About ERSCP 2012
The European Round Table on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP), existing since 1994, is one of Europe’s most remarkable conferences in its field.
The 15th ERSCP takes place in Bregenz, a liveable and loveable city situated between lake and mountains and well known for its cultural standing and its recreational value. The four-country-corner around Lake Constance (Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) is one of the most prosperous and dynamic regions in Europe – in economic growth as well as in sustainable development and quality of life.
The ERSCP 2012 places special emphasis on intense and vivacious dialogue between research and business. The motto “SCP meets industry” demonstrates this approach. This particular focus is shown by the fact that 8 leading companies located in the region are sponsors and partners of the conference.
The 15th ERSCP aims at cross-fertilization and bridge-building between six main topics also the region stands for.
- Building: The Austrian province of Vorarlberg with its capital Bregenz is known as “Mecca” of innovative architecture which bridges tradition and modernity using regional materials in an aesthetic formal vocabulary and in an energy-efficient way.
- Tourism: Sustainable regional development is one of the big assets of tourism in Vorarlberg which combines culinary delights, cultural events and recreative nature.
- Energy: In 2010, the regional parliament decided unanimously to strive for energy autonomy until 2050 and defined a bundle of tangible measures till 2020.
- Resources: The regional corporate partners of the ERSCP stand in the forefront of sustainable resource and life-cycle management and are interested to discuss their efforts and results with the conference participants.
- Lifestyles: Changing lifestyles towards more sustainability is subject of many activities in the region, for example in the field of mobility, of housing, of energy saving, of farming and nutrition.
- Resilience: The aspired goal of energy autonomy in Vorarlberg is an important part of the way towards a resilient region. The parallel meeting of the 2000-Watt-cities network illustrates practical approaches to achieve this ambitious goal.