disciplinary partnerships.

The aim of the project is to provide Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners with the right skills to integrate sustainably into their work and take advantage of new technologies. At the same time, cross-sector and trans-disciplinary partnerships will be encouraged in order to boost mutual learning and best practice exchange. Through these “enable and inspire” components the project partners expect to lead sustainable systems and business transformation all over Europe.

The project will establish Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) that will serve as ‘catalysts’ on a national, regional and European level, enable change and inspire the transformation of individuals and SMEs toward more sustainable systems and societies.

“We do not only want to transfer knowledge and competences for SMEs in the addressed sectors, but above all we want to initiate partnerships in order to create room to try out new things and to move from thinking to implementation”, says CSCP project manager Imke Schmidt.

Together with the German Sustainable Business Association (BNW) and BELLS, the CSCP will establish a Centre of Vocational Excellence in Germany to create an educational offer for tackling personal and organisational development. The centre will target five key sectors of the European Green Deal: food, building, IT and digitalisation, textiles and waste management.

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.

For further questions, please contact Imke Schmidt.

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Toward a European Bioeconomy: Don’t Miss Our Scalibur Project Final Event on 19 October 2022!

20. September 2022 - 14:43

Rethinking municipal solid waste management is a central element in the transition to a circular and bio-economy. Yet, this remains a significant challenge for many European cities. A successful implementation of a circular and bio-economy needs to account for a reduction in the amount of (bio)waste deposited in landfills while enhancing the share of (bio)waste that can be returned to the system after recycling.

In the course of four years, the SCALIBUR project worked together with a wide array of stakeholders to inspire a revolution in urban (bio)waste recycling in Europe. Leading waste management companies, technology developers and research organisations have teamed up with four European cities – Lund (Sweden), Madrid (Spain), Albano Laziale (Italy) and Kozani (Greece) – and demonstrated innovative solutions to transform urban food waste and sewage sludge into value-added products. The project has helped European cities to improve their (bio)waste collection, transport, sorting and pre-treatment, and enhance local stakeholders’ and citizens’ awareness, contributing to the creation of new circular economy business opportunities.

At the final event, “Breaking barriers for getting the most out of biowaste”, the project team and partners will share insights, lesson learned and main results of the SCALIBUR project. The conference will be a chance to discuss future prospects with the participating companies, the cities as well as SCALIBUR’s sister projects, VALUEWASTE and WaySTUP.

The SACALIBUR team invites actors from the hospitality sector, retail companies, policymakers, researchers, investors and all other actors involved in (bio)waste management to join the event! Find further details on the SCALIBUR website!

Event: Breaking barriers for getting the most out of biowaste
Date:  19 October 2022
Time: 09:00-17:45 (CET)
Place: Valencia, Spain & Online
Language: English
Cost: Free of charge

The event will be hybrid, held in-person in Valencia, Spain but also online. Please register for the event here.

For further questions, please contact Francesca Grossi.

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“We Need to Come Together Around Purpose!”

20. September 2022 - 13:05

Alexander Mannweiler has joined the CSCP as Senior Project Manager in the Sustainable Infrastructure, Products, and Services (SIPS) team. Currently, his focus is on promoting awareness for biodiversity in businesses and business associations in Germany as part of the UBi (Business & Biodiversity) project. In this interview, he shares his ideas on how to make positive change happen.

How do you think you can make a positive change as part of the CSCP?

Sustainability is certainly a complex topic, that’s why it often gets ‘stuck’ in many organisations. I believe that with a systematic and holistic approach to sustainability we can create long-term sustainable business opportunities, enable disruptive innovation and add purpose to economic growth. This will inevitably make our societies more resilient as well as help mitigate the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss. The CSCP is a space to come together around purpose and with a clear orientation towards impact. This is that kind of set up that enables changemakers to act.

How does your past experience relate to the work we do at the CSCP?

Throughout my career, I had the opportunity to align consumer expectation and product innovation, creating value for suppliers, the company, and the consumer alike while reducing the environmental impact in the supply chain. Digging into the product development process from initial idea to launch made me aware of the multiple levers we have to create more sustainable products. There is a huge potential if only leverage points are identified in time and made use of properly. The way we work at the CSCP – holistically and collaboratively – offers much room to deploy and advance this experience and knowledge.

From food consumption to transport, what are your favourite sustainable tips?

Actually, a quite simple one: no food waste. Worldwide, almost one third of produced food is wasted. If this stops, it would be a game changer. We need to raise awareness that how we go about food individually has an impact on a global scale. This is why I urge anyone: If you want to make a positive change, start by more food appreciation and less waste.

For further questions, please contact Alexander Mannweiler.


