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Sustainability Field 2
Economy (along Product Life-cycle)

Programmes assigned to this field

  Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development (Nachhaltig Wirtschaften)
This five-year research and technology programme has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). (...)

This five-year research and technology programme has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects.

Source: http://www.bmvit.gv.at/en/innovation/sustainable.html

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HdZ Building of Tomorrow (Haus der Zukunft)
"Building of Tomorrow" is a sub-programme of the Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development, which aims at supporting the economy (...)
"Building of Tomorrow" is a sub-programme of the Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development, which aims at supporting the economy with future-oriented innovations and developments. It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects.

Technologies for Sustainable Development is a programme of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) managed by FFG.

Source: http://www.ffg.at/hausderzukunft

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CLIMATOOLS CLIMATOOLS
Climate change creates new conditions to which we must adapt. To assist social planners and decision makers in their adaptation measures, we are (...)
Climate change creates new conditions to which we must adapt. To assist social planners and decision makers in their adaptation measures, we are developing a set of tools.


The tools assist in dealing with matters such as how to calculate the costs of adaptation measures and the resulting revenues, how we deal with conflicting objectives, and how we can highlight ethical issues.

The tools will be developed in preliminary form in the initial part of the programme and then tested and improved in the second part. In the course of this process, new knowledge of the adaptation will be gained, which may be necessary in Sweden a little further ahead in time.

The eight tools

  1. Scenario-based convergence seminars that shed light on the ethical arguments for selecting action and strategies.
  2. Typical scenarios that facilitate the development of local scenarios for supporting decision.
  3. Methods for adaptability analysis based on vulnerability analysis methods.
  4. Manual for analysis of the health consequences of climate change.
  5. Guidelines for the economic analysis of climate change and adaptation to it.
  6. Checklist that can be used to detect and deal with ethical problems arising when society adopts measures for adapting to climate change.
  7. Handbook which describes methods that can be used for handling conflicts that may arise between the set objectives.
  8. Guide for dealing with gender and gender equality issues in adaptation to climate change.
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E-Energy E-Energy: ICT-based Energy System of the Future (E-Energy: IKT-basiertes Energiesystem der Zukunft)
E-Energy: Das "Internet der Energien" Aus einem E-Energy-Technologiewettbewerb gingen sechs Modellprojekte als Sieger hervor. Sie alle verfolgen (...)

E-Energy: Das "Internet der Energien"

Aus einem E-Energy-Technologiewettbewerb gingen sechs Modellprojekte als Sieger hervor. Sie alle verfolgen einen integralen Systemansatz, der alle energierelevanten Wirtschaftsaktivitäten sowohl auf der Markt- als auch auf der technischen Betriebsebene einschließt. Mit Blick auf die große Bedeutung von E-Energy für den Ausbau der erneuerbaren Energien und die Erhöhung der Energieeffizienz erfolgt die Förderung der Modellprojekte in einer ressortübergreifenden Partnerschaft des BMWi mit dem Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU). Das BMWi stellt für vier Modellregionen bis zu 40 Mio. Euro bereit und das BMU übernimmt die Förderung von zwei weiteren Modellregionen mit bis zu 20 Mio. Euro. Damit werden zusammen mit den Eigenmitteln der beteiligten Unternehmen insgesamt etwa 140 Mio. Euro für den Aufbau der sechs E-Energy-Modellregionen mobilisiert. Alle Projekte sollen im vierten Quartal 2008 gestartet werden. Die ausgewählten Modellregionen sollen bis 2012 ihre erfolgversprechenden Vorschläge bis zur Marktreife entwickeln und ihre Marktfähigkeit im Alltag testen.

