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Latest Projects

Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2023-10-01 - 2025-09-30

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, some 420 million hectares of forests worldwide have been lost to deforestation over the past 30 years, severely compromising their important functions (e.g., sequestering carbon to slow climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing wood as a renewable resource). It is estimated that agricultural expansion is responsible for nearly 90% of global deforestation. A large part of tropical forests converted into agricultural land is used for the production of globally traded commodities (esp. palm oil, soy, cocoa, coffee and natural rubber). Consumption of these goods in the EU is responsible for about 10% of global deforestation. The European Commission has recognized these facts and the responsibility they entail, and has therefore proposed a regulation to put an end to deforestation. This requires objective traceability from the production of the raw material to the customer. Therefore, traceability is the first technology component used in DeFREE: a product tag based on a QR code makes it possible to trace the product back to its origin. In a second step, the remote sensing component assesses whether deforestation has occurred in the production area and its surroundings since 2020. In cases of doubt, more detailed in-situ data are required. Such ground data are not always easy to obtain - especially in tropical and subtropical countries. Therefore, crowdsourcing is used as a third component in DeFREE: crowdsourcing. In our project, crowdsourcing data is a valuable data source to train the system and ensure reliable results.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2023-04-01 - 2023-12-31

The aim of the project is to measure and approximate the reaction of Austrian households in view of the various crisis our society has to face. In particular, the consumer reaction in view of food consumption and the identification of diet patterns shall be detected. Crises, that are significant impacts changing our society, are: the still actual COIVD 19 pandemic, actual price boosts for food (and other consumption goods), increasing inflation rates, the energy crisis, and the climate change issues we have to tackle in the immediate future. To be able to get a deep and detailed view of the actual situation in Austrian households, a qualitative study approach will generate plausible hypotheses. 30 to 40 case studies are intended, covering different household sizes, income classes, education status, etc. to get an overview of developments in Austria. The final goal of the study are hypotheses, that can be tested in a subsequent study design (quantitative study paradigm).
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-11-01 - 2025-10-31

Cradle-ALP aims for mainstreaming cradle to cradle (C2C) approaches, circular design and circular substitutions (from the alpine region) for linear products in industrial processes, in the chemistry /plastics and wood/forestry sectors. The Alpine Space has many natural resources and the technologies to substitute fossil raw materials and toxic substances from production with circular and environmentally friendly alternatives. This should lead to the fact that materials and products can be led back into a healthy cycle after use. The focus of this project shall be on the substitution of chemical and fossil based/unsustainable materials with more circular, sustainable and bio-degradable ones. First the partners will build a broad awareness and understanding in the public, the relevant industries as well as among stakeholders from policy and innovation intermediaries, for the opportunities, barriers and mechanisms of the transformation of industrial products towards higher circularity by means of C2C approaches, circular design and circular substitutions. Business support providers shall be trained to accompany the transformation of businesses along more circular value chains. In a second step, the partners will explore in details and test opportunities for implementing C2C approaches, circular design and circular substitutions along specific value chains in the chemistry /plastics and wood/forestry sectors. Building on a thorough multidimensional (technology, policy, economy, etc.) roadmapping exercise, transnational groupings of stakeholders – including businesses – will be installed, with the aim to transfer the C2C roadmaps into industrial practice along exemplary value chains. Finally, the partners will work towards ensuring a transnational policy convergence towards transnational S4 strategies in the four priority sectors of the project and initiate common crossborder funding instruments for the industrial C2C transformation.

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