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ASCEE Expert Workshop on Sustainable Consumption

29 May 2008 10:00 - 16:30
within the framework of the EU’s 6th Framework Programme funded project “Assessing the potential of various instruments for sustainable consumption practices and greening of the market” (ASCEE).

Minutes of the ASCEE Expert Workshop:
"Policy instruments to promote sustainable consumption"
(pdf 154 kb)

Organised by:
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
Institute for European Studies (IES)
National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO)

Thursday, May 29th, 2008 (10.00 am to 4.30 pm)

The Workshop will be held at the Institute for European Studies (IES), Pleinlaan 15, 5th floor, 1050 Brussels

The programme of the workshop includes a poster session. We invite all people who are interested in providing information on innovative policy approaches and tools relevant in the areas of sustainable consumption and greening of the markets to view the attached call for posters.

Poster Session
The ASCEE project is a Commission funded research initiative that deals with innovative policy instruments and approaches for the promotion of sustainable consumption. A European wide inquiry into the latest developments in national policies has been conducted and in-depth case studies in selected instrumental areas have been elaborated. The main results, as well as strategies to transfer the findings into practical policy measures, will be presented and discussed during this one-day Workshop in Brussels. Some external commentators will comment on our proposals. In addition, DG Environment will present their ideas on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

The Workshop will therefore offer an important platform to exchange and collect further insights, opinions and experiences from a targeted audience of 40 international experts (from public administrations, academia, NGOs, business). The Workshop will contribute to the development of a “policy toolbox” for policy makers supporting the international SCP-process.

09:00 – 10.00

Registration of participants

10:00 – 10:30

Introduction and welcome

Welcome –Sebastian Oberthür, Academic Director IES, Brussels

Welcome – Nicole Dewandre, EC, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit, DG Research, Directorate Environment, Brussels

Introduction to the workshop– Dr. Frieder Rubik, IÖW, Heidelberg/D

10:30 – 11:00

Session I – Setting the scene: SCP activities of EEA and ETC/RWM

Chaired by Dr. Frieder Rubik, IÖW, Heidelberg

Ongoing and future work on SCP in the EEA – Birgit Munck-Kampmann, EEA and ETC/RWM, Copenhagen

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:45

Session II – Selected results of the ASCEE project

Chaired by Dr. Frieder Rubik, IÖW, Heidelberg

•  General considerations on policies to promote sustainable consumption – Prof. Harri Kalimo, IES, Brussels

•  Some selected cases to promote sustainable consumption – Eivind Stø, SIFO, Oslo

•  Empirical Insights – Gerd Scholl, IÖW, Berlin

•  Policy recommendations – Dr. Frieder Rubik, IÖW, Heidelberg

12:45 – 13:45

Invitation to lunch and poster exhibition

13:45 – 15:00

Session III – Views of external commentators and open discussion

Chaired by Eivind Stø, SIFO, Oslo

•  Comments from a policy maker perspective – Christian Löwe, German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Dessau/DE,

•  Comments from a researcher perspective – Dr. Eva Heiskanen, National Consumer Research Centre, Helsinki

•  Discussion

15:00 – 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 – 16:20

Session IV – Views of external commentators and open discussion

Chaired by Harri Kalimo, IES, Brussels

•  Comments from a NGO perspective – Melissa Shinn, Green Advocacy, Portugal

•  Comments from a retailer perspective – Xavier Durieu, Secretary General Euro Commerce, Brussels

•  Discussion


Concluding considerations – Dr. Frieder Rubik, IÖW, Heidelberg


Closure of the workshop & reception


The IES and VUB can easily be reached by public transport:

By train
It is 2 minutes walking distance from the railway station “Etterbeek”, which, in turn, has a good connection with the 3 main Brussels railway stations (Bruxelles-Nord, Bruxelles-Central and Bruxelles-Midi) and with the railway stations Bruxelles-Schuman and Bruxelles-Luxembourg.

By tram
Trams 23 and 90 stop off at the railway station “Etterbeek” on Generaal Jacqueslaan (Boulevard Général Jacques).

By bus
Busses 95 and 96 have a stop called “Station Etterbeek”, which is at the intersection of Kroonlaan (Avenue de la Couronne) and Generaal Jacqueslaan.

By metro
The metro station closest to the IES is “Pétillon” on line 1A, at about 15 minutes walking distance (see left side of the map).

For timetables of trains, see the website of the NMBS/SNCB.
For timetables of trams, busses and metros, see the website of the STIB/MIVB.
For more information on how to reach the VUB campus, see the website of the VUB.

Hotel Suggestions

General information on Hotels may be found on

Below please find suggestions for hotels

Ibis Hotel by Grand Place
This is the one IES usually recommends:
Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100 (Grasmarkt 100)
Tel : (+32)2/5144040 Fax : (+32)2/5145067
price around 140 per night
Close to central station - a train goes in 19 minutes from central station to Etterbeek which is right next to our offices

“The completely non smoking Ibis Brussels Off Grand Place hotel is located in the historic district of Brussels, close to Grand Place, 5 minutes from the metro and the railway station. The shopping centre and the cultural district are a few minutes away on foot. The hotel has 184 air-conditioned rooms, public pay parking, a snack bar with terrace open 24 hours and WiFi wireless internet connection for guests on a business trip. Restaurants are available close by.”

Jolly Hotel du Grand Sablon
Rue Bodenbroekstraat 2/4
1000 Brussels
E-mail: reservation(at)
Tel.: +32(0)25181100
price around 170-185 per night
Located in a nice area down town, right by bus 95 that goes directly to our institute- takes about 15-20 minutes

“The superior 4 star Jolly Hotel du Grand Sablon is ideally located in one of the most beautiful squares in the heart of Brussels. The Sablon district provides a fantastic atmosphere all year round, thanks to the numerous antique shops and art galleries that are located there. In addition, the world-renowned weekend antique market held at the Place du Grand Sablon, is only a short walk away from the hotel. The hotel features 193 standard, superior, and deluxe rooms together with a selection of suites and 6 fully equipped meeting rooms of up to 150 people. Moreover, the restaurant “Il Cortile” features all the delicious Italian specialties.”

Hotel Queen Anne
Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 110, 1000 Brussels
Around 80-100 per night
Close to metro De Brouckere that goes to metro Petilion and from there a short tram or 10 min. walk to IES in a straight line

“Located in the centre of Brussels, this hotel offers you easy access to all the main points of interest, as well as a good breakfast and value for money accommodation. The 3-star Hotel Queen Anne is ideally situated just 10 minutes walk from the famous Grand Place, 7 minutes walk from the North train station and adjacent to 2 main Metro stations (Rogier and Debrouckere). A good buffet breakfast is on offer every morning, while free wireless internet access is available in the public areas of the hotel. All the rooms are modern, compact and well maintained, making this hotel an ideal place to stay, whatever your reason for visiting Brussels.

Dr. Frieder Rubik

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