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Careers in Sustainability Excellence

Objective

Implementing the EU vision of a Green Economy will cause rapid changes to the forest-based and bio-energy sectors. Growing bioenergy demands change land use and cause intensified resource utilisation in agriculture and forestry. Sustainable development targets in production and consumption of biomass and wood products have stimulated wider adoption of sustainability assessment methods in policy and company practices. The forest-based and bioenergy sectors have prominent roles to play in developing a sustainable knowledge based bio-economy due to their foundation on renewable resource use and their substantial climate change mitigation potential. The Careers in Sustainability Excellence (CASTLE) project will combine research and training on a suit of methods used for sustainability assessments in the forest-based and bioenergy sectors in Europe. The project will develop state-of-the art methods that can be applied to current sustainability challenges in the industry and regional policy making. The sustainability experts working in the sectors in the future need to be knowledgeable about direct sustainability impacts of operations (e.g. GHG-emissions, carbon footprint, and the resulting product footprints). But as new products may also induce indirect-land use changes especially in other world regions, the experts need to have a broad understanding of global market and land use effects. As communicators towards the customers, the future experts also need to transparently report on social corporate responsibility of companies.
CASTLE will elaborate an overall training schedule on sustainability assessment methods to train the early stage researchers in a broad range of methods and skills that will offer them excellent competences for their future careers in the industry, consultancy business or policy making. 14 individual research studies will in addition develop specific methods and practices in more detail, mostly in cooperation with private sector actors.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Address
Yliopistokatu 6 B
80100 Joensuu
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 874 395,28
Administrative Contact
Marcus Lindner (Dr.)

Participants (9)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tiina Pajula (Ms.)
STIFTELSEN SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT - SKOGFORSK
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 530 850,32
Address
Uppsala Science Park
75183 Uppsala
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raymond Hörnfeldt (Mr.)
LEIBNIZ-ZENTRUM FUER AGRARLANDSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG (ZALF) e.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 455 137,76
Address
Eberswalder Str. 84
15374 Muencheberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Katharina Helming (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 272 197,64
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tiina Pajula (Ms.)
JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI
Germany
EU contribution
€ 455 137,76
Address
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carolin Nodewald (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 251 201,72
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Manfred Josef Lexer (Prof.)
INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE FCBA (FORETCELLULOSE BOIS-CONSTRUCTION AMEUBLEMENT)
France
EU contribution
€ 522 897,32
Address
10 Rue De Galilee
77420 Champs Sur Marne
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Kleinschmit (Dr.)
MHG SYSTEMS OY - MHGS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 262 297,64
Address
Patteristonkatu - C/o Mikpoli Mc - 2
50100 Mikkeli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Seppo Huurinainen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 201 268,10
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 65-67
9020 Klagenfurt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karlheinz Erb (Prof.)