Many product and service innovations with high sustainability potentials fail due to a lack of user acceptance, trigger negative rebound effects through unexpected user behaviours, or are applied incorrectly. Designing interactive value chains via user-integrated product and service development offers starting points for the development of solution strategies and scenarios regarding specific and applicable sustainability innovations.
Therefore, the project aims at determining the potential contribution of implementing such an approach in so-called "NachhaltigkeitsLivingLabs" (NLL, "sustainability living labs") - these are labs respectively research institutions that focus on the user-centred development and testing of sustainable products and services in order to generate successful sustainability innovations. Based on this, development measures for a German research infrastructure integrating usage-related work and life contexts in sustainable product development will be derived. The solution approaches are supposed to significantly foster resource efficiency in the production and consumption system, without these advantages being neutralised by so-called rebound effects - that is the effect of an actually more efficient product or service causing an increase in usage (of e.g. resources) directly or indirectly.
The following specific objectives are envisaged: