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In the project "Scientific Coordination of Research Projects on a Sustainable Economy" (NaWiKo) Ecologic Institute coordinates with Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research (ISI) and the Environmental Policy Centre, FU Berlin (FFU)  30 research projects, which are funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) through the Social-Ecological Research (SÖF) program.

“Voluntary simplifiers” live more sustainably as they deliberately reduce their consumption

According to a current study by researchers on the BMBF project „Strategies and Potentials to Initiate and Promote Sustainable Consumption” (SPIN), 14.4% of the adult German population make a decision to consume significantly less than they could financially afford. Such people can be described by the term voluntary simplifiers.

Environmental impacts and abatement costs of food waste reduction: the case of bread

In this study, environmental impacts and abatement costs of reducing food waste in the life cycle of bread were calculated by connecting life cycle assessment with environmental life cycle costing. The life cycle includes production, processing, sale, consumption and disposal of mixed grain bread in Germany. The functional unit (FU) was set as 1 kg bread consumed.

SustEcon Conference – The contribution of a sustainable economy to achieving the SDGs

25 September 2017 to 26 September 2017

Background information

On the 25th and 26th of September 2017, an international conference organised by NaWiKo, titled „SustEcon Conference – The contribution of a sustainable economy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” will take place at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany.

Context analysis "Sustainable Economy": How research can increase its impact

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 
14.11.2016

In a newly published working paper, the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI) examine how sustainable economy research projects can best be situated in the ecological, economic and societal fields.  The most important message: science can make a decisive contribution to developing workable options for action in the sustainable economy – if it delivers tailor-made knowledge that takes complex framework conditions into account.

NaWiKo Flyer

The NaWiKo flyer contains the most important information about the project.

Input papers on transformation pathways

The project “Evolution to Green” has produced a number of input papers on the topic of transformation pathways to a green economy.

Models of Change

An input paper by Walter Kahlenborn, Valentin Tappeser and Lisa Chichowitz (all adelphi) of the Evolution2Green project titled  „Models of Change as an Analytical Approach – Operationalisation for an Analysis of Fundamental Transformations in the Economic System“ makes the “Models of Change” approach practicable for the analysis of systematic transformations in the economic system.

Developing sustainability in vocational education and training

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 
12.09.2016

Vocational education and training for sustainable development promotes competency in sustainable living and economic activities in order to preserve the natural basis of life for future generations. This requires bringing economic, social and ecological responsibility together in a harmonious way.

What can we do at the work bench, in the office or behind the counter in order to promote sustainable development? Which professional skills are necessary for a more sustainability-oriented work model? And what does a place of learning that facilitates these kinds of changes look like?

Press release: from waste disposal to ornamental plants – how our economy could be more sustainable

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 
17.05.2016

30 projects, one goal: Scientists from various disciplines ranging from bio chemistry to philosophy are researching how our economy could be more sustainable. There is no getting around this shift if our natural resources are to be maintained long-term. But can this be done?