Assessment of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) generation against the gross domestic product (GDP) data from 50 countries of the pan-European region reveals a very high economic elasticity, indicating that WEEE and GDP are closely interlinked, regardless of the economic developmental stage of individual countries. In this context, GDP at purchasing power parity (GDP PPP) is a more meaningful measure. In the pan-European region, an increase of 1000 international $ GDP PPP means an additional 0.5 kg WEEE is generated that requires management.
Read the full publication here (open access)
(Kusch, Sigrid; Hills, Colin D.: The link between e-waste and GDP – new insights from data from the pan-European region. Resources 6 (2), 2017, 16)
The pursuit of sustainability requires more and better knowledge, but it is how knowledge is used that matters most. It is part of knowledge that social-environmental systems are influenced by interacting production and consumption processes. Understanding the dynamics of systems and how they can be influenced remains a key challenge. How can existing governance processes be reshaped so that they are more conductive to achieving social wellbeing? How can knowledge be linked with action?
Spotlights on the book ‘Pursuing Sustainability’ (Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson; Princeton University Press, 2016):
Read main elements here (pdf)
Dr. Nele Schmitz, nele.schmitz(at)scensers.org
As part of the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), a separate assessment for the pan-European region was launched in June 2016 at the 8th Environment for Europe Conference in Batumi, Georgia. The “GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region” provides a comprehensive picture of the current state, trends and an outlook for the environment in the region, and highlights factors that influence prosperity, human health and wellbeing. Focused under the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda), the report demonstrates that the challenges, but also the solutions, today are highly interlinked and more systemic.
“Clean air, water, resilient ecosystems and sound management of chemicals and waste are essential for a healthy planet and healthy people. Closing resource-use loops through the promotion of circular economy principles will be a necessary part of the solution, providing much-needed jobs and economic sustainability. The transition towards an inclusive green economy in the pan-European region presents a significant opportunity, which will require the active engagement of a “coalition of the willing” at all levels of society. It demands a fundamental redesign of energy, food, mobility and urban systems, as well as a change in lifestyles. Countries in the region have much to contribute to the shaping of a shared vision of the future.” (Foreword UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, to the GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region)
Direct download of report as pdf: GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region
E-book, particularly useful for mobile access: GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region (E-book)
Related material and access to all GEO-6 regional reports: UNEP Science-Policy Interface
Dr. Sigrid Kusch contributed to the report as coordinating lead author of Chapter 2 “Environmental state and trends” and as co-author of Chapter 4 “Outlooks and emerging issues”.
Cooperatives for renewable energy are examples of proactive citizen initiatives aiming for implementation of alternative energy supply models. Main success factors can be identified:
Renewable energy cooperatives (pdf)
(Beggio, Giovanni; Kusch, Sigrid: Renewable energy cooperatives: main features and success factors in collectively implementing energy transition. Proceedings “Quaesti – The 3rd Virtual Multidisciplinary Conference”, 2015, pp.233-237)
Contact: Giovanni Beggio, M.Sc., giovanni.beggio(at)scensers.org
Although combined heat and power production is already relatively common in Europe, its vast potential to improve energy efficiency is still heavily underexploited. Cleaner production schemes offer suitable frameworks to foster uptake of combined heat and power production by industry. Read more:
CSE Journal City Safety Energy 02/2015
(direct download: 70-319-1-PB)
(Kusch, Sigrid: An overview concerning combined heat and power production: a smart way to improve energy efficiency. CSE City Safety Energy 2-2015, pp. 132-141)
Renewable energy facilities owned by the community: a glance at cooperatives for renewable energy in the context of sustainable urbanisation:
Cooperatively Owned RE Facilities
(Kusch, Sigrid; Beggio, Giovanni: Cooperatively owned renewable energy facilities – unlocking urban community power. In: Condie, Jenna; Cooper, Anna Mary (edt.): Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: social science research and transition to urban contexts. Penrith: University of Western Sydney, 2015, pp. 252-255 (ISSC Book of Blogs))
The brief “Industrial symbiosis: powerful mechanisms for sustainable use of environmental resources” was submitted by Sigrid Kusch to the UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2015. All briefs are open for rating and discussion until 31 March 2015. Some of the topics will be featured in the relevant chapters of the 2015 GSDR report. This provides a good opportunity to bring selected topics forward.
Link to the platform with all briefs: https://gsdr2015.wordpress.com/
Direct link to the brief “Industrial symbiosis”: https://gsdr2015.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/industrial-symbiosis-powerful-mechanisms-for-sustainable-use-of-environmental-resources/
Update 28 June 2015:
The GSDR Report 2015, Advance Unedited Version, is available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: