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The PSLifestyle Project Kicks Off: Co-creating a Sustainable Lifestyle Tool With and For 4 Million European Citizens

25. November 2021 - 9:44

72 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are the result of our daily life choices*. From how we live, choose to travel or what we put on the table – every action we take has an impact on the environment. But this also means that there is a huge potential to drive positive change by motivating, engaging and supporting citizens to strive for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Evidence suggest that attempts to change citizens’ habits by simply informing them on the environmental threats that we face have not led to significant behaviour change. Realising what should be changed often does not lead to the actions needed to actually generate such change. Our recently launched project “PSLifestyle – Co-creating a Positive and Sustainable Lifestyle Tool with and for European Citizens” addresses the challenge of closing the gap between climate awareness and individual action by increasing citizen participation in sustainability issues. A web-based application (APP) will be developed and used to collect, monitor and analyse citizens’ consumption data and to jointly research, develop and implement everyday solutions to mitigate climate change.

The PSLifestyle project will build a data-driven movement with and for the citizens to enable more sustainable lifestyles across Europe. The project’s goal is to engage a total of four million European citizens (with a particular focus on eight European countries) in data collection and sharing through the PSLifestyle APP.

The APP will be based on the consumption-driven carbon footprint calculator ‘Lifestyle Test’, set up by the project partner Sitra  in 2017. In PSLifestyle, a substantially improved version of the APP will be further developed and contextualised to align with the citizens’ local realities. This will be done by creating a localised version of the application through living labs in order to understand local capabilities, opportunities, and motivations. The project will also work with other societal catalysts, such as policymakers, businesses, civil society organisations (CSOs), and the academia to design solutions based on citizens’ collected data.

As a project partner, the CSCP will coordinate citizen engagement activities through living labs in the eight pilot countries as well as act as a local living lab implementer in Germany. It will also cover the large-scale deployment of the PSLifestyle APP across Germany, ensuring that as many citizens use the application and provide relevant data. Moreover, the CSCP will coordinate and design engagement activities with CSOs as well as support engagement activities with industry actors.

The PSLifestyle project is funded under the European Union’s research program Horizon 2020 and it will be running over a period of 3,5 years (2021-2025). The project relies on the expertise of a consortium of 16 European partners.

For further questions, please contact Arlind Xhelili.

**Hertwich and Peters, 2009

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The SCALIBUR Project Publishes Manuals for Stakeholder Engagement in the Urban Biowaste Value Chain

23. November 2021 - 12:05

When it comes to bio-waste valorisation, from sorting and collection up to its conversion into value-added products, close collaboration between relevant actors is the key to success. Our SCALIBUR project highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder processes by sharing experiences and learnings from three European cities in a recently-published series of manuals.

Over 100 million tonnes of biowaste are produced in Europe each year. Roughly 75% of this biowaste ends up in landfills or is incinerated, posing serious environmental challenges. Innovative solutions are needed urgently. This is why our SCALIBUR project brings together leading waste management companies, technology developers and research organisations in four European cities to demonstrate new ways of transforming urban food waste and sewage sludge into high value-added products. Such multi-stakeholder processes are helpful for cities to increase their recycling rate and create new circular economy business opportunities.

The SCALIBUR National Action Manuals analyse the key experiences and learnings from the project´s pilot cities in engaging their stakeholders: Kozani (Greece), Albano Laziale (Italy), and Madrid (Spain). In addition, the manuals share hands-on expertise from a best performing terroritory as represented by the city of Lund (Sweden). The manuals offer a step-by-step guide on how to set up and run a long-term multi-stakeholder engagements in order to enhance the acceptance and adoption of newly developed technologies and processes.

Please go to our library to download the manuals.

For further questions, please contact Francesca Grossi.

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The “Sustainable Digitalisation 2.0” Conference: What SMEs Can Do to Lead Positive Change

23. November 2021 - 11:23

In times like these – with an ongoing pandemic, the pressing challenge of climate change, and new standards stemming from the EU Green Deal – small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have to top-up their efforts in order to stay competitive. Our joint CSR.digital and Competence Centre eStandards online conference “Sustainable Digitalisation 2.0” put the focus on what it takes for SMEs to not only react to changing circumstances but also proactively lead positive change.

How can the two mega trends – sustainability and digitalisation – be interlinked smartly and responsibly? What opportunities do companies have in using digital tools and processes to reach their sustainability goals? What hinders and challenges companies from endorsing digitalisation as a sustainability enabler? While clear-cut answers to such questions are challenging, the conference offered a platform for constructive discussion and stimulating peer exchange.

