Footprint methodologies and their role in policy development and communication

Public panel discussion on

Footprint methodologies and their role in policy development
and communication

on 21 January 2019, 14:00 – 16:00 

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn: Hörsaal  

Panel participants: 

  • Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven (Director-General, Department for Global issues – sector policies and programs, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)) 
  • Imme Scholz (Acting Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)) 
  • Mathis Wackernagel (Founder/President, The Global Footprint Network) 
  • Guido Schmidt-Traub (Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)). 

    Moderator: Holger Hoff (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)) 

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a holistic view of sustainable development, including targets on all its three dimensions: environmental, economic and social. Moreover, these goals are universal and apply to all countries, high- and low- income ones. This means that it is crucial to implement the SDGs in an integrated way across policy areas, sectors and countries, understanding trade-offs and synergies between goals and targets. One significant trade-off has originated by rising incomes in many countries, which has led to the improvement of socio-economic indicators (i.e poverty); but it has also been accompanied by higher environmental pressures (i.e. emissions) due to various reasons. 

    Given the clear need to improve the environmental sustainability in achieving social outcomes, the panel will discuss the relevance of sustainable production and consumption (SDG 12) in the context of sustainable development and international cooperation. It will focus on, and explore, the estimation and use of carbon and environmental footprints of final consumption as a tool to analyse trade-offs between different goals. Finally, the panel aims at bringing together researchers and policy makers to: (i) understand the needs and challenges faced by both communities in relation to SDG12; and (ii) point out the most important gaps to tackle in the near future in terms of both policy and research. 

    This event is part of a workshop and research project funded by BMZ. 

    Please note:
    Prior registration is necessary. Please register by email at 
    daniele.malerba@… by 20 January 2019.

    We would look forward to your participation in this event!

    Kind regards,

    Hannah Janetschek  and Daniele Malerba 

    Please note: During the event photos and/or videos will be taken which may be published in various media for the purposes of documentation and PR-activities. You have the right at any time to point out to the photographer or videographer that you do not want to be photographed or filmed.

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