Meeting in Bregenz, Austria

1 May, 2012 — 4 May, 2012


Organization of a workshop in the framework of the 15th ERSCP Conference: Presentation of Outline of a European Training Course on Eco-efficiency


Peter Glavic will be key-note speaker on TRUST IN Thursday afternoon on the TRUST IN follow-up proposal. This afternoon will also include a TRUST IN workshop - see agenda below.


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TRUST IN Workshop Programme
Chairmen: Stig Hirsbak and Peter Glavič

Time: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 14:00–17:30
Location: ERSCP Bregenz, Blue Lounge

14:00–14:15 TRUST IN Project – short overview and outputs
Stig Hirsbak, Aalborg University, Denmark

14:15–14:35 VET Course on Resource Efficiency
Peter Glavič and Marija Lesjak, University of Maribor, Slovenia
An overview of national VET systems in Europe has been conducted. Definitions, objectives and key elementes of eco-efficiency courses have been reviewed and studied. Sustainable resource and life-cycle management are to be used in order to reduce consumption of resources and their impact, provide higher quality products and services, improved by user additional services without interfering with the two former objectives. Vertical (2–5 years education) and horizontal structures (chapter selection) have been built into the course. Subject-specific competences have been defined.

14:35–14:50 PATRES (Public Administration Training and coaching on Renewable Energy Systems)
Johannes Fresner, Stenum, Graz, Austria
PATRES ( is a project within Intelligent Energy Europe. The main objective of PATRES is supporting local authorities, public utilities and social housing bodies in implementing effective regulations and policies concerning minimum levels of energy from Renewable Energy (RE) sources in their building regulations and codes for new or refurbished buildings or in the public procurement for their facilities or social housing.

14:50–15:05 Food

15:05–15:20 Mobility
Arnold Tukker, TNO, Delft, Netherlands, and NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

15:20–15:35 Energy Related Products
Kim Christiansen, Danish Standards, Denmark
Climate change and human responsibility for large emissions of greenhouse gases have been on the top of the agenda for the last 20 or more years. Focus areas to reduce climate changes are alternative, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. The latter has very high potentials in the industrialized countries still – after 40 years of energy management and saving campaigns and initiatives. Among the newer product oriented, EU is enforcing legislation on energy using and now energy related products by a framework directive and product group specific regulations setting minimum performance standards. Agenda items of the VET course will be the historic setting of the present product oriented regulation and more broadly experiences and potentials for energy savings in industry, transport and households.

15:35–16:00 Coffee Break

16:00–16:15 Creativity and organisational learning as means to foster sustainability
Rodrigo Lozano, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

16:15–16:30 ECOPROFIT (Model of preventive environmental management and sustainable development for companies and communities)
Johannes Fresner, Stenum, Graz, Austria
ECOPROFIT® is a model for a voluntary low level environmental management system developed 15 years ago in Graz. This model has been successfully implemented in Graz as well as nationally and internationally. For the last two decades the programme has been used by the City of Graz in Austria. The data evaluation for companies participating after 5 years of working with ECOPROFIT® shows a savings over that time period of 3 million m3 of water, 35 million Nm3 of gas, and 300 MWh electricity in Graz alone. Over the following 10 years the companies showed savings of 14.4 million liters of power fuels; 64.6 million m3 of natural gas; 222,600 MWh of electricity; 9.28 million m3 of water; 21,000 tons of residual waste and 403,150 tons of CO2-emission reduction. These data clearly show that this program successfully contributes to the sustainable development of the participating companies and of the entire region. In 2011, the City of Graz celebrated 20 years of ECOPROFIT. In the meantime, programmes are running in Vorarlberg, in Vienna, in 100 cities and regions in Germany, in Nicaragua, in Colombia, India, Korea, China and the Philippines. A congress was held in Graz in November 2011 to collect the experiences of all these programmes, in which on a global level more than 5000 companies are involved at present. This paper describes the colourful world of local adaptations of ECOPROFIT (the people and organizations involved, approaches used and areas focused on) as well as the measures and savings achieved. A special emphasis is on an analysis of the main social success factors (personal motivation and engagement, networking in heterogeneous groups with a common goal, continuous learning, good citizenship, pride, social engagement).

16:30–16:45 InEDIC – Innovation and Ecodesign in the Ceramic Industry: Overview and results of an European training and demonstration project
Cristina Sousa Rocha and David Camocho, LNEG, Fernando Carradas, Francisco Fernandes and José Frade, ESAD.CR, Portugal; Irina Celades and Teresa Ros, ITC, Ibon Zugasti and Olatz Errazkin, PROSPEKTIKER, Spain; Konstantinos Aravossis, NTUA, and Leonidas Somakos, ARVIS SA, Greece
After a brief overview of the project and the most important environmental issues of ceramic products, this paper presents the results of the situation analysis, a study performed in the three countries to assess the training and knowledge needs the project should address; this was a critical step for the development phase. The project’s main outcomes (training materials and tools), that were tested through demonstration projects in 10 companies, are also described.

16:45–17:00 European Partnership for Resource Efficiency Training
Pavel Ruzicka, EMPRESS – Platform for resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, Czech Republic
The European Course on Eco-efficiency (including sector specific training courses) developed within the TRUST IN project will be transfered and exploited through a new project "REtrain". The objective of the project is to linking the concept of the course with the world of practice and facilitate its adaptation, practical implementation and further spread through interactive and innovative processes with enterprises and VET teachers at the partnering schools.

17:00–17:30 Discussion and conclusions

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