News 2017

ZIN-member Prof. Löschel and NRW Economics Minister launch Virtual Institute for Smart Energy (VISE)

Professor Löschel named as economic director of “VISE”
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The energy demand of private households, flexible energy supply through virtual power plants and smart technologies for companies – these will be research topics of the newly founded “Virtual Institute Smart Energy” (VISE) under the lead of the University of Münster (WWU) and the University of Applied Sciences Cologne (TH Köln). Companies and research institutions will be able to jointly analyze technical and economic questions of the digital energy transition and to develop new projects and products via the VISE. | Continue...

New Institute für Consumer Science

The Virtual Institute for Consumer Science will aim at providing interdisciplinary research informing an empirically based consumer policy
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The University of Münster (WWU), together with the universities of Düsseldorf, Cologne and Siegen and the consumer advice center of North Rhine-Westphalia are planning to jointly establish a Virtual Institute for Consumer Science (IfV). ZIN-spokeswoman Prof’in Doris Fuchs is taking the leading role in the foundation of the Institute on the part of the WWU. The five partners intend to... | Continue...

Professor Löschel comments on unintended side effects of temperature-overshoot-targets

The tightening of the climate target in the Paris Agreement (to significantly below 2°C and preferably to 1,5°C) could paradoxically weaken the efforts in climate politics. The 1,5°C-goal will most likely only succeed with a temporary exceedance of this benchmark. Only by combining aggressive reduction of emissions and extensive extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere, the temperature might fall below this agreed benchmark decades later. | Continue...

World climate summit in Bonn: Professor Löschel guides a discussion on “Energy Savings in Housing”

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How to sensitize private households for energy conservation? Under which conditions do campaigns on energy saving succeed? How can science evaluate interdependencies? Professor Andreas Löschel (University of Münster) and other leading environmental economists presented scientific results from current projects on these matters at the Side Event “Energy Savings in Housing” that took place in the course of the world climate summit in Bonn (COP23).  | Continue...

Cooperation between the ZIN and the department of biology

Interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching enriches all parties involved
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Master students in Biotechnology could take a course on bioeconomy in summer term 2016 for the first time at the department of biology (Münster University). While containing mostly contents from biology, the integration of political and economic inputs gave the course interdisciplinary character. | Continue...

Workshop: Interdisciplinary case study on sustainability

The university’s Career Service organizes an excursion to ATLANTA in Wesel on 6th November 2017

The implementation of sustainability is a topic not only brought into focus by social and political actors but increasingly by economic actors as well. The question of the actual understanding and significance of sustainability can only be answered on a case-by-case basis. An excursion organized by the Career Service to the ATLANTA Group in Wesel offers a chance to do so. | Continue...

Interview on wind energy in the Münsterland with Prof. Andreas Löschel

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The Ministry for Economic Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia plans to implement new wind turbine distance requirements which would increase the necessary distance of wind turbines from residential areas. Prof. Andreas Löschel gave an interview concerning these plans in the television broadcast WDR Lokalzeit on October 18 2017. | Continue...

Future-proof landscaping based on local ecosystem structures

Invitation to an event at the Institute of Landscape Ecology on October 19 2017

On October 19 2017, the Institute of Landscape Ecology, managed by ZIN-member Prof. Tillmann Buttschardt, organises the event "Future-proof landscaping based on local ecosystem structures". There are several programm points... | Continue

“Fair Friends” Trade Fair in Dortmund: How sustainable was the fair dedicated to sustainability?

Radio Station WDR5 critically evaluates the Trade Fair for sustainable lifestyles, Fair Trade and Social Responsibility
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From the 6th until the 9th of September the sustainable trade fair “Fair Friends” took place in Dortmund. Journalist Anita Horn from the German radio station WDR 5 reported on the fair, forming a differentiated judgement after having spoken to ZIN research associate Carolin Bohn and some exhibitors. | Continue...

New blog about conflicts and natural resources

A blog co-founded by Anne Hennings provides space for an interdisciplinary dialogue over “Resources and Conflict”

Be it minerals, land, water, forests or pastures: all over the world, peasants, indigenous people, pastoralists, or urban dwellers, but also political and economic elites claim access to natural resources. Furthermore, global climate change reinforces the struggle over renewable resources, as do various kinds of land, green or even blue grabs and increasing population growth. But how exactly do these conflicts arise, how are they pursued and how can they be solved? | Continue...

“Performing „Green Europe“? A Narrative Analysis of European Fisheries Policy“

A new ZIN-Discussion Paper analyzes the origins of the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy 2013/2014

For a long time, the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) failed to address the goal of a sustainable management of european and global fisheries. However, the reform of 2013/2014 seemed to represent a turning point, introducing among others a maximum sustainable yield aim and the prohibition of controversial fishing practices. The origins of this reform are examined in a new Sustainable Governance Discussion Paper. | Continue...

International researchers further explore the concept of consumption corridors

The March Münster Meetings 2017 were dedicated to a concept contributing to the sustainability transformation

At the MMM 2017, an international group of scholars – among them ZIN-spokeswoman Prof.’in Doris Fuchs - assembled at the University of Muenster again, to further explore the concept of sustainable consumption corridors as a basis for the urgently needed sustainability transformation. | Continue...

Does environmental consciousness equal environmentally friendly actions?

New publications about the link between environmental consciousness and environmental behavior and on a sociological sustainability research perspective

Why don’t we succeed in translating the high environmental consciousness, documented in numerous population surveys, into environmentally friendly actions? Björn Wendt and Benjamin Görgen, research assistants of ZIN-member Prof. Dr. Matthias Grundmann, address this research gap in their recently published study on the underlying link between environmental consciousness and environmental behavior. | Continue...

Second round of the ZIN-“Brotzeitkolloquium” in summer term 2017

On May 11th Prof. Andreas Lienkamp opens up the lecture series on “climate and justice”

Inspired by the American Brown Bag Lunches, the first ZIN- “Brotzeitkolloquium” (“Brotzeit” being the German term for a light meal) took place in summer term 2016, inviting researchers from different disciplines to illustrate how “their” field approaches the topic sustainability. The lectures were open to both students of all departments as well as to interested citizens. | Continue...

Münster will be climate-neutral in 2050 thanks to its citizens' participation

Kick-off event for the Citizens' Forum on Climate Protection 2050 starting today

Today, a kick-off event in the historical city hall of Münster opens up a six-day Citizens’ Forum on Climate Protection (“Bürgerforum Münster Klimaschutz 2050”). The Forum includes numerous events and workshops targeting on the creation of visions and projects helping to make Münster climate-neutral... | Continue...

Sustainable Consumption in Germany – fair, ecological and collectively responsible?

On the occasion of the National Conference on the implementation of sustainable consumption in Germany, consumption researchers criticize the National Program for sustainable consumption

Tomorrow, March 23rd 2017, the National Conference on the implementation of sustainable consumption takes place in Berlin. ZIN-spokeswoman Prof.’in Doris Fuchs is invited to the conference under the motto of “Sustainable Consumption in Germany – Fair, ecological and collectively responsible” (own translation). In the run up to the conference, Prof.’in Fuchs and other well-known consumption researchers wrote an open letter conveying sharp criticism in relation to the National Program for sustainable consumption. | Continue...

„Hot or cool“? - Experts discuss ways to slow down global warming

ZIN-spokeswoman Prof.’in Doris Fuchs takes part in an international workshop on the 1,5-degree goal

The 1,5-degree goal counts among the most path-breaking and at the same time most challenging of the goals which were agreed upon in course of the UN-Climate Conference 2015. At first aiming at keeping the global increase of temperature under 2 degree compared with the pre-industrial level, they finally reinforced their objectives: The global average temperature shall not rise more than 1,5 degree compared to the pre-industrial level in the future. | Continue...

Bakeries in Münster introduce a sustainable alternative to disposable coffee cups

The German broadcasting company WDR reports on the new returnable cup system featuring the ZIN

On the 18th of January, the German broadcasting company WDR reported on the introduction of a returnable cup system in Münster. For quite a while already, the big amount of waste resulting from disposable coffee cups was seen as a problem by some of the city’s bakeries. Since for hygienic reasons they do not want to refill cups brought by clients themselves, these bakeries now designed both reusable cups as well as a deposit system for them: The so called “Gilde-Becher”, named after the group of bakeries in charge of the initiative, will be handed out to clients in all of their shops and can be returned after its usage to be cleaned and handed out again. A fresh cup can then be taken at the next usage. Even if the plan is not field-tested yet, a pilot run will start in February. | Read more...