In the age of climate change and digitalization, we have to rethink prosperity altogether: Our focus must shift from the products we manufacture to the benefit they generate for the user. Everything we produce can be thought and commercialized as a service. A new report published by SYSTEMIQ on behalf of SUN makes a new action-focused contribution to the growing field of XaaS (Everything-as-a-Service) by presenting the positive economic, environmental and social case for this way of doing business, with a focus on the manufacturing sector, and by providing comprehensive insights on the design configurations and enabling factors that will drive successful strategies for companies innovating and scaling XaaS models.Read more
This SUN-supported project helps farmers in the French Marne region to make and unlock a detailed business case for improving soil health and explores how the innovations could be replicated around Europe.Read more
Supported by SUN and co-written by SYSTEMIQ and The Club of Rome, the Compass sets out the guiding principles and policy interventions for a rapid and successful rollout of the Green Deal. The report, published in October 2020 with a foreword by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, invites us to redefine prosperity, progress, the metrics used to measure success, governance, leadership and the enabling role of finance. It also identifies the potential to invest in 50+ emerging industry “champions” that will support a more competitive, resource-efficient economy in line with societal needs. These champions – from circular housing to regenerative farming and hydrogen technologies – represent scalable industries that will form Europe’s economic backbone in a net-zero world.
The Deutsche Post Foundation established the SUN Institute Environment & Sustainability as a non-profit organization in September 2014 in order to strengthen its international activities in supporting institutions, programs and projects dealing with the environmental challenges and opportunities of globalization and enhanced cross-border activities.
SUN employs no research staff of its own but concentrates on initiating and supporting external activities by institutions that share our objectives. Project partners include the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the International Resource Panel, the Innovation Lab for Sustainability at the University of Innsbruck, the Wuppertal Institute, and SYSTEMIQ.
SUN is headed by Martin T. Clemens, who also serves as Chief Financial Officer of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and the briq Institute on Behavior & Inequality. The scientific council consists of Ida Auken (former Minister for the Environment of Denmark), Aiko Borchert (general practitioner), Vera Günther (policy advisor and co-founder of mimycri), and Ulrich Wilhelm (lawyer and journalist), who chairs the council.
In today’s world, there is a growing awareness that we need to change our way of life and doing business lest we deplete our planet Earth of all its resources and make in uninhabitable.
Against this background, various concepts are being developed to reconcile economic needs with ecological reason and social responsibility. SUN aims, for example, at further developing the Circular Economy model that facilitates economic growth in a sustainable, resource-saving manner.
The model makes use of disruptive developments that have the potential to change technology, economics and society for the better. These disruptions are analyzed in terms of their potential economic and environmental effects in order to promote sustainable business that creates more “green jobs”.
SUN’s goal is to contribute to activities that help society realize the double dividend of a circular economy.
SUN shares its office with IZA and is supported in all administrative matters by the IZA service unit.
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SUN Institute Environment & Sustainability
53113 Bonn, Germany