Programme 14 November 2018

  • Opening - Keynotes - Political Panel
    08:00 - 09:30
    REGISTRATION - WELCOME COFFEE
    Badges are handed out and coffee is available at the foyer areas.
    09:30 - 10:00 | Plenary Hall D
    Opening

    Elisabeth Köstinger
    Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism of Austria

    Wolfgang Burtscher (tbc)
    Deputy Director-General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission

    Moderation: Corinna Milborn, Journalist and Moderator at Puls 4
    10:00 - 11:00 | Plenary Hall D
    Keynotes

    Ban Ki-moon
    Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Current President and Chair of the Council of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

    Moderation: Corinna Milborn, Journalist and Moderator at Puls 4
    11:00 - 12:15 | Plenary Hall D
    Political Panel

    Brune Poirson
    Minister of State, attached to the Ministre d'État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France
    Stientje van Veldhoven
    State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands

    Moderation: Peter Woodward, Facilitator

    12:15 - 13:45
    LUNCH
    The lunch buffet is availabel at hall X2.
  • 13:45 - 15:45 | Plenary Hall D
    Digitalisation and Environment

    Marcel Haraszti, Divisional Director REWE International AG Austria
    Steffen Lange, Researcher, Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Germany
    Patrick Kessler, President, Schweizerischen Versandhandel (VSV), Switzerland
    Gilberto Camâra, Director of the Group on Earth Observations Secretariat, Geneva
    Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Professor in Media and Communication, Malmö University

    The Digital economy is the culmination of the explosion of consumer connectivity: half the world's population is online, a third can be found on a social network and 53% are mobile. This young, dynamic, $3 trillion system based on technological infrastructure has changed the rules of doing business. The digital revolution has transformed the time we live in and will continue to do so. All these changes lead or will lead to a profound transformation of society and the economy.

    Specific elements of the digital economy - such as online shopping - , the opportunities they provide and the impact on the energy demand they cause are reflected in this slot. The question with regard to the growing significance of the digital economy will be discussed: 'Is there a chance of shaping a sustainable digital economy?'

    Organised by: Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism and REWE International AG

    13:45 - 15:45 |
    Economy and Environment
    Challenges for a Socio-Ecological Transformation

    Prof. Dr. Sigrid Stagl, Head of the Institute for Ecological Economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Dr. Stefan Giljum, Head of the Research Group “Global Resource Use” at the Institute for Ecological Economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Dr. Emanuele Campiglio, Research area in Climate Economics and Finance and Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science

    Moderation: Fred Luks, Head of the Competence Center for Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Stephan Lutter, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    The session will present and discuss the results of a study presenting the main challenges and opportunities at the intersection of “Economy and Environment”. It will focus on the challenges that derive from the economy-environment-interaction with respect to the goal of a socio-ecological transformation towards sustainable development. Therefore, macro perspectives will be contrasted with entrepreneurial and consumer perspectives. Short thematic inputs will feed into a group discussion, which will lead into an elaboration of open issues for research as well as policy intervention.

    Format: Interactive

    Organised by: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Competence Center for Sustainability

    13:45 - 15:45 |
    Future Café – Actions & Solutions that Matter

    In an interactive dialogue setting diverse stakeholders representing politics, business, civil society, science and creative industries will together work out solutions and needed actions to overcome the challenges we face. High-level representatives will be guided through conversations in small groups tackling one of the following topics: climate action, innovation & digitalisation, fragmentation vs. inclusion, responsible consumption, production and sustainable financing.

    Format: Interactive

    Organised by: Impact Hub

    13:45 - 15:45 |
    Science in Transition

    Arjen Wals, Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at the Education and Competence Studies Group, Wageningen University

    Moderator:
    Helga Kromp-Kolb, Institute of Meteorology/ Center for Global Change and Sustainability, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

    Gerald Steiner, Dean of Faculty of Business and Globalization, Head of Department for Knowledge and Communication Management, University Professor of Organisation Communication and Innovation, Danube University Krems – University for Continuing Education

    This session will emphasize the necessity of a transformation in the knowledge system. If science and higher education are to contribute to a socio-ecological transformation and to reaching the SDGs, a paradigm shift in higher education and science is required. We will start from the outcomes of the Science in Transition Conference (Nov. 13, 2018) and discuss them in an interactive setting: How should the university of the future look like? Which steps lead there? Which obstacles must be overcome?