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Join our Digital Dialogue: How New Legislation Can Help Preserve Biodiversity & What This Means for Businesses

20. September 2022 - 12:17

For many companies, the environmental and social impact of their supply chains is significantly higher than the impact of their operational business. As of 2023, the German Supply Chain Sourcing Act and the EU Code of Conduct for Responsible Business and Marketing Practices will require companies to take responsibility for their supply chains. Our UBi (Business & Biodiversity) project Digital Dialogue looks into one key question: How can companies use this as a chance to rethink their supply chains from a biodiversity perspective and what is the added value for them?

Supply chains that focus on biodiversity are more resilient to crises and cause less emissions. A strong sustainable profile that is informed by a biodiversity perspective helps companies tick many boxes at once: meet growing regulatory demands, strengthen their employer brand, establish a safer standing in dynamic times, and build solid relationships with suppliers, ensuring resilient and transparent supply chains. Through carrying out biodiversity checks, companies can identify milestones for adaptation in their supply chains and accelerate transformation.

During the two-hour Digital Dialogue, businesses, business associations, policymakers, researchers, civil society representatives, and other relevant actors are invited to discuss the implications that new legislative pieces will have on standards, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the transformation pathways for companies.

Event: Digital Dialog
Date: 29 September 2022
Time: 13:00-15:00 CET
Place: Online
Language: German
Cost: Free of charge

To join the event, please go to the UBi website to register.

The UBi project is funded by The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection and The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. These both are supported by DLR as a project partner.

For further questions, please contact Ellen Land.

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“Understanding Social Norms Holds the Key to Sustainable Consumption”

19. September 2022 - 12:39

For the Argentinian psychologist, Maria Victoria Ortiz understanding social dilemmas and what hinders or propels cooperation in society is an ongoing fascination. Her doctoral research focuses on consumption behaviours and lifestyles and how those could hold the key to counter an aggravating climate crisis. Ortiz, who is a Green Talents awardee, uses an experimental climate game approach to understand the (dis)connection from present to future generations. She chose the CSCP for her Green Talent research stay, engaging closely with our Sustainable Lifestyles (SL) Team.

The research stay abroad is a key element of the Green Talent Programme. How did you come to choose the CSCP?

As part of the programme, I had the chance to discuss with different German experts in the field of sustainability. Exchanges on topics such as eco-design, sufficiency, futurability or female leadership were inspiring, but the talk with CSCP’s Rosa Strube stuck with me. The CSCP is a space that bridges research and practice, working on topics such as behaviour change with a strong international and interdisciplinary approach. That’s why I felt at ‘home’ here.  Since March 2022, I am working with Dr. Imke Schmidt, with whom I defined my current research project on food waste and digitalisation.

You research sustainable consumption in the Argentinian context. Can you explain more?

My current research focuses on sustainable consumption and future generations. The main goal is to understand the most environmentally-costly behaviours in the Argentinian context, for example meat consumption or household energy usage, in order to promote more sustainable choices. Using an experimental game that models the intra- and the intergenerational dilemmas in climate protection, I set out to investigate whether different interventions that activate the connection between present and future generations can increase the willingness to change consumption habits and adapt more sustainable lifestyles.

You take a psychological and behavioural approach – how would you describe its added value?

I am convinced that the greatest challenge that lies ahead is changing our mindset and behaviours, particularly those governed by habit, social norms and the short-term view. We basically do what we are used to do or what others do, not taking into account our impacts in the long run. We need to tackle the problem at its core if we want to really make a change.

Is there any experience you found particularly interesting during your stay in Germany?

I’m not a huge fan of spending time in supermarkets, but in Germany I wander the aisles for “market” study purposes (laughs). Unlike in Argentina, there are many sustainable products and labels and the prices are quite competitive. This is a great incentive for consumers to choose sustainable alternatives. It hurts my eye to see so much plastic packaging, even when entirely unnecessary, but it makes me feel good when I see clear and effective separating cues that can help recycling.

Can you share an inspiring moment you had during your stay?

I had the chance to meet the other Green Talents as well as visit the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin. Discussing with inspiring people who are passionate about mainstreaming sustainability is heart-warming and stimulating. It made me feel even more committed to carry out research that gives valuable information how to reduce inequities while lowering the environmental impact. This is a challenge, certainly, but not impossible. We have to think strategically and connect people and communities – also with the support of digital technologies.

For additional questions, please contact Maria Victoria Ortiz.

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CHORIZO: Our New Horizon Europe Project to Tackle Food Loss and Waste Through Social Norms

15. September 2022 - 13:00

The three-year CHORIZO project will take an innovative approach to tackling food loss and waste through gathering insights on social norms in a range of food-related settings and generating effective ways to apply behaviour change techniques in six real-life case study contexts.

Food loss and waste (FLW) is a topic with far-reaching consequences across the spectrum of economic, environmental and social spheres. It’s also a topic that involves a range of different actors from agriculture through to end consumers. While behaviour change around FLW has attracted a lot of attention for a number of years, the CHORIZO project, which stands for Changing practices and Habits through Open, Responsible, and social Innovation towards ZerΟ fοod waste, aims to approach it from a different perspective. The project will look into evidence of what works from the lens of social norms – in other words, the common ways of behaving within particular groups or societies – and how that links to food waste.

At the heart of the project is the gathering of results from relevant social norms and FLW actions, resulting in a database of evidence that will be developed with the use of advanced modelling techniques. The database will generate findings that can be applied to a variety of case studies, from hotels to schools to food banks. Within the project, the CSCP will develop actor-, context- and gender-specific guidance to change social norms as well as provide capacity building for a range of stakeholders on how to use such knowledge impactfully in their work.

The CHORIZO project is funded under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research programme and will run for three years (2022-2025), led by a consortium of 14 European partners.

Photo by Anton Murygin on Unsplash.

For further questions, please contact Rosalyn Old.


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Sustainable Digitalisation as a Competitive Advantage for SMEs: Join our Event on 20 October 2022!

14. September 2022 - 10:10

Since 2020, the project has been working with entrepreneurs in North Rhein-Westphalia, Germany (NRW) to develop a wide range of ideas and strategies on how to implement the twin transformation to a digital and sustainable economy. On 20 October 2022, the project team along with Mona Neubaur, NRW Minister of Economic Affairs, will share key learnings and how those could benefit other companies to transform.

At the event, you will learn first-hand from innovative companies what competitive advantages a sustainable orientation of your digital strategy can bring and how digital technologies can practically support the implementation of mega trends such as the Circular Economy or New Work.

Through an ‘interactive gallery walk’, you will get a taste for workshop concepts developed within the project that can support entrepreneurs to develop and implement digitalisation strategies that are driven by purpose.

An example is the Profile Check, a workshop format that helps companies to assess their positioning within action fields such as sustainable business models, new work methods, or digital skills.

Another one focuses on digitalisation as an enabler for the Circular Economy and supports companies to discover how digital technologies can work in favour of circular solutions along the value chain.

In addition, the project team and frontrunner companies in sustainable digitalisation will offer deep dives on topics such as digital leadership, digitalisation as an enabler for Circular Economy, and digital business models to foster sustainability.

Event: Crisis is always? – How sustainable digitalisation becomes the key to competitive success in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Date: 20 October 2022
Time: 17:30-21:00
Place: Design Offices, Düsseldorf
Language: German
Cost: Free of charge


  • Mona Neubaur, Minister of Economic Affairs at the State of NRW
  • Sarah Kölsch, Head of the People & Culture Team at Wilding Shoes
  • Tim Breker, Managing Director at Vytal
  • Jörg Heynkes, Managing Director at Gut Einern
  • Prof. Dr. Barbara E. Weißenberger, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf

Join us – register now!

For additional details, please go to the project website.

For further information, please contact Anna Hilger.

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Flexible Circular Plastics: Join Our Circular Week Webinar on 5 October!

13. September 2022 - 13:01

Durable, light, low-cost and with good barrier properties – flexible plastics are a leading material in packaging applications in consumer goods, construction, and agriculture. However, their reuse potential is limited, making flexible plastics a drain on Europe’s resources and a serious pollution threat. This is why innovative solutions are needed in order to keep them in the loop for as long as possible.

As part of the Circular Week 2022, our session “Flexible Plastics in Europe’s Circular Economy” gives an overview of the current management practices as well as viewpoints to increase circularity of flexible plastics on a European scale in the future – register for the event to join the discussion!

This session will be based on a report of our ETC/CE project with the same title, which will be shared during the event. The report includes policies and initiatives that seek to improve the circularity of flexible plastics across sectors. The participants will have the opportunity to hear about the main insights and learnings from the report as well as reflect and discuss with experts on related implications and leverage points for a more sustainable and circular plastics system in Europe.

Date: 05 October
Time: 14:00-15:00 CET
Format: Online
Language: English

For details on the programme and to register for the session, please go here.

The webinar is organised within the framework of the Circular Week, an international campaign aimed at promoting circular solutions.

For further questions, please contact Arlind Xhelili.


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HOOP Lighthouse Cities Share Experiences on Circular Bioeconomy

13. September 2022 - 9:51

Biowaste management practices vary greatly around Europe. As part of our HOOP project, stakeholders from ten European cities and regions visited Münster, Germany and Almere, in the Netherlands to learn more from these two frontrunner cities. The inaugural study tour links to the project’s overall aim to improve urban biowaste management practices, such as separate collection and valorisation.

A central goal of the tour was to foster cross-city learning: “It’s not only really important to develop tools to foster European circular bio-economy, you also have to guarantee that other parties across Europe or worldwide have the opportunity to understand what you are doing to be able to apply it in their own territories,” noted Elisa Gambuzzi, Research & Development Technician at the Environment Department of CETENMA, a HOOP project partner,.

In the study tour, members of the HOOP Network of Cities and Regions as well as other HOOP Lighthouses learned more about how Münster and Almere manage their biowaste.

In Münster, participants took part in a guided tour of the AWM biowaste management facilities to learn how the city processes organic matter – from sorting to anaerobic digestion and composting of the digestate (i.e. the material remaining after anaerobic digestion). They had also a chance to visit Münster’s “Landfill Learning Trail”, exploring guiding principles of a modern and resource-conserving circular economy. Finally, the participants experienced firsthand Münster’s biowaste composting facility and learned how it produced quality-sealed compost from green waste.

In Almere, the highlight was one of the most successful biowaste projects to date in the city’s history, namely the production of green concrete. Participants observed this process directly onsite at CIRWINN’s premises. Green concrete was used to build a 3 kilometer-long bike path in Almere.

A visit to the Floriade Expo 2022 concluded the tour, where participants could experience new bridges built from residual material from old bridges and buildings and other constructions made from organic material.

As a result of the study tour, Münster and Almere received both recognition and constructive suggestions for their waste management innovations and facilities.

For further questions, please contact Carina Diedrich.

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Sustainability Hacks To Go: How Our PERETO Project is Promoting Sustainable Consumption in Kyrgyzstan

9. September 2022 - 12:19

Studies suggest that consumers are responsible for as much as 60-70 % of all direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions*, pointing to an urgent need to change consumption habits and endorse more sustainable lifestyles. Through an awareness-raising campaign, our PERETO project is inspiring Kyrgyz citizens as well as international tourists to consume in more sustainable ways.

PERETO, which stands for ‘Promotion of Energy Security and Sustainable Growth Through Increased Energy and Resource Efficiency (ERE) in Tourism SMEs in Kyrgyzstan,‘ aims to support the advancement of sustainable production and consumption (SCP) practices and energy and resource efficiency (ERE) among SMEs in Kyrgyzstan’s tourism sector. To achieve this, PERETO engages not only with SMEs but also their business associations, public authorities, financial institutions, ERE solutions and service providers, as well as universities, tourists and local residents.

In 2021, together with the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Kyrgyzstan, the CSCP launched the SAKTA movement, meaning ‘To Save’. The campaign invited young adults to support domestic tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic, switch to more sustainable consumption habits, and engage in protecting and preserving the environment. The campaign includes online and offline activities such as monthly clean-ups near popular sites such as the Issyk-Ata waterfall or the Alamedin gorge. By combining clean-ups with recreational activities, the PERETO project wants to inspire younger generations to rediscover Kyrgyzstan’s natural beauty and take an active role in promoting and preserving it.

In order to reach out to larger audiences, in summer 2022 the CSCP and AUCA launched a social media campaign with easy but efficient sustainable lifestyle hacks targeting Kyrgyz citizens as well as international travellers. Individual hacks are shared on PERETO’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels, containing messages that are both relatable to local target groups (in Kyrgyz) as well as international tourists (in English).

The PERETO project works closely with relevant local stakeholders, including consumers, to promote production and consumption practices that lead to a sustainable tourism sector in Kyrgyzstan.

*Druckman & Jackson, 2016

For further questions, please contact Kartika Angraaeni. 

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Digital with Purpose: Meet us at the Global Summit on 27 September in Lisbon!

8. September 2022 - 13:59

Our world is becoming increasingly digital, most recently also in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Against this backdrop, it is relevant to ask: how can our collective action be steered so that we create more value through digital solutions? The Digital with Purpose Global Summit 2022 is bringing global tech leaders and key actors in one place to strengthen their commitment to innovate and implement solutions for a sustainable and inclusive future.

“We are creating a fast-paced movement to deliver actionable and measurable results in line with the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals – where technology, innovation and collaboration transform the lives of billions of people, sustainably”, says Luis Neves, CEO of Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), the summit host and lead organisation of the Digital with Purpose initiative.

The CSCP is a GeSI board member and Digital with Purpose member supporting the summit. As part of the agenda, the CSCP Executive Director, Michael Kuhndt will host the workshop “Treasure Hunting: How to Find Conscious Digital Purpose in Your Organisation”, delivered in collaboration with HumanityE, a global movement based on the ‘conscious leadership’ perspective.

The expectation to deliver sustainable value to society has never been so high on the agenda. However, what does this truly mean in practice, particularly regarding products and services in the digital sector? When asked to incorporate sustainability into their organisation’s practices, decision-makers are often unsure how to go about it. Finding direction and breaking the journey down into concrete steps can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Using conscious leadership techniques and showcasing concrete strategies on how to improve sustainability practices by taking the viewpoints of a diverse array of relevant stakeholders, the workshop aims to help organisations and businesses to discover more ways to help customers, employees, and society at large, to live and work sustainably.

Date: 27 September 2022
Time: 11:00-13:00
Place: Altice Arena, Lisbon
Cost: Free of charge

For additional information, please visit the Digital with Purpose Summit website. To register for the event, please go here.

For further questions, please contact Mariana Nicolau.

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Join Our #EUCircularTalk on 15 September 2022: Accelerating Circular Behaviours – How Can Digitalisation Help Us?

6. September 2022 - 14:27

What are the missing pieces in the puzzle in order to make circularity the norm among consumers in Europe? What can stakeholders such as retailers, city representatives, policymakers, and civil society organisations (CSOs) do to enable circular behaviours among consumers? How can digitalisation play a supporting role in this process? At the #EUCircularTalk Accelerating Circular Behaviours – How Can Digitalisation Help Us? the CSCP will bring together experts and stakeholders to discuss these questions and share ideas on next steps.

Changes in consumption behaviours and lifestyles are increasingly recognised as one of the key levers for enabling the transition to a Circular Economy. Users play an important role in advancing circular solutions to close material loops. Recent data suggests that despite increased efforts to engage consumers, there is still great room for improvement. For example, even though there is increased awareness on environmental and fairness issues in global textile chains, fast fashion companies are still market leaders in Europe.

On 15 September 2022, 10:00-11.30 CEST, as part of the #EUCircularTalks, the CSCP will host a discussion that looks to dive deeper into behavioural challenges that consumers face when it comes to endorsing more circular behaviours and how such challenges can be tackled. The talk will touch upon digitalisation opportunities but also its challenges and limitations, also in view of new digital tools such as the Digital Product Passport, supporting APPs, and the role of Artificial Intelligence. Experts will share their experiences and discuss implications for the future with interested European stakeholders.

The CSCP will host the talk on behalf of the Leadership Group “Enabling Circular Behaviour through Digitalisation” of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) .

Speakers and panellists:

  • William Neale, Advisor for the circular economy, DG ENV, European Commission
  • Tilman Santarius, Professor for SocioEcological Transformation, Technical University of Berlin (tbc.)
  • Cynthia Reynolds, Founder, Circular Regions
  • Markus Terho, Project Manager, Biodiversity and everyday life, Sitra
  • François Dessart, Behaviour Insights Unit, JRC (tbc.)
  • Tiina Vyyryläinen, EESC member

Date: 15 September 2022
Time: 10:00-11:30 CEST
Place: Online
Language: English

For additional information, please visit the #EUCircularTalks page. To register for the event, please go directly here.

The #EUCircularTalks are an exchange concept organised within the framework of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP), to which the CSCP is a Coordination Group member.

For further questions, please contact Mariana Nicolau or Imke Schmidt.

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Meet us at the Circular Economy Hotspot in Bottrop on 14 September 2022!

6. September 2022 - 13:20

From 12 to 14 September 2022, the international Circular Economy Hotspot will take place in the former mining town and current Innovation City of Bottrop, Germany. On three event days, the topics of circular economy, resource conservation and increasing efficiency will be highlighted in order to accelerate the transformation towards the circular economy and to find innovative solutions. 

On 14 September 2022, the CSCP executive director, Michael Kuhndt will be part of a panel discussion on the topic of „Exploring Enabling Drivers for a Circular Economy Transformation”. The discussion will look into questions such as what are the insights of key enablers of an accelerated transformation towards a Circular Economy. The discussion will also focus on the whole transformation environment, including financing, consumer behaviour, policy regulations, and standards.

Following the panel discussion, CSCP’s Anna Hilger will hold one of the learning lab sessions on the topic of “Digitalisation as an Accelerator of the Circular Economy”. The session will engage participants to discover how digital technologies can support the enablement of circular economy along the value chain. In order to make the learning experience more tangible best practices will be presented and serve as a reference for the active workshop part of the lab.

For further details on the programme, please visit the Circular Economy Hotspot website. To book your ticket, please go here.

Event: Circular Economy Hotspot Bottrop
Date: 14 September 2022
Time: 14:00-16:00
Place: Bottrop, Germany
Language: English

For further questions, please contact Anna Hilger.

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Increasing Impact Through Behavioural Know-How: The Example of Our weiter_wirken Programme

1. September 2022 - 13:20

After a four-month journey during which 20 representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) learned, gained experience and exchanged ideas on the topic of behaviour change, they successfully completed our capacity building programme weiter_wirken.

During the course of the programme the group learned to facilitate and enable behaviour change in their projects and by involving relevant stakeholders. In the last workshop the focus was on collaboration and impact assessment as key elements of successful sustainability projects.

