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The project 'Developing Agrobiobdiversity' aims to better understand the decline of agrobiodiversity in its multifaceted contexts 'the relationship between women and men in breeding and utilisation is a part of these - and to launch the topic onto the social agenda. Conditions for sustainable, gender adequate animal and plant breeding will be illustrated, thus also contributing to the national implementation of the Convention on Biodiversity (Rio 1992).

Bioenergy - Material Flow Analysis of Sustainable Biomass Use for Energy
The project was presented at the BMU-congress "Umwelt und Erneuerbare Energien" ("Environment and Renewable Energies") on February, 4th - 5th 2002 in Berlin and is sponsored in the context of the "Zukunfts-Investitions-Programm" ZIP ("Future-Investment-Program") by the German government.

Biomass Futures
Given the coherent and ambitious policy targets but being aware of the risks and underlying uncertainties within the biomass sector as well as the energy one (security of supply, scarcity of resources, etc.) this project will aims to quantify demand and supply dynamics and the impacts of sustainability criteria plus criteria on indirect land use change, water, soil and social aspects across sectors. The Project will assess the role biomass can play in meeting the EU policy targets Develop info packages for each stakeholder category: inform and support policy makers at European and National level and generate information for the role of biomass which will be taken into account in the formation on NAPs Enhance dialogue with specific target groups and initiatives (e.g. BAP)

The ultimate objective of this project is to explore the potential of non-food crops, which can be domestically grown in EU27 context, for selected industrial applications, namely oils, fibers, resins, pharmaceuticals and other specialty products and outline and prioritise crops-to-products schemes, suitable for the different Member States, which will support sustainable, economic viable and competitive European bio-based industry and agriculture. The expected output of this project will be to identify the whether and under which terms Europe has the potential and the technical competence to develop a competitive bio-industry fed by a sustainable agriculture.

EcoTopTen ' Innovations for Sustainable Consumption Patterns
EcoTopTen is a campaign to promote sustainable products and sustainable consumption patterns. In concert with the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISER), we are carrying out market analyses, product innovation schemes and consumption research to identify innovative products. EcoTopTen products are of high quality, are appropriately and affordably priced and have, of course, minimum environmental impact. Starting in March 2005, the Institute will launch a major consumer information campaign to raise awareness of EcoTopTen products and the options for their sustainable use. This campaign is scheduled to run until the end of 2006.

The Ecological Transport Information Tool (EcoTransIT) calculates environmental impacts of any freight transport. Thereby it is possible to determine the energy consumption, CO2 and exhaust emissions transported by rail, road, ship and aircraft in any combination. EcoTransIT is free of charge for any non-commerical use.

is a toolbox for sustainable energy projects. It was developed in the Create Acceptance project (EU 518351) to help projects implementing innovative new energy technologies to deal with societal acceptance issues.

E-TRACK: A European Tracking System for Electrictiy
The E-TRACK project will investigate the feasibility of a harmonised standard for tracking electricity in Europe. The project will provide a detailed insight into the requirements for the design and operation of tracking systems, which are set by European and Member States legislation as well as by market participants. A major result of the project will be a blueprint of a European standard for tracking electricity, which will cover technical aspects (e.g. database and interface specifications) and non-technical issues, such as institutions and processes involved.

PCF - Pilot Project Germany
Together with the participating companies, the Pilot Project will test practical application of the current and evolving specifications for PCF assessment (ISO norms for Life-Cycle Assessment, and evaluating applicability of BSI PAS 2050). The methodology will be applied to specific products and services, in particular consumer products. On this basis, the Pilot Project will draw up recommendations for methodical development and international coordination for implementing a transparent, scientifically substantiated method for measuring Product Carbon Footprints. The Pilot Project will discuss approaches for the provision of sensible and credible information for customers and consumers – to help encourage environmentally friendly purchase and consumption decisions. Particularly in light of current developments of various labelling approaches with varying quality, there is a decided need to inform consumers reliably and to create a proper context for standard PCF communication.

PROSA - Product Sustainability Assessment
A key task of modern corporate management is to develop products in a sustainable fashion, taking not only economic aspects into account, but also environmental and social ones. Oeko-Institut ' Institute for Applied Ecology ' has developed a method to solve this task: PROSA, Product Sustainability Assessment. PROSA facilitates the strategic analysis of product portfolios, products and services. The method is similarly suited for applications in integrated product policy and in dialogue processes. A major project is currently in progress to refine the methodology and align it with related international approaches.

In the research project "renewbility - Material Flow Analysis for Sustainable Mobility in the Context of Renewable Energy until 2030" - financially supported by the Bundesumweltministerium (Ministry of environment) the material flow analysis will be used to determine and qualify the economical and ecological effects on various scenarios of mobility. It describes the process of the life cycle of demand, including the expenses for production and distribution, and use of resources. It also determines the effects on employment.

Strategic Dialogue on Sustainable Raw Materials for Europe (STRADE)
The “Strategic Dialogue on Sustainable Raw Materials for  Europe” (STRADE) addresses the long-term security and  sustainability of the European raw material supply from  European and non-European countries.

Transformation and Innovation in Power Systems (TIPS)
Any transformation of the electricity system has important impacts on any of the system`s components, its development over time as well as on its social and ecological environment. The TIPS project addresses this problem by investigating the dynamics and impacts of transformation in the German electricity system with a special view to developing strategies for anticipatory shaping of transformation paths towards sustainability.