Vienna Conference
"Efficiency, Environment & Employment 2006"

8th - 9th June 2006

Marble hall of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour
Stubenring 1, 1011 Vienna

Full programme for download: programme_eee2006.pdf

Programme Overview:

Coference languages: English and German
The conference was organised in four half day sessions:

Session 1: June 8, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Efficiency, Environment and Employment in Companies and Regions
The first block of the conference set the stage from a bottom-up perspective. It presented regional and local eco-efficiency-initiatives, but also reflected new and broader regional sustainability concepts, such as the “Steinbacher Weg”. The session also looked at the macro-scale effects of such initiatives.
speakers: Michael Kuhndt, Julia Tschesche, Karl Sieghartsleitner, Szilvia Gärtner
Session 2: June 8, 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm
Quality and Quantity of Work: More and Better Jobs?
The second block discussed the concept of “sustainable jobs” in quantitative and qualitative terms. Potentials for job creation from efficiency gains were explored as well as new aspects of work-life-balance. How do people find jobs in which they can exploit their full potential? Concepts like social capital, social responsibility, etc. were of specific importance here.
speakers: Henrik Lund, Michael Getzner, Fritz Hinterberger, Andrea Stocker, Orio Giarini, Alexander Kaiser, Beate Littig
Session 3: June 9, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Policies to Get More out of Less
The third block took a closer look at the environmental effects of efficiency gains. How can the effects be accounted for in companies and for countries? Recent figures of ecological footprints and rucksacks, relative vs. absolute decoupling were presented for special cases and for the world as a whole. Secondary effects, such as rebound and burden-shifting received special attention.
speakers: Gunter Pauli, Helga Weisz, Francois Schneider, Michael Kohlhaas, Bernd Meyer
Main session: June 9, 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Making it Happen: Policies for the Integration of Economic, Social and Environmental Issues
The fourth block attempted to derive policy implications from the earlier presented aspects. How can economic, social and environmental policies be integrated including ecological fiscal reforms?
speakers: Werner Wutscher, Stephen White, Heinz Felsner, David Gee, Kuno Haas, Bettina Meyer, Wolfgang Pekny, David Mum