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Understanding the Role of Material Stock Patterns for the Transformation to a Sustainable Society

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 741950

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2018

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 483 686,06

  • EU contribution

    € 2 483 686

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

Objective

Sustainability transformations imply fundamental changes in the societal use of biophysical resources. Current socioeconomic metabolism research traces flows of energy, materials or substances to capture resource use: input of raw materials or energy, their fate in production and consumption, and the discharge of wastes and emissions. This approach has yielded important insights into eco-efficiency and long-term drivers of resource use. But due to its focus on flows, socio-metabolic research has not yet incorporated material stocks or their services, thereby not fully realizing its analytic potential. MAT_STOCKS addresses this gap by developing a consistent typology, indicators and databases of material stocks and their services, building upon economy-wide material flow analysis. It will create a comprehensive, global, national-level, validated material stocks and services database as well as maps of material stocks from remote-sensing data. This will allow analyzing the stock/flow/service nexus and underpin highly innovative indicators of eco-efficiency overcoming limitations of current approaches which mainly relate resource use or emissions to population and GDP. New insights on stock/flow/service relations, the relevance of spatial patterns and options for decoupling will be used to create a dynamic model to assess option spaces for transformations towards sustainable metabolism. MAT_STOCKS will identify barriers and leverage points for future sustainability transformations and the SDGs, and elucidate their socio-ecological and political implications. Our preliminary analyses suggest that unravelling the stock/flow/service nexus provides a crucial missing link in socio-metabolic research because it explains why, how and where patterns of material and energy use change or remain locked-in. Thereby, important analytical insights will be introduced into the largely normative and local discourses on the transformation towards a sustainable society.

Host institution

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Address

Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 954 311

Beneficiaries (3)

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 1 954 311

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 529 375

UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 741950

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2018

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 483 686,06

  • EU contribution

    € 2 483 686

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria