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Bioeconomy, Climate Change and Energy

Contributing to sustainability and SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and SDG 15 (Life on Land)

ZSI has a long history of working on projects in relation to sustainability. Climate change has a strong link to social issues: On the one hand, people and social systems are the biggest contributor to climate change and the speed at which it is changing. On the other, people and social systems will suffer from the severe effects of climate change, and humanity is already facing a multi-faceted variety of challenges due to it. Research at ZSI is reflecting this challenge, both in addressing climate change issues in mitigation and adaptation directly and as a cross-sectoral theme in its research activities. We are also involved in projects supporting awareness on the circular economy, energy efficiency and the bioeconomy or supporting international R&I cooperation for renewable energy solutions etc.

One of the flagship projects coordinated by ZSI is "BLOOM - Boosting European citizens knowledge and awareness of bioeconomy" (Horizon 2020) where we use co-creation and open innovation to engage all stakeholders to stimulate bioeconomy activities.

Several of our international co-operation projects, for example, contributed to the definition of roadmaps for the co-operation addressing societal challenges, including climate change and energy. A variety of other projects focus on technological-societal issues related to climate change, such as stakeholder involvement in climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions and platforms for management of resource efficiency measures, for example in the project "CAPTOR - Collective Awareness Platform for Tropospheric Ozone Pollution" (Horizon 2020).

A national project in this thematic area is "PLAISIR - Planning Innovation:learning from socially innovative energy projects" which analyses socially innovative energy projects in structurally weak regions. Furthermore, ZSI is a member of the Climate Change Centre AUSTRIA (CCCA).

Ansprechperson: M.A. Gorazd A. Weiss

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