Resources, economies and resilience
A sustainable economy needs innovations that enable prosperity and social justice in harmony with planetary boundaries. This requires decoupling resource consumption from economic growth, new production and consumption practices and new models of prosperity.
The Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030 and the guiding principles of sustainable management point the way. Within these development corridors, concepts and practices of decarbonisation, circular economy, bioeconomy, zero waste, green IT, sustainable consumption and industrial ecology represent important guiding and implementation principles.
For the transformation to succeed, the task is to implement and apply these concepts in various economic sectors. The early recognition, monitoring and evaluation of technological, market, political and social developments, the analysis of development paths and the development of sustainable action strategies as well as the integration of users and stakeholders are of great importance.
Answers to the diverse challenges also require a long-term perspective on change processes that strengthens the resilience of the economy and society to crises. The research results provide orientation for corporate, municipal, civil society and political decision-makers and are developed in close exchange with them.
A selection of projects from the past five years is presented below. A complete overview is available via the search.