Insights from the North-Rhine Westphalian (NRW) perspective were shared by Prof. Andreas Pinkwart (NRW Minister of Economy), who also spoke about the need to jointly reflect on digitalisation and decarbonisation in interlinked ways. Almut Nagel from the European Commission elaborated more on the EU Green Deal requirements and the implication they have for SMEs.

Front running SMEs in the field of digital and sustainable development presented their approaches and showcased their positive results in using digitalisation as an enabler for sustainability. Inspiring ideas were taken up in a total of six breakout sessions during which in-depth discussions took place around topics such as trust in the digital economy, climate protection through digital technologies, circular value creation and new work concepts.

A summary paper of the insights and discussions that took place at the conference will be published soon – please check the CSCP news section!

The digital conference “Sustainable digitalisation 2.0: Covid-19 and the European Green Deal as Accelerators and Paradigm Shifts” was co-organised by our projects the Competence Centre eStandards and CSR.digital.

For more information on CSR.digital, please contact Patrick Bottermann.

For further questions regarding the Competence Centre eStandards, please contact Patrik Eisenhauer.

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Pakistani Financial Institutions Get Trained on Green Financing Risk Mitigation

16. November 2021 - 13:33

Financial institutions in Pakistan often face challenges when it comes to properly assessing and addressing the risks of green technology investments. The lack of knowledge, skills and training on the appropriate instruments to mitigate the risks of transactions often hinder them from financing such projects altogether. A recent CSCP training as part the Sugar REET project was aimed at supporting local financial institutions (FIs) to increase their capacities and tap into green investment opportunities.

The CSCP team shared knowledge and practical examples on how to decide which projects to finance based on the lowest environmental, managerial, financial and security related risks. A broad range of topics, such as project development cycles, credit risk assessment, types of credit guarantee schemes, or risk rating tools were covered during the training. External co-financing opportunities were also presented and explained as important incentives for the financial institutions.

A total of 45 representatives of Pakistani financial institutions joined the training, which was conducted in close collaboration with the Iqbal Hamit Trust and the State Bank of Pakistan.

The project Implementation of Resource and Energy Efficient Technologies in the Sugar Sector of Pakistan (Sugar REET) seeks to enhance the resource efficiency of the sugar sector through the adoption of Resource and Energy Efficiency (REE) technologies.

Sugar REET is part of the SWITCH-Asia Programme.

For further questions, please contact Ahmad ur-Hafiz.

Image from Adrienne Andersen, Pexels.

 

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Did You Miss our EU Circular Talk on Consumer Electronics? Watch the Recording Now!

11. November 2021 - 9:54

Consumer electronics waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams. Only 40% of this waste is recycled, let alone repaired or reused. What can policy makers, manufacturers, retailers and last but not least consumers do to stop this downward trend? In October, the CSCP co-hosted an EU CircularTalk on the topic of “Circular consumer electronics: getting it right from design to consumption”, organised by the European retailers’ association EuroCommerce.

The main challenge is the short life span of products, which is why retailers, the recycling industry, researchers and civil society organisations discussed in two panel rounds interventions that can stop this trend and return more electronics to the cycle. The CSCP has conducted various pilot projects to test promising interventions that get consumers to return, repair and reuse old appliances. Insights from these pilots were shared with the #EUCircularTalks audience.

Tiina Vyyryläinen from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Paulo Da Silva Lemos from DG Environment (European Commission) underlined the urgent need to finally act and put an end to the waste of resources in the electronics sector. According to Vyyryläinen, education, lifelong training and self learning must be put in place, while more best practices are needed to show alternatives to the common linear lifecycle of consumer electronics.

CE Talk Video

This Circular Talk was the second organised by the Leadership Group on Retailers, Consumers and Skills in 2021. The group is led by the CSCP and is an initiative of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The CSCP will soon launch its Circular Academy, a six-module training programme aimed at supporting retailers to get consumers on board for more circularity in the electronics sector.

The CSCP has also participated in the EU Circular Talk “Circular textile design: Get it right from the start”. You can find further information here.

Are you interested in circularity at the city level? Get on board and join our next talk in the series of #EUCircularTalks.

Event: “Measuring Circular Economy Impacts in Cities and Regions”
Date: 17 November 2021
Time: 10:00-11:30 CET
Place: Online
CSCP contact person: Cristina Fedato

Please find additional information and register here.

For further questions, please contact Imke Schmidt.

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Aachen Signs the Circular Cities Declaration to Accelerate its Circular Transition

9. November 2021 - 9:38

Some of the main challenges of our era, such as climate change, housing and mobility issues, ageing population, inequality and societal polarisation are especially palpable in cities. At the same time, cities have a huge innovation potential to tackle these challenges. In October 2021, the city of Aachen signed the Circular Cities Declaration, a major step in the city’s efforts to speed up its transition to the Circular Economy, alleviate existing challenges, and pave the path to a more sustainable future.

As demographic and economic epicentres, cities have a critical role to play in making the transition to the Circular Economy happen. The Circular Cities Declaration (CCD) allows local and regional governments to communicate their commitment and gives them a chance to create a shared vision as well as a network of committed organisations to share experiences, challenges, and successes.

The signing ceremony in Aachen’s town hall gathered more than a hundred stakeholders from different organisations, such as universities, business, city administration, civil society – a diverse network as a base for fruitful collaborations in the circularity journey.

As a supporting partner to the CCD network, the CSCP is sharing its circular economy expertise, including holding webinars to signatories. The webinars offer a combination of state-of-the-art theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on advice. In October 2021, the CSCP held a webinar on the topic of citizen engagement and behaviour change for circular cities. Drawing on insights and experience from projects such as Day of the Good Life or the Consumer Insight Action Panel, the webinar highlighted how circularity is highly dependent on citizens, for example in their role as waste and, therefore, resource producers. Other interesting topics revolved around practical examples of engagement and lively discussions with the cities.

Upcoming signatories of the Circular Cities Declaration have the opportunity to achieve better international profiling, access advice and support, and enhance city-to-city cooperation.

The CSCP calls on cities to sign the Declaration and become pioneers in the path to a Circular Economy.

Do you have further questions? Please reach out to Cristina Fedato and let’s engage together!

Photo by Selina Bubendorfer on Unsplash

 

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weiter_wirken Publication: Knowledge and Tools for Successful Sustainability Projects

3. November 2021 - 12:59

How can sustainability be communicated successfully, generate real action, and lead to positive impact? This is the focus of our training and networking programme, weiter_wirken. The recently published booklet “From Thinking to Acting – Knowledge and Tools for Sustainability Projects” summarises the central contents of the training, thus providing civil society organisations (CSOs) with suggestions for project design. It also lays out steps to effective behaviour change and shares useful tools and examples.

weiter_wirken takes the model of our successful Academy of Change (AoC) programme and brings it into the context of the region North Rhine-Westphalia to not only challenge conventional belief systems and practices, but also generate creative ways to introduce and promote more sustainable ones.

In the first round of the training and networking programme (2020/2021), CSOs working for more social and environmental sustainability were trained in numerous workshops on how to design and communicate their projects more effectively and thus increase their positive impact. Participants not only learned about insights from behavioural science, but also had the opportunity to apply them in their projects. At the end of the training, participants set a 10-step plan with helpful tasks and tools to make their projects more effective and have the opportunity to stay in touch through a community of practice.

The ten steps are summarised in a booklet (in German), which also includes examples, tools, and other relevant materials. You can download the booklet here or order a copy for free via the website of Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Are you keen on learning more about how behaviour science can support you to achieve more impact in your sustainability projects? Would you like to be part of a network of like-minded people? Then, subscribe to our weiter_wirken newsletter or check the weiter_wirken website to be the first to know about the start of the application phase in early 2022 for the second round of the weiter_wirken programme!

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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Your Opinion Wanted: Take the Dialogue Forum Survey on Upcycled Food Products

2. November 2021 - 15:05

Chocolate made from confectionery production scraps? Dumplings made from bakeries’ breadcrumbs? Such upcycled products are the result of food rescue, the process of gleaning edible food that would otherwise be discarded. Start-ups and retailers in Germany are looking for consumer feedback in order to identify challenges and opportunities related to the offering of upcycled products. Take the survey and contribute to reduce food waste!

As part of the Dialogue Forum for the Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail, innovative products from young start-ups in the field of food rescue are given central stage at the “Retterregal” (Rescue Shelf) in the sustainability experience market PENNY Grüner Weg, Berlin. Such start-ups are implementing innovative solutions to rescue food whose quality is impeccable, but which is usually wasted due to inefficient supply chains, wasteful production processes, or simply because products don’t look as nice visually.

The survey aims to collect consumer feedback in order to increase and improve the acceptability of upcycled products. Findings of the survey will support start-ups, retailers, but also decision-makers to advance current solutions and generate new ones in the field of food rescue and beyond.

By taking part in the survey (in German), you can make a direct contribution to gaining further insights into how food waste can be sensibly reduced!

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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A New Start for the City of Solingen: The “Gläserne Werkstatt” Opens Its Doors

2. November 2021 - 13:04

Located at the heart of the Solingen city centre, the Gläserne Werkstatt is a showcase and lively marketplace for high-quality and sustainable products and services developed and produced in the region. In what is still an ongoing construction site, first events have been scheduled in November and December 2021, opening doors for visitors.

Each Thursday in 2021, the “Construction Site Truck” (Bau-Wagen), will give visitors the chance to get inspired and be informed about interesting, innovative, and sustainable products and services from Solingen and its surrounding area. The team will be on the site to answer questions, collect feedback and brainstorm on new ideas.

At the “Construction Site Breakfast” (Bau-Frühstück), 6 November & 4 December 2021, amidst a fair-trade breakfast, visitors will be able to have their old knives sharpened and learn how to care for them. The Gläserne Werkstatt project wants to build on Solingen’s rich manufacturing tradition and support manufacturers to offer and promote sustainable and high-quality products.

Event: Bau-Wagen
Date: Each Thursday in 2021
Time: 12:00-15:00
Place: Hauptstraße 61-63, Solingen
Cost: Free
Language: German

Event: Bau-Frühstück
Date: 6 November & 4 December 2021
Time: 10:00 15:00
Place: Hauptstraße 61-63, Solingen
Cost: Free
Language: German

You can find further information here.

The project is planning to use the Gläserne Werkstatt space for presentations, demonstrations, experiments, and exchanges between producers and service providers and visitors. The space brings together traditional companies, local manufacturers, different production and service companies, developers, and start-ups under one roof. The common thread that links everything together: It’s all about “cutting”. In the Gläserne Werkstatt visitors can find knives, scissors and cutlery but also enjoy sustainably-sourced and produced food, textiles, and flowers.

The CSCP is focused on stakeholder engagement to ensure that the Gläserne Werkstatt is an inclusive place. In addition, the CSCP supports the project in selecting suitable criteria for companies and associations that wish to present themselves at the Gläserne Werkstatt. The space offers 16 mobile cubes, which companies and manufacturers can rent to promote their sustainable products. During the funding phase until the end of 2022, the cubes are available free of charge. If you are are a company or association in the Bergische Städtedreieck and interested in getting a cube at the Gläserne Werkstatt to promote your sustainable products or services, please visit the project’s website.

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 Stephan Schaller.

 

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How Can Industrial Digitalisation Enable More Sustainability? – Join Us and Let’s Exchange at this Year’s G-STIC Conference on 26 October 2021!

6. Oktober 2021 - 13:37

Industry 4.0 holds a great potential to reduce the environmental impact of our production systems and enable the Circular Economy. The session “Paving the twin transition road” at the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Community (G-STIC) conference during the World Expo Dubai 2021 will bring together experts and stakeholders to jointly reflect and discuss how such a transition could look like and how to accelerate it.

A recent study for the European Environmental Agency (EEA) conducted by the European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (ETC/WMGE)’s partners Wuppertal Institute, VITO, VTT and the CSCP analyses the opportunities of Industry 4.0 to reduce the environmental impact of our production systems. The focus is set on enabling and sustaining circular economy strategies. The ability of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 as a systemic approach to collect, analyse and transfer data into information, knowledge and wisdom is foundational for scaling up the circular economy. This has also been acknowledged by the 2020 EU Industrial Strategy, where the acceleration of the twin transition is also a key focus. Accordingly, the report investigates potential benefits and illustrates them based on case studies of existing technology applications. It also shows that technologies for digital manufacturing require close attention with regard to their own environmental footprint.

The G-STIC session “Paving the twin transition road” builds on the findings of this study. Throughout the session, participants will have the opportunity to hear about the main insights and learnings stemming from the study. They will also jointly reflect and discuss with expert stakeholders on related implications and leverage points for a twin (green and digital) transition.

Date: 26 October 2021
Time: 12 – 13:30h. (CEST) / 14:00 – 15:30h. (GST, Dubai)
Format: Online
Language: English

For more details, please have a look at the programme here.

Do you work or are interested in digitalisation and sustainability-related topics? Do you want to learn more how digitalisation can support the shift toward more sustainable development and circular economy? Then, register here, join us at the G-STIC conference and become part of the change!

For further questions, please contact Arlind Xhelili.

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How Can Industrial Digitalisation Enable More Sustainability? – Join Us and Let’s Exchange at this Year’s G-STIC Conference on 26 October 2021!

6. Oktober 2021 - 13:37

Industry 4.0 holds a great potential to reduce the environmental impact of our production systems and enable the Circular Economy. The session “Paving the twin transition road” at the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Community (G-STIC) conference during the World Expo Dubai 2021 will bring together experts and stakeholders to jointly reflect and discuss how such a transition could look like and how to accelerate it.

A recent study for the European Environmental Agency (EEA) conducted by the European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (ETC/WMGE)’s partners Wuppertal Institute, VITO, VTT and the CSCP analyses the opportunities of Industry 4.0 to reduce the environmental impact of our production systems. The focus is set on enabling and sustaining circular economy strategies. The ability of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 as a systemic approach to collect, analyse and transfer data into information, knowledge and wisdom is foundational for scaling up the circular economy. This has also been acknowledged by the 2020 EU Industrial Strategy, where the acceleration of the twin transition is also a key focus. Accordingly, the report investigates potential benefits and illustrates them based on case studies of existing technology applications. It also shows that technologies for digital manufacturing require close attention with regard to their own environmental footprint.

The G-STIC session “Paving the twin transition road” builds on the findings of this study. Throughout the session, participants will have the opportunity to hear about the main insights and learnings stemming from the study. They will also jointly reflect and discuss with expert stakeholders on related implications and leverage points for a twin (green and digital) transition.

Date: 26 October 2021
Time: 12 – 13:30h. (CEST) / 14:00 – 15:30h. (GST, Dubai)
Format: Online
Language: English

For more details, please have a look at the programme here.

Do you work or are interested in digitalisation and sustainability-related topics? Do you want to learn more how digitalisation can support the shift toward more sustainable development and circular economy? Then, register here, join us at the G-STIC conference and become part of the change!

For further questions, please contact Arlind Xhelili.

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We Need More Sustainability to Alleviate Social Injustices

30. September 2021 - 12:30

Campaigning for regenerative cities, supporting migrant entrepreneurship in Malta, or managing EU funds for a cleaner Baltic Sea – a multifaceted engagement for more sustainability sits at the core of Fiona Woo’s résumé. Her dream project: to co-design urban spaces together with local residents and businesses that keep people at the centre. Learn more about the new CSCP project manager in her own words!

How did you come about to join the CSCP?

Since my very first internship in the field of renewable energy, it has been important for me to find meaning in my work and to believe that I am contributing to making the world a better place for current and future generations. I was inspired by CSCP’s projects that tackled a wide range of sustainable consumption and production issues and its hands-on project work. Social and environmental sustainability sits at the core of my professional life, from campaigning for regenerative cities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to supporting migrant entrepreneurship in Malta to managing EU funds for a cleaner Baltic Sea. These experiences share something in common with the CSCP – namely, the motivation to create opportunities for a good life for all people. The interdisciplinary perspective I have from my academic background in economics and political science is also something I see applied by the CSCP in its work.

It is clear that sustainability informs your life and work substantially, can you explain more?

Although my professional experience so far has been mainly in environmental sustainability, my work has always been driven by a passion for social justice. When heavy metals seep into groundwater due to a nearby mine, it is local communities that struggle to access clean drinking water. When climate change causes the annual crop yield to dry up, it is farmers who lose their livelihood. The effects of environmental damage are exacerbated in already vulnerable groups that have neither disposable income nor political clout to improve their situation. Advocating for more sustainable systems in my professional and private life is my way of trying to fight these injustices.

We live in dynamic and unprecedented times. How can we ensure that sustainability is kept high on the agenda in current transformations and transitions?

In democracies, citizens speak with ballots and ballots are the currency that policy makers listen very closely to. Those ballots are informed by public discourse, so we need to inspire broadly – across demographics and communities – to get people in different corners of society and the economy to talk about sustainability in specific contexts, for example, post-pandemic recovery. The more conversations are being had about these topics, the more they gather momentum and become normalised. I think this is how we can try to keep sustainability high on the agenda – by being visible and present.

What is your sustainability dream project?

A large part of valuable real estate in urban centres is distributed disproportionately to motor vehicles – namely, roads and parking spaces. Some cities, like Barcelona, Paris and Ottawa, have run pilot schemes like car-free districts or car-free Sundays. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, other cities like Berlin have experimented with pop-up (temporary) bike lanes. Along with the obvious health and environmental benefits, turning retail areas into pedestrian zones has been shown to direct more customers into businesses, thereby boosting the local economy. My dream sustainability project is to co-design urban space together with local residents and businesses that keep people, not automobiles, in focus. My dream is not to get rid of cars but rather to distribute space more equally for communities – spaces to spend time and play in, safe spaces to walk and bike in, and spaces for public transport.

To wrap it up, what is your favourite sustainable lifestyle choice, habit or hack?

