Projects of the research partnership Ecornet Berlin

StromNachbarn (Electricity neighbors)

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Fotovoltaik
Social and environmental self-sufficiency through renewable energy and sector coupling?
Photovoltaics, i.e. the generation of electricity from solar energy, is a key technology for climate change mitigation. The advantage: it can be used on a small scale on roofs. This enables social participation in the energy transition process not only for property owners, but also for tenants. This is why solar energy and landlord-to-tenant electricity are priorities of the Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Programme (BEK).

Circular City Berlin – Steps from potential to implementation

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Photo by Claudio Schwarz @purzlbaum on Unsplash (modified by IZT)

Photo by Claudio Schwarz @purzlbaum on Unsplash (modified by IZT)

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CiBER 1

To a large extent, our business practices are based on a linear economy (‘take-make-waste’) rather than on closing loops. The coronavirus crisis as a combined health and economic crisis has shown how extremely fragile our diversified economic system is with its focus on short-term efficiency. One solution is the circular economy. Regional economic and resource cycles in particular are important for sustainability, because local and regional circular added value is more sustainable, increases the resilience of societies in times of crisis and promotes social justice and inclusiveness.

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Alternative economic practices in and for Berlin

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Hummel
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The climate and biodiversity crisis, but also social inequalities, make it necessary to fundamentally rethink the way we do business. Alternative ways of doing business already exist in practice – they take the form of commons, solidarity economy, community-based enterprises, social entrepreneurship or new cooperative approaches. The project “Alternative Economies in and for Berlin” examines the transformative potential of these concepts and looks at specific practical examples of alternative business practices for Berlin’s social and environmental development. The aim is to develop proposals...