The Popup Dialogue-Centre “Durchblick” opens its doors for citizens in Cologne. It is dedicated to the questions and answers on the digitalisation of work. Which technologies will be pioneering in the future and which social and ecological aspects will play a role? What hopes and worries do we associate with digitalisation?

In the travelling exhibition, which tours six German cities from October 2018 onward, we present current developments and trends in the world of work and invite you to join us: by participating, asking questions, expressing opinions and criticising – we want to hear your vision for the future or work!

For six days, starting on 13 February 2019, the exhibition will be located at ecosign / Akademie für Gestaltung, Vogelsanger Str. 250, 50825 Köln, Germany. We look forward to your visit on business days between 10 – 5:30pm on weekdays.

On 18 February, we invite you to a round table discussion on the topic “Who has the power – beautiful new work? Will digital work support or control people in the future?”. Discussing with us will be Bernd Draser, Marc Rexroth und Alice Berger – Moderation: Carolin Baedeker.

For more information, please visit our website: www.durchblick-popup.de and follow us on Twitter @durchblickpopup.

We all know that food value chains have a high potential for improvements in terms of sustainability. But what would happen if we ask the products we consume how they feel?

As part of the Action Alliance for Bananas (ABNB) project the CSCP created a video to sensitise consumers to start to think about aspects of the value chain and increase their appreciation of the fruit. It is intended to reach a broad audience, especially consumers – with a good laugh, little moralisation, and images that create a lasting effect. It is made to be shared on social media, with the #bananalove hashtag.

In cooperation with the members of the ABNB, the CSCP’s creative team has sent the banana to a therapist. See

For further information on our creative/communication services, please contact Nikola Berger.

For further information about the Action Alliance for Sustainable Bananas, please contact Alexandra Kessler.

A mixture of conference, fair and fashion show – Neonyt, formerly Greenshowroom, a B2B event during the Berlin Fashion Week is all about sustainability in fashion. “CHANGE. FASHION. TOGETHER” was the theme of this year’s neonyt hub and the CSCP was in the middle of the action representing the Siegelklarheit project.

Sustainability in the textile and fashion industry is a central topic that all major fashion labels have picked up. Nevertheless, consumers find it hard to distinguish labels and designers that have simply jumped on the bandwagon from those that actually walk the talk. At the same time, designers might find it difficult to market their products credibly when the extra effort in time and sourcing drive up prices.

Siegelklarheit, the information platform for sustainability labels aims to make it easier for consumers, designers and retailers to assess the validity of labels and what aspects they cover. With our presence in Neonyt’s Knowledge Lounge, interested visitors, including manufacturers, bloggers and influencers, were informed about the opportunities that labels and a central platform such as Siegelklarheit can provide – especially when it comes to understanding environmental and social impacts within the flood of textile labels.

Visitors were very interested in Siegelklarheit’s potential and Neonyt proved to be a vibrant environment with many young designers, shop owners and big names who are pioneering the fields of slow fashion, circularity in fashion, upcycling, and working with natural materials among others.

For further questions, please contact Stephan Schaller.

From vegetable gardens in schools to apps that motivate people to cycle to work – the Future Forum brought together promising practices for sustainable, healthy and equitable lifestyles from all over Europe.

The CSCP’s INHERIT project organised the Future Forum with the aim to show how we can stay healthy, while keeping our environment healthy as well. The forum provided room for over 15 promising practices from all over Europe to showcase inspiring examples of initiatives that can enable and encourage people to live and behave in ways that improve the environment and their health.

Among these practices was the Vegetable Academy (GemüseAckerdemie), with whom the CSCP collaborates as part of INHERIT. Antonia Mehnert, Regional Manager for The Vegetable Academy, presented the program for schools to engage and teach children to grow vegetables, in order to re-establish their connection with nature and help them gain knowledge about food origin and global food market issues. The initiative received a lot of interest about applying the programme to other parts of Europe.

