Parallel Sessions Thursday, 15 November 2018 | 11:00 – 12:30

  • Parallel Sessions | Day 2 - Part 1
    Michaela MoserWillibald Cernko
    11:00 - 12:30 | Plenary Hall D
    Special Session: Where People Matter
    Michaela Moser, Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Ilse-Arlt-Institute on Social Inclusion at St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences
    Willibald Cernko, Chief Risk Officer of ERSTE Group Bank AG
    Moderation: Fred Luks, Head of the Competence Center for Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    With three speakers from varying fields of expertise this session will cover a wide range of issues in the context of human needs and constraints. The speakers will explore drivers of change and transformation like innovation, design and risk in the social and ecological field alike. The combination of speakers and their background guarantees an interesting and broad discourse on the topic.

    Organised by: Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    KettnerKurt van DenderMikael Andersen
    11:00 - 12:30 | K1
    Fiscal Reform for a Low Carbon Transition

    Environmental economics advocates for decades for market-based approaches to reduce negative environmental externalities. Climate change has given new impetus to use price-based instruments to curb CO2 emissions. This session sheds light on experience from countries with carbon taxation regarding barriers and success factors and presents ex-post evaluation of the environmental, economic and social effects of a socio-ecological tax reform. First thoughts on whether long-termism of climate change would call for alternative taxation concepts (focusing on stocks) are discussed. In addition, simulation results for carbon taxes in Austria are presented. The session features short presentations followed by a discussion format where the audience is grouped into advocates of different interests.

    Mikael Skou Andersen, Professor, Aarhus University
    “Institutional Framework for a Socio-Ecological Tax Reform”

    Kurt van Dender, Head of the Tax and Environment Unit, Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Devolpment
    “Effects of a Socio-Ecological Tax Reform”

    Angela Köppl, Senior Researcher, Austrian Institute of Economic Research
    “First thoughts on New Approaches for Socio-Ecological Tax Reform”

    Claudia Kettner-Marx, Researcher, Austrian Institute of Economic Research
    “Carbon Taxes and Income Distribution: Simulation Results for Austria”

    Moderation: Margit Schratzenstaller-Altzinger, Deputy Director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research

    Format: Short presentations and fish bowl discussion

    Organised by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research

    11:00 - 12:30 | G1
    To Live Better with Less
    Ruzica Luketina, Member of the Community of Interest of Austrian Foodcoops
    Kim Aigner, Assistance to the Management, SOL - People for Solidarity, Ecology and Lifestyle
    Johannes Freudenthaler, Founder of Carsharing 24/7
    Patrizia Ilda Valentini, Assistant Manager Communication, Renault Austria GmbH

    Moderator: Ines Omann, Senior Researcher, Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    An interactive workshop on the topic of sufficiency will be organized by the Environment Agency Austria and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The topic will be presented using two example topics: mobility and nutrition. At the beginning, the concept of sufficiency will be highlighted. Afterwards, two speakers per topic will give an insight into their approaches and their experiences. Based on these impulses, questions are further discussed in group works.

    Organised by: Environment Agency Austria, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    PlaceholderSinem Demir
    11:00 - 12:30 | B2
    Companies taking action to meet SDG 13
    Towards a low-carbon economy by setting science-based-targets
    Lukas Meyer, Professor for Philosophy, Section for Moral and Political Philosophy,University of Graz
    Alexander Farsan, Global Lead on Science Based Targets, WWF
    Martin Bruckner, Chief Investment Officer, Spokesperson of the Board of Allianz Investmentbank AG and Board Member of Allianz Pensionskasse AG, Allianz Austria
    Peter Eitzenberger, Head of Corporate Sustainability, VBV-Vorsorgekasse AG
    Irene Jakobi, Head of Corporate Sustainability, A1 Telekom Austria Group
    Verena Anger, Sustainability Manager, Gugler GmbH

    Moderation: Gillian Martin Mehers, Capacity Development Practitioner, Bright Green Learning

    The UN Sustainable Development Goal #13 calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Together with the WWF CLIMATE GROUP, WWF Austria takes action with committed company leaders. This session highlights current challenges and solutions as well as ways in which companies can positively influence climate protection beyond their company borders. The session will also engage audience members to participate in the discussion through a dedicated App.

    Organised by: World Wide Fund For Nature Austria

    Barbara KreisslerHalliki KreininKate RaworthPatrick ten BrinkToni Ribas
    11:00 - 12:30 | K2
    A Positive Post-Growth Scenario for Europe
    The x ways to make a post-growth society work

    Kate Raworth, Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute; Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
    Patrick ten Brink, EU Policy Director, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
    Toni Ribas Bravo, Ecology Group Coordinator, Barcelona en Comú
    Halliki Kreinin, PhD Student and Research Assistant, Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Barbara Kreissler, Director of Professional Lighting, Public & Government Affairs, Signify

    Facilitator - Peter Woodward

    A warning cry to humanity by 20.000 scientists says the Earth’s biosphere is on the brink of collapse. Material extraction tripled in four decades. In Europe, GDP grows together with poverty. The 20.000 scientists call for divestments, ending fossil fuel subsidies and reducing wealth inequality. Saying NO is not enough – we need a positive post-growth scenario to deal with growing resentment against rising inequalities and environmental damages that affect the quality of life.

    Organized by: EU Environmental Bureau, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

    12:30 - 13:50
    The lunch buffet is available at hall X2.