    Format: Interactive

    Organised by: Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria

    13:45 - 15:45 |
    Future without Natural Areas? Zukunft ohne Naturräume?

    This session will be hold in German with English translation

    Gertrud Haidvogl, Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
    Kerstin Friesenbichler, Policy Officer for Nature Protection/Bio-Diversity
    Caroline Palfy, Project Developer Holzbau, GF Fa. CETUS Baudevelopment
    Bernhard Kohler, World Wide Fund for Nature
    Gerald Plattner, Nature Management Austrian Federal Forests (ÖBf), B.A.U.M. - Austrian Network for Sustainable Leadership
    Pupil of the Sir Karl Popper public school for highly gifted pupils
    Moderation: Eva Berger, Vice-President of B.A.U.M.-Austria

    This session, hosted by B.A.U.M.-Austria (an independent environmental initiative and network of entrepreneurs www.baumaustria.at), will focus on SDG 15, Life on Land. Introductory notes will highlight the current best practices for the sustainable use and protection of natural areas and evaluate chances for advancements. Afterwards, diverse stakeholders will discuss these approaches with regard to their sustainability and articulate necessary need for action. Finally, the importance of natural areas for young people in the face of cyberspace and augmented reality will be discussed.

    Organised by: B.A.U.M. - Austrian Network for Sustainable Leadership

    13:45 - 15:45 |
    Understanding Europe's Transformation:
    It’s All about People - and Values

    This session will focus on different sectors of the economy (profit sector, public sector,…) taking into account also the framework conditions, values, etc. typically associated with these sectors. The role of the people working in these sectors, i.e. the contribution of certain groups (e.g. women, civil society) to the well-functioning of the economy, their constraints, the fact to which extent work is paid or unpaid as well as other (e.g. ethical) factors, which are often neglected in traditional economic models, will also be discussed.

    Moderation: Veronika Haschka, Economist, Head of Division “Coordination Science, Research, Education, Social Affairs and Health”, Federal Chancellery, Secretariat of the Austrian Bioethics Commission

    13:45 - 15:45 |
    Investing “green” or “brown” - here is the next bubble?

    Friedrich Hinterberger, President of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute
    Armon Rezai, Associate Professor at the Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    Moderation: Peter Mooslechner, Member of the Governing Board, Oesterreichische Nationalbank

    Do investors believe in „green“ or „brown“ growth? Do they forsee sustainable develoment or more of the same in terms of resource overconsumption and climate change? If financial markets reflect investors‘ predictions of the the economic future substantial climate mitigation as agreed in Paris by the World’s leaders in 2015 seems unlikely. „Green“ investment are still in the niche. Who is afraid of sustainable development? Economists and practitioners will try to give answers to these questions

    Organised by: Sustainable Research Institute Europe, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Club of Rome – Austrian Chapter

    13:34 - 15:45 |
    At the Peak of Social Change!
    Learning from success stories for social innovation

    Martina Handler, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology
    6–8 storytellers (change agents) from the fields of mobility, energy, democracy, home care etc. (tba)

    Moderation: Astrid Reinprecht, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

    Change towards sustainability will only succeed, if we manage to reconfigure established daily practices. Fortunately, initiatives exist from which we can learn how to further sustainable transformation. The workshop brings together storytellers from different professional fields to share their stories on achieving change. The setting (collective story harvest) stimulates a thorough analysis of different approaches to change, possible stumbling blocks and measures to overcome such hurdles.

    Format: Interactive

    Organised by: Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

    13:45 - 15:45 | Foyer X1
    Art Workshop – Growing Pictures

    The artistic workshop or artistic “breakout” session is for everybody to participate! It doesn't matter if you can draw or not, you love art or are afraid of it. The main themes of the conference are reflected in this simple workshop by using a special open artistic method. The method allows everybody to experience the conference topics individually and create his or her own artwork. Once you begin – you are caught up by the artistic flow. It is a special way to reflect the conference topics and transform them into another shape. Also, photographs of artwork will be collected and published in an artbook afterwards.

