Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Post from Dr Xavier Gabarrell Durany

Dear Colleagues,
I wanted to let you know of a new post doc position, working on eco-innovation, LCA and industrial Ecology in Sostenipra research group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Thank you very much!

Dr Xavier Gabarrell Durany
Sostenipra 2014 SGR 1412
Departament Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental
Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA). Unidad de excelencia «María de Maeztu» (MDM-2015-0552)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Professor visitant Universidad de Chile

ORCID: 0000-0003-1730-4337.

Announcement for a post doc position in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: Urban Agriculture in the Industrial Ecology Framework
P-Sphere programme, coordinated by the UAB, is offering 3 years postdoctoral fellowship to experienced researchers under Cofund Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.  The position is based in Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain). The aim of the Urban Agriculture in the Industrial Ecology Framework project is to advance the ongoing research in the water-energy-food nexus carried out by Sostenipra (www.sostenipra.cat).

Call open: 9 September, 2016
Deadline: 9 December, 2016

Detailed description is provided here:

Post from Prof. Dr. Marina Fischer-Kowalski

Announcement of our new book on "Social Ecology" that presents theory and empirical demonstrations for the socio-metabolic approach our team pursues for three decades.

Social Ecology. Society-Nature Relations across Time and Space.
Springer 2016.

See also

Univ.Prof.Marina Fischer-Kowalski.

Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna. Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Post from Organizers of ISIE-SEM AP conference

The Joint International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) 12th Socio-Economic Metabolism section conference and 5th Asia-Pacific conference (ISIE SEM-AP 2016) was held on 28-30 Sep 2016 at Nagoya University, Japan.

About 200 attendees from 25 countries joined the conference, engaging in thoughtful and provoking discussions on the topics of circular economy, material consumption, and the sustainability of our societies.
We had the opportunity to hear to 9 great keynotes: Prof Chris Kennedy (ISIE President, University of Victoria, Canada), Prof Marina Fischer-Kowalski (Institute of Social Ecology, Austria), Prof Yuichi Moriguchi (University of Tokyo, Japan), Ms Chikako Takase (United Nations Centre for Regional Development), Prof Heinz Schandl (CSIRO, Australia; Nagoya University, Japan), Ms Masako Yamato (Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan), Prof Hisato Okamoto (Frontier of Socio-Science studies, Japan), Prof Clemens Deilmann (IOER, Germany), Dr Walter Reinhardt (United Nations Environment Programme).

Attendees contributed with 120 oral presentations and 60 poster, on the topics of: Indicators of resource consumption; Material stock-flow dynamics on the national and global scales; Water as a nexus of Industrial Ecology research; Supply chains and global networks; Cities as focal points of sustainable planning; Innovations in formulation of policy-relevant data; Sustainable management of primary & secondary resources; Mitigating emissions in industry; Industrial Ecology-informed Policy and education; Drivers & footprints of carbon and other emissions; Identifying key material flows and life-cycles; Industrial symbiosis, eco-industry, and production; Drivers of resource use and consumption; Multi-scale Metabolism Studies; The Industrial Ecology of municipal & household solid waste; The environmental impacts of material stock accumulation; Next-generation Material Stocks that realise the full potential of resources; Sustainable transportation systems; Material stocks of the built environment; The Industrial Ecology of consumer products; An Industrial Ecology approach to energy and electricity. Talking about poster, many thanks to ISIE and Springer for sponsoring the best students' poster competition prizes!

As side activities, we hosted a special day tailored for students on September 27th, where 7 prominent members of ISIE shared the path that lead them to join our thriving society: Dr. Tim Baynes (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia); Dr. Jonathan Cullen (University of Cambridge, UK); Prof. Marina Fischer-Kowalski (Alpen-Adria University, Austria); Prof. Yasushi Kondo (Waseda University, Japan); Prof. Stefan Pauliuk (University of Freiburg, Germany); Prof. Sabrina Spatari (Drexel University, USA); Dr. Xin Tian (Beijing Normal University, China). Furthermore, attendees also had the opportunity to visit the production lines to the Toyota Motor Company and visit their car lineup museum.

Thanks to all the attendees who travelled from far, and also to the organisers who made the conference possible! See you in 2018 in Berlin (Germany) for the 13th ISIE-Socio-Economic Metabolism conference, and in Tsingdao (China) for the 6th ISIE Asia-Pacific conference!

Alessio Miatto, Ph.D. candidate
Tanikawa laboratory, Department of Environmental Engineering and Architecture,
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University

Monday, 24 October 2016

Post from Dr.Stefan Pauliuk


Material flow cost accounting and climate policy

Summary: A new policy proposal recommends to charge consumers of emissions intensive materials such as steel and aluminium for the carbon emissions of material production. The proposal was developed to be considered for implementation in Phase IV of the EU Emissions Trading System commencing in 2021. Material flow cost accounting was applied to quantify the distribution of the carbon charge across commodity groups and to estimate the resulting price changes.

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The European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) is the largest operational cap and trade system for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It comprises more than 11000 industrial facilities, whose emissions account for about 40% of the EU’s total. The effectiveness of the system is currently hampered by a low carbon price (around 4 Euros per ton of CO2 in the fall of 2016) and by so-called free allocation.

Free allocation means that emissions certificates are handed out for free to emissions-intensive material producers so as to reduce the risk of these industries to relocate production to regions without a cap and trade system. Free allocation thus effectively impedes innovation, substitution, and material efficiency in the manufacturing industries as the price signal resulting from carbon emissions during material production is largely absent.

Incentives for reducing GHG emissions in material production can be re-activated by including the consumption of carbon-intensive commodities into emissions trading. The novel policy proposal ‘Inclusion of Consumption’ (IoC) stipulates that a charge would be imposed on the consumption of these commodities within one territory irrespective of their origin. The charge would reflect the carbon costs associated with the production of the material with a benchmark technology.

IoC entails a shift of the burden of the carbon charge from the producers to the final consumers of steel-, cement-, and aluminium-containing commodities. IoC is modeled after the excise taxes for tobacco, fuel, and alcohol. IoC is compatible with prevailing WTO regulations and agreements. Revenues collected from IoC could be fed into a trust fund for industrial efficiency improvement and technology development within the region where the charge is levied.

We applied material flow cost accounting to quantify the possible revenues associated with the charge and its distribution across commodity groups. Primary data were the commodity prices for steel, aluminium, plastics, pulp, and cement and the import/export prices for more than 4000 commodity groups reported in the EU ProdCom database. The material composition of the 4000 commodity groups was estimated as well and a sensitivity analysis of the main results was performed.

At a politically desirable carbon price of 30 Euros per ton of CO2 the carbon-related liability would be as high as 400 Euro per tonne for aluminium and as low as 12 Euro per tonne for pulp. Price changes would be in the range of 2% for paper, 6% for plastics, 11 % of steel, 20 % for aluminum, and about 30% for cement. At the same time, we expect the price changes of final products such as passenger cars to remain below 1%, thus avoiding disruptive changes in consumer spending. With current production and trade levels the total revenue of the charge would be between 15 and 20 billion Euros per year for the entire EU. This amount corresponds to the value of the carbon allowances that are currently allocated for free, albeit at a hypothetical carbon price of 30 Euros per ton of CO2. The analysis also shows that only about 20% of all commodity groups would have to be monitored to achieve 90% coverage.

The analysis is a simple but powerful application of material flow cost accounting at the EU level. It shows how the industrial ecology toolbox can be used to generate quantitative information about material supply chains that are of high policy relevance.

Stefan Pauliuk, University of Freiburg, Germany

References:
Ismer, R., Haussner, M., Neuhoff, K., Acworth, W., 2016. Inclusion of Comsumption into Emissions Trading System: Legal Design and Practical Administration, DIW Discussion paper 1579. Berlin, Germany. https://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.534388.de/dp1579.pdf
Pauliuk, S., Neuhoff, K., Owen, A., Wood, R., 2016. Quantifying Impacts of Consumption Based Charge for Carbon Intensive Materials on Products. DIW discussion paper 1570. Berlin. https://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.532381.de/dp1570.pdf

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Post from Organizers of ISIE-AP conference

The 2016 ISIE Socio-economic section & Asia Pacific conference is only 3 weeks away! 
We would like to share a few updates:

The conference program is now on the website: http://isiesemap2016.org/program/schedule/  

​(​please acknowledge that this not the final version and still subject to changes​)​.

