The rising social relevance of real-world laboratories for shaping a sustainable future is evident by the increased integration of real-world laboratory concepts in various political strategies at national and international level. Less clear so far is how real-world laboratories can be used for an environmentally oriented digital policy.
The short study "Real-world laboratories as an environmental policy instrument" presents conceptual foundations for real-world laboratories as a policy instrument of a transformative environmental policy and derives recommendations for action for the targeted and effective use of real-world laboratories in the context of an environmentally oriented digital policy.
In the short study, real-world laboratories are understood in line with the Digital Agenda of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as "experimental spaces for digital-based socio-ecological innovations, in which digital tools, applications and new cooperation structures can be developed and tested". The study shows that real-world laboratories build on proven approaches to action and can be a suitable supplement and further development of environmental policy in the context of a sustainable digital policy. In order to make better use of real-world laboratories for digital and environmental policy goals, the following three strategies are recommended: I) Funding programme for real-world laboratories of sustainable digitalisation, II) Knowledge transfer for sustainable change in digitalisation and III) Research on digital and participatory development of legal and planning policy instruments.
Justus von Geibler, Franziska Stelzer:
Reallabore als umweltbezogenes Politikinstrument
Kurzstudie im Rahmen der Digitalagenda des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit
(Wuppertal Report no. 19)