SPREE Advisory Board

SPREE Consortium has invited experts and policymakers, external to SPREE, to participate in its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is composed of ‘Subject Specific Experts’ (such as Decoupling, Service Economy and Sustainable Consumption), ‘Sector Specific Experts’ (Water, Mobility and Agri-food) and Policymakers. The Advisory Board’s members are involved in quality review of the entire research and also advises the SPREE Consortium on issues relevant to the validation, dissemination and exploitation of SPREE’s outcomes.

Members of the Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on resource efficiency. His ground-breaking ‘Factor Four’ concept asserts that by using natural resources efficiently it is possible to halve our use of resources while doubling living standards. In 2008, he was joint winner of the Takeda award for Outstanding Achievement in the Application of New Engineering Intelligence. He wrote the books Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use (1995) and Limits to Privatization. He was founder and president (1991–2000) of the Wuppertal Institute and member of the Club of Rome since 2001. Since 1966 he has been a member of the SPD. Between 1998 and 2005 he was member of the German Parliament. He received the Takeda Award in 2001. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the German Foundation for World Population. In 2005 he was appointed dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2010, Weizsäcker gave a lecture at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire, discussing global climate change. He is a member of the World Future Council.

Prof. Walter R. Stahel
Walter R. Stahel is a Swiss architect, graduating from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zurich, in 1971. He has been influential in developing the field of sustainability, by advocating ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ philiosophies as they apply to industrialised economies. He co-founded the Product Life Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, a consultancy devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies, after receiving recognition for his prize winning paper ‘The Product Life Factor’ in 1982. His ideas and those of similar theorists led to what is now known as the circular economy in which industry adopts ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ principles by diversifying in ways to limit biological waste to levels safely absorbed by the environment and contains toxic by products for re-utilisation, thus minimising waste. In 2005, Stahel was nominated as member of the “Consumer Commission” of Ministerprasident (PM) Oettinger, head of the Government of Baden-Wilrttemberg, Germany, and heads its section on sustainable development. In 2007, Stahel was nominated as member of the Nanomed Roundtable, a “Coordination and support action”‘ of the European Commission (Nanoscience, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies Theme). Also in 2007 he was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Chinese Journal of Population, Resources and Environment.

Ms. Jenny Jones
Jenny Jones is an elected member of the London Assembly for the Green Party, in post since 2000, and was elected as the first Green member on Southwark Council in 2006-10. She was the Green Party’s candidate for Mayor of London in May 2010 and came third, with 500,000 votes. Since elected to the Assembly, Jenny has worked to secure safer roads, improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, reductions in road crimes and traffic, and excellent public transport for all users. Jenny was a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority for eleven years, and consistently called for greater police resources for the enforcement of road traffic laws, for stronger protection of civil liberties, and for a better police response to violence against women. In the previous mayoral administration Jenny was the chair of London Food, the Mayor’s commission for sustainable food, the Mayor’s road safety ambassador, and the Mayor’s green transport adviser. Jenny is also a former Deputy Mayor of London. In all her roles Jenny has raised awareness of the dangers of climate change and the urgent need to reduce greenhouse emissions. Jenny has been a member of the project board that has led the delivery of the East London Green Grid of open spaces. Jenny is an ex-archaeologist and former chair of the Green Party. In 2004, Jenny was named as one of 200 ‘women of achievement’ by Her Majesty The Queen.

Prof. Roland Clift
Prof. Roland Clift is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology and founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey; previously Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey; Visiting Professor in Environmental System Analysis at Chalmers University, Göteborg , Sweden; Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; Executive Director and immediate past President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology; past member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, UK Ecolabelling Board and Science Advisory Council of Defra; and a Vice President of Environmental Protection UK.  His research is concerned with system approaches to environmental management and industrial ecology, including life cycle assessment and energy systems.

Dr. Christian Patermann 
Christian Patermann completed his Doctoral Thesis in Law at the University of Bonn in 1969. He entered the German public service by joining the Federal Ministry of Science and Education, where he held many positions in Germany and International Organisations, like ESA, ESO, EMBL, and was appointed Deputy Director General of the Ministry in 1993. He also served as the Science Counsellor at the German Embassy in Washington D.C., USA. In the European Commission he served as the Programme Director for “Environment” Research at the Research Directorate-General where he conceived and implemented the 4th, 5th and 6th RTD Framework Programmes and was Programme Director for “Biotechnology, Agriculture & Food” Research since 2004. He was also Vice-President of the Steering Committee of IGFA (International Group of Funding Agencies in Global Environmental Changes) and elected member of the START Scientific Committee. He was also appointed Chairman of the oldest Committee between EU Member States and the European Commission, the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research, SCAR. Since beginning of 2009 he has been appointed member of the Research and Technology Council “BioEconomy” of the Federal German Government, an advisory Body to Chancellor Merkel and her Cabinet. The University of Bonn awarded Christian Patermann in November 2011 an honorary doctor’s degree due to his merits to promote European Agricultural Research. Christian Patermann is the author of more than 100 articles, books and other contributions to Science, Research and Technology in particular in Space, Nuclear and non-Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Proliferation, Environment and Global Changes, Marine Research, Biotechnology, Aquaculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries. He is also an expert in international cooperation, including the European enlargement process and the relationship between Europe and the BRICK-countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Korea).

Dr. Maria Jola Welfens
Maria Jola Welfens graduated as an economist from the Polish Warsaw School of Economics. She was highly engaged in the work of the Polish Ecological Club in the beginning of the eighties apart from teaching and researching at the Warsaw School of Economics in international economic relations and environmental economics. Since 1984, she researched at the University of Duisburg in Germany on economic steering problems in market economies and centrally planned economies. Since 1993, she works at the Wuppertal Institute; currently, she is working as project coordinator in the research group for sustainable production and consumption. Her core research themes are resource-efficient consumption and production patterns, green economy and education and communication for sustainability. She has led several research projects that aimed at communicating sustainable lifestyles to different target groups. She was also part of the research team around Prof. Schmidt-Bleek, developing the MIPS approach (material input per service unit), highlighting the service aspects of both products and services. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the Polish Institute for Sustainable Development in Warsaw. In collaboration with this institute she initiated the development and implementation of the dematerialisation approach in Poland (1999 ECOPOL project).  Today, Jola is a member of the German Round Table “UN-Decade for Education for Sustainability 2005 – 2014” and several networks working and researching on sustainable consumption issues.

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