The forum also gave room for discussion on how these different initiatives can be strengthened to contribute to the ‘triple-win’, the opportunities and barriers to ‘mainstreaming’ good ideas and how barriers can be overcome to pave the way to more sustainable lifestyles and behaviours. GemüseAckerdemie showed how their programme sparks kids’ interest in organically grown and healthy food and how the initiative was able to expand to 250 learning locations in only five years. The discussion quickly moved towards policy changes that would be needed in order to ensure that every school has a vegetable garden and gardening becomes part of the curriculum.

A second initiative, Questionmark, provides an app that gives consumers information on the sustainability and health impacts of a product on the go. They not only inform consumers, but also initiate change in producers’ attitudes. Founded and operational in the Netherlands, Questionmark responded to particiants’ interest in expanding the app to other countries.

During the forum, CSCP project manager Rosa Strube also presented the CSCP’s work in the project: the four future scenarios, which showed what healthier, more equitable and sustainable European societies might look like in 2040  and the feedback from citizens on those visions.

Some video impressions of the day can be found here.

For further questions, please contact Rosa Strube.

How can a service provider in the social sector implement digital sustainable supply chains? In one workshop as part of a series of three hosted by the Economic Development Agency Bottrop, experts from the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards and representatives from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) explore the possibilities that digital sustainable supply chains hold for their organisation.

Especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly in the hot seat when it comes to their complying with their customer’s code of conduct and meeting minimum ecological and social standards. At the same time, digitalisation is creating more and more opportunities for SMEs to present transparent and sustainable supply chains through digital solutions. The workshop in November tapped into this potential, discussing the added value of sustainble supply chains, hotshops and sweetspots and suitable digital and innovative solutions with participating SMEs.

Participants were, among others, a service provider from the social sector, a cleaning service for industrial premises, as well as a textile import/export company. The latter was mostly interested in a circular economy approach to keep their raw materials and products in the economic cycle longer, exploring different collection and recycling mechanisms. The cleaning company, which (among other applications)  services industrial facilities and removes graffiti from buildings, devised a strategy to engage b2b-customers in their endeavour to use more environmentally friendly chemicals.

Inpired by the workshop, the service provider from the social sector looked closely at the sustainability potential of its operations – including the potential of their buildings and car fleet. They devised a strategy for introducing energy from renewable sources in their buildings, e-mobility in their fleet and an efficient fleet management system.

The workshop’s hands-on approach proved very effective for the participants. It was a joint initiative of the Kompetenzzentrum eStandards with its experts from the Co-Working Space Wuppertal at the CSCP and the City of Bottrop. If you are interested, watch for similar workshops next year.

For further information, please contact Thomas Wagner.

 

Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards

The Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards is an initiative of Mittelstand-Digital. Mittelstand-Digital informs small and medium-sized enterprises about the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation. Regional Kompetenzzentren help local small retailers as well as larger production companies with expert knowledge, demonstration centres, and networks to facilitate the exchange of experiences and practical examples. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy enables the free use of all Mittelstand-Digital offerings. Further information can be found at www.mittelstand-digital.de.

The policy paper, which is part of a series covering all major environmental challenges, not only shows that we need to change what we consume, but also how, how much and why!

Besides spelling out the challenges, the paper also maps out what changes in European policies could help citizens live prosperous, peaceful and healthy lives by 2050, while sustaining the 80% reduction in per capita resource use. To live sustainably within the planet’s carrying capacities in 2050, we need to reduce our material footprints by 80% (https://www.scp-centre.org/our-work/spread/).

Recommendations for reaching this goal include a green fiscal reform, to gradually shift tax burden from labour to the use of non-renewable energy and natural resources; establishing a centralised system for environmental product information to support industry and regional initiatives in the transition; steering investments and enabling safe consumer choices; exploring best practice and scalability of integrating behavioural insights into policies , as well as expanding circular and green procurement guidelines to more sectors/product groups with a gradual transformation of guidelines into mandatory requirements.

The urgency to tackle the sustainability of consumption and lifestyles was widely echoed during the Think2030 conference on 17 and 18 October, 2018 in Brussels, where the policy papers were discussed: “To reach sustainable consumption, we need to phase out all fossil fuels by 2030 and we need to invest heavily in a real circular economy.” – Linnéa Engström, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Sweden.

