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summer course on CP-programmes



Summer Course on
Design, Establishment and Maintenance
of Regional and City based
Sustainable Production Activities

An initiative of the
Working Group on Cleaner Production
at the Graz University of Technology
in co-operation with the
Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Transport
In the frame of the Austrian EC-Presidency

Background
Many large companies have implemented Cleaner Production Activities on
their own. SMEs have not been that successful in the recent years.
Some regions and cities carried out local or regional Cleaner
Production Activities to approach this target group. The experience
made there could help new actors to initiated such programmes without
having to make too many bad experiences themselves. Description of
course This summer course provides the participants with manifold
practical experience as well as with research results of different
European Cleaner Production-Programmes. It mainly addresses an
audience interested in the development of regional and city based
Sustainable Production Activities (SPA). The attendants should already
be familiar with the concept of Cleaner Production which will be one
basis for the strategies introduced in the course. The goals of the
course are to empower the participants:

a) to design appropriate regional/city based SPA
b) to successfully implement the designed programmes
c) to develop appropriate concepts to maintain these activities in
    the considered city/region
d) to get acquainted with the use of a high variety of SPA modules
    adjusted to the specific situation

The main contents of the course will be the following:

1. Definition of SPA-concept
Based on the Cleaner Production approach the concept of Sustainable
Production Activities was developed during the research project
STENUM-1. This concept puts its emphasis on the socio-economic
preconditions considering them important for the successful
development of CP programmes in cities and regions. It starts from the
assumption that these preconditions influence to a high degree the
selection of different modules useful to reach the aspired goal.
Knowing the preconditions is therefor utmost important. The
introduction and definition will deliver a basis know-how on the
reasons why and in which way it is important.

2. Strategies how to design SPA
This module of the course delivers the necessary tools to analyse the
preconditions in the considered region/city for the planed
CP-activity. Further concepts will be introduced how to select
additional actors (e.g. authorities, chambers of commerce, trade
unions etc.) that are necessary to cover all the different aspects
discovered to be important during the analysis phase.

3. Strategies how to launch SPA
It seems to be obvious that different actors need different
approaches to be motivated and involved during the single phases of
the SPA. This module delivers tools how to motivate different actors
and how to involve them at the right time in the right way. Further
this part of the course includes different modules that can be
combined in a way which leads to maximum benefits for all
participating partners (authorities as well as companies, or
researchers etc.).

4. Strategies ho to maintain SPA
In order to anchor the designed and launched SPA in the cities and
regions several concepts have been developed. This module of the
course would support the participants to choose the most promising
approach for their specific situation. Again examples of successful
programmes will be delivered and research results will be transferred
into practical knowledge.

5. Case studies / study trips
The theoretical approaches will all be accompanied by experience from
case studies where the concepts proved to be useful. Additional study
trips in and around Graz will give further insight in successful
projects and programmes in Austria.

The course will be given by experienced researchers and environmental
consultants from Austria, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Ireland,
Portugal and USA. Additionally to the lectures on the different
topics study trips in Austria will be organised to show the conversion
of the theoretical knowledge into daily business. The course
participants will be provided with a guidebook (guidebook for local
actors) as a basis for further work in this field and also with a
source book where relevant papers will describe the presented
approaches in more details. The goal of the course is to provide the
audience with adequate strategies to successfully design and launch
Sustainable Production Activities in various regions/cities as well as
to provide them with the required tools to implement these activities.
Last but not least study trips will illustrate the effectiveness of
these strategies. This finally should ensure the dissemination of
research results and experiences from previous environmental
activities.

Target group
The course is addressed to the following attendants:

- Representatives of local and regional authorities (as possible
   initiators and supporters of SPA)
- Representatives of ministries (esp. environmental, economic and
   research field also as possible initiators and supporters)
- Representatives of Cleaner Production Centres (as mediators between
  authorities and business)
- Private consultants (as initiators)
- Representatives of business and trade unions (as initiators or as
   possible actors and supporters)
- Anyone interested in cleaner production and socio-economic
  activities

Fee:    1000 ECU including conference material and field visits. Travel
                   and accommodation costs not included.
Date:   week 38 (14.09.-18.09.1998)
Language:   English


Preliminary program

Conference chair:       Prof.Dr. Hans Schnitzer, Graz University of
                                  Technology

Monday 14.09.98
Time
9.00       Welcome
9.30       The SPA concept (theory and practice) / Hans Schnitzer / A
10.30     Coffee break   11.00     Community collaborative action for
              P2: Building the skills
              and the opportunity / J. Luskin / USA
12.00     Discussion
12.30     Lunch break
13.30     Presentation of the ECOPROFIT model
17.00     End

Tuesday 15.09.98
8.30       Analysis of socio-economic preconditions +
              Discussion / Martin Nußbaumer / A
10.00     Coffee break
10.30     How to locate and motivate local actors +
              Discussion / Marcel Crul / NL
12.00     Lunch break
13.30     Structure of power analysis in a city/region +
              Discussion / Andrea Grabher / A
15.00     Coffee break
15.30     Strategies to implement CP in Czech cities/regions +
              Discussion / Vladimir Dobes / CR
17.00     End

Wednesday 16.09.98
8.30       How to train local government +
              Discussion / Marcel Crul / NL
10.00     Coffee break
10.30      Building a network of environmental managers /
              Hermine Dimitroff- Regatschnig / ARGE MV
12.00     Lunch break
13.30     Site visits to companies in and around Graz
17.30     End

Thursday 17.09.98
8.30       How to maintain SPA in cities / D. Cunningham / Ie
10.00     Coffee break
10.30     Experiences with local/regional programmes
              ECOPROFIT / ECOFIT / PREPARE / etc. / Jan Sage / STENUM
              GmbH/ A
12.00     Lunch break
13.30     How to use IPPC-permitting for SPA    Dermot Cunningham / Ie
15.00     Coffee break  15.30     Presentations of participants
 17.00     End

Friday 18.09.98
8.30       New approaches for SPA / Hans Schnitzer / A
10.00     Coffee break
10.30     Manual for local actors  /  Presentation +
              Discussion / Martin  Nußbaumer / A
12.30     Closing the course / Hans Schnitzer / A
13.30     Lunch

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To:         Institute for Chemical Engineering / Working group
               Cleaner Production
C/o:        Prof. Hans Schnitzer
               Martin Nußbaumer

Subject:  Summer course on Design, Establishment and Maintenance of
               Regional and City based
               Sustainable Production Activities

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