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

Project Leader
Haberl Helmut, Project Leader
Duration:
01.03.2018-28.02.2023
Programme:
Horizon 2020 - Excellent Science - ERC Advanced Grant (AdG)
Type of Research
Basic Research
Staff
Fischer-Kowalski Marina, Project Staff
Winiwarter Verena, Project Staff
Haas Willi, Project Staff
Wiedenhofer Dominik, Project Staff
Erb Karlheinz, Project Staff
Lauk Christian, Project Staff
Theurl Michaela, Project Staff
Görg Christoph, Project Staff
Plutzar Christoph, Project Staff
Mayer Andreas, Project Staff
Pichler Melanie, Project Staff
Krausmann Fridolin, Project Staff
Plank Christina, Project Staff
Kalt Gerald, Project Staff
Groß Robert, Project Staff
Plank Barbara, Project Staff
Virag Doris, Project Staff
Streeck Jan, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Social Ecology (SEC)
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
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.
Keywords
Climate change; Environmental research; Human ecology; Sustainable agriculture; Sustainable economics; Environmental economics; Environmental sociology; Cultural landscape research; Environmental policy;
Publications

* Haberl, H; Wiedenhofer, D; Pauliuk, S; Krausmann, F; Müller, DB, Fischer-Kowalski, M (2019): Contributions of sociometabolic research to sustainability science.

Nature Sustainability, 2, 173-184; ISSN 2398-9629 FullText FullText_BOKU

** Kalt, G; Wiedenhofer, D; Gorg, C; Haberl, H Conceptualizing energy services: A review of energy and well-being along the Energy Service Cascade.

ENERGY RES SOC SCI. 2019; 53: 47-58. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Lanau, M; Liu, G; Kral, U; Wiedenhofer, D; Keijzer, E; Yu, C; Ehlert, C; Taking Stock of Built Environment Stock Studies: Progress and Prospects..

Environ Sci Technol. 2019; 53(15):8499-8515 WoS PubMed FullText FullText_BOKU

** Noll, D; Wiedenhofer, D; Miatto, A; Singh, SJ The expansion of the built environment, waste generation and EU recycling targets on Samothraki, Greece: An island's dilemma.

RESOUR CONSERV RECY. 2019; 150, UNSP 104405 WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Smetschka, B; Wiedenhofer, D; Egger, C; Haselsteiner, E; Moran, D; Gaube, V Time Matters: The Carbon Footprint of Everyday Activities in Austria.

ECOL ECON. 2019; 164, 106357 WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Wiedenhofer, D; Fishman, T; Lauk, C; Haas, W; Krausmann, F Integrating Material Stock Dynamics Into Economy-Wide Material Flow Accounting: Concepts, Modelling, and Global Application for 1900-2050.

ECOL ECON. 2019; 156: 121-133. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Krausmann, F; Lauk, C; Haas, W; Wiedenhofer, D From resource extraction to outflows of wastes and emissions: The socioeconomic metabolism of the global economy, 1900-2015.

GLOBAL ENVIRON CHANG. 2018; 52: 131-140. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Wiedenhofer, D; Smetschka, B; Akenji, L; Jalas, M; Haberl, H Household time use, carbon footprints, and urban form: a review of the potential contributions of everyday living to the 1.5 degrees C climate target.

CURR OPIN ENV SUST. 2018; 30: 7-17. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Gorg, C; Brand, U; Haberl, H; Hummel, D; Jahn, T; Liehr, S Challenges for Social-Ecological Transformations: Contributions from Social and Political Ecology.

SUSTAINABILITY-BASEL. 2017; 9(7): WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Haberl, H; Wiedenhofer, D; Erb, KH; Gorg, C; Krausmann, F The Material Stock-Flow-Service Nexus: A New Approach for Tackling the Decoupling Conundrum.

SUSTAINABILITY-BASEL. 2017; 9(7): WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Krausmann, F; Schandl, H; Eisenmenger, N; Giljum, S; Jackson, T Material Flow Accounting: Measuring Global Material Use for Sustainable Development.

ANNU REV ENV RESOUR. 2017; 42: 647-675. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Krausmann, F; Wiedenhofer, D; Lauk, C; Haas, W; Tanikawa, H; Fishman, T; Miatto, A; Schandl, H; Haberl, H Global socioeconomic material stocks rise 23-fold over the 20th century and require half of annual resource use.

P NATL ACAD SCI USA. 2017; 114(8): 1880-1885. WoS PubMed FullText FullText_BOKU

Vorträge

Görg, C; Wiedenhofer, D; Pichler, M; Haberl, H (2019): The stock-flow-service nexus: Implications for sustainability transformations and future land systems.

4th GLP Open Science Meeting 2019: Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature, APR 24-26, 2019, Bern, SWITZERLAND

Groß, R; Wiedenhofer, D (2019): The Marshall Plan and its socio-ecological side effects. Conceptual and case based considerations.

2nd Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics: Resources for a social-ecological transformation, FEB 28 - MAR 2, 2019, Innsbruck, AUSTRIA

Haberl, H (2019): The stock-flow-service nexus approach to socio-metabolic research: conceptual advances and first empirical examples.

ESEE 2019 Conference, JUN 18-21, Turku, FINLAND

Haberl, H; Krausmann, F (2019): Introductory talk to the session on social metabolism and land-system science.

4th Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme, APR 24-26, 2019, Bern, SWITZERLAND

Haberl, H; Wiedenhofer, D; Kalt, G; Görg, C; Krausmann, F (2019): The stock-flow-service nexus approach: Conceptual advances and first empirical examples in tackling systemic interactions between the SDGs. [Poster]

International Symposium Global Sustainable Development Goals in a Mediatized World, Austrian Academy of Sciences, APR 4-5, 2019, Vienna, AUSTRIA

Haberl, H; Wiedenhofer, D; Krausmann, F (2019): A century of global material stock accumulation: implications for sustainability transformations.

2nd Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics: Resources for a social-ecological transformation, FEB 28 - MAR 2, 2019, Innsbruck, AUSTRIA

Krausmann, F; Haberl, H; Wiedenhofer, D (2019): Material stocks as drivers of global greenhouse gas emissions: Results from a scenario analysis for 2050.

13th Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) - Socio-Economic Metabolism Section, MAY 13-15, 2019, Berlin, GERMANY

Plank, C; Görg, C; Liehr, S (2019): Provisioning systems and their implications for the transformation of the stock-flow-service nexus. Space, time and the role of the state.

2nd Austrian Conference on International Resource Politics: Resources for a social-ecological transformation, FEB 28 - MAR 2, 2019, Innsbruck, AUSTRIA

Smetschka, B; Wiedenhofer, D; Egger, C (2019): Time Use and Energy Use in Austria 2010.

13th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE): Co-creation - Making Ecological Economics Matter / Special session "International contexts of energy use: how much and what for?", JUN 18-21, 2019, Turku, FINLAND

Streeck, J; Wiedenhofer, D; Krausmann, F; Haberl, H (2019): Socio-metabolic analysis of economy-wide material flows, stock accumulation and service provision in the United Kingdom.

13th Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) - Socio-Economic Metabolism Section, MAY 13-15, 2019, Berlin, GERMANY

Wiedenhofer, D. (2019): Sustainability in the Anthropocene? Observing the metabolism of society (flash presentation).

Complexity Science Hub Winter School, March, 4-8 2019, Obergurgl, AUSTRIA

Wiedenhofer, D. (2019): Die Natur der Infrastruktur: ein sozial-metabolischer Blick auf Stadt-Land-Energie & Nachhaltigkeit.

LandLuft Universität - Fokustag Stadt Land Energie, 25.März - 4.April 2019 , Vienna, AUSTRIA

Wiedenhofer, Dominik, Stefan Pauliuk, Andreas Mayer, Doris Virág, Willi Haas (2019): Nesting actors and organizations into a biophysical multi-level monitoring framework for a sustainable circular economy.

13th Conference of the socio-economic metabolism section of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), 13. - 15.5.2019, Berlin

Haberl, H (2018): The stock-flow-service nexus: implications for socio-ecological transformations toward sustainability and circularity.

European Forum Alpbach, Technology Symposium, AUG 24-26, 2018, Alpbach, AUSTRIA

Haberl, H (2018): Herausforderungen von sozial-ökologischen Transformationen zur Nachhaltigkeit.

Holzhausen Science Forum „Interdisziplinarität 4.0“, OKT 11, 2018, Wien, AUSTRIA

Haberl, H; Görg, C; Krausmann, F; Wiedenhofer, D (2018): The stock-flow-service nexus: new directions for socio-ecological transformation research.

48th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, "Ecology - meeting the scientific challenges of a complex world", Session "Social ecology: The need for an integrative perspective”. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, SEP 10-14, 2018, Vienna, AUSTRIA

Haberl, H; Wiedenhofer, D; Erb, KH; Görg, C; Krausmann, F (2017): The stock-flow-service nexus: new directions for Ecological Economics?.

Conference of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and Economics for the Anthropocene Partnership (CANSEE), OCT 19-22, 2018, Montreal, CANADA FullText

Haberl, H (2016): Impulsstatement in der Podiumsdiskussion “Jenseits von Wachstum und Post-Wachstum – zu einem integrierten Ansatz sozial-ökologischer Transformation. Chair: Christoph Görg.

Wachstum im Wandel Konferenz 2016 “An Grenzen wachsen. Leben in der Transformations­gesellschaft”, FEB 22-24, 2016, Wien, AUSTRIA

Haberl, H (2016): Biophysical structures of society: Conceptual considerations for the analysis of structural determinants of society’s use of biophysical resources.

Workshop “Anthropocene ecology – scale dependencies in anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity.” Aarhus University, MAR 8-10, 2018, Aarhus, DENMARK

Haberl, H (2016): Biophysical structures of society: conceptual considerations on the role of infrastructures for society's use of biophysical resources (materials, energy, land).

Workshop on “Infrastructure in the Arctic (and Elsewhere) as a Social and Ecological Challenge”, University of Vienna, JAN 15-16, 2016, Vienna, AUSTRIA

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