The participants, who are representatives of sustainability and One World projects in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), brought their own projects into the training programme and had the chance to work on specific behaviours in order to better understand their target groups.

Projects varied from ones focusing on fair trade, healthier and more sustainable food choices or getting citizens actively involved in the sharing economy. Key to the programme was to support the participants in defining which ideas, partnerships, and content they could use to best reach their target groups. In exchanges with each other the participants shared lessons learned on keeping target groups involved, motivated and active.

weiter_wirken is a cooperation project between the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), ecosign / Akademie für Gestaltung and the Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

For further questions, please contact Jennifer Wiegard.

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Join us at the Circular Futures Festival on 14 and 15 of September to Co-Create Solutions!

1. September 2022 - 12:27

Circular economy approaches are becoming ever more important in responding to environmental challenges such as the climate change. Multiple actors, including policymakers, businesses, cities, civil society and other stakeholders have recognised that an orientation towards circular strategies is necessary to achieve a future-oriented and environmentally-friendly economy and society. The question is, however, what can circular strategies look like in practice and how to make them work for all?

Launched in 2021, the Circular Futures Festival will take place for the second time on 14 and 15 September 2022 to find answers to such questions and show what circular transformation can look like in practice. The event will serve as a networking platform for interested stakeholders who are professionally involved in the circular transformation to share experiences, visions, business models as well as inspire each-other to work together toward a more sustainable economy.

The Circular Futures Festival will take place as a hybrid event, in which CSCP’s Marianne Magnus-Melgar will host an online session on 14 September, 15:30-16:30 on the topic of digitalisation as an enabler for circular business models. Emphasis will be placed on how digital technologies can contribute to driving circular strategies into action in companies. To register for the event, please go here.

In addition to the online programme, an in-person local one will run in local hubs in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Kassel and other cities with exciting events and opportunities to exchange and start new collaborations.

The festival welcomes everyone who wants to learn and exchange ideas on the topic of the circular economy: whether small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), academic researchers or civil society representatives – everyone is invited to join and become an active part of the Circular Futures Festival!

Date: 14 – 15 September 2022
Place: Online & Local Hubs
Cost: Free of charge
Language: Mainly German

The CSCP is a Circular Futures Festival partner, working with other organisations and stakeholders to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy in seamless and inclusive way.

For further questions, please contact Marianne Magnus-Melgar.

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How to Become a Sustainable Company Through Co-Creation: The Story of Storch-Ciret

31. August 2022 - 13:50

Aspects such as integrating sustainability, practising responsive working methods, cross-functional collaboration or strengthening psychological safety, are becoming central to the strategic planning of businesses that want to become future-proof. So why not try to tackle multiple agenda items at the same time with a process driven by employees themselves?

In early 2021, we embarked on such a journey with Storch-Ciret Group (GSC), a Wuppertal-based painting-tools supplier with over 1,600 employees in 17 countries and more than 18,000 products in its portfolio. Its CEOs, Jörg Heinemann and Daniel Rogusch, approached the CSCP with the following questions: “As market leaders in the European painting tools industry, we bear responsibility for our generation and for future generations. We have anchored sustainability in our corporate values and want to find a healthy long-term balance between economic, ecological, and social requirements. But where should we start to increase the anchoring of sustainability in our company? And how can we involve our employees so that sustainability becomes an inherent part of all our activities?”

These questions led to a series of workshops with GSC’s Executive Committee facilitated by the CSCP, discussing the company’s sustainability purpose and identifying priority areas of action. This process paved the way for the start of GSC’s project “forgenerations” in January 2022. The project team was set up in a rather unconventional way: GSC opted for an open application process and invited all its employees to invest a core share of their working time as sustainability ambassadors to work together on its sustainability roadmap and implement it step by step.

Cemile Özügul, project lead and head of marketing at GSC, explains: “The desire to think and act in a meaningful and sustainable way is constantly increasing in our professional and private lives. We want to turn words into actions and generate real change from within our organisation. For this, we need both the brains and the time of our colleagues and to provide space for experimentation.”

Today, a cross-functional project team of 25 sustainability ambassadors from sales, product development, human resources (HR), logistics, marketing and other business areas drives the definition and implementation of GSC’s sustainability measures. The “forgenerations” team works in a self-organised and responsive way with regular feedback loops, thereby fostering co-creation and ensuring results are tested before being rolled out. The CSCP’s role is to facilitate the process of introducing responsive ways of working and to provide content on identified topics such as measuring sustainability, sustainable products and business models or sustainable organisational development.

Based on our collaboration with GSC so far, here are our top ingredients for success to drive sustainability from within the organisation:

  • Start with the “Why” and strengthen the purpose
  • Set up a cross-functional team to bring in a range of perspectives
  • Introduce responsive ways of working
  • Do not treat sustainability as an “add-on”
  • Invest sufficient time for a proper kick-off phase
  • Have a clear mandate and commitment from Top Management
  • Encourage freedom to experiment

To exchange with us on how to incorporate sustainability in all hallmarks of your company through building responsive teams that drive the agenda, please contact Hanna Perrin.

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Join the PSLifestyle Living Lab in Solingen on 14 September to Co-Create 100 Actions for a Sustainable and Good Life!

25. August 2022 - 14:05

Turning down the heat, cycling more often or reducing food waste – we all have countless opportunities to reduce our personal carbon footprint. Yet, the question is how to identify which actions have the biggest impact and how to turn them into long-lasting habits. This is what the upcoming PSLifestyle Living Lab workshop is about. Together with citizens from Remscheid, Solingen and Wuppertal (Germany) we will identify and co-create 100 actions for a sustainable and good life across key areas such as housing, food, mobility, and consumption.

A major goal of the workshop is to gather as many perspectives as possible – which actions fit to which living contexts, how to integrate sustainability into specific lifestyles, what valuable lessons could be borrowed from other cases. There will be plenty of room for exchange, learning as well as brainstorming.

Throughout a series of workshops, the PSLifestyle project aims to enable citizens to co-create 100 actions for a sustainable life, which will then be embedded into the PSLifestyle tool. The tool will be an asset to citizens all over Europe not only to calculate their consumption carbon footprint but also make concrete plans to reduce it. The PSLifestyle Tool is currently being developed together with the PSLifestyle Living Labs participants and it will be launched in 2023 in Germany and 7 other European countries.

Event: PSLifestyle Living Lab Workshop
Date: 14 September 2022
Time: 17:00 -20:00  (with an optional get together at the end)
Place: Gläserne Werkstatt, Hauptstraße 61-63 (Fußgängerzone), Solingen-Mitte, Germany

Are you curious? Do you have interesting ideas to share? Join us by registering here!

Are you an organisation that works with different social groups? As a key stakeholder, we invite you and your members to participate and share your thoughts. A diverse and inclusive exchange is our goal.

The workshop and the PSL tool are part of the PSLifestyle project, which is funded by the European Union. Two workshops have already taken place in Wuppertal in spring 2022 and a first version of the PSL tool has already been created.

Three additional workshops will be organised in Germany in the upcoming months, the next one being on 12 November 2022.

Besides Germany, the PSLifestyle Living Labs Workshops will take place in 7 other European countries: Portugal, Finland, Estonia, Italy, Slovenia, Greece and Turkey. If you live in any of these countries, don’t miss the opportunity to join and co-create impactful actions. Connect with us and find out more!

For further questions, please contact Arlind Xhelili.

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How to Build a Geodesic Dome in Your Community? – Join our Gläserne Werkstatt Workshop on 23-25 September 2022!

15. August 2022 - 10:50

A geodesic dome is not simply an amazing geometric structure made of triangles that together form a dome. In fact, the support-free space that the dome provides can be used in countless creative ways. This is why in urban areas geodesic domes are being used more and more as greenhouses, mediation spaces, or meeting rooms for community gatherings. As part of our Gläserne Werkstatt project and together with different local actors, we will host a how-to-build-a-geodesic-dome workshop on 23-25 September 2022 in Solingen, Germany. The goal is not only to create a geodesic dome as a space that citizens of Solingen can use in the future but also to teach and empower the workshop participants to recreate geodesic dome in other places.

As a place for quality and sustainability in the Bergische Städtedreieck, the “Gläserne Werkstatt” also stands for innovative thinking, new products, and networking.

The workshop is particularly aimed at people who would like to recreate a geodesic dome, for example in schools, in an urban gardening project or in community gardens. Most of the steps do not require any previous craft knowledge, so the participants can easily learn how to use a handsaw and a screwdriver during the construction. Individual construction stages are somewhat more complex, therefore basic technical knowledge and experience in woodworking are required for independent reconstruction.

Are you interested in getting to know and help to build a structure that can be used in many interesting ways? Register now! Participation is free of charge, but there is a limited number of available spots.

Event: Let’s Build a Geodesic Dome Workshop
Date: 23 – 25 September 2022
Place: Gläserne Werkstatt, Hauptstr. 61-63 (pedestrian zone), 42651 Solingen
Language: German
Cost: Free of charge

For additional information and to register, please go here.

The Gläserne Werkstatt is a joint initiative of the city of Solingen, the Wirtschaftsförderung (Economic Development Agency), the Handelsverband Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (Trade Association NRW), the Forum für Soziale Innovationen (Forum for Social Innovation) and the CSCP.