I love the feeling of gliding through the city on a bike – even a city as hilly as Wuppertal. My new route to the office takes me onto the Nordbahntrasse – an old elevated railway that has been converted into a 22km car-free track for pedestrians, cyclists and rollerblades. A dream commute!

For further questions, please contact Fiona Woo.

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We Need More Sustainability to Alleviate Social Injustices

30. September 2021 - 12:30

Campaigning for regenerative cities, supporting migrant entrepreneurship in Malta, or managing EU funds for a cleaner Baltic Sea – a multifaceted engagement for more sustainability sits at the core of Fiona Woo’s résumé. Her dream project: to co-design urban spaces together with local residents and businesses that keep people at the centre. Learn more about the new CSCP project manager in her own words!

How did you come about to join the CSCP?

Since my very first internship in the field of renewable energy, it has been important for me to find meaning in my work and to believe that I am contributing to making the world a better place for current and future generations. I was inspired by CSCP’s projects that tackled a wide range of sustainable consumption and production issues and its hands-on project work. Social and environmental sustainability sits at the core of my professional life, from campaigning for regenerative cities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to supporting migrant entrepreneurship in Malta to managing EU funds for a cleaner Baltic Sea. These experiences share something in common with the CSCP – namely, the motivation to create opportunities for a good life for all people. The interdisciplinary perspective I have from my academic background in economics and political science is also something I see applied by the CSCP in its work.

It is clear that sustainability informs your life and work substantially, can you explain more?

Although my professional experience so far has been mainly in environmental sustainability, my work has always been driven by a passion for social justice. When heavy metals seep into groundwater due to a nearby mine, it is local communities that struggle to access clean drinking water. When climate change causes the annual crop yield to dry up, it is farmers who lose their livelihood. The effects of environmental damage are exacerbated in already vulnerable groups that have neither disposable income nor political clout to improve their situation. Advocating for more sustainable systems in my professional and private life is my way of trying to fight these injustices.

We live in dynamic and unprecedented times. How can we ensure that sustainability is kept high on the agenda in current transformations and transitions?

In democracies, citizens speak with ballots and ballots are the currency that policy makers listen very closely to. Those ballots are informed by public discourse, so we need to inspire broadly – across demographics and communities – to get people in different corners of society and the economy to talk about sustainability in specific contexts, for example, post-pandemic recovery. The more conversations are being had about these topics, the more they gather momentum and become normalised. I think this is how we can try to keep sustainability high on the agenda – by being visible and present.

What is your sustainability dream project?

A large part of valuable real estate in urban centres is distributed disproportionately to motor vehicles – namely, roads and parking spaces. Some cities, like Barcelona, Paris and Ottawa, have run pilot schemes like car-free districts or car-free Sundays. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, other cities like Berlin have experimented with pop-up (temporary) bike lanes. Along with the obvious health and environmental benefits, turning retail areas into pedestrian zones has been shown to direct more customers into businesses, thereby boosting the local economy. My dream sustainability project is to co-design urban space together with local residents and businesses that keep people, not automobiles, in focus. My dream is not to get rid of cars but rather to distribute space more equally for communities – spaces to spend time and play in, safe spaces to walk and bike in, and spaces for public transport.

To wrap it up, what is your favourite sustainable lifestyle choice, habit or hack?

I love the feeling of gliding through the city on a bike – even a city as hilly as Wuppertal. My new route to the office takes me onto the Nordbahntrasse – an old elevated railway that has been converted into a 22km car-free track for pedestrians, cyclists and rollerblades. A dream commute!

For further questions, please contact Fiona Woo.

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“Germany Saves Food” Action Week – Join Our Webinar on AI Solutions for Less Food Waste on 22 October 2021!

30. September 2021 - 11:50

What innovative solutions could help reduce food losses and waste at the interfaces between sectors? How can artificial intelligence (AI) add value, what are the risks involved and how can these be mitigated? As part of the national action week Germany Saves Food, the CSCP and its partners will host an online webinar to explore these questions with actors across the food supply chain and the scientific community.

In order to look at practical solutions for the reduction of food losses and waste at the interfaces of primary production and manufacturing with retail and wholesale, the webinar is co-organised by all three German Dialogue Forums against food waste, covering primary production, manufacturing and retail & wholesale respectively.

The focus of the webinar will be on AI-based solutions, such as forecasting systems to support optimised planning to prevent overproduction, incorrect orders and returns. Several practical examples will be presented and the webinar will enable an exchange between relevant actors.