All policy papers, also covering topics like the circular economy, plastics, bioeconomy and many other environmental challenges, can be found here, and the summary 30×30 actions for a sustainable Europe, the #Think2030 Action Plan can be found here.

For further questions, please contact Rosa Strube.

The Popup Dialogue-Centre “Durchblick” opens its doors for citizens in Hildesheim. It is dedicated to the questions and answers on the digitalisation of work. Which technologies will be pioneering in the future and which social and ecological aspects will play a role? What hopes and worries do we associate with digitalisation?

In the travelling exhibition, which tours six German cities from October 2018 onward, we present current developments and trends in the world of work and invite you to join us: by participating, asking questions, expressing opinions and criticising – we want to hear your vision for the future or work!

For nine days, starting on 08 January 2019, the exhibition will be located at Arneken Galerie, Arnekenstr. 18, 31134 Hildesheim, Germany. We look forward to your visit on business days between 12 – 7pm.

On 15 January, we invite you to a round table discussion on the topic “Flexibility through digitalisation: increasing the compatibility of family and work or simply creating availability without boundaries?”. Discussing with us will be Ole Wintermann or Alexandra Schmied from the Bertelsmann Foundation (invited) and Stefan Rief from Fraunhofer IAO (invited). For more information, please visit our website: www.durchblick-popup.de and follow us on Twitter @durchblickpopup.

Mittelstand-Digital, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, heads 25 different Competence Centres on different digitalisation topics throughout Germany. When they all came together in November, Thomas Wagner of the CSCP and Stefan Liebenberg from BMWi presented the potentials of digitalisation for sustainable business practices and urged Competence Centres to think sustainability and digitalisation together in their projects.

The CSCP is part of the Competence Centre eStandards, where we conduct digitalisation projects with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a strong focus on enabling sustainable business practices, such as circular economy approaches or digital sustainable supply chains. This adds another area of expertise to the Competence Centre eStandards, an area from which not only those practice projects with a strong focus on sustainability profit. The presentation at the semi-annual meeting of the Competence Centres served to enhance the impact of sustainable practices, and ensure that sustainability and digitalisation are thought together in the work of all Competence Centres.

Digitalisation strategies are often complex and it is difficult to say what their effects in terms of sustainability, especially on an environmental and social level are. However, as Thomas Wagner detailed in the presentation: “Digitalisation means that we can create much more transparency. At any point of production, along the entire value chain, but also when it comes to consumption or consumer behaviour, digitalisation gives us much more transparency, information and data. This is very important, because one of the major challenges to sustainable development is that we have a lack of data which hinders us to set the right framework conditions and policies in many areas.” With transparency as a starting point, thinking digitalisation and sustainability together can enable resource efficiency, safer work places or closely monitored working conditions along the supply chain. In his presentation, Thomas Wagner also addressed the sustainability challenges related to digitalisation and highlighted possible solutions to handle them.

These are important steps towards adjusting business models to the expectations of consumers, peers and politicians alike. The Sustainable Development Goals have set the stage for sustainability worldwide. On a national level, the German Sustainability Strategy in its 2018 version details that “The overarching goal and yardstick of all action is to secure the earth’s natural basis for life in the long term and to enable all people to live in dignity now and in the future”. For businesses, this means that there will be an increased pressure from consumers, customers, the public and the government to make their business models sustainable. Digitalisation and ICT solutions can be the tool to achieve that, if digitalisation and sustainability are thought together.

Combined, the Competence Centres reach a significant number of SMEs to implement this thinking and use digitalisation to achieve more sustainable business practices.

For further information, please contact Thomas Wagner.

What do lighthouses and digitalisation have in common? Not much at first glance. But like lighthouses, the lighthouse projects already implemented by small and medium-sized companies with the help of the Competence Centre eStandards offer orientation and have a signal effect on further digitalisation projects.

