The IÖW is a leading scientific institute in the field of practice-oriented sustainability research. It devises strategies and approaches for viable, long-term economic activity – for an economy which enables a good life and preserves natural resources.
How can social entrepreneurship contribute to the sustainable use of water? The book Social Entrepreneurship in the Water Sector aims to answer this question. It presents six case studies of initiatives in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America that aimed to find out how the motto ‘Getting Things Done Sustainably’ could be implemented in practice – in areas as diverse as drinking water, sanitation facilities, agriculture, industrial water use and water in ecosystems. The book summarises the findings of the social-ecological research project GETIDOS, run by the University of Greifswald and the IÖW.
In her thesis, IÖW researcher Elisa Dunkelberg presents a new, case-study-based approach to quantifying indirect land-use change (ILUC) caused by biofuels production. Her book, A Case-Study Approach to Quantifying Indirect Land-Use Change due to Expanding Biofuels Feedstock Cultivation came about as part of the research project ‘Fair Fuels?’ This junior research group was supported under the Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s social-ecological research funding priority.
A new, interactive internet portal that shows the current situation regarding water in Germany was launched this week at www.bmbf.wasserfluesse.de. The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) unveiled the website at the IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies in Munich, which runs from 5th to 9th May 2014. The website can be used to look up information on topics including how precipitation and evaporation are distributed across the different regions in Germany, how power stations, industry and households use water, and what the possible future scenarios are for water availability in times of climate change.
There is a lot of water in Germany, but water availability and consumption differ considerably from region to region. To mark World Water Day on 22nd March a new, updated version of the poster ‘Everything Flows – A German Water Balance’ has been published in German and English by the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). The poster shows where there are local water shortages and where shortages could worsen due to climate change. It can now be ordered from the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA). The poster is suitable for anyone who wants to broaden their knowledge about water-related issues, from schools to further education institutions to specialists working in the water sector or related fields.
Is the “Energiewende” conceivable in Japan? A shift towards renewable energy would certainly make sense economically and be less dangerous – the Fukushima disaster has shown this. At the German-Japanese conference “Economic Effects of Renewable Energy” at Ritsumeikan University in Tokyo on February 4th, IÖW scientists Andreas Prahl and Steven Salecki presented the IÖW Value-Added Model for renewables. The conference was hosted by Prof. Jörg Raupach-Sumiya of the Faculty of Economics of Ritsumeikan University in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP).
What are current trends, policy approaches, and future scenarios of sustainable food consumption? Ten articles published in the e-journal 'Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy' highlight selected topics such as lifestyle-specific food policies, meat-consumption, or awareness rising for healthy and environmentally conscious food choices. IÖW-scientist Dr. Gerd Scholl is one of three guest editors of this special issue. In the article 'Sustainable Food Consumption: When Evidence-Based Policy Making Meets Policy-Minded Research' he introduces to the volume, together with Michal Sedlacko and Lucia Reisch.
On 28th October 2013 the IÖW hosted the Green Talents 2013 – a group of 25 international scientists who won the BMBF-competition ‘Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development’. As one of the jury members, IÖW-Director Thomas Korbun was involved in assessing over 430 applications from 80 countries. The young scientists were distinguished for the interdisciplinary character of their work as well as their engagement with sustainability.