Guidelines to prepare your poster and oral presentations have also been published: http://isiesemap2016.org/program/guidelines/

If you have not registered and paid yet, please do so as soon as possible. If you plan to attend the conference without presenting you can pay until 20 September. Please note that there is no option to pay on-site when you arrive to the conference. Also note that the cancelation deadline is nearing: http://isiesemap2016.org/registration/

Have you already made your arrangements for the visit to Nagoya, etc.? The conference website has lots of information about travel, including instructions and maps to get to the conference venue from anywhere in Japan: http://isiesemap2016.org/travel/access/ As well as accommodations, visiting Nagoya, and useful information for visitors and tourists: http://isiesemap2016.org/travel/

Over 80 people marked their interest to attend the student day before the conference http://isiesemap2016.org/program/students/
​ If you are interested in joining, and you missed the opportunity to register on the payment website, please send us an email at queries@isiesemap2016.org and we will be happy to include you.

There are still a few seats left on the Toyota Factory tour http://isiesemap2016.org/program/excursions/ and conference dinner http://isiesemap2016.org/program/dinner/  Reserve your place soon!

The back to back event of ISIE SEM-AP 2016, EcoBalance 2016, has also released its conference program. EcoBalance 2016 will be held in Kyoto on 3-6 Oct. 2016. The bullet train is convenient to move from Nagoya to Kyoto, taking just 36 min. http://www.ecobalance2016.org/program/program_overview.html

Of course, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We’re looking forward to seeing you soon in Nagoya!

If you have any other questions please let me know,
Best regards,

Alessio​

Monday, 8 February 2016

Dear Colleagues

The joint 12th ISIE Socio-Economic Metabolism section conference and the 5th ISIE Asia-Pacific conference will be held in Nagoya, Japan from Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 September, 2016.

Abstracts for the upcoming conference should be submitted by 16 March 2016. 

To submit your abstract and to learn more about the conference, session topics, the venue, and other details please visit the conference website: http://isiesemap2016.org/

Nagoya and its surrounding area have been the heart of Japanese manufacturing since the samurai era, making it the perfect venue for our conference dealing with material efficiency, industry, environment, and globalism. 

The city is located on the main bullet train line between Tokyo and Kyoto, within fast and easy access from all of Japan’s major international airports.

For more information visit the conference website http://isiesemap2016.org/
or contact the conference organizers: queries@isiesemap2016.org


See you in Nagoya in September!

Hiroki Tanikawa

ISIE SEM-AP 2016 Conference Chair
Nagoya University, Japan
queries@isiesemap2016.org
http://isiesemap2016.org/

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

New Year and new SEM Section Board

Happy New Year everyone!

Back in June 2015 we announced the results of the ISIE-SEM Section Board election, which saw a mixture of familiar and new names take the reins of the Socio-Economic Metabolism section.

The 2015–2017 SEM Section Board is:

Gang Liu
Kazuyo Matsubae
Daniel B Müller
Barbara Reck
Heinz Schandl
Hiroki Tanikawa
Heming Wang
Helga Weisz

and today we can advise that the following people have agreed to take on particular roles:

Chair: Helga Weisz 
Vice-chair: Gang Liu 
Secretary: Kazuyo Matsubae 
Treasurer: Hiroki Tanikawa 

Thank you and congratulations!

2016 promises to be an exciting year for industrial ecology practitioners and students, with several conferences planned:

ISIE Americas Meeting 
(Bogota, Colombia – May 2016)

2016 Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference and Seminar
(Vermont, USA – June 2016)

ISIE Socio-Economic Metabolism and Asia-Pacific Conference 
(Nagoya, Japan – September 2016)