The Research Unit Production and Consumption Systems analyses and evaluates production and consumption structures from the perspective of resource efficiency and sustainability.
The sustainability of companies and households is evaluated and transformation concepts and scenarios for resource efficient, climate neutral and sustainable processes, products, service systems and lifestyles are developed. The research activities take into account all stages of the value chains, including consumption. The transformation of resources, prosperity and consumption are monitored as integral parts of the central fields of action, namely nutrition, leisure, mobility and housing. Socio-technical potentials are characterised and integrated into scenarios in order to develop target values and roadmaps to achieve sustainability goals.
The goal is to assess social and technological changes in the target corridor of an 8-t society and 1.5 degree lifestyles. The research therefore focuses on supporting the necessary change management at companies and in households in order to enable sustainable product and consumption systems, making a quantifiable contribution to the SDGs through sustainability and resource assessment as well as anchoring the resource-light society in policy.
The Research Unit Production and Consumption Systems investigates transformation approaches at companies (production) and in households (consumption) as well as their linkage with resource efficient and sustainable product service systems. Social, economic and ecological hotspots (strengths and weaknesses) are identified using methods of sustainability and resource assessment. Socio-technical potentials along value chains (production and consumption systems) can thus be identified, developed and concretised by translating them into scenarios and roadmaps towards a sustainable society.
The research work can be structured as follows:
The Research Unit Production and Consumption Systems investigates and evaluates transformation approaches at companies (production side) and in households (consumption side) for sustainability and resource efficiency. It develops concepts and scenarios for climate neutral, resource efficient and sustainable processes, products, service systems and business models.
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