    Organised by: Wolfgang Weinlich, Highschool art teacher

    15:45 - 16:15 | Foyer Area
    COFFEE BREAK
    Coffee and drinks are available at the foyer areas.
  • 16:15 - 18:15 | Plenary Hall D
    Are Media Encouraging Transformation?

    In this session the role of media in Europe's transformation will be discussed. How can media encourage people to actively take part in the transformation of the prevailing system towards a resilient and sustainable society? Representatives from media will be invited to deal with this topic.

    Organised by: Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    16:15 - 18:15 |
    Resource Efficiency Contributions to Decarbonisation

    Paul Ekins, Director of Research and Professor in Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute; Member of the Expert Panel of the UN International Resource Panel
    Helga Weisz, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
    Nina Eisenmenger, Institute for Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
    Fritz Hinterberger, President of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute

    Moderator: Stephan Lutter, Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    International reports and political programmes are more and more emphasizing the likely contribution of resource efficiency to climate protection in general and in particular to the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement. Nnonetheless there are only few studies investigating this correlation on an economy wide scale. According to the UN International Resource Panel a positive correlation between climate and resource policies can be assumed. This means that an ambitious climate policy comes along with a significant decline in resource use and at the same time with positive effects on the economy (http://www.resourcepanel.org/reports/resource-efficiency).

    In this breakout session we will talk about this assumed relationship between climate and resource policies. European and international studies on this topic are going to be presented (UN International Resource Panel, G20, Germany, UK, Austria) and discussed.

    Organised by: Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, Institute of Social Ecology

    16:15 - 18:15 |
    Best Practice Examples

    N.N., DG Connect, STARTS - Science Technology and Arts (tba)
    Julian Paul Melchiorri, CEO and founder of Arborea ltd.,
    Reet Aus, Founder of Fa. UPMADE, ESTLAND
    Nkemdilim Begho, Managing Director of Future Software Resources Nigeria Ltd (Futuresoft)
    OSHIK EFRATI, Founder and CEO of Homebiogas, Israel (tbc)

    Moderation: Peter Woodward

    Cases of conclusive and convincing eco-innovative projects have been selected. These innovation projects are clearly aimed at promoting sustainable development. They have either achieved market entry or established a significant social position. Thus we invited the founders of these start-up companies to explain their vision, to discuss initial venture capital financing, the risks and operational hurdles including their causes and how to overcome them, and to demonstrate the potential for profit as well as important success factors. As all of these projects represent success stories, they will motivate new innovators and incentivise further innovation. In an interactive setting, participants will be in close contact with the speakers.

    Format: Interactive

    Organised by: Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism

    16:15 - 18:15 |
    Social-Ecological Transformations in Research and Politics

    Beate Littig, Sociologist and Head of the Division Socio-Ecological Transformation Research at the Institute for Advanced Studies
    Ulrich Brand, Professor of International Politics at the University of Vienna
    Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergie, works in the area “Education and Society” at the Federation of Austrian Industries
    Alexandra Strickner, Economist and Co-founder of Attac Austria
    Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler, Head of the EU Coordination Environment in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    Moderation: Fred Luks, Head of Sustainability Competence Center, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    The term “transformation” has gained much traction in recent years addressing problems of unsustainability. Yet, the term is used ambiguously and key issues of unsustainability remain unsolved. The session will therefore discuss different understandings of social-ecological transformations as well as the role of transformation research within sciences and politics. It will address challenges that have to be faced when “growth in transition” is on the agenda of European societies.

    Organised by: Network Socio-Ecological Transformation Research

    16:15 - 18:15 |
    Responsible Production and Consumption
    Co-operation along value chains in conflict areas

    Tanja Dietrich Hübner, Head of Sustainability, REWE International AG
    Leonore Gewesseler, Political Director, GLOBAL 2000, Friends of the Earth Austria, Heinrich Böll Foundation

    Moderation: Klaus Kastenhofer, MD, independent consultant

    Since more than 15 years the Austrian environmental organisation GLOBAL 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria and REWE International AG have formed a unique partnership on pesticide reduction. In collaboration with the agricultural sector innovative methodology, alternative plant protection strategies and significant and consistent reduction of pesticide residues have been achieved. Solutions in areas where the necessity of change was common sense but implementation was lagging have been deployed. A partnership which can be considered as frontrunner on the issue of pesticide residues in conventional produce including transparency. Is collaboration along value chains a sustainable role model for future endeavors? What kind of framework is supportive of such partnerships?

