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Nordwest 2050

Project management and team (in Oldenburg):
Dr. Ralph Baumheier, Metropolregion Bremen-Oldenburg im Nordwesten e.V. (Project coordinator)
Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner, Maik Winges, Kevin Grecksch

Project partners:
Metropolregion Bremen-Oldenburg im Nordwesten e.V.
SCB - Sustainability Center Bremen
Universität Bremen - artec Forschungszentrum Nachhaltigkeit
Universität Oldenburg - Centos Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management
Hochschule Bremen
Bioconsult Schuchardt & Scholle GbR

Duration:
2009-2014

Sponsor:
BMBF (Federal Minstry for Education and Research)

Short description:

With this practice-oriented research project, the Northwest German region is among the selected model regions in Germany that through the support of Creating Climate Change-Ready Regions (KLIMZUG) has the opportunity to develop improvements in their ability to deal with climate change in selected fields, and to integrate them into regional planning and development processes.
In Northwest 2050 there are two different characters of roadmapping processes for climate adaptation in the Northwest region.

  1. It is necessary to define the vulnerability of economic sectors for the food industry, the energy production and distribution, and the port management and logistics, evaluate chances for innovation and implement concrete measures. This activity e.g. is touching resilient food plants, environmentally friendly cooling and air-conditioning technologies as well as the fitness of electricity grid. These so called sector-oriented roadmaps are focusing on innovation paths within the period of Northwest 2050 until spring 2014.
  2. All partners will develop a long-term roadmap of change for climate adaptation strategies for the whole Metropolitan Region Bremen-Oldenburg Northwest with the time frame of 2050. The roadmap of change is based on the experiences and results of short-term processes in specific innovation paths to define needs for structural changes until 2050.

The generalisability and the transferability of the approach should be assured through close cooperation with the parallel projects in the support programme, as well as with the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland. Parallels in the focus sectors of logistics/port management, the food manufacturing industry and the energy sector, together with the circumstances of the natural surroundings make possible this transatlantic comparison of the two coastal regions. They also serve to provide inspiration for the shaping of future-readiness with regard to climate change in both regions.
Not only the ability to adapt to climate change but also the ability of the region to learn and to compete internationally will improve greatly. Together with partners from the respective economic clusters, concrete paths of innovations will be developed and new ground broken. These target not only technical innovations at different stages of development (e.g. solar cooling systems, low exergy solutions, resilient logistics systems, adapted cultivation und processing strategies in the food industry), but also organisational and institutional innovations (e.g. management of regional climate impacts, adaptive governance, further development of mechanisms und structures of the metropolitan region in terms of accompanying the implementation of the roadmap of change, land use management, risk communication, capacity building).


Publications:
http://www.nordwest2050.de

Open innovation processes for the energy efficient city 2020+

Project management and team (in Oldenburg):
Dr. Marlen Arnold (TU München, Project coordinator)
Dr. Volker Barth (head of subproject), Daniel Meyerholt

Project partners:
Technical University Munich
University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Technical University Darmstadt

Duration:
2009-2010

Sponsor:
BMBF (Federal Minstry for Education and Research)

Short description:

The project employs cititzens' knowledge of their needs and solutions to generate and develop energy efficient strategies and supply in the fields of action "mobility", "housing" and "mobility & housing integrated", to ease the application of new ideas and to foster their acceptance.
To increase energy efficiency in the fields of mobility and housing and at their interfaces, ideas shall be generated, developed, assesed and implemented in cooperation with cititzens, the city of Munich, and our partenr companies. Energy flows and greenhouse gas emissions of the Ideas and concepts will be assessed. We use a variety of methods including idea competition, web communities, discussion boards and innovation workshops. We check - in close cooperation with our partners and the city of Munich - whether and when the ideas might be competitive and how they could be implemeted.


Publications:
Idea competition www.save-our-energy.de (starting 01.09.2009)

ALICE (Agents' Long-term Investments in the context of Climate and Energy)

Project management and team (in Oldenburg):
Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner (Project coordination), Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, Prof. Anthony Patt, PhD, Dr. Volker Barth

Project partners:
Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Duration:
2007-2010

Sponsor:
BMBF

Short description:

Well-documented results from behavioral economics show, that individuals' decisions systematically deviate from what the rational actor ("homo oeconomicus") of standard economic theory would do. Examples are time preferences (i.e. the valuation of future earnings and costs), or the common overconfidence in one's own capabilities. The aim of the ALICE project is to investigate whether these deviations from the homo oeconomicus are also to be observed among company decisions, in particular when it comes to long-term investments in the electricity sector. This will not only have an impact on decision theory, but also influence strategies to protect the global climate.


Publications:
http://www.alice-energy.de/

User integration in sustainability innovations

Project management and team (in Oldenburg):
Prof. Dr. Frank-Martin Belz (Overall project),
Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner (Subproject Oldenburg), David Sichert

Project partners:
Technical University Munich, University Hannover

Duration:
2008-2011

Sponsor:
BMBF

Short description:

In the context of exploring sustainable consumption the network project considers the early stages of the process and examines the development of sustainable products and services by means of integration of users in the particular innovation process.
The basic idea of the research project implies that through user integration sustainable innovation and thereby sustainable consumption can be enabled, improved and boosted. User integration means the systematic integration of the user from the first idea through to market diffusion. The expected advantages of this dialogic user integration are a higher market acceptance by early integrating the user into practical use aspects and user needs, reduced failure risks, quicker diffusion and an early assessment of social-ecological effects of sustainable consumption.
The research concept can be described on a horizontal and a vertical level. On the horizontal level the focus is on user integration in three selected products and services. Three subprojects examine (1) Passive Houses, (2) Bio Plastics for Food Packaging and (3) "Mobile" Mobility. The vertical level contains cross section topics related to all sustainable innovation processes: (5) Motivation, (6) Gender and Diversity, (7) Institutional Framework Conditions and (8) Evaluation of the Effects.
Subproject 7, lead by a team from the University of Oldenburg, examines the legal and structural framework conditions which support or hinder the institutionalisation of user integration in sustainable innovation processes. A theoretical multi-level model and a qualitative empirical study shall determine factors for successful institutionalisation of user integration at company level.


Publications:
http://www.food.wi.tum.de/

Collective Learning as a Contribution to Reflexive Governance

Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest (REFGOV)

Project management and team (in Oldenburg):

Prof. Dr. Tom Dedeurwaerdere (Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, head of subnetwork), Prof. Dr. Eric Brousseau (Université de Paris X), Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner


Project partners:

28 European Research Institutions


Duration:

2005-2010


Sponsor:

European Commission (6. Framework Programme)


Publications:

http://refgov.cpdr.ucl.ac.be/

MANUS - Managers of Global Change

GELENA

Social Learning and Sustainability. The see project homepage here.

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