Special Issue "How Much Environment Do Humans Need?+20 - Reviewing Progress in Material Intensity Analysis for Transition towards Sustainable Resource Management"
A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2013).
Interests: socio-industrial metabolism and land use; indicators for sustainability (macro-meso-micro); resource efficient supply and infrastructure systems; analysis of drivers of resource use (biomass and minerals) and future scenarios for sustainable resource management
Interests: sustainable; ecological economics; happiness and policy; evolution
2. Professor for Sustainability Research in Design, Department of Industrial Design, Folkwang University of the Arts, 45239 Essen, Germany
Interests: sustainable consumption and production; design for sustainability and circularity
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In 1994 the pilot publication of Friedrich "Bio" Schmidt-Bleek occurred in German "How much environment do humans need? MIPS - the measure for ecological economic activities". It introduced the idea of the Material Input per Service unit as a generic measure to help decoupling material resource use from economic growth and final utility for human well-being. Meanwhile the method of material intensity analysis has entered the analytical toolbox of life-cycle wide assessments of products, services, value chains and infrastructures and the categories of MIPS have become part of official statistics monitoring material productivity and consumption of whole economies and industrial sectors. Resource efficiency has reached top-level of policy agendas and the implementation of programs for resource efficiency will depend on the further use and development of the concept, indicators and derivate measures.
20 years later the special issue shall provide a review of the state-of-the-art of material intensity analysis, its integration into broader analytical frameworks, and the application and use of the MIPS concept at different scales from product, company and household level up to whole economies -, both with regard to retrospective accounting and monitoring as well as with regard to prospective design of products and the development of policies for countries and regions. Also its impact and outcome for transition and upscaling processes for a sustainable resource use and management. This includes behavioural studies and action research approaches as well as communication and education concepts that foster low resource lifestyles and SCP-systems.
Abstracts for papers are invited on the following issues:
- The MIPS idea, FactorX, the concept of decoupling and the multi-level use of material intensity analysis
- Application of material intensity analysis in economy-wide MFA
- Resource extended Input-Output-Analysis and material flow analysis of regions
- Material intensity analysis of companies, households, products and services
- Material intensity analysis for sectors such as food, housing, waste management and recycling, energy supply systems, mobility or the finance business
- The use of material intensity analysis in management, policy and evaluation
- Modelling of future material flows, material and resource productivity
- Societal trends and resource use: future design of low resource economies, sustainable lifestyles
- Product and Service design with MIPS
- Concepts, approaches and materials for teaching on low resource use
- Communication and consulting – from micro to macro
- Standardisation and statistics of material flow accounting
- Factor what? Debating targets for sustainable resource use
Prof. Dr. Stefan Bringezu
Dr. Friedrich Hinterberger
Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke
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Deadline for abstract submission: 15 December 2012