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Addressing Food Waste: CSCP Joins the European Consumer Food Waste Forum

1. Februar 2023 - 10:21

Data shows that the highest share of food waste is generated at the consumption stage, including households and food services such as school, hospital, or company canteens. Behavioural factors are among the leading causes of food waste at the consumer level. A group of multi-disciplinary researchers and practitioners from Europe are working together to collect evidence on these topics, but also find solutions and develop tools to help reduce consumer food waste.

Together, they represent the European Consumer Food Waste Forum, set up by the Joint Research Centre in collaboration with DG SANTE, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety. The forum’s aim is to gather evidence and identify a variety of practical solutions to reduce food waste at the consumer level, including household and food services. The forum will prepare research- and evidence-based recommendations and develop a compendium of effective tools that can be applied by the EU Member States as well as regional and local administrations to help reduce consumer food waste.

In 2022, CSCP’s Senior Project Manager, Nora Brüggemann joined the forum. As an expert on food waste reduction, she will draw on experiences made from CSCP projects such as the EU-funded REFRESH project or the coordination and moderation of the Dialogue Forum of Retail and Wholesale to Reduce Food Waste in Germany. Brüggemann will also work toward creating synergies with our recently-launched project, CHORIZO and link to projects such as REIF, which is looking into approaches and concepts to reduce food waste based on Artificial Intelligence. Brüggemann will also draw on learnings from our behaviour change programmes, the Academy of Change (AoC) and weiter_wirken.

The forum will disseminate its results in summer 2023.

For further information, please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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The CE-RISE Project Has Kicked-Off With Circular Economy and Digitalisation at its Core

31. Januar 2023 - 10:20

In January 2023, the CSCP and 28 projects partners from 12 European countries came together in Dublin, Irland, to kick-off the Circular Economy Resource Information System (CE-RISE) project. In line with the European Green Deal, which aims for net-zero emissions by 2050, the main objective of the project is to minimise the loss of secondary raw materials (SRM) and optimise their reuse within value chains. It will do so by developing and piloting an integrated framework and resource information system.

The information system will identify optimal solutions for the effective reuse, recovery, and recycling (RE) of materials:

  • by defining a set of RE-criteria,
  • incorporating information on these criteria and material composition into the digital product passport (DPP),
  • enhancing the DPP with information on the product environmental footprint (PEF) and socio-economic and environmental (SEE) impacts of reuse, recovery, and recycling processes,
  • enabling confidential and anonymised information exchange between actors along value chains based on blockchain technology,
  • and providing an open-access software application to disseminate information on the assessment of RE criteria, PEF and SEE impacts of products to all stakeholders, including consumers and policymakers.

The CE-RISE information system will be piloted through the development, implementation and evaluation of five case studies in the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT), heating systems, photovoltaics and batteries. In particular, the role of the CSCP will entail stakeholder engagement and training by identifying RE and SEE criteria for product systems, providing recommendations on how to efficiently and effectively implement RE-criteria in companies as well as developing training and learning materials for different stakeholders along the value chain. In addition, the CSCP will be involved in providing the theoretical basis for the case studies.

At the project kick-off in Dublin, organised by the project coordinator, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), the project partners presented and discussed the different project work streams and aligned on how to best collaborate toward greater impact.

CE-RISE will run for four years by working in collaboration with 28 partners, associations and affiliations from universities, research institutes, recycling companies and producer responsibility organisations, amongst others. CE-RISE is funded by the European Commission.

For further questions, please contact Marianne Magnus-Melgar.

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Join Us at the Water Projects Europe Community of Practice Meeting on 14 February 2023!

30. Januar 2023 - 14:11

When an emergency situation occurs, first responders, law enforcement, and emergency medical services are the first to arrive on the scene. Behind the scene, a whole chain of additional relevant actors need to be involved and aligned. Our PathoCERT project, which focuses on increasing capacities of first responders in cases of waterborne pathogen emergencies, takes a Communities of Practice (CoP) approach to bring all stakeholders together and enable collaboration.

At the Water Projects Europe 2023 event, PathoCERT joins two other innovative European projects utilising Communities of Practices as a multi-stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and co-creation format. The goal of the event is to showcase the added value of the CoP format, but also to learn, exchange, and discuss ways on how to improve CoPs in the future.

All three projects, PathoCERT, ULTIMATE and WATER MINING work toward more sustainable and safer water management, however they vary on their specific approaches. PathoCERT’s focus is on increasing the ability of first responders to rapidly detect waterborne pathogens; ULTIMATE aims to create economic value and increase sustainability by valorising resources within the water cycle; and WATER MINING addresses the challenge of a dwindling water supply by exploring alternative water sources and developing sustainable water management solutions.

During the meeting, project representatives will share their individual experiences of implementing and conducting regular CoP meetings. They will share benefits of using the CoP format, learn from each other’s challenges, and create synergies that can continue beyond project cycles.

Event: Water Projects Europe 2023: Communities of Practice
Date: 14 February 2023
Time: 09:30-12:00 CEST
Location: Online
Language: English
Costs: Free of charge

To join the event, please register here.

The event is organised by Water Europe in collaboration with PathoCERT and is part of the event series Water Projects Europe, aiming to bring together projects on water related topics. Connecting similar projects will encourage an exchange of experiences, support aligned policy development and stimulate the market uptake of innovative solutions. The CSCP will present how the CoPs were implemented in PathoCERT and co-moderate the plenary exchange with Water Europe.

For further information, please contact Francesca Grossi.

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The Final Report of the Dialogue Forum Highlights Companies’ Commitment and Engagement to Reduce Food Waste

26. Januar 2023 - 12:40

From 2019 to 2022, the CSCP coordinated and moderated the Dialogue Forum for the Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail in Germany (HandelsforumRVL). In support of the German government’s goal to significantly reduce food waste along the supply chain by 2030, the Dialogue Forum had a mandate to map the reduction of food waste, set relevant targets up to 2030, develop suitable formats for implementation and monitoring, and to agree on these in the form of a target agreement. The final report reviews the achievements of the 23 involved companies, including the drafting of an ambitious target agreement towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3, currently being reviewed by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

A total of 23 companies (18 companies from the food retail sector and six from the food wholesale sector) emphasised their willingness to cooperate by signing a declaration of participation in the Dialogue Forum for the years 2019-2022 and actively contributed to achieving the set objectives.

During the course of the Dialogue Forum, the 23 participating companies have engaged on many levels and achieved numerous results, including the following:

  • The participating companies implemented far more than the minimum four required elective measures from three categories. Between September 2019 and April 2022, the 23 companies implemented a total of 88 measures internally, 62 measures at the interfaces with suppliers and 52 measures to improve food redistribution. A total of 202 measures were specified. 16 of these measures are described in more detail in a case-study collection, to create visibility for single activities, inspire replication and foster the exchange of experiences. In so-called demonstration projects, three measures were scientifically evaluated with regard to their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • To improve the quality of data on food waste, all members have internally collected relevant information as part of their engagement in the Dialogue Forum. Furthermore, 22 of the companies have provided their own data in the form of write-offs for 2019 and 2020.
  • Four companies have also cooperated with the Thünen Institute to gather insights on the theoretical potential to further extend cooperation for food redistribution.
  • To consolidate the results achieved in the dialogue forum, the members have finally – with the support CSCP – prepared a target agreement in which they commit to reduction measures in support of SDG 12.3 on reducing food losses. It is planned to further discuss the voluntary agreement on a political level and with the companies that participated in the forum.
  • Each of the 23 companies works with food banks, food sharing or local organisations to redistribute food that is still edible. In addition, 52 measures have been taken to further improve the redistribution process.

For additional details, please download the full report.

“The commitment and the variety of different measures to concretely reduce food waste are exciting”, states Nora Brüggemann, the CSCP Senior Manager who coordinated the Dialogue Forum. She further notes that, “Much has been achieved already. However, the experience of the Dialogue Forum shows that regular exchange formats are necessary for practical knowledge gains and competence development, particularly in areas where activities carried out by single companies are not sufficient. This holds true for the implementation of key measures at the interfaces to other sectors (production-retail, retail-consumer or retail-redistribution), which require further attention and alignment.”

“The cooperation in the forum also showed that regarding the impact of the measures, potential assessment, and conflicting goals, there are limits for individual companies but also for sectors. A consistent policy framework and overarching exchange along the entire food supply chain is necessary to effectively resolve the complexity of the task with all stakeholders.”, adds Brüggemann.

“I am deeply impressed by the high level of commitment and engagement the companies have shown with regards to the preparation of an ambitious but still realistic target agreement toward achieving SDG 12.3.”, concludes Brüggemann.

The CSCP coordinated and moderated the Dialogue Forum from September 2019 to August 2022in cooperation with the Thünen-Institute.

For further information, please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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Join Our Webinar on 7 February 2023: Insights From Our sustainable.circular Programme

18. Januar 2023 - 10:15

Circular Economy efforts are not always on target with the desired sustainability results. Our programme, sustainable.circular was developed with this idea in mind: to ensure that developments toward a Circular Economy are guided by a clear objective to achieve greater sustainability. The first round of sustainable.circular focuses on identifying activities and instruments that bridge existing differences between sustainability and circular efforts in German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

During the first phase of this round of the programme, a survey was conducted on the strategic approaches as well as needs within companies when it comes to closing the gap between circularity and sustainability. Aspects such as skills, management tools, and pre-conditions for change processes were analysed in detail. The results were discussed in follow up expert-interviews which generated additional insights and a future outlook. Learnings from these activities will be shared and discussed during the webinar.

In particular, the webinar will address the following questions:

  • Are circular approaches, business models, and products always sustainable?
  • Is sustainability in the future no longer conceivable without circularity?
  • What potentials and challenges do entrepreneurs see in implementing circular approaches?
  • What kind of support do SMEs need when it comes to implementing circular solutions?

Speakers:
Dr. Katharina Reuter, Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft – BNW
Michael Kuhndt, CSCP
Sophie Herrmann, SYSTEMIQ
Dr. Florian Hofmann, Circular Society Platform

Date: 7 February 2023
Time: 15:00-17:00 CEST
Language: German
Cost: Free of charge
Registration: Join the webinar by registering here.