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RPV MŽP Efficient utilization of energy and renewable energy resources (Racionální využití energie a obnovitelné přírodní zdroje )
The closed R&D programme of the Ministry of the Environment aimed at research of the renewable energy resources potential and the (...)
The closed R&D programme of the Ministry of the Environment aimed at research of the renewable energy resources potential and the efficient utilization of energy.
The focus of the proposed project might be following:
Utilization of renewable energy resources;
Progressive technology for energy production, for utilization of renewable energy resources and for energy conservation;
Utilization of biomass, geothermal energy, solar power, wind energy, water energy;
Solution of effective links and co-operation between renewable energy resources and other energy resources with aim to suggest information, economic and legislative tools of effective renewable energy resources utilization;
Principal contribution to energy intensiveness reduction of production processes and services.
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EdZ Energy Systems of Tomorrow (Energiesysteme der Zukunft)
"Energy Systems of Tomorrow" is a subprogramme of the Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development, which aims at supporting the (...)
"Energy Systems of Tomorrow" is a subprogramme of the Austrian Programme on Technologies for Sustainable Development, which aims at supporting the economy with future-oriented innovations and developments. It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects.

Technologies for Sustainable Development is a programme of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) managed by FFG.

Source: http://www.ffg.at/content.php?cid=108

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UFOPLAN 2009 Environmental Research Plan 2009 (Umweltforschungsplan 2009)
Das Umweltbundesamt beabsichtigt einen Teil der Projekte des Umweltforschungsplans 2009 (UFOPLAN 2009) des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz (...)

Das Umweltbundesamt beabsichtigt einen Teil der Projekte des Umweltforschungsplans 2009 (UFOPLAN 2009) des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit in Form von Zuwendungen oder öffentlichen Aufträgen (Verträgen) in Wettbewerbsverfahren selbst zu vergeben.

Die betreffenden Vorhaben sind im Einzelnen in Form einer Übersicht dargestellt. Diese umfasst auch Vorhaben zur Klimaschutzinitiative des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, die vom Umweltbundesamt vergeben werden.

Interessenbekundungen können formlos, jedoch getrennt für jedes einzelne Projekt mit folgenden Angaben eingereicht werden:

  • Forschungskennzahl (FKZ),
  • Forschungsthema,
  • Fachgebietsnummer des Umweltbundesamtes,
  • Darstellung der fachlichen Kompetenz und Leistungsfähigkeit für das zu bearbeitende Forschungsthema (Referenzen, Veröffentlichungen, einschlägige Arbeiten) sowie zur personellen und technischen Kapazität,
  • Darstellung eines inhaltlichen Eigeninteresses an der Durchführung des Projekts und ggf. Höhe der finanziellen Eigenbeteiligung.

Sofern Interessenten ein Eigeninteresse an der Durchführung eines Projekts zeigen, können vom Umweltbundesamt unter Berücksichtigung der Interessenlage Zuschüsse (Zuwendungen) an die ausgewählten Projektdurchführer in einem öffentlich-rechtlichen Verfahren vergeben werden. Hierzu wird vom Zuwendungsempfänger eine finanzielle Beteiligung an den Kosten / Ausgaben in angemessenem Umfang erwartet. Eine Vielzahl von Projekten wird auch in Form von Forschungs- und Entwicklungs- oder Werkverträgen vergeben, wobei das Umweltbundesamt nur im Einzelfall die ausschließlichen Nutzungsrechte für sich beansprucht.

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UI-Richtlinie Funding of Environmental Innovations (Förderung von Umweltinnovationen)
Das Land Schleswig-Holstein fördert im Rahmen des Zukunftsprogramms Wirtschaft Umweltinnovationen, die zukunftsorientierten Techniken und Verfahren (...)
Das Land Schleswig-Holstein fördert im Rahmen des Zukunftsprogramms Wirtschaft Umweltinnovationen, die zukunftsorientierten Techniken und Verfahren zum Durchbruch und zur Akzeptanz am Markt verhelfen.
Unterstützt werden insbesondere Vorhaben, die
– den betrieblichen Stoffeinsatz optimieren,
– der Verbesserung von Messtechniken dienen,
– den Energieverbrauch von Produkten und in Produktionsprozessen senken,
– zur stofflichen Nutzung von nachwachsenden Rohstoffen und organischen Reststoffen führen,
– Verwertungsverfahren für Abfälle erproben oder
– ein offensives Umweltmanagement einführen.
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PEI GAUSS - PhD Programme for Environmental Informatics (GAUSS - Promotionsprogramm für Umweltinformatik)
Die Umweltinformatik wird hier in umfassendem Sinne als integratives Fach aus Bio-, Öko-, Geoinformatik und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen verstanden, (...)

Die Umweltinformatik wird hier in umfassendem Sinne als integratives Fach aus Bio-, Öko-, Geoinformatik und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen verstanden, die jede für sich Objekte, Strukturen, regulatorische Netzwerke, Prozesse (Signale, Stoff- und Informationsflüsse) u.ä. auf verschiedenen Skalen- und Integrationsniveaus mit Informatikwerkzeugen studieren und modellieren. Unter dem Dach der Umweltinformatik sollte der Wissenstransfer und die systemorientierte Integration über Skalenstufen der raumbezogenen Bio-, Öko- und Umweltsysteme mittels moderner Informatik Methoden und Technologien gefördert und verbessert werden. Durch die Etablierung des Master- und Promotionsprogramms in Umweltinformatik, eingebettet in GAUSS und in die Forschungslandschaft Göttingen, wird auch diesem wichtigen Integrationsansatz auf Systemebene durch eine effiziente akademische und bildungsbezogene Maßnahme Rechnung getragen. Die exzellente biologische, ökosystemare, umweltbezogene und mathematische Forschung in Göttingen erfordert die Etablierung eines entsprechenden integrativen Master- und Promotionsprogramms in Umweltinformatik, aus dem wichtige innovative wissenschaftliche Impulse und Beiträge erwartet werden.

Unter der Federführung der Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik und unter Beteiligung der Fakultäten für Forstwissenschaften und Waldökologie, für Biologie und für Geowissenschaften und Geographie, ist das Programm für Umweltinformatik (PEI) Bestandteil der "Georg-August University School of Science", Acronym: GAUSS und der im Aufbau befindlichen "Göttingen Graduate School of Terrestical Ecosystems", Acronym GGTE.

 
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NRP II 2C Information Technology for the Knowledgeable Society (Informační technologie pro znalostní společnost)
Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed NRP II is the National programme for the research and development. The (...)

Please note that calls for submission of project proposals are closed

NRP II is the National programme for the research and development.

The main focus of the program is the research and technological development of software tools and applications enabling more efficient, faster and more reliably connect various entities to the level of  individuals. This will be enabled through optimized infrastructure and tools assurance two-way interactive mobile communications, while the use of information resources andwide application of knowledge databases.
It is therefore a technical solution to the intensive information networked society.
Research activities will focus on research on new platforms with a high degree of interoperability (connectivity), capable of massive parallel use (audiovisual
platforms and open platforms for various types application tasks). This will be a successful component interconnect solutions into larger units.
In response to the above infrastructure will be developed intelligent
decision-making, management and other modules based on the knowledge and intensively searching relevant data processing and often massive datasets.

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Projects assigned to this field

ARFRISOL Bioclimatic architecture and solar cooling (Arquitectura Bioclimática y Frío Solar)
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The (PSE-ARFRISOL) is the Draft Strategic Singular Bioclimatic Architecture and Solar Cooling which pretends to show that bioclimatic architecture, based on the architectural and construction design and low temperature solar energy are the basic elements appropriate to make the building energy-efficient future, for it is being analyzed theoretically and monitoring (evaluation in real life conditions) after optimized its architecture and its facilities, five public buildings symbolic office, both to rehabilitate and new plant, built in five sites with different climatic conditions (Almería: University and PSA, Madrid, Soria and Asturias) considered as experimental prototypes

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MOEBIUS Conceptiual Design and Development of open-source based Applications for the Acquisition of environmental Informations via Mobile Computing as Data Source for Operative Environmental Information Systems (Konzeption und Entwicklung open-source basierender Anwendungen zur Erfassung umweltrelevanter Informationen via Mobile Computing als Datenquelle für Betriebliche Umweltinformationssysteme (MOEBIUS) )
Bei der im Rahmen des Umweltmanagements bzw. Stoffstrommanagements notwendigen Analyse von Daten, die zur Aufdeckung von Schwachstellen bzw. zur (...)
Bei der im Rahmen des Umweltmanagements bzw. Stoffstrommanagements notwendigen Analyse von Daten, die zur Aufdeckung von Schwachstellen bzw. zur Generierung und Planung von Maßnahmen im Rahmen des kontinuierlichen Verbesserungsprozesses notwendig sind, findet häufig ein sog. Medienbruch statt. Dies bedeutet, dass umweltrelevante Daten für die Durchführung des Stoffstrommanagements bzw. Umweltmanagements teilweise erst händisch auf nicht digitalen Medien (z.B. auf Papier) im Rahmen einer Produktionsbegehung erfasst werden, um dann anschließend in IT-Systeme übertragen werden zu müssen, damit diese Daten in sog. Betrieblichen Umweltinformationssystemen (BUIS) analysiert und für die Ableitung von betrieblichen Umweltschutzmaßnahmen genutzt werden können. Teilweise sind diese umweltrelevanten Informationen über Input- und Outputströme an einer Maschine insbesondere in KMUs noch nicht einmal bekannt bzw. es ist nur im Groben bekannt, welchen Weg einzelne Stoffströme in einem Betrieb durchlaufen (z.B. in einer Abfallbehandlungsanlage). Diese Problematik verschärft sich häufig noch, wenn man spezielle Stoffströme wie Wasser, Wasserdampf oder Energie betrachtet. Zu Erfassung dieser Ströme gibt es häufig Zähler, die aber manuell abgelesen werden müssen. Das regelmäßige Ablesen der Zählerstände wird meist noch per Zettel und Bleistift durchgeführt.

Das Projekt MOEBIUS wird gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) unter der Fördernummer 17N2109
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BIOSKALESTER Design and evaluation of ageing-resistant biodegradable esters with controllable flammability (Kontroliuojamo degumo ir atsparių senėjimui bioskalių esterių kūrimas ir įvertinimas)
Sizeable polymer plants “Orion Global PET” and Joint Stock Company “Neo Group” are operating in Lithuania along with the lubricant manufacturer “SCT (...)
Sizeable polymer plants “Orion Global PET” and Joint Stock Company “Neo Group” are operating in Lithuania along with the lubricant manufacturer “SCT Lubricants”, all being interested in local suppliers. As raw materials in plastics and lubricants, various esters, manufactured by traditional chemical methods, are often used. Manufacture of biodiesel, which is also an ester, is growing in Lithuania. Since it is subsidized by government, it is important to diversify this production and offer the technology for the products of higher value, because the biodiesel subsidies will be reduced and eliminated eventually. This project is devoted to development of new technologies for producing higher value added products utilizing biotechnological synthesis from oils, fats and other renewable resources. Most promising samples will be selected and new manufacturing technologies will be introduced for production and evaluation of pilot scale experimental products: low flammability ageing-resistant biodegradable esters. Esters’ suitability for two applications will be investigated: 1) as plasticizers, used in manufacture of plastics, and 2) as base oils, used in manufacture of biolubricants. Plasticizers influence not only mechanical elasticity and durability of plastics, but also their odor, toxicity in contact with food, flammability due to exposure to fire, and consumer safety. Base oils are used for manufacturing of lubricants by dissolving functional additives in them. They dictate most lubricant properties, among those flammability and resistance to ageing. Both plasticizers and biolubricant base oils are made from organic esters, manufactured using chemical methods. Broad experience of lipase-based synthesis is accumulated in Lithuania and can be used in biotechnological synthesis of esters. The process conditions will be selected in such manner that esters, produced using glycols, would target the most important technical requirements, specified for polymer plasticizers and biolubricant base oils. Transesterification reactions using glycols will be carried out, along with lipase-based modification of alkyl chains. Acyl chain structure will be controlled by choosing selective lipases, interacting differently with specific fatty acids. Also the investigations will involve screening for selectivity towards fatty acids by carrying out the biotechnological synthesis in emulsions, replacing lipases with their producers and concurrently evaluating the influence of emulsifiers on lipase inactivation. Such selectivity would give an opportunity to control the flammability of obtained biodegradable esters. In addition to the studies of synthesis directions, experimental methodologies will be developed with the purpose of rapid testing of material’s suitability for plasticizers and biolubricant base oils. Not only their flammability and ageing will be evaluated, but also the volatility, hydrolysis and interaction between comparison samples with functional additives and system components. Most promising directions of biotechnological synthesis will be supplemented with appropriate processing stages, which would improve technical parameters of biodegradable esters. It will be attempted to evaluate the quality of experimental production from the pilot scale manufacture by providing its samples to potential users. Developed technology of biodegradable ester production will be optimized by reducing the manufacturing costs. Research conclusions will be made available to interested organizations, including polymer, biodiesel and lubricant manufacturers in Lithuania.
 
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ZSU Development of an Object-Oriented Model Catalog for Unification of Road Data and Environmental Information (Entwicklung eines objektorientierten Modellkatalogs für die Zusammenführung von Straßendaten und Umweltinformationen)
Objective of ZSU  is the Unification of road and environmental information for linking objects from the Environmental Information System (UIS) (...)
Objective of ZSU  is the Unification of road and environmental information for linking objects from the Environmental Information System (UIS) and objects from the Administration (SBV), coming along with a reduction of existing media breaks.
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  Development of Multifunctional Materials Heterostructures for Hydrogen Fuel Cells
 Changes of microstructure, phase composition and surface morphology to be investigated, surface topography analyzed. Coupling processes (...)
 Changes of microstructure, phase composition and surface morphology to be investigated, surface topography analyzed. Coupling processes occurring  to be registered and correlated with hydrogenation properties. Impact of surface to be analyzed.
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  Development of sustainability assessment tools for ICT – Methods for simplified assessments
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EnerKey Energy as a Key Element of an Integrated Climate Protection Concept for the City Region of Gauteng, South Africa (EnerKey)
Energy related questions are seen as key challenge in South Africa from various perspectives: Security of supply is a core topic for the thriving (...)

Energy related questions are seen as key challenge in South Africa from various perspectives: Security of supply is a core topic for the thriving industrial nation. Energy poverty and social equity ("electricity for all") has high relevance on the post-apartheid political agenda. Local emissions from coal burning are an important health issue. Poor cooking devices form a severe threat due to the risk of large shack fires in informal settlement. Lately the issue of climate change has become more and more important - South Africa relying almost entirely on coal and being number 12 globally of the biggest CO2 emittants. It emits roughly 40% of the CO2 emissions of the African continent.

 

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GreenSoft Green Software Engineering
Green IT is the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using and disposing IT related hardware products in an efficient sustainable way with (...)
Green IT is the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using and disposing IT related hardware products in an efficient sustainable way with minimal or even no impact on the environment.

Green Software Engineering is the attempt to apply these "green" principles known from hardware products also on software products, software development processes and their underlying software process models.

The first main goal of the project is to to design a conceptual reference model supporting IT professionals and software users in the sustainable development and usage of software. The second main goal is to develop a software toolbox called "Sustainable Software Support Center" (S3C) that assists IT professionals in realizing systainable, resource-friendly software products.
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SHPCO2 High-Performance Simulation for Geological CO2 Storage (Simulation Haute Performance du Stockage Géologique de CO2)
High-Performance Simulation for Geological CO2 Storage (...)
High-Performance Simulation for Geological CO2 Storage
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SEISCOPE High-resolution seismic imaging based on full waveform inversion (Imagerie sysmique haute résolution par inversion complète d'ondes)
The SEISCOPE project is devoted to the investigation of high-resolution seismic imaging based on full waveform inversion. We focus more specifically (...)
The SEISCOPE project is devoted to the investigation of high-resolution seismic imaging based on full waveform inversion. We focus more specifically on the frequency domain formulation of full-waveform inversion applied to wide-aperture/wide-azimuth (or global offset) acquisition geometries.
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