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.

Local and sustainable food businesses - Assessing the role of supply chain coordination

NaWiKo Working Paper
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The needs of customers are constantly changing. In the course of an increased awareness of ecological and social problems in society, sustainable business models are becoming more and more important. These make an important contribution to complementing the overall increase in demand for regional food and the importance of regional producer and sales associations.

Responsibility for the Sustainable Management of the Global Commons

9 July 2018 to 12 July 2018
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The sustainable development goals have set sustainability high on the international political agenda, especially with regard to the sustainable use of global commons such as climate, biodiversity, or the ocean. Trade-offs between different goals of sustainability, and inherent uncertainty about the future, raise the fundamental question of ‘What exactly is implied by, and required for, sustainability with regard to the global commons?’

Roadmap E-Mobility Germany: Objectives, Chances, Risks, necessary Measures and Policy Initiatives

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In one of its focal areas the Evolution2Green project aimed to identify obstacles and path dependencies in the field of electromobility, to identify successful approaches to the transition
to electromobility, as well as necessary measures. The facts summarized in the roadmap answer many questions that are currently being raised in the field of electromobility:

Conference: REFRESH Food Waste

18 May 2017
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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

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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.