Prof. (em.) Dr. M. Jischa
Honorary President of the German Chapter Club of Rome.
Technology drives civilisation dynamics – but do we have a target?
Technical progress changes our daily work and life with accelerated dynamic. This leads to shrinking of the present, the unknown future moves constantly closer to the present. We know more and more, but we shall never know what we shall know tomorrow, otherwise we would know it already today. Our perception is lagging behind the speed of change in a globalized world. This concerns all crises referring to energy, climate and environment as well as economy and finances. Who are the key players shaping the future, and which are the criteria for these processes?
Michael F. Jischa, born 1937 in Hamburg, studied Mechanical Engineering in Hamburg (Ingenieurschule) and Karlsruhe (TH, now KIT). PhD and “Habilitation” for Fluid Dynamics at TU Berlin, Associate Professor at Institute for Thermo- and Fluiddynamics Univ. Bochum, Full Professor for Fluiddynamics at Univ. Essen and finally Full Professor for Applied Mechanics at TU Clausthal. Visiting Professor at Universities in Haifa (Technion), Marseille, Shanghai and Gdansk (Danzig). Retired 2002.
Dr. Jörg Hermsmeier
EWE Aktiengesellschaft – Head of Department Research & Development
Energy for tomorrow
The transformation process from a centralized to a decentralized energy
system is an ongoing development. In parallel utilities are changing
from merely distribution and retrial to more customer and service
orientated business. In this context, the pursuit of a low-carbon,
efficient energy system enhancing energy security, affordability,
acceptance and sustainability is especially important.
Dr. Jörg Hermsmeier has studied Mechanical Engineering in Paderborn, Aachen and Coventry. He earned his doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) at RWTH Aachen in the department of machine elements and machine design.
Following his occupation as a scientific assistant, Dr. Hermsmeier became project manager for European and Asian ventures of the company REpower Systems AG. Subsequently, he managed the drive engineering division within the department of product development.
Since 2008, he is head of the Research and Development department of EWE, a big German power company, in Oldenburg.
Moreover, Dr. Hermsmeier is chairman of the steering committee Innovation, Research and Development of the BDEW in Berlin. He is spokesman of the advisory committee of the lower Saxony initiative for energy storage and systems and member of diverse scientific research facilities in Germany.
Dr. Chris Preist
University of Bristol, Reader in Sustainability and Computer Systems
Understanding and Reducing the Energy Impact of Digital Services
Digital services are an increasingly ubiquitous part of life for many people throughout the world. This brings many benefits, but has an environmental cost in the manufacture of the necessary infrastructure and the energy used to deliver the services. In this presentation, we will consider how to understand this impact – how things are now, and how they might change – what ‘levers’ designers have to influence it, and what open questions and barriers need to be addressed to further understand this question. We will also briefly look at the broader impact of ICT services on environmental sustainability and the challenges involved in quantifying this.
Dr Chris Preist is currently principal investigator on the Digital Green Doors project, exploring how social computing and mobile services can engage communities with pro-environmental behaviors. He has been principal investigator on the SYMPACT project, working with Guardian News and Media on how the digital transformation of the news and media sector will impact energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability factors. He is an Associate of the sustainability charity Forum for the Future.
Prior to joining University of Bristol, he was Head of Sustainable IT Research at HP Labs, Bristol from 2007-09, where he led work on the strategic impact of climate change on business and technology development to exploit emerging opportunities. He joined HP Labs in 1987 following a degree in Pure Maths from University of Warwick, and a Ph.D. in logic programming from Imperial College, London. In previous work at HP Labs, he conducted research in artificial intelligence, automated diagnosis, agent-mediated e-commerce and the semantic web.
Dr. Sascha Roth
Project Director Group Sustainability Reporting at Volkswagen AG
Volkswagen Group Sustainability Reporting
Environmental and later sustainability reporting takes place at the Volkswagen Group since 1995. Volkswagen pursues a continuous improvement process, interactive online based reporting and top positions in sustainability rankings. Challenges in doing so are imposed by increasing variety of content standards and the trend towards reporting along the entire value chain.
Dr. Daniel-Sascha Roth has studied Business Administration, Economics and Media Sciences at Leibniz University of Hanover (Germany). He earned his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) at Leibniz University of Hanover in close cooperation with Volkswagen AG Group Research, department Environmental Affairs Strategy.
Dr. Roth became project manager for Sustainability in Supplier Relations in 2006 at the Volkswagen Group. Subsequently, he was Volkswagen company representative of the Vision 2050-project at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Since 2008, he is project director of the Volkswagen Group Sustainability Reporting.
Prior to joining Volkswagen, he was Trainee at Bosch K. K., Yokohama (Japan), Human Resources / Public Relations Office in 2001.
Prof. Dr. Niko Paech
University of Oldenburg, Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law
Post growth economics: Challenges and future outlook
The ongoing climate, resource, and financial crises underscore the failure of a prosperity model based on growth and dependency on consumption. No ecological uncoupling of economic growth is in sight. In an expanding economy, rebound effects wipe out advances in dematerialization or decarbonization as a result of growing demand. Furthermore, an important finding of the so-called science of happiness postulates that once a certain level has been reached, an increase in monetary or material wealth no longer contributes to subjective well-being. In place of expansive green economy policies, it is time to take a look at the concept of post-growth economics. Altogether ﬁve steps mark the way to a post-growth economy, namely (1) sufﬁciency as an act of clearing out or throwing off ballast, (2) new adjustment of the balance between self-supply and external supply, (3) de-globalisation by regional cycles and complementary currencies, (4) material zero-sum games and (5) institutional innovations.
Niko Paech, adjunct professor at the Carl von Ossietzky University, represents the professorship “Business Administration, Production Management and Environment” since 2008. His research topics include microeconomic theory, environmental economics, consumption theory, climate protection, innovation and diffusion theory, sustainability research, operations research, supply chain management, and post growth economics.