The CSTM domain Sustainable
Production and Consumption comprises five areas for special attention. In the
area of “Environmental policy approaches and their effectiveness”, CSTM
researchers analyse ways of changing governmental sustainability strategies
towards environmental governance, industrial production and consumption.
“Networks and organizations for sustainable
development” concentrates on multi-actor/network constellations joining forces
and working together in the greening of industry. Furthermore, corporate
collaborative strategies of companies are objects of research, especially when
network approaches and capacity-building partnerships are used for increasing corporate
and product legitimacy.
mitigation of environmental impacts of products and production processes – the greening
of industry – describes the theme “Environmental management and sustainability
at the firm level/Greening of Industry”. This includes among others corporate
environmental strategy and environmental management systems. Besides, this area
includes topics such as market development/preparation for new products,
technologies or services.
Opportunities for better
environmental quality that come with socio-economic development and innovations
are addressed in the theme of “Green Economy and Eco-innovations”. To decrease
social costs and benefits while reducing natural resource use and industrial
pollution is at the theme’s heart.
Finally, the theme “Sustainable
development” focuses on smart ways for balancing the social, environmental and
economic dimensions of sustainable development. For example, the projects “Building
with Nature” and “NatureCoast” are long-term research programmes aimed at
development and application of new design concepts for the layout and
sustainable management of wet infrastructure.