The webinar will focus on these key questions:

  • Which AI-based solutions are available internationally and in Germany that can be applicable at the intersection between sectors? How do they differ from each-other?
  • Which requirements would such solutions have to meet in order to successfully reduce food waste and loss?
  • How do these products and services deal with issues such as data protection and the exchange of data? Can they enable further system optimisations in addition to more efficient processes in supermarkets, food processing and primary production?
  • What are the needs of the actors within the food supply chain, which opportunities and challenges do they see for these (AI-supported) products and services?

Are you an actor who is active in primary production (agriculture), food processing or wholesale and retail? Do you work in the scientific sector? Join our webinar and let’s look at new opportunities together!

Date: 22 October 2021
Time: 10:00-12:00 CET
Place: Online
Language: German

Contact us here and meet you at the webinar!

For further information please contact Nora Brüggemann.

Photo by Sri Lanka on Unsplash

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“Germany Saves Food” Action Week – Join Our Webinar on AI Solutions for Less Food Waste on 22 October 2021!

30. September 2021 - 11:50

What innovative solutions could help reduce food losses and waste at the interfaces between sectors? How can artificial intelligence (AI) add value, what are the risks involved and how can these be mitigated? As part of the national action week Germany Saves Food, the CSCP and its partners will host an online webinar to explore these questions with actors across the food supply chain and the scientific community.

In order to look at practical solutions for the reduction of food losses and waste at the interfaces of primary production and manufacturing with retail and wholesale, the webinar is co-organised by all three German Dialogue Forums against food waste, covering primary production, manufacturing and retail & wholesale respectively.

The focus of the webinar will be on AI-based solutions, such as forecasting systems to support optimised planning to prevent overproduction, incorrect orders and returns. Several practical examples will be presented and the webinar will enable an exchange between relevant actors.

The webinar will focus on these key questions:

  • Which AI-based solutions are available internationally and in Germany that can be applicable at the intersection between sectors? How do they differ from each-other?
  • Which requirements would such solutions have to meet in order to successfully reduce food waste and loss?
  • How do these products and services deal with issues such as data protection and the exchange of data? Can they enable further system optimisations in addition to more efficient processes in supermarkets, food processing and primary production?
  • What are the needs of the actors within the food supply chain, which opportunities and challenges do they see for these (AI-supported) products and services?

Are you an actor who is active in primary production (agriculture), food processing or wholesale and retail? Do you work in the scientific sector? Join our webinar and let’s look at new opportunities together!

Date: 22 October 2021
Time: 10:00-12:00 CET
Place: Online
Language: German

Contact us here and meet you at the webinar!

For further information please contact Nora Brüggemann.

Photo by Sri Lanka on Unsplash

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Exploring the Social Impacts of the Circular Economy – Meet us at the Circular Week on 14 & 15 October 2021!

29. September 2021 - 10:45

We hear a lot about the economic and environmental benefits of the circular economy, but what about the social benefits? How are the livelihoods and well-being of specific communities affected by the transition? What about social norms, consumer behaviour and the social trade-offs that lie at the heart of the circular economy? At the Electronics Club of the CSCP’s Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) initiative we are looking for pathways that address social implications in the circularity journey.

Both the EU Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan put the stress on fairness and inclusion as important hallmarks for Europe’s sustainability ambitions.

To enhance the discussion on these aspects, we look forward to sharing our CIAP insights at the Circular Week 2021. Join us at our interactive sessions to bring your perspectives and ideas on the social impacts of circularity:

  • Workshop (Circular Week): 14 October, 10-11:30am CEST – Register here.
  • Workshop (Mazovia Circular Congress): 15 October, time TBC – Register here.

The workshops are free of charge and participants can attend one or both of them, with the second building upon and presenting main highlights of the first.

Are you on a journey to circularity? Have you thought about the social implications that come along? Reach out to us and let’s collaborate to ensure that circularity leads to more sustainability, but also that the circularity transition itself is inclusive, fair, and just for everyone!

For further questions, please contact Rosalyn Old.

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Exploring the Social Impacts of the Circular Economy – Meet us at the Circular Week on 14 & 15 October 2021!

29. September 2021 - 10:45

We hear a lot about the economic and environmental benefits of circular economy, but what about the social ones? How is the livelihood  and wellbeing of particular communities affected? What about social norms, consumer behaviour and the social trade-offs that lie at the heart of the circular economy? At the Electronics Club of the Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) initiative we are looking for pathways that address social implications in the circularity journey.

Both the EU Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan put the stress on fairness and inclusion as important hallmarks for Europe’s sustainability ambitions.

