The city of Solingen has a clear and ambitious goal: revitalise the inner city by boosting manufacturing. Think of a large and dusty retail property totally reinvented: from a forgotten vacant location to a space where manufacturers can sell their products under a common roof and make manufacturing more tangible to the wider public.

The “Urban Production in the ‘Bergisches Land’ Triangle – Competiveness, Innovation and City Quarter Development” which is an umbrella project for eight smaller projects, kicked-off in early March 2020. Through the “Gläserne Manufaktur” project, which the CSCP supports, the city of Solingen plans to specifically promote the development, production and consumption of high-quality, sustainable products from Solingen and the region at a central location in the city.

The aim of the project is to create a joint innovation, experimentation and experience space for producers of the Solingen region in a location like a vacant retail property or an old commercial building. On the chosen location, companies of different sizes and from different sectors will come together to showcase and present their manufacturing work as well as offer their products for sale. In addition, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, experiments or tastings will be offered.

The CSCP supports the “Gläserne Manufaktur” project with a series of Design Thinking workshops that enable entrepreneurs, start-ups as well as established companies to generate sustainable products and services or innovate their business models. In an inspiring environment, the CSCP will introduce methods and tools for collaboration and co-creation that can spark new ideas for products and services. A first workshop, aimed at introducing participants with the principles of Design Thinking and how to apply those to specific cases, is planned for September 2020.

Let us know if you are interested by contacting Stephan Schaller.

Furthermore, the CSCP will develop a regional label for sustainable products and services.  Suitable criteria will be identified through hot-spot and sweet-spot analysis.

The project “Urban Production in the ‘Bergisches Land’ Triangle – Competiveness, Innovation and City Quarter Development” , is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Changing behaviours towards greater sustainability is an important, but also very complex task. It requires not only challenging existing belief systems and practices, but also coming up with creative ways to introduce and promote more sustainable ones. ‘weiter_wirken – Communicating Sustainability Successfully’ takes the model of our Academy of Change and brings it into the context of North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW) to support non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in designing projects and activities that effectively promote sustainable behaviours and practices.

Through a series of workshops, NGO representatives who work on ecological and social sustainability will be trained in designing and communicating projects and activities that promote sustainable behaviour patterns. In addition to highlighting behaviours that are better for the climate, the environment and a fairer world, the training program offers participants with a nuanced understanding of human behaviour and the cognitive biases that so often stand in the way of more sustainable practises.

The focus of the programme are NRW-based NGOs that aspire to become leaders in sustainable behaviour change. Participants will be offered the comprehensive insights as well as the practical tools that are needed to design impactful projects and activities that foster sustainable behaviour. Additionally, participants will become part of a wide networking and learning space, as sustainability-oriented organisations from various areas will exchange experiences, discuss challenges and share knowledge.

Sounds interesting? Then, stay tuned – the call for applications will open in early summer 2020! Sign up for our newsletter to be informed.

weiter_wirken is a non-profit initiative of the CSCP and its cooperating partners Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and ecosign/ Akademie für Gestaltung. The project runs until summer 2021.

For further questions, please contact Christian Malarciuc.

Food industry is complex: product safety requirements are strict, forecasts for agricultural outcome are unreliable, and consumption trends can change quickly. In Germany, vast quantities of food, amounting for up to 11 million tons, get lost during the production process alone. Smart food chains, that reduce waste and help preserve the eco-system, are needed more than ever. To address this pressing need, the search for Resource-Efficient, Economic and Intelligent Foodchain (REIF), has officially started.

In the course of the next three years, the REIF project team will identify approaches and create concepts to reduce food waste based on Artficial Intelligence (AI). The large amount of data that the food industry has to generate to address strict regulatory requirements, is an excellent opportunity for an AI-based approach. Artificial Intelligence will make it possible to use the accumulated data to optimise processes in the food value chain.

The focus of REIF will lie on the three product groups – meat, dairy and bread – although a later inclusion of other product groups is also foreseen. The research will look at both production streams (improving efficiency of production lines) and consumption streams (looking at better models to forecast demands) with the aim to create a better connection between consumption and production.

Relying on advanced expertise in multi-stakeholder engagement, the CSCP will support the effective and efficient integration of all relevant stakeholders during and after the project. Also, the CSCP will offer training and further education to enable participating companies to adapt to operational processes and organisational learning.

By analysing the needs of manufacturers, retailers and end consumers, the requirements for AI-based services will be sharpened and the range of solutions and concepts improved to ensure connectivity and further use of the project results.

The application potential of AI ranges from the improvement of singular production processes, for example the reduction in production waste in baking bread through the implementation of soft sensors, to approaches that consider the whole value chain up to the consumer, for example through the implementation of consumption forecasts and their feeding back into the upstream production processes.

The REIF consortium consists of 18 partners and it will be coordinated by the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

For further information, please contact Rosa Strube.

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Christian, a former market researcher, will support the CSCP in projects focusing on behaviour change and will work closely with NGOs and businesses in fostering more sustainable lifestyle practices.

Why did you want to work for the CSCP?

As someone who has always been interested in both the theoretical as well as practical underpinnings of sustainability issues, I was very much drawn to the CSCP’s position as a Think and Do tank. Beyond this, what really appealed to me was the internationality of the team and diversity of projects as I studied in different countries and enjoy delving into different topic areas. Also, I very much share the CSCP’s approach to collaboration and focus on facilitating communication among different stakeholders. Because that is exactly what we need more of today in my opinion.

What drew you to work in sustainability?

I have always been driven by a curiosity to understand why things are the way they are. My bachelor’s degree in Arts & Culture helped me to see the interdisciplinary nature of things and how the interplay between different factors gives rise to the kind of society we live in. Sustainability issues, and our discussions about them, present a fascinating gateway into precisely these systemic dynamics as they force us to (re)consider the kind of values we uphold and aspire to as a society, thereby putting into question traditional practices and structures. It is this potential for systemic change that has always intrigued me about ‘sustainability’ as a subject, leading me to do a master’s degree in Environmental Governance.

What would you highlight from your past experience and how does that relate to the CSCP?

I think I was lucky enough to study programs that shared the CSCP’s focus on interdisciplinarity and building connections between different areas and stakeholders in society. It is a mindset which I share and which provides a great foundation for the kind of work we do here. In terms of practical experience, I used to work in b2b market research which helped me gain an understanding of the needs and challenges that private companies face as well as provided me with great knowledge about research methods. Since part of our work within the Sustainable Lifestyles (SL) team focuses on helping businesses and organisations foster more sustainable lifestyle practices, I look to contribute my knowledge towards smart behaviour change interventions that really make an impact.

What are the topics/projects that you are most excited about in your new job?

The main project that I am working on is called weiter_wirken and it is based on the model of our Academy of Change (AOC). The project is about capacity building and aims to support NGOs and initiatives from the NRW region to increase the impact of their projects that focus on fostering sustainable lifestyles. Behaviour change insights constitute a highly complex and just as important area, which many NGOs do not yet incorporate into the design of their projects and campaigns. With weiter_wirken, as with the Academy of Change, we want to fill in this knowledge gap and support organisations in designing more impactful behavior change projects and activities.

For further questions, please contact Christian Malarciuc.

 

As an international think and do tank, with stakeholders and partners around the globe, the CSCP is following the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic closely. As we try to adapt to the changing circumstances attentively and responsibly, we are striving to find new and creative ways to continue our work and carry forth our great collaborations.

We have switched most of our work to be carried out remotely and are substituting face-to-face meetings and events with virtual ones. As an organisation with established practices of environmental-friendly ways of working, we are relying on our great expertise in new technologies and formats to make our digital meetings and events effective, interactive and insightful.

One of our next events has turned webinar, therefore we are excited to invite you to join our Making Circularity a Priority for Cities, Towns, Villages and Municipal Utilities Webinar, 1 April 2020, at 1pm CET

The public event regarding The National Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail is rescheduled for autumn 2020, whereas the internal working meeting will be held remotely.

In addition, a creative, virtual start of the second round of the Academy of Change is also on the way!

Further updates on upcoming events and projects will be shared promptly.

As we stay focused on prioritising health in our global community, we look forward to connect and stay connected to you virtually!

For further questions, please contact Flandra Syla-Beqiri

 

What does sustainable innovation mean to the tourism business? How can the tourism industry and their supporting businesses make their existing and new products more sustainable as well as attractive to the mass market? Can tourism become a force for doing good? The SUS-ISLAND project tackled all these questions. Watch our ITBdigital webinar to learn more from our project team about the opportunities of sustainable tourism for businesses, communities, the ecosystem, and tourists.

Mauritius has committed to acquiring the ‘Green Destination Status’ by 2030, and the government has put a Tourism Development Plan in place to support this goal. The CSCP and the Mauritius Tourism Authority (MTA) have jointly developed SUS-ISLAND, a project funded by the European Commission under the Switch Africa Green Programme. The project concentrates in the promotion of sustainable tourism in Mauritius by demonstrating and scaling up self-sustaining mechanisms for improving sustainability impacts along value chains.

Alexis Figeac, CSCP SUS-Island Project Director stated: “We’re pioneering in the Pro-Handprint method by greening the supply-chain of the tour operators; that is to say we work together with the tour operators to make them understand what the pro-handprint is and help them identify tourism activities such as visits to artisans, natural habitats and other traditions and communities, that strengthen those communities and biodiversity while at the same time creating an authentic and unique tourism experience. We hope handprint can become one of the pillars of sustainable tourism.”

For further information, please contact Kartika Anggraeni

 

 

What does sustainable innovation mean to the tourism business? How can the tourism industry and their supporting businesses make their existing and new products more sustainable as well as attractive to the mass market? Can tourism become a force for doing good? The SUS-ISLAND project tackled these questions in their project. Join us at #ITBdigital to learn from our Project Team about the opportunities of sustainable tourism for businesses, communities, the ecosystem and tourists.

Mauritius has committed to acquiring the ‘Green Destination Status’ by 2030, and the government has put a Tourism Development Plan in place to support this goal. The CSCP and the Mauritius Tourism Authority (MTA) have jointly developed SUS-ISLAND, a project funded by the European Commission under the Switch Africa Green Programme. The project concentrates in the promotion of sustainable tourism in Mauritius by demonstrating and scaling up self-sustaining mechanisms for improving sustainability impacts along value chains.

Please contact Kartika Anggraeni for further questions.

Do you have a promising idea that can contribute to the further reduction of food waste in retail and wholesale? You are a company, start-up or initiative and have recognised the potential in retail to reduce food waste as a direct “bridge to the consumer” as well as an interface to food production and want to take full advantage of the possibilities or are already testing new approaches?

Within the framework of the German Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Industry (HandelsforumRLV), the CSCP is looking for ideas that can be realised together with wholesalers and retailers in the form of innovative, measurable and replicable demonstration projects.

Incoming ideas and initiatives are reviewed based on the following points: What results (e.g. food saved, number of people reached) can be expected? How does the activity work in the medium and long-term and what is its broader impact? How can it be used as a model by others and how innovative is it? What are the efforts needed for implementig the activity?

Please e-mail your suggestion to handelsforum-rlv@scp-centre.org by end of February 2020.

Contributors of the most promising ideas will be contacted by the CSCP to further discuss its suitability as a possible demonstration project. Selected ideas will be given the opportunity to present themselves at the next meeting of the Dialogue Forum in April 2020 in Berlin and to discuss them with stakeholders.

We are looking forward to your fresh ideas for reducing food waste!

In order to reduce food waste along the entire food supply chain in cooperation with all relevant actors, the Federal Government has developed the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste. The objectives of the Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Industry – funded by the BMEL via the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) under the Federal Program for Ecological Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture –  are to discuss concrete ways of reducing food waste in and together with the retail sector. In addition, we want to shed light on and start data collection processes and jointly develop and adopt a voluntary target agreement with concrete reduction targets.

For further informations please contact Nora Brüggemann.

With deep sorrow we had to say goodbye to our beloved colleague Yang Deng last week. She passed away on Friday, 6 December following a tragic accident. Sunny, as she called herself, will be deeply missed by our team, of which she has been part of for seven years, as well as our partners with whom she worked closely.

We are so honoured and grateful that we got to share her friendship and partner with her during her far too short time on earth. We will miss her open, incredibly curious and brilliant mind; her passion and dedication to her work and the kindness and spirit of her friendship. Her positive attitude, drive and desire to be of service to others and the planet has touched us all.

Sunny’s light will continue to shine in our hearts and her memory will carry us forward.

We want to thank everybody who reached out to us and supported Sunny in her final days with their energy and best wishes. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends around the world.

 

The CSCP supports Vodafone Germany in the development of sustainable lifestyle activities as part of its innovative Mission Green employee engagement programme for approximately 16,000 employees throughout Germany.

Going on business trips, commuting to work or having lunch at the canteen. Employee behaviour both at work and at home contributes to carbon emissions, and therefore presents huge potential for reducing the carbon footprint of both a company, as well as the individual members of staff. At the same time, employees who are motivated to make a difference for sustainability in their own life are also more likely to drive new sustainability actions and innovations in the workplace.

As a scientific and implementation partner, the CSCP has supported the development of Vodafone’s Mission Green programme with its expertise on sustainable behaviours and guidance in behavioural change, while the Wuppertal Institute has provided estimations for carbon emission savings related to each action.

Mission Green started in October 2019 with an eight week kick-off phase, followed by a one year consolidation phase. Through the programme, Vodafone employees learn everything about their personal CO2 footprint and how to reduce it by participating in a wide range of activities. The approach is to raise awareness on sustainable lifestyles and encourage behavioural change. Employees can take part in over 40 missions in the categories Mobility & Travel, Nutrition & Health, Shopping & Consumption, Housing & Energy and Nature & Leisure via an app developed for this purpose. Suggestions from the app include; Riding a bicycle to work, eating vegan food or setting up a video conference instead of flying to a meeting – everything helps to reduce the personal CO2 budget. In addition, there are lots of interesting facts, as well as tips and tricks, to make everyday life more environmentally conscious. In addition, the company helps its employees with a variety of other offers: from company bicycle leasing and car sharing to subsidies for public transport tickets. If flights are unavoidable, the company will soon offset the CO2 emitted. Weekly actions on the Vodafone campus support the missions, including the presentation of low carbon alternatives by cooperation partners like electric scooter manufacturers, farmers from the region or e-bike suppliers.

“We have set ourselves ambitious goals when it comes to sustainability. We are significantly increasing our pace on the road to becoming a green company”, says Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Germany. The ‘Mission Green’ is part of ‘GIGA Green’, a supporting pillar of the corporate strategy. The declared goal: Vodafone wants to become a green company. This is based on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By 2022, the company aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 92%.

Please contact Rosa Strube for further questions.