To bring these projects together and inspire other Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Competence Centre eStandards organised a free “eStandards in Practice” theme day in November in Cologne. Titled “Lighthouse projects: Sustainable and economical digitalisation – strategies and solutions from the user’s point of view”, SMEs reported on their own digitalisation projects. The participants experienced first-hand which learnings, recipes and standards can be used to implement digital solutions.

The workshop on sustainability, lead by Patrik Eisenhauer (CSCP), was well-received during the theme day. First-hand experiences on the topic were provided by FOND OF, a backpack company from Cologne who developed a sustainable return and recycling scheme and looked into circular economy solutions with the help of Competence Centre experts. “SMEs have the opportunity to receive very practical input on how to make their business models more resilient and to prepare their value chains for the future by thinking digitalisation and sustainability together. We see the positive effects of this type of thinking in many lighthouse projects, not just those that were specifically focused on sustainability”, comments Patrik Eisenhauer.

In addition to practical reports and workshops, the theme day offered hands-on eStandards experiences. During guided tours through the Cologne Open Workshop and the Mobile Open Workshop, visitors experienced how artificial intelligence is changing shopping in the future (“Shopper’s Experience”). The “Technologies Experience” demonstrated the advantages of using standards in a vivid and playful way with everyday examples. In the Mobile Workshop, visitors were able to experience first-hand applications of additive manufacturing with 3D scanning and printing, virtual reality and smart building installations.

Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards

The Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum eStandards is an initiative of Mittelstand-Digital. Mittelstand-Digital informs small and medium-sized enterprises about the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation. Regional Kompetenzzentren help local small retailers as well as larger production companies with expert knowledge, demonstration centres, and networks to facilitate the exchange of experiences and practical examples. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy enables the free use of all Mittelstand-Digital offerings. Further information can be found at www.mittelstand-digital.de.

For further information, please contact Patrik Eisenhauer.

 

Photo © Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum eStandards

In the EU over 100 million tonnes of bio waste are thrown away each year – around 200 kg per person.* The majority of this waste goes to landfills, causing major environmental problems. This practice wastes valuable nutrients, energy and resources. The SCALIBUR project promotes a circular economy approach to curb urban bio waste.

The H2020 project is a joint effort of leading waste management companies, technology developers and research organisations, as well as four European cities – Madrid (Spain), Albano Laziale (Italy), Kozani (Greece), and Lund (Sweden) as a mentor and example of a city with less than 1% of biowaste being landfilled. Together, we will demonstrate innovative solutions to transform urban bio waste into high value-added products and help cities increase their recycling rate, creating new circular economy business opportunities.

The CSCP will engage stakeholders along the entire bio waste value chain. A first step in these stakeholder dialogues will be the involvement of households to raise citizens’ awareness for the importance of waste separation and to raise the acceptance of products made from bio waste.

To implement better waste separation schemes, the Spanish company FCC will advise cities on the infrastructure required for collection, transport, sorting and pre-treatment of bio waste, while the City of Lund will mentor the municipalities on technical and social aspects.

Thus far, bio waste is commonly used for energy or composting, but SCALIBUR will demonstrate a range of innovative technologies to produce high value-added products, such as bioplastics and biopesticides. Three demonstration lines are planned:

The sustainability of the developed products and processes will be evaluated by CENER, ITENE and Exergy.

SCALIBUR plans a Europe-wide expansion by inspiring a revolution in urban biowaste recycling in Europe. Greenovate! Europe will lead activities to facilitate the expanded adoption of the project’s solutions, including an e-learning training programme for municipalities and entrepreneurs. Municipalities looking to improve bio waste recycling in their city are invited to join an Early Adopter Club, which will organise activities to share best practices from the SCALIBUR pilots. Recycling of bio waste into bio-based products creates many new business opportunities. 10 entrepreneurs and businesses will be mentored to enter this market. All information will be available via an online Stakeholder Platform, developed by IRIS.

The project will run for four years and is funded by the European Union. There are 21 project partners who held a kick off meeting for the project in Valencia, Spain, on 14 – 15 November.

For further questions, please contact Carina Diedrich.

*https://www.greenovate-europe.eu/sites/default/files/SCALIBUR%20kick%20off%20press%20release.pdf

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