To enhance the discussion on these aspects, we look forward to sharing our CIAP  insights at the Circular Week 2021. Join us at our interactive sessions to bring your perspectives and ideas on the social impacts of circularity:

  • Workshop (Circular Week): 14 October, 10-11:30am CEST – Register here.
  • Workshop (Mazovia Circular Congress): 15 October, time TBC – Register here.

The workshops are free of charge and participants can attend one or both of them, with the second building upon and presenting main highlights of the first.

Are you on a journey to circularity? Have you thought about the social implications that come along? Reach out to us and let’s collaborate to ensure that circularity leads to more sustainability, but also that the circularity transition itself is inclusive, fair, and just for everyone!

For further questions, please contact Rosalyn Old.

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Enabling SMEs to Approach Digitalisation with Sustainability Lenses

27. September 2021 - 12:39

Collaboration is key to building sustainable businesses that leverage the full power of digitalisation processes and tools. The CSCP trained representatives of the Mittelstand Digital competence centres on how to inspire and empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate for sustainable digitalisation.

As part of Mittlestand Digital, 26 competence centres operate all over Germany. The CSCP co-leads the Competence Centre eStandards with a strong focus on the intersection between sustainability and digitalisation.

As a first step, the training module focused on updating and advancing the participants’ understanding of digitalisation and sustainability as two strongly interrelated topics. Then, the participants were trained to effectively pass on this knowledge to the SMEs that they work with.

With SMEs in mind, the workshop offered hands-on advice that can be easily replicated at an SME level. Key fields of action were described based on the following principles:

  • Foster a good work-life balance
  • Lead in sustainable digitalisation
  • Develop competitive advantages
  • Anchor the company culture
  • Promote collaboration

The second step was sharing practical tools in understanding specific value chains and identifying strengths as well as weaknesses with respect to sustainability. Through this exercise, the participants were trained to carry “hot and sweet spot” analyses with SME’s and thereby increase the understanding of sustainability aspects within their value chain.

Following the workshop, the participants not only have a framework to make sustainable digitalisation tangible for SMEs, but also hands-on tools to increase the sensitivity for sustainable digitalisation.

For further questions, please contact Thomas Wagner.

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Enabling SMEs to Approach Digitalisation with Sustainability Lenses

27. September 2021 - 12:39

Collaboration is key to building sustainable businesses that leverage the full power of digitalisation processes and tools. The CSCP trained representatives of the Mittelstand Digital competence centres on how to inspire and empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate for sustainable digitalisation.

As part of Mittlestand Digital, 26 competence centres operate all over Germany. The CSCP co-leads the Competence Centre eStandards with a strong focus on the intersection between sustainability and digitalisation.

As a first step, the training module focused on updating and advancing the participants’ understanding of digitalisation and sustainability as two strongly interrelated topics. Then, the participants were trained to effectively pass on this knowledge to the SMEs that they work with.

With SMEs in mind, the workshop offered hands-on advice that can be easily replicated at an SME level. Key fields of action were described based on the following principles:

  • Foster a good work-life balance
  • Lead in sustainable digitalisation
  • Develop competitive advantages
  • Anchor the company culture
  • Promote collaboration

The second step was sharing practical tools in understanding specific value chains and identifying strengths as well as weaknesses with respect to sustainability. Through this exercise, the participants were trained to carry “hot and sweet spot” analyses with SME’s and thereby increase the understanding of sustainability aspects within their value chain.

Following the workshop, the participants not only have a framework to make sustainable digitalisation tangible for SMEs, but also hands-on tools to increase the sensitivity for sustainable digitalisation.

For further questions, please contact Thomas Wagner.

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Watch Our Competence Centre eStandards Video: Sustainable Digitalisation and the Circular Economy

27. September 2021 - 12:15

The intersection between digitalisation and sustainability is the centre of many discussions. While there seems to be a consensus on the need to think of the two as complementary and intertwined, it is less clear what this means for specific actors or how it can be implemented in practice. It all becomes even more complex when additional topics such as the circular economy come into play. In this short video, Patrik Eisenhauer from the CSCP and Bettina Bartz, leader of Competence Centre eStandards explain how sustainable digitalisation can enable sustainable business.

The focus of the video are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and how they can take advantage of digitalisation as a driver for more circularity.

Watch the video by scrolling down on this page (in Germany only), get inspired and become engaged!

The video is part of a series carried out by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederafbau (KfW) bank in collaboration with the Competence Centres of the Initiative Mittelstand 4.0. The series covers topics such as, digital business models, digital processes, and artificial intelligence.

For further questions, please contact Patrik Eisenhauer.

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