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.

Conference: REFRESH Food Waste

18 May 2017
REFRESH Food Waste Conference logo

The conference that takes place in Berlin will feature a topic that is central for several NaWiKo projects: the reduction of food waste. REFRESH Food Waste 2017 will bring together diverse stakeholder groups from across Europe working on food waste. The main conference day on 18 May 2017 will include presentations, discussions and interactive sessions with REFRESH researchers, networking sessions, a presentation of the REFRESH Food Waste Solution Contest winners as well as a public food waste event together with REFRESH partner feedback.

“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

The international conference „SustEcon Conference – The contribution of a sustainable economy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” took place on 25 and 26 September 2017 at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany (organised by the NaWiKo project).

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


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.

Status conference for the funding programme "Sustainable Economy" and International Sustainable Transitions Conference

5 September 2016 to 9 September 2016

On the 5th and 6th of September 2016, a status conference for the funding programme “Sustainable Economy” (“NaWi”) will take place at the Bergischen Universität in Wuppertal.

Developing sustainability in vocational education and training


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?