The first round of our sustainable.circular programme is supported and funded by the German Federal Environment Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt – DBU) and in cooperation with the Federal Association for Sustainable Economy (Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft – BNW e.V.).

For further questions, please contact Mike Tabel.

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Our weiter_wirken Project Launches a Community of Practice to Increase Impact

22. Dezember 2022 - 10:51

During the past two years, through our weiter_wirken project we accompanied more than 40 representatives of German civil society organisations (CSOs) and supported them in increasing the effectiveness of their projects. Based on insights from behavioural and communication sciences, the participants were trained to design and communicate behavioural interventions to achieve greater sustainability.

Looking back at two successful rounds of weiter_wirken, one participant noted: “By applying the content to our own practical project, we gained an intuitive approach to knowledge.”, while another emphasized that “Through this training, my project and I have grown and we are now repositioning ourselves in the organisation.”

In order to build a long-term network that enables ongoing collaboration, in November 2022 a weiter_wirken Community of Practice was launched. This way, former participants of the weiter_wirken project can continue to exchange best practices and generate new knowledge on topics of interest.

During the launch event, participants had the opportunity to exchange on the topic of “Transformative Education and Social Change”. Marie Heitfeld, policy advisor in education for sustainable development at Germanwatch e.V., presented the handprint perspective. On this topic, the CSCP and its partners have previously developed The Handprint, a tool for measuring positive sustainability impacts. Further training as part of the weiter_wirken Community of Practice will be organised by the Foundation Environment and Development North Rhine-Westphalia, a project partner.

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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Improving Emergency Response Technologies: Watch the PathoCERT Explainer Video!

14. Dezember 2022 - 12:44

Managing and responding efficiently to disaster situations, requires a high-level of coordination and cooperation from those in charge of the command through to the first responders on the ground. Emergency events linked to waterborne pathogen contamination are among those where stakeholder engagement is crucial to ensure the deployment of appropriate technologies and responses.

Our PathoCERT project is driving forward the development of novel and easily usable technological solutions, services, and governance mechanisms to increase the situational awareness and coordination of first respondents on the ground and key actors operating along the command and control chain, enabling them to rapidly and safely respond to threats. The preparedness level to effectively and timely react and operate in the occurrence of waterborne pathogen contamination events requires not only a set of tailored technologies, but also an effective coordination and collaboration among different stakeholder groups.

PathoCERT brings together those two lines of action connecting key actors with a series of novel tools and technologies. Over the past months, 19 Community of Practice meetings have been organised in the six pilot cities: Granada (Spain), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Limassol (Cyprus), Thessaloniki (Greece), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Seoul (South Korea), engaging a total of approx. 383 participants between external stakeholders and project partners. The latest Community of Practice meeting took place in November 2022 in Cyprus and represented a key milestone. It was the first time that the PathoCERT technology outputs were presented to local stakeholders who were able interact with the tools in real time and provide direct feedback to the technology providers.

Similar Community of Practice meetings will follow up in 2023 combined with on-the-ground training activities and/or tabletop simulation exercise.

If you want to know more about multi-stakeholder engagement processes, check out the PathoCERT explainer video.

Further details on stakeholder management activities within the PathoCERT project are included in the project publications:

The PathoCERT project is funded under the European Union research programme, Horizon 2020 and runs until 2023.

For further information, please contact Francesca Grossi.

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Why Design Is Key for Positive Impact

14. Dezember 2022 - 10:56

Design is on everyone’s lips, so we asked our design team to share how they integrate design in our work. In this interview, Nikola Berger, Head of Creative & Communication and Eva Rudolf, Senior Designer at the CSCP explain how design can be a lever to achieve greater impact.

The CSCP lives by a holistic and impact-oriented understanding of design. Can you explain what this means in a nutshell?

Nikola Berger: Design has been an integral part of how we work for more than a decade: to translate research into language and visuals that can be grasped by a wide audience has supported our goal to mainstream sustainability and often sets us apart from other organisations in the field. Beyond translating, we use design processes (design thinking, service design, human and non-human centric design processes) to bring holistic sustainability perspectives to people in change processes—which is a core aspect of our work.

The majority of our projects have a change component, where design helps achieve solutions on many levels and through different means. Sometimes this happens in creative workshop formats that bring experience and interactive participation into the focus in order to support collaboration and inspire. We call it “getting unstuck!“ Other times we support impactful solutions by working with non-human personas to challenge fixed conceptions and open the door for new ideas.

Can you give us an example?

Nikola Berger: In our Sustainable Island Mauritius (SIM) project, our design team was tasked to support over 40 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop new products or redevelop existing ones more sustainably. Most of these organisations don’t have a product designer and consist of rather small teams that multitask to grow their business on an island with limited local resources. For this group, we translated the enormous amount of design resources that is now available (through many great organisations) into basic modules focused on values and impact closely linked to the local context. We started with sustainable design concepts but included the CSCP’s handprint approach. Then we created a co-creation process between SMEs and the tourism industry to work together to have a positive impact but our approach applies to any design process: A video summary shows a detailed account of our work in the SIM project, highlighting the co-creation process. In addition, our Creative Guide Book summarises our extensive work on the island for 5 years and shares some of the tools that SMEs can adjust and use based on their needs.