The project „Urbane Produktion im Bergischen Städtedreieck – Wettbewerbsfähigkeit, Innovation, Quartiersentwicklung /Die Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen – Produzieren, Partizipieren und Profitieren im Bergischen Städtedreieck” (“Urban Production in the Bergisches Städtedreieck – Competitiveness, Innovation and City Quarter Development”/Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen – Producing, Participating, Profiting”) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

For further questions, please contact Jennifer Wiegard.


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CSCP Provides Scientific Support to the Campaign #Wirdrehenrunter: How Colder Washing Can Protect the Climate

11. August 2022 - 13:17

Did you know that lowering the washing temperature of your laundry from 40°C to 30°C can have as big an impact as saving around 38% CO2 emissions? Maybe you contemplated if washing at lower degrees provides the same cleaning results? Truth is, improved detergent formulas work just as well in colder temperatures. In turn, cold-washing saves energy leading to significant reductions in CO2 emissions. The CSCP has scientifically supported the process of developing a campaign design based on behavioural science as well as an evaluation methodology to show the effects of the campaign on the washing behaviour of consumers in Germany.

In August 2022, WWF Germany and the consumer goods manufacturer Procter & Gamble (P&G) Germany have launched a Germany-wide cooperation to raise awareness on the impact of the washing temperature among consumers. The campaign #Wirdrehenrunter aims to reduce Germany’s average washing temperature by one degree per year, thus cutting down the overall CO2 emissions.

Behaviour change is at the core of this campaign and the field in which the CSCP supported the process of the partners with its scientific expertise. Certain practices of doing laundry are so deeply ingrained in the way consumers run their household chores that it takes a deeper understanding to change them for the better. The CSCP has designed the internal process with WWF and P&G to understand current washing behaviours and barriers for change as well as opportunities which could offer a springboard to changing consumer behaviours toward more sustainability. In a co-creation process, different previously successful tools to accelerate behaviour change where matched with the identified barriers and informed the campaign design. As a second step, the CSCP has also supported WWF and P&G in developing a scientifically-sound methodology to evaluate the success of the #Wirdrehenrunter campaign in terms of washing temperature reduction and the overall impact. Different qualitative and quantitate evaluation elements have been identified to best fit the purpose and been reviewed by an external expert panel.

“Turning down the washing temperature is a great example for a behaviour change intervention which can help each of us to reduce emissions at the household-level. Applying a behavioural model filled with all the knowledge the partners already brought to the table made it very clear which barriers exist for consumers to change their behaviours: Habits that are passed on over generations, concerns about the hygiene of laundry or hard-to-find cold wash settings of washing machines are some of them. It is very exciting that P&G and WWF Germany have agreed to address these barriers with a large campaign and that we will be able to monitor the results closely to learn what works and what doesn’t, something that is hardly ever done and will massively increase the knowledge for the scientific and business communities”, says Rosa Strube, Head of Sustainable Lifestyles at the CSCP, who leads the work from the CSCP side.

The evaluation methodology will be implemented during the next 12 months to assess the campaign’s impact, understand emission reductions, generate learnings for improving the campaign elements, and inform other campaigns aimed at changing consumer behaviour.

For further information, please contact Rosa Strube.

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Food Waste Reduction Measures That Work: A Case Study Collection From the Dialogue Forum

11. August 2022 - 11:30

Protective layers for fruit and vegetables, fresh “gastro deals”, “dynamic markdown pricing”, consumer acceptance of fruits and vegetables with blemishes, 100% food redistribution to charities – all of these are measures that the retail and wholesale sector can take to reduce food waste. Considering their interfaces to suppliers, customers, and redistribution, retail and wholesale hold a great potential to contribute to more food appreciation and less waste. Our new case study collection as part of the Dialogue Forum presents inspiring measures that create real impact when it comes to food waste reduction.

The publication is an exemplary analysis and illustration of individual food waste reduction measures implemented by companies participating in the Dialogue Forum for Wholesale and Retail for the reduction of food waste in Germany.

The forum has been initiated by the German Federal Government as a contribution to its National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste adopted in February 2019. From September 2019 to August 2022, 23 companies from the wholesale and retail sector participated in the Dialogue Forum. In a declaration of participation, the companies committed to cooperate with a social redistribution organisation and to improve data quality and quantity on food waste. Additionally, the companies implemented individually chosen activities to reduce food waste at the interface with their suppliers, within their markets / direct sphere of influence, at the interface with customers and to further improve the redistribution of unsold but still edible food.

The aim of this collection of case studies is to showcase the various activities of the forum members to further contribute to the reduction of food waste. By creating visibility for single activities, imitation should be inspired and the exchange of experiences fostered.

The case study collection is available in German and includes the following sections:

  • Reduction measures at the interface to suppliers
  • Reduction measures in the internal area of responsibility
  • Reduction measures at the interface to customers
  • Measures to improve redistribution practices

The National Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Industry is carried out by the CSCP in collaboration with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut.

For further information, please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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