    Organised by: REWE International AG and GLOBAL 2000

    16:15 - 18:15 |
    Good deal?
    Preconditions for Sustainable Finance

    Aim of this session is to present an overview of initiatives by the European Commission to foster ecologically and socially sustainable investments. In this setting we want discuss supporting factors and barriers to greening the finance sector.

    N.N., European Commision (tbc) “Current State of the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance”

    Armand Colard, ESG Plus GmbH & wasmachtmeinfonds.at (tbc) “How sustainable is the Austrian Fonds landscape?”

    Lisa Wissenwasser, Allianz Gruppe (tbc) “Why Institutional Investors turn their backs on fossil assets?”

    Clemens Plöchl, Energy Changes and Katharina Muner-Sammer (tbc)

    N.N., Austrian Society for Environment and Technology: “Sustainable Energy Financing Platform in Austria”

    Moderation: Georg Günsberg, policy and strategy advisor (tbc)

    Organised by: Ecosocial Forum, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    16:15 - 18:15 |
    Bringing the SDGs to Life
    From Status Quo to a Sustainability Transformation

    This session explores options for effective implementation of the SDGs. Three presentations will provide (1) an EU-wide comparison of Austria’s progress towards the SDGs, (2) an overview on Finland’s innovative approaches to SD, and (3) a critical view from civil society. An interactive panel discussion involving representatives from social partners and businesses will then reflect on lessons for Austria and develop critical success factors for SDG implementation together with the audience.

    Markus Hametner, Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Annika Lindblom, Secretary-General, Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development
    Thomas Alge, Managing Director Ökobüro, Member of SDG Watch Austria

    Panel:
    N.N., Oesterreichische Kontrollbank (tbc)
    N.N., Simacek Facility (tbc)
    N.N., Management Group (tbc)
    Florian Wukovitsch, Economist, Austrian Chamber of Labour Moderation: Tba

    Organised by: Environment Agency Austria, Institute for Managing Sustainability, University of Economics and Business

    16:15 - 18:15 |
    The Role of Women in Transformation
    Sharing Experiences with Change Processes

    In public perception, decision makers are mainly men. Is it really mainly men who initiate change processes, drive them forward and lead them to success? Is there a difference between men and women in the approach, in the willingness to change? Are there success factors or obstacles that are more likely to confront men or women? Do men and women have different roles in change processes? This is what we want to work out in this workshop and therefore explicitly invite men and women.

    Astrid Reinprecht, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

    Six to eight role models (women and men) from different areas of expertise related to sustainability, e.g: sustainable finance, agriculture, the energy or business sector exchange their stories on how they accomplished sustainable change. The setting of the workshop (collective story harvest) shall visualize different approaches to change.

    Organised by: Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism and Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

    16:15 - 18:15 | Foyer
    Art Workshop - Growing Pictures

    The artistic workshop or artistic “breakout” session is for everybody to participant! It doesn´t matter if you can draw or not, you love art or you´re afraid of it. The main themes of the conference are reflected in this simple workshop by using a special open artistic method. The method allows everybody to experience the conference topics individually and create his or her own artwork. Once you begin - you are caught up by the artistic flow. It is a special way to reflect the conference topics and transform them into another form. Also, photographs of artwork will be collected and published in an art book afterwards.

    Organised by: Wolfgang Weinlich, Highschool art teacher

    18:30
    END
  • 19:30 - 22:30 | Palais Niederösterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna
    Evening Gala & European Business Award for the Environment Award Ceremony

    Tobias Moretti, Austrian Actor in Theatre and Movies
    Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism of Austria
    Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Regional Governor of the Lower Austrian Government

    On the evening of November 14, the Province of Lower Austria is hosting a Gala Dinner in the Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna. Before it starts, at 6 pm the European Business Award for the Environment will be presented by the European Commission. At 7.30 pm the Gala Dinner will be opened by the Austrian Minister of Sustainability and Tourism and the Regional Governor of the Lower Austrian Government.

    Please note that you need to register separately to this evening event.

    Organised by: Office of the Regional Government of Lower Austria, European Commission and Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism