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The win-win-potential of Economy and Ecology

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Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg; Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna Abstract Key Note
The Multiple Co-Benefits of Integrating Economic, Energy and Climate Policies

Today s world can be characterized by globalization, urbanization, technological innovation and fundamental shifts in economic and political power, global environmental impacts, climate change and potentially explosive social conflicts. Energy and the provision of energy services can be linked directly with many if not all of these key global challenges including those already recognized by the international community such as MDGs. Thus, taking action on energy will ameliorate most of global challenges.

Fortunately, there exist combinations of resources and technologies that could provide a number of pathways toward energy for sustainable development. All of them imply a fundamental decarbonization of the energy systems and vigorous improvement of efficiencies. Some developments in these directions are already beginning to happen. New clean and efficient energy technologies, and associated products and services, have been among the most rapidly growing sectors for investment in recent years. In spite of this progress, the total public and private energy funding remains to be significantly less than needed for the transformational change ahead pointing to the need for new energy policies to promote accelerated technological change in the energy system and end use. The crisis of the  old is a historical chance to saw the seeds of the  new .
Geschäftsführerin, WWF Österreich, Wien
General Manager, Microsoft Österreich GmbH, Wien Abstract
Versöhnt  Green Deal Ökonomie und Ökologie?

Die Welt wird von zwei großen Krisen erschüttert: Die tiefgreifende Finanzkrise und die noch weitaus tiefere Klimakrise. Aus diesen Krisen entstehen auch Chancen, die es zu nutzen gilt. Mit Maßnahmen gegen die Finanzkrise muss die Grundlage für eine neue Welle des Wirtschaftswachstums gelegt werden, das auf umweltfreundlichen Technologien mit niedrigem CO2-Verbrauch basiert. Ökologisch verantwortlich handeln heißt vor allem, sparsam mit Energie umzugehen! Wir stehen vor drei zentralen Herausforderungen: Der Sicherung einer zukunftsträchtigen und leistbaren Energieversorgung, der raschen Umstellung auf ein CO2-armes umweltschonendes Energiesystem und einer konsequenten Umsetzung von Energiesparkonzepten. Green IT ist dabei nicht nur ein Schlagwort. Die Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT)-Branche ist weltweit für 2 Prozent der CO2-Emissionen und für eine enorme Zunahme des Stromverbrauchs verantwortlich. Dabei verfügt die IKT-Branche über ein beachtliches Klimaschutzpotenzial mit direkten aber noch mehr indirekten Potenzialen zur Emissionsreduktion. T-Systems arbeitet seit Jahren daran, mittels innovativer Kommunikationstechnologien, intelligenter Netze und sog.  Smart Logistics -Lösungen Emissionen und Energieverbrauch nachhaltig zu reduzieren. Ein Wirtschaftszweig allein kann zum Klimaschutz nur den sprichwörtlichen Tropfen auf dem immer heißer werdenden Stein beisteuern. Die Frage, die sich stellt, ist: Reichen die Anstrengungen, die national und international auf allen Ebenen der Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik unternommen werden aus, um die ambitionierten und zukunftsentscheidenden Klimaziele zu erreichen?
Chairman, Mondi AG; Chief Executive Officer, Mondi Europe & International, Vienna
Project Manager, Environmental Economics and Policies, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen Abstract
The relationship between economic growth and the environment is a topic that emerges periodically at times of perceived environmental stress, stimulates a flurry of debate, often of a fairly unconstructive kind between environmentalists and economists, and then disappears from view. The first cycle was sparked off in the 1970s by the Club of Rome publication, The Limits to Growth, the second coincided with the Earth Summit in 1992. The third round, running at the moment is largely due to concerns about climate change and, to a lesser extent, ecosystem service degradation and biodiversity loss (i.e. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project).
Of course climate change is only one of the environmental challenges facing humanity, although one of, if not the, most important. It is certainly the most visible, but the creeping, less visible risks such as those to ecosystems/biodiversity could be as important for the world (see for example the report Global Risks 2010, World Economic Forum (WEF), 2010). Addressing all these challenges will require improvements in resource efficiency in the use of practically all materials, and absolute reductions in the use of many of them.
An important argument in the current round of debate is that the extent of decoupling between economic growth and environmental impact is now so great, if environmental limits (especially in respect of climate change) are to be respected, and the historical evidence shows that such decoupling is difficult to achieve.
Direktor, Institut für Küstenforschung, GKSS- Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH; Professor, KlimaCampus, Meteorologisches Institut, Universität Hamburg
Editor in Chief, NEWS GmbH, Vienna Chair

Dr. Nebojsa NAKICENOVIC

Deputy Director General and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg; Emeritus Professor of Energy Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

1973-1984 Research Scholar, Energy Systems Program, IIASA
1984-1986 Research Scholar, Science and Technology Program, IIASA
1986-1991 Leader, The Dynamics of Technological Project, IIASA
1986-1991 Acting Leader, Technology, Economy and Society Program, IIASA
1991-2000 Leader, Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies Project, IIASA
1993-1995 Convening Lead Author, Second Assessment Report IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
1993-1998 Director, Global Energy Perspectives, WEC - World Energy Council
1993-2003 Guest Professor, Technical University of Graz
1997-2000 Coordinating Lead Author, Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, IPCC
1998-2000 Convening Lead Author, WEA - World Energy Assessment
1998-2001 Lead Author, Third Assessment Report of the IPCC
2003-2005 Coordinating Lead Author, MEA - Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
2003-2007 Co-Leader, Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program, IIASA
2000-2008 Leader, Transitions to New Technologies Program, IIASA
since 2003 University Professor of Energy Economics, VUT - Vienna University of Technology
since 2005 Director, GEA - Global Energy Assessment
since 2009 Deputy Director, IIASA
since 2010 Lead Author, Fifth Assessment Report, IPCC

DI Dr. Hildegard AICHBERGER

Geschäftsführerin, WWF Österreich, Wien

1992-1997 Kulturtechnik und Wasserwirtschaft, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
1994-1995 Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Belgien
1997-1999 Stv. Restaurantleiter, Patrick Köck GmbH
1999-2000 Master of Business Administration, University of Dundee, Schottland
2000-2002 Projektleitung, gew. Geschäftsführung, .A.S.A. Abfall Service AG, Himberg
2002-2005 Forschungsmitarbeiter, Projektleiter, Institut für Umweltbiotechnologie, Department IFA-Tulln, Universität für Bodenkultur
2005 Geschäftsführung, WWF Österreich (World Wide Fund for Nature)

Georg OBERMEIER

General Manager, Microsoft Österreich GmbH, Wien

1984-1986 Projektmanager für Daimler Benz und BMW Nixdorf Computer GmbH, Salzburg and Munich
1986-1988 Softwareleiter für Klein- und Mittelbetriebe, Nixdorf Computer GmbH, Salzburg
1989-1990 Organisationsberater für Rechnungswesen, Kostenplanung, Bestellwesen und Produktionssteuerung, Nixdorf Computer, Boston U.S.A
1990-1992 Marketingleiter Industrie, Einzelhandel und Transport, Siemens Nixdorf Computer GmbH
1990-1995 Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
1992-1994 Marketingleiter Finanzinstitutionen, Siemens Nixdorf Computer GmbH
1994-1998 Sales Manager Personal Computers Austria, Siemens Nixdorf Computer GmbH
1998-1999 Unit Manager Computer Systems, Siemens Nixdorf Computer GmbH
1999-2001 Geschäftsführer, Fujitsu Siemens Computers Austria und CEE
2001-2002 Mitglied des Vorstands, Chief Technology Officer, Stage1.cc business incubator AG
2002-2008 Geschäftsführer, T-Systems Austria GesmbH
2008-2012 Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, T-Systems Austria GesmbH
seit 2012 Geschäftsführer, Microsoft Österreich GmbH

MMag. Peter J. OSWALD

Chairman, Mondi AG; Chief Executive Officer, Mondi Europe & International, Vienna

1981-1986 Studies of Business Administration, Business School, University of Vienna, Austria; finished with Master
1981-1986 Studies of Law, University of Vienna, Austria; finished with Master
1986-1989 Managing Director University Publishing House (WUV-Universitätsverlag), Austria
1989-1990 Deutsche Bank, Germany
1990-1992 Purchasing and Logistics Manager, KTM, Austria
1992 Head Internal Audit, Frantschach-Group (incl Neusiedler), Austria
1993 Corporate Controller, Frantschach-Group (incl Neusiedler)
1994 Managing Director Bates Cepro, Netherlands
1995-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Frantschach Packaging Converting
2002-2007 Chief Executive Officer, Mondi Packaging Europe
since 2008 Chief Executive Officer, Mondi Europe & International; Executive Director of the Board Mondi plc and Mondi Ltd

Stefan SPECK

Project Manager, Environmental Economics and Policies, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen

1984-1985 Mathematics, University of Ulm, Germany
1985-1990 Diploma in Economics, University of Heidelberg, Germany
1990-1994 Ph.D. Economics, University of Keele, England
1990-1994 Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Keele University, Keele, England
1994-1996 Research Fellow, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Division for Climate Policy, Wuppertal, Germany
1996-1998 Research Fellow, Forum for the Future, Department of Environmental Social Sciences, Keele University, Keele, England
1998 Visiting Research Fellow, International Academy of the Environment, Geneva, Switzerland
1998-1999 Consultant/Research Manager, Ecotec Research and Consulting Ltd., Birmingham, England
1998-2001 Senior Research Associate, Forum for the Future, London, England
1999-2002 Project Manager, The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), Szentendre, Hungary
2002-2008 Freelance Consultant, Vienna, Austria
2003, 2004 Visiting Scholar, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2005-2007 Senior Project Scientist, National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), University of Aarhus, Denmark
2008-2010 Senior Consultant, Kommunalkredit, Public Consulting, International Consulting Department, Vienna, Austria
since 2010 Project Manager, Environmental Economics and Policies, European Environment Agency (EEA), Integrated Environmental Assessment Programme, Copenhagen, Denmark

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans VON STORCH

Direktor, Institut für Küstenforschung, GKSS- Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH; Professor, KlimaCampus, Meteorologisches Institut, Universität Hamburg

1973 Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Hamburg
1976 Master of Science, Mathematics, University of Hamburg
1976-1979 PhD Student, Meteorological Institute, University of Hamburg
1979 Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), Meteorology, University of Hamburg
1980-1985 Research Associate, Meteorological Institute, University of Hamburg
1986-1995 Group leader "Statistical Analysis and Modelling", Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
since 1996 Professor of Meteorology, University of Hamburg
since 1996 Director, Institute for Coastal Research (formerly: Institute of Hydrophysics)

Dr. Esther MITTERSTIELER

Editor in Chief, NEWS GmbH, Vienna

1987-1992 Contemporary history and philosophy (Lettere e Filosofia), Bologna
1993-1996 Business editor, daily newspaper "Dolomiten", Bozen
1996 Traineeship, italian first financial newspaper "Il sole 24ore", Milan
1996-1998 Deputy head of department of economics, "Dolomiten", Bozen
1996-1998 Collaboration with public radio "RAI", presentation of "Pressespiegel"
1998-2001 Financial reporter, n-tv
1998-2002 Business editor, Der Standard, Vienna
2003-2004 Freelance journalist for profil, trend, DM Euro
2004 Public Relations Adviser, Scholdan & Company
2005-2006 Editor in Chief of Finance, Business People; Deputy editor in Chief, medianet
2006-2007 Chief Reporter, WirtschaftsBlatt
2007-2012 Head of Department Companies & Markets and Chief Editorship, WirtschaftsBlatt
2012-2014 Editor in Chief, WirtschaftsBlatt
since 2015 Chief Editorship and Head of Business department, "News", Vienna
since 2017 Editor in Chief, "News", Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable

31.08.2010

14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30Managing the crisis in EuropePlenary
17:00 - 18:30New Sustainability: Can economic and financial crises be prevented?Plenary
19:00 - 20:30Special Lecture: How is the US reinventing itself?Plenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by the Tourism and Leisure Industries Division of the Austrian Federal Economic ChamberSocial

01.09.2010

09:00 - 10:30Economics: Between state, market and civil societyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30The win-win-potential of Economy and EcologyPlenary
15:00 - 16:3001 Krisenbewältigung: Sparen, konsumieren oder investieren?Breakout
15:00 - 18:0003 Neue Sehnsucht nach alten WertenBreakout
15:00 - 18:0004 Live-Simulation: "Neue Steuern braucht das Land!?"Breakout
15:00 - 18:0005 Gerechtigkeit in der Marktwirtschaft?Breakout
15:00 - 18:0006 Borrowing from the Future - Consequences of the CrisisBreakout
15:00 - 18:0007 Re-Set Universities! Hochschulen neu denkenBreakout
15:00 - 18:0008 Was heisst Management-Professionalität nach der Krise?Breakout
15:00 - 18:0009 Mit Mediation nachhaltig durch die Krise steuernBreakout
15:00 - 18:0010 One man's loss is another man's gain? Post-crisis challenges and opportunities in CEEBreakout
15:00 - 16:3011 Ökologische Revolution - Technologie statt IdeologieBreakout
15:00 - 18:0012 Elektromobilität: Neuer Antrieb aus der Krise?Breakout
15:00 - 18:0013 Innovation: Voraussetzung für eine erfolgreiche ZukunftBreakout
15:00 - 18:0014 Mit intelligenten Netzen aus der KriseBreakout
15:00 - 18:0015 Tourismus: Leitbranche mit Beschäftigungs- und Standortgarantie in ÖsterreichBreakout
17:00 - 18:3002 Die Zukunft der sozialen Sicherheit - Who cares?Breakout
19:00 - 20:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Innovation as the key to post-crisis managementPlenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by T-Systems Austria GmbH and T-Mobile Austria GmbHSocial

02.09.2010

09:30 - 11:45European economy and politics after the crisis: Challenges and opportunitiesPlenary
11:45 - 12:00Closing StatementPlenary