Wuppertal Institute's scientists don't just stay in Wuppertal. They travel the world, conducting research and exchanging experiences, sharing insights and discussing co-operations. It's been a few busy weeks:
Belarus faces the challenge of conducting a progress report on the implementation of the national sustainability strategy 2030 in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, at the same time, discuss a new strategy for 2035. Against this background, the IBB Dortmund, an international educational community work association based in Germany, initiated the Sustainable Development Weeks 2017, which took place in Minsk from 25 September to 25 October for the fourth time. Wuppertal Institute's Dorothea Schostok shared the lessons learnt from the national sustainability strategy of North Rhine-Westphalia and discussed possible leverage points for transfer. Dr. Uta von Winterfeld talked about a societal transformation that leaves the era of greed of gain and moves towards sustainability. In her presentation, she focused on the role of gender equality for this transformation.
Within the scope of the definition project Digital Marketing Platforms as a Tool to Support Industrial Symbioses in Vietnam (DigISys), the Research Unit Circular Economy of the Wuppertal Institute, represented by Dr. Henning Wilts, Susanne Fischer and Anne Müller, travelled to Hanoi in Vietnam from 3 to 12 October. Overarching goal of the meetings was to find collaboration opportunities with interested partners from industry and science for a planned co-operative project under the scope of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
From 10 to 11 October, Prof. Dr. Stefan Lechtenböhmer, Dr. Stefan Thomas and Dr. Thomas Fink travelled to the city of Tehran, Iran, supported by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. With a global trend towards decarbonisation, the Islamic Republic of Iran with its unique oil and gas resources has a growing interest in a transformation of its energy system. A knowledge exchange between leading Iranian energy research institutes and the Wuppertal Institute has already kicked off in May 2017; this round of workshops focused on topics that are of peculiar interest to the Iran and its research institutions, e.g. the energy intensive industry, and were used as a starting point to identify possible joint research activities.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is only one state amongst many that looks towards Germany for its own energy transition. Japan faces similar challenges as Germany in the development of its energy industries to achieve a resource- and climate-friendly energy supply. The German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC), which aims at fostering and scientifically supporting the energy transition in both countries, discussed the first study results at its meeting in Tokyo in early September. Based on these findings, the council will develop policy recommendations until Spring 2018.
The WISIONS of Sustainability project has been actively promoting the demonstration and scalability of sustainable decentralised renewable energy solutions since 2004. Its long-term objective is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions. To achieve this, WISIONS supports SEPS (Sustainable Energy Project Support) exchange activities. From 11 to 13 October, the first Central American Conference of Small-Scale Hydroelectric Generators took place in Managua, Nicaragua, hosted by a SEPS exchange activity and supported by WISIONS, represented by Willington Ortiz.
On 6 November 2017, however, our scientists will be back in North Rhine-Westphalia. In Bonn, to be particular, where the 23th Conference of the Parties – COP23 – will take place. There, they will discuss how to further implement the Paris Agreement and limit global warming well below 2°C. Stay tuned: #MakingParisPossible.
On the road again!
Kerstin Eiwen, Anna Riesenweber & Christin Hasken