You mentioned the handprint approach, how does that apply to design?

Eva Rudolf: We start off with basic sustainable design principles, which means considering the whole lifecycle of a product (or a service, infrastructure, or system) and its impact across all stages. We take a look at the negative impacts of all lifecycle stages and try to reduce it as much as possible. This is key, but an additional aspect that we are trying to include is to also to consider what positive impacts (handprint) a product or the whole organisation/system can have.

In real contexts, how do you design for positive impact?

Nikola Berger: We should design with people and the environment in mind. Is this product (or a service, infrastructure, or system) needed? How will it make the world (someone’s life) better? Does it have to be a product or can we develop a service or experience? Then, as we develop sustainable products or services with the smallest possible footprint, we can consider the positive and regenerative effects we want to have. This often means that we need to collaborate, maybe with the community, across sectors, with civil society organisations (CSOs) and our clients.

So, basically, we need more design in our projects?

Eva Rudolf: Exactly! A lot of the things that we use, look at, or are surrounded by are made by humans. No matter if you use your mobile phone, read a newspaper, watch an ad, use an APP or commute to work – all these things and processes have been designed by people. To make it short, our world is permeated with design and this is what brings it to the centre of transformation processes, making design a key driver of change. To bring it to the sustainability field, it is claimed that about 80% of the environmental impact of a product or service* – in particular its resource and energy consumption along its entire value chain – are already determined in the design phase.

To fully leverage this potential, we advocate bringing experts from our creative network from various disciplines (e.g., product design, design for sustainable behaviour, design for sustainable social innovation, design for system innovations and transitions, and others) into projects and onto the table. For example, when we run a project where developing circular products/models is at the centre, a product designer in the mix of stakeholders is very important.

Across all our projects, we work toward achieving the goals and visions set in major frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or the EU Green Deal. All of these frameworks refer to design as a core tool in change processes.

For further questions, reach out to Nikola Berger or Eva Rudolf directly.

*Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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Our Sustainable Island Mauritius Project Received “Best Tourism NDC” Award at COP 27!

14. Dezember 2022 - 10:45

The number of tourists that Mauritius welcomes every year almost matches that of its 1.26 million inhabitants. This shows the importance of tourism for the country’s economic development. But how could tourism be used as a force for good and support Mauritius to become a “Green Destination”, a goal that the government aspires to achieve by 2030.

To make this happen, comprehensive strategies that reduce the footprint (negative impacts) while increasing the handprint (positive impacts) are essential. As part of the Sustainable Island Mauritius (SIM) project, the CSCP collaborated with the Mauritius Tourism Authority to promote sustainable tourism by demonstrating and scaling up mechanisms for improving sustainability impacts along the value chains. The project brought all relevant stakeholders together through capacity building programmes, networking activities, co-creation workshops, and awareness-raising campaigns.

In recognition of its work, the SIM project was awarded the prize “Best Tourism NDC Investment Initiative of the Year” at the African NDC Investment Summit & Awards at COP27 in Egypt. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are targets that countries determine themselves to stop and mitigate climate change. The Sustainable Island Mauritius project has been awarded for its contribution toward circular, sustainable, inclusive, and regenerative tourism, supporting Mauritius to make substantial progress on its NDC targets. The shortlisted candidates included 100 projects from 43 African countries and all 5 African sub-regions.

The SIM project was funded under the Switch Africa Green Programme, implemented by the Mauritius Tourism Authority (TA) and the CSCP. The recently published final project report highlights promising solutions in the tourism industry that can support Mauritius to achieve the goal of becoming a Green Destination by 2030 as well as to increase its resilience toward global and local challenges, including climate change and biodiversity loss. You can find the full report in our library.

For further questions, please contact Kartika Anggraeni.

 

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Supporting Businesses to Achieve Their Biodiversity Targets

14. Dezember 2022 - 10:14

Businesses from all sectors, from pharmaceutical companies to agricultural corporations, depend on healthy ecosystem services as a prerequisite for their production processes. Our German Biodiversity & Business (UBi) project is supporting businesses to integrate biodiversity into their strategic planning and environmental management and develop goals that reduce biodiversity loss in the first place.

With the launch of its new website, UBi offers companies and business associations a platform where information and know-how are shared in order to support them make forward-looking decisions and find solutions that contribute to biodiversity protection and conservation.

UBi develops sector-specific biodiversity checklists, provides information on greening companies’ premises, shares concrete examples of sustainable supply chains, and offers relevant actors a network to engage and act.

Among others, the UBi website provides detailed insights into the topics:

The UBi website is also a platform to enable learning and exchange, including webinars, coaching sessions, lectures and further training as well as numerous networking events to come together on current relevant topics such as the new German supply chain act, deforestation free supply chains, ESG and other upcoming policies.

For further questions, please contact Ellen Land.

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Recycling of Multilayer Packaging: Engineering Struggle or Technological Innovation?

13. Dezember 2022 - 14:43

The potential of recycling multilayer packaging in Europe is not an easy topic. The packaging solutions are popular with major food manufacturers due to product safety and particular suitability for branding. However, multilayer packaging is prone to numerous challenges related to sorting, separation, and delamination at the end-of-life phase.

How can we increase the rate and recycling quality of multilayer packaging? Are new technologies on waste sorting, layer separation, and material recovery suitable for the waste management sector in Germany? Industry experts discussed these questions in a multi-stakeholder workshop in Cologne in November 2022. At the ‘Packaging Club’ meeting, the CSCP presented new technologies currently under development in MERLIN, an EU-financed project. This included robotic units for detection and sorting of flexible and rigid packaging waste, chemical delamination of the various layers, and recovery of PE and PET monomers.

Waste managers, recycling companies, research institutions, and industry associations discussed the innovation potential of these technologies and critically reflected on the economic and technological feasibility of adopting them for use in the German waste management systems. This feedback from the participants is key for the MERLIN project to gauge the interest, concerns, and reactions of potential end-users to MERLIN products and will help the project align its research and development focus with the demand.

In the following months, the CSCP will co-organise further Packaging Club meetings with international experts around Europe to create a holistic view on MERLIN technologies.

Do you want to participate in the next Packaging Club meeting? Are you interested in the results and first insights of this meeting? Email packagingclub@merlinproject.eu and we will keep you updated!

For further questions, please contact Fiona Woo.

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How to Create Consumer-Friendly Circular Packaging – Watch our Video Series!

13. Dezember 2022 - 13:45

Demands on packaging are increasing: it should be protective, stackable, informative but also practical, attractive and circular. To fulfil these requirements, consumers should be taken on board. That’s why understanding their behaviour is crucial, also in order to understand how behavioural challenges can be overcome.

Circular packaging – that is, packaging designed to be reused, recycled, or composted – is both a question of supply and demand. Of course, companies can and need to opt for the most sustainable packaging approaches. But what if certain types of packaging have a low acceptance level, leading consumers to break the loop?

In the “Club for Sustainable Packaging Solutions” as part of our Consumer Insight Action Panel, the CSCP has worked with retailers, manufacturers, recyclers, academia, civil society, and a consumer community to identify behavioural challenges of consumers when aiming to establish circular packaging solutions. Drawing from the Club member’s expertise, we digged deeper to better understand consumer behaviour and their underlying needs and reasons.

In this video series (in German), we present our findings to decision-makers in companies to encourage and enable them to package both sustainably and in a consumer-friendly way. The series comes shortly before the demand to offer reusable packaging for all to-go food and beverages sold in Germany becomes mandatory on 1 January 2023. The demand (Mehrwegangebotspflicht) is part of the new Packaging Act and obliges companies to offer reusable packaging that is not more expensive or worse off (higher overall product price, limited packaging sizes) than disposable alternatives. The CSCP is part of the Implementation Alliance for the regulatory request and actively involved in the question of how new reusable packaging solutions can also be accepted by consumers.

The video series includes practical and easily-digestible chunks of information (10-18 min per video), including the topic of re-usable packaging. Starting with the chicken-and-egg problem of responsibility for circular packaging, the series also covers packaging myths and complexities, approaches to multiple uses of packaging, and presents design and evaluation tools. Since the retailer’s point of view is always of central importance for manufacturers, we interview experts from two German retail companies in the last video.

The videos are in German and you can watch them by clicking on the respective links below:

The Consumer Insight Action Panel is a CSCP programme. This round of the Club for Sustainable Packaging Solutions was made possible with the support of the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU).

For further questions, please contact Stephan Schaller.

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WertNetzWerke: A New Centre for Digitalisation and Circular Economy for SMEs is Launched!

13. Dezember 2022 - 12:53

Current key topics such as Circular Economy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are becoming ever more important for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). One of the questions to consider is: How can SMEs use AI as a tool to innovate their business models and collaborate to create circular solutions?

The Centre for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises WertNetzWerke (Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum WertNetzWerke) launched in November 2022 under the umbrella of Mittelstand Digital, a network of competence centres funded by the German government to support digitalisation in SMEs. The new centre is a follow up of the recently-concluded Competence Centre eStandards, a Mittelstand Digital project in which the CSCP was a partner.

The WertNetzWerke competence centre will take a hands-on approach through practice-oriented formats and tools. The centre will launch value creation labs for information and training both in virtual set-ups (simulations) as well as through in-person networking. Moreover, a German-wide roadshow and dialogue formats will be organised to enable knowledge transfer.

As one of the six consortium partners, the CSCP will support SMEs with its expertise on Circular Economy, AI and the EU Digital Product Passport (DPP). The CSCP will facilitate  matchmaking and support SMEs in joint projects and initiatives with other actors.

“In the past years, we have seen an increasing interest by SMEs to engage in sustainability and Circular Economy. However, we often find a lack of know-how on how to start and what to implement. By facilitating collaboration between different stakeholders and supporting with digital solutions, we aim to enable SMEs to strengthen their business models and implement hands-on Circular Economy projects”, says Thomas Wagner, CSCP Project Manager.

Through workshops, webinars, and online tools such as the Circular Economy Guide, the new centre will support SMEs in designing and implementing Circular Economy projects.

During the first activities of centre, CSCP’s Mike Tabel presented solutions and best practices of recent years at the workshop “What helps on the way to more digitalisation and resource efficiency?”, hosted by the Institute of the German Economy (IW), while Thomas Wagner joined the “Basque Circular Summit” to exchange on an international level about sustainable Circular Economy, eco-design and the Digital Product Passport.

In addition to the CSCP, the project consortium includes 6 others partners: GS1 Germany, the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME), the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, and the Wisnet Innovation Research Institute (w.i.r.i.).

The WertNetzWerke centre is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz – BMWK) and it will run for 3 years.

For further questions, please contact Thomas Wagner.

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Sustainable Cashmere: The Story of Mongolia

13. Dezember 2022 - 11:03

Based on traditional pastoralist livelihoods, the cashmere and wool sector is a key driver of the Mongolian economy and second only to the extractive industries. It is, however, facing challenges due to increased competition from foreign processors. In the past 4 years, our STeP EcoLab Mongolia project shared knowledge on social and environmental standards with Mongolian wool processors and cashmere herders. We supported them in implementing the newly-acquired practices as well as in communicating the value of sustainable Mongolian cashmere to European and global consumers.

The journey started in 2018 with a comprehensive assessment of the Mongolian wool and cashmere value chain. Herders as well as processors were involved in the analysis, yielding a thorough view on the sustainability risks and opportunities of the sector. The onsite assessment was complemented by an analysis on market demands as well as established sustainability communication instruments that could serve as guidance.

This assessment served as the foundation for the development of several capacity building formats, involving all relevant actors of the value chain and with a focus on linkages to other actors up- or downstream. By connecting the industry’s huge innovation potential with the sustainability demands of European and global target markets, first sustainable product lines were drafted.

In order to improve the industry’s sustainability performance in the long term, a voluntary code of practice (VCP) was developed with industry stakeholders. The document was signed by 18 companies, among them the leading Mongolian companies for wool and cashmere production. The aim of this VCP was ambitious: On one hand, the focus was to increase the sustainability of cashmere production and, on the other hand, to convert the business model according to criteria of established European cashmere sustainability standards.

To ensure that the roadmap defined in the VCP leads to more sustainable value chains, the new practices must be accepted by the market. To raise awareness, the project team worked with relevant stakeholders to develop a label to communicate the efforts of Mongolian cashmere producers to European consumers.

In 2020, the main stakeholders in Mongolia’s Wool and Cashmere sector joined forces as one exhibitor at the Première Vision, the world’s leading trade show for textiles and fibres. The sector put an emphasis on the uniqueness of sustainable, authentic nomadic farming practices and their high value products.

The European consumer demand for sustainable products is on the rise and aspects such as circularity need to be thought through wool and cashmere as well. Moreover, the implementation of a certification scheme for sustainable nomadic practices needs to continue and be further advanced. The CSCP project team is exploring ways to tackle these targets in our upcoming work.

For further information, please contact Pawel Zylka.

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Join the CSCP at COP 15 on the Links Between Biodiversity, Business, and Circular Economy on 12 and 13 December 2022!

12. Dezember 2022 - 10:31

Key global actors have come together at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference CBD COP 15, running from 7 to 19 December in Montreal, Canada, to jointly focus on commitments to tackle biodiversity loss and align action toward its conservation and restoration. The conference is a historic event expected to adopt the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which includes a strategic vision as well as a global roadmap for the conservation, protection, restoration, and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems for the next eight years.

Government leaders will discuss 22 targets that will guide their activities to implement the new Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) roadmap.

The CSCP is at COP 15 in Montreal, with a focus on supporting biodiversity targets that are linked to sustainable consumption and production. For example, target 15 of the GBF maintains that “All businesses assess and report on their dependencies and impacts on biodiversity, from local to global, and progressively reduce negative impacts by at least half, moving towards the full sustainability of extraction and production practices, sourcing and supply chains, use and disposal.”

Our UBi project supports German businesses and business associations in integrating biodiversity into their strategic planning and taking action to achieve biodiversity goals, including the COP 15 targets. In addition, German companies are supported to introduce biodiversity criteria into their environmental management. The CSCP and the UBi project partner Biodiversity in Good Company are at COP 15 following relevant sessions on the links between biodiversity and business as well as engaging and exchanging with key global players.

Considering that resource extraction and the processing of products are linked to biodiversity loss, there is an urgent need to re-think how we produce and consume. Circular Economy is one of the main pathways to the transformative change we need and if implemented appropriately a lever to achieve the targets of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). Through Circular Economy projects and as a member of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP), the CSCP engages with all partners to strengthen the ties between biodiversity and Circular Economy.

At COP15, the CSCP will join the session titled “The Circular Economy as a crucial tool for biodiversity & climate”, organised by ECESP members (IUCN European Regional Office and Ellen MacArthur Foundation). The session will showcase the linkages of circular economy with biodiversity and how innovative economic models support to achieve the targets of the post-2020 GBF.

If you are interested in discussing the interfaces of biodiversity, business and Circular Economy, please reach out to Luis Esquivel at COP 15 or contact Cristina Fedato via email.

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The SCALIBUR Project Wraps Up: 20 Innovative Solutions & Multiple Processes for Better Biowaste Management in Europe

1. Dezember 2022 - 13:26

Over the last four years, 20 partners from eight European countries, including waste management companies, technology developers and research organisations have closely collaborated under the umbrella of our SCALIBUR project. Together, they co-developed a range of innovative solutions and stakeholder engagement processes to address the challenges posed by urban biowaste treatment and management in the EU.

At the final project conference “Breaking barriers for getting the most out of biowaste: From smart collection to innovative valorisation” held in Valencia, Spain, project partners presented 20 innovative solutions developed and tested throughout the project. This included new technologies for smart collection and sorting of biowaste, such as sensors for gas measurement, an algorithm for logistics optimisations, a monitoring system for biowaste treatment plant, and new routes for the valorisation of biowaste.

In addition to technical solutions, the SCALIBUR project has also implemented a variety of engagement activities. In three SCALIBUR pilot cities, Madrid (Spain), Albano (Italy), and Kozani (Greece), the CSCP and local partners engaged key local, regional and national experts operating along the biowaste value chain as well as citizens. A series of activities were held during the Circular Action Week in Albano Laziale and the Climate Neutral Week in Kozani, including workshops, surveys, awareness-raising campaigns and exhibitions. Activities, such as Biowaste Club meetings or SCALIBUR exhibitions served as a stage to kick-off social innovation at the local level and set innovative collaborations across cities and countries into motion.

To learn more about the innovative solutions, processes, and activities developed and implemented throughout the SCALIBUR project, take a look at the project publications:

To increase the SCALIBUR project impact, the co-developed solutions and multi-stakeholder engagement activities, including learnings and insights have been taken up in the follow-up Horizon Europe project HOOP (Hub of Circular Cities Boosting Platform to Foster Investments for the Valorisation of Urban Biowaste and Wastewater).

The SCALIBUR project was a consortium of 20 partners based in Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Irland. The project lasted four years and was funded within the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

For further questions, please contact Francesca Grossi.

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The SCALIBUR Project Wraps Up: 20 Innovative Solutions & Multiple Processes for Better Biowaste Management in Europe!

1. Dezember 2022 - 10:55

Over the last four years, 20 partners from eight European countries, including waste management companies, technology developers and research organisations have closely collaborated under the umbrella of our SCALIBUR project. Together they co-developed a range of innovative solutions and stakeholder engagement processes to address the challenges posed by urban biowaste treatment and management in the EU.

At the final project conference “Breaking barriers for getting the most out of biowaste: From smart collection to innovative valorisation” held in Valencia, Spain, project partners presented 20 innovative solutions developed and tested throughout the project. This included new technologies for smart collection and sorting of biowaste, such as sensors for gas measurement, an algorithm for logistics optimisations, a monitoring system for biowaste treatment plant, and new routes for the valorisation of biowaste.

In addition to technical solutions, the SCALIBUR project has also implemented a variety of engagement activities. In three SCALIBUR pilot cities, Madrid (Spain), Albano (Italy), and Kozani (Greece), the CSCP and local partners engaged key local, regional and national experts operating along the biowaste value chain as well as citizens. A series of activities were held during the Circular Action Week in Albano Laziale and the Climate Neutral Week in Kozani, including workshops, surveys, awareness-raising campaigns and exhibitions. Activities, such as Biowaste Club meetings or SCALIBUR exhibitions served as a stage to kick-off social innovation at the local level and set innovative collaborations across cities and countries into motion.

To learn more about the innovative solutions, processes, and activities developed and implemented throughout the SCALIBUR project, take a look at the project publications:

To increase the SCALIBUR project impact, the co-developed solutions and multi-stakeholder engagement activities, including learnings and insights have been taken up in the follow-up Horizon Europe project HOOP (Hub of Circular Cities Boosting Platform to Foster Investments for the Valorisation of Urban Biowaste and Wastewater).

The SCALIBUR project was a consortium of 20 partners based in Spain, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Irland. The project lasted four years and was funded within the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

For further questions, please contact Carina Diedrich.

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PSLifestyle Living Labs Engage Europeans in 8 Pilot Countries Toward Sustainable Lifestyles

29. November 2022 - 14:13

Establishing more sustainable habits that both fit one’s context and have a high positive impact is not always a simple process. It becomes even more complex when trying to turn such habits into lasting ones. Our PSLifestyle project is working with citizens in 8 European pilot countries to gather insights on what actions fit into the local context and how they can best be integrated into current lifestyles to achieve greater sustainability.

In the second round of PSLifestyle Living Lab workshops, lab participants came together to identify and jointly develop almost 100 actions for sustainable and good living in key areas such as housing, food, mobility, and consumption.

In Finland, participants noted that actions such as “start generating your own energy” should be combined with more information on how quickly such investments would pay off. This, they felt, would encourage more people to plan solar installations for their homes, for example.

Portuguese participants strongly supported the idea of second-hand markets and refurbishing of products, but were aware that there is currently a culture of mistrust towards such markets and that more awareness-raising initiatives are needed to promote them.

The suggestions for measures and actions will be included in the PSL tool, alongside participants’ impressions and suggestions on how to improve the features of the PSL tool after testing it as part of this Living Lab round of workshops.

The inclusion of best practice information, such as APPs to help find cycling routes and/or live information on public transport discounts, would help to encourage more sustainable mobility behaviour, according to the Italian Living Lab participants.

Adding some more gamification elements such as sharing your plans with others, achievement rewards and/or personalised reminders could be some entertaining user engagement additions according to Turkish, Slovenian and German participants.

The PSL tool will support European citizens to calculate their carbon footprint, receive personalised actions to reduce it, select and commit to specific actions, and create their plans for a more sustainable life. The PSL tool will be rolled out in 2023 in the 8 pilot countries of the project: Portugal, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Greece and Turkey.

Are you based in one of these countries and would you like to be involved in the development of the PSL tool? The last two lab meetings in each of these countries will take place in March 2023. At these meetings, you will have the opportunity to share barriers and opportunities to living more sustainably, and work together to develop recommendations for key system actors to make the good life within planetary boundaries a reality. Sign up and register here!

The PSLifestyle Living Labs are part of the EU funded project PSLifestyle – “Co-creating a positive and sustainable lifestyle tool with and for European citizens”.  The CSCP is responsible for coordinating the labs throughout the 8 countries, while running one in Wuppertal, Germany. There are 16 European partners in total delivering the project.

For further questions, please contact Arlind Xhelili.

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CSR.digital Highlights: Staying Sustainable in Times of Crisis Through Digitalisation

24. November 2022 - 13:37

In October 2022, the North-Rhein Westphalian (NRW) state-wide Centre for Business and Digital Responsibility, CSR.digital invited entrepreneurs and representatives from business, politics and civil society to the Design Offices Düsseldorf to discuss how sustainable digitalisation can enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in NRW to position themselves for the future, even in times of crisis.

Since its launch in 2020, the CSR.digital project has linked business, science, and civil society actors as well as start-ups, chambers of commerce and business associations. Through numerous activities and different formats, the project informed and supported them to jointly develop solutions for entrepreneurial challenges in the age of digitalisation and sustainability. Focusing on fields of action such as corporate culture, Circular Economy, digital leadership, or responsibility in the supply chain, CSR.digital opened up new ways of leveraging digitalisation to achieve more sustainability. For example, CSR.digital has served as a platform for innovative companies and advisory organisations, such as Effizienz-Agentur NRW and NRW.BANK, which promote investments in innovative digital and sustainable solutions.

During the event, over 60 participants took part in the creative format “The Resilience Workshop”, getting insights into the work of successful companies such as Vytal, a provider of reusable systems or Wildling Shoes, a pioneer in sustainable work culture. The team of Gut Einern in Wuppertal, led by Jörg Heynkes, provided a glimpse into an entrepreneurial future that enables sustainable living and working with the help of digital technologies. The aim of the format was to stimulate discussions on how digital technologies can be used in support of social and environmental efforts.

The CSR.digital team presented an excerpt of a booklet titled “Workbook for the double transformation of medium-sized businesses in NRW”, which will be published soon. The head of CSCP’s Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship Team, Patrick Bottermann noted: “With the booklet, we want to offer companies the opportunity to take action quickly and independently, without having to generate prior knowledge book by book. Literally, all SMEs we have collaborated with within the scope of this project want to work on the topics of sustainability and digitalisation, preferably in a way that creates synergies. But there is a great need for implementation-oriented and practical support. That’s what we want to address with the booklet.”

The NRW Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy, Mona Neubaur, who attended the event, emphasised: “The mega trends challenge companies to be more self-motivated. It is a matter of shaping change and finding convincing answers to the requirements of a modern, digital, sustainable and competitive economy with the respective products and processes. This requires considerable efforts, which should not be taken alone, but through cooperation and supported knowledge transfer.”

The CSR.digital was carried out by the CSCP in collaboration with the NRW Chamber of Commerce (IHK NRW) and the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU).

For further questions, please contact Patrick Bottermann.

 

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A Space to Promote Sustainability: The Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen Opens its Doors

23. November 2022 - 12:17

After a two-year long period of collaboration, the Gläserne Werkstatt in Solingen opened its doors to the public in October 2022. As a place for quality and sustainability in the Bergisches Städtedreieck, the Gläserne Werkstatt stands for regionality, innovative thinking of new products and processes, and for networking that opens up new paths.

The Gläserne Werkstatt will be a space where businesses and craftspeople can launch, present, or test their innovative sustainable products and services. The vision is to offer a platform where the combination of craftsmanship and high-tech can not only be seen, but also experienced. In addition, the Gläserne Werkstatt will be a place where organisations working toward more sustainability can hold workshops, presentations or events as well as for citizens to come together, interact, and engage.

The space offers 13 mobile cubes, which companies and manufacturers but also community initiatives can rent to promote their sustainable products, services, and activities.

The process leading up to the Gläserne Werkstatt was carried out within the framework of a project with the same name, a collaborative effort of the city of Solingen, the CSCP, and the project partners.

During the course of the project, the CSCP worked on stakeholder engagement to ensure that the Gläserne Werkstatt is an inclusive place. In addition, the CSCP supported the project in selecting suitable criteria for companies and associations that wish to present their products and services at the Gläserne Werkstatt.

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.

Photo © Federmann und Kampczyk design gmbh.

 

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