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EURECA-PRO’s research agenda aims to develop solutions to combat negative global environmental change. The results of the research activities flow into the teaching of EURECA-PRO through problem-based learning, and through the open access/science approach, most of the content developed is made available globally, openly and free of charge.

The following collection shows publications of the EURECA-PRO consortium and the corresponding research was conducted in accordance with the research agenda of the European University on Responsible Consumption and Production.

Publications about EURECA-PRO

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 is the foundation of the European University on Responsible Consumption and Production consortium (EURECA-PRO). This article introduces the eight EURECA-PRO partner universities: Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria), Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany), Technical University of Crete (Greece), University of León (Spain), Silesian University of Technology (Poland), Mittweida University of Applied Sciences (Germany), University of Petroşani (Romania), and Hasselt University (Belgium). In addition, each university’s role within the alliance and unique research and study programmes are outlined. The synergy created by EURECA-PRO enables the pursuit of an ambitious research agenda with five research “Lighthouse Missions” as well as the implementation of joint study programmes.

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Kircher, V., Feiel, S., Bongaerts, J.C. et al. Eight Become One: the EURECA-PRO University Network. Berg Huettenmaenn Monatsh 167, 462–471 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00501-022-01286-4
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Global environmental changes due to technological progress, the growing population, and the demand for more and more resources are affecting the natural regulatory circuits that control the Earth’s ecosystem. Preventing excessive environmental stress is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The signing of the Paris Climate Targets as well as the Sustainable Development Goals set the course for a departure from the current economic and production system. As a contribution to these challenges, the European University on REsponsible Consumption And PROduction (EURECA-PRO) was founded under the umbrella of the European Commission and the Erasmus program. Apart from a strategic education agenda, EURECA-PRO also defined an ambitious research agenda with currently five lighthouse topics which aim at the development of solutions to fight negative global environmental changes. EURECA-PRO uses synergies of a network of seven universities and a series of associated partners from different stakeholder groups.

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Kircher, V., Griebler, A., Feiel, S., Moser, P., Forschungsdimension der European University on Responsible Consumption and Production – EURECA-PRO. Berg Huettenmaenn Monatsh 167, 187–192 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00501-022-01220-8
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The European Commission (EC) called for proposals to form European University Alliances (EUA) in 2019 and 2020 to promote Europe’s universities competitiveness in the world and strengthen the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and European Research Area (ERA). With the objective to create a global educational core hub on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 “responsible consumption and production”, a consortium of seven universities, led by Montanuniversität Leoben, received a three-year funding in 2020 for the development of a European University on REsponsible Consumption And PROduction (EURECA-PRO).

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Pichler, L., Egger, J., Feiel, S., Kircher, V. and Kosciuszko, A., EURECA-PRO: The European University on Responsible Consumption and Production. Berg Huettenmaenn Monatsh 166, 500–504 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00501-021-01149-4
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In recent years, the implementation of sustainability has gained importance in all areas of global societal development as science has proven that climate change is a human induced and inevitable future circumstance if nothing is done to avert it. With strategies and frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Green Deal, it has become clear which direction research and education will take in the future, towards an interdisciplinary and excellence-based approach to systemically solve today’s societal challenges for a better ecological and social future. Innovation, education, research and societal cooperation, known as the knowledge square, are key factors in reaching these goals. The framework of the European Universities offers an opportunity that can integrate all these factors, in promoting cooperation across borders, languages, and disciplines thereby being an ideal vehicle to address societal challenges of our time and related skills and knowledge shortages faced in Europe. Within the ERASMUS+ and H2020 Framework Programmed seven higher education institutions located in six different EU member states, namely Montanuniversität Leoben (Austria), Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany), University of Petrosani (Romania), University of León (Spain), Technical University of Crete (Greece), Silesian University of Technology (Poland) and Mittweida University of Applied Sciences (Germany) joined forces and created a strong and unique European University in the field of Responsible Consumption and Production as defined in Sustainable Development Goal 12 of the United Nations: EURECA-PRO – The European University on REsponsible Consumption And PROduction. Its mission is a two-fold one: on the one hand, it aims at contributing creatively to the European Higher Education Transformation Agenda to stimulate seamless education and cooperation within Europe. On the other hand, it aims at becoming the European core excellence hub for responsible consumption and production converging all European and global activities, be it scientific, industrial or social, as well as all stakeholders in this field. Since Fall 2020 the consortium works on its goal to ultimately create a research and education agenda that systemically integrates all necessary interdisciplinary knowledge (technological, ecological, policy, economic, societal aspects etc.) to solve today’s pressing questions regarding consumption and production patterns and the transfer of solutions into society and industry. This is done by taking into consideration new technologies and processes that integrate material and resource flows towards responsible impact flows as well as complimentarily focusing on consumption behaviors and the factor human being in relation to these flows, thus putting the manifold influence factors in harmony to each other and the surrounding environment.

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Feiel, S., Frühauf, S., Pichler, L., Kircher, V., Kosciuszko, A., Egger, J., EURECA-PRO: The European university on responsible consumption and production: an alliance for sustainability. Proceedings of the 20th European Round Table on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Graz., S. 153–167 (2021). https://doi.org/DOI: 10.3217/978-3-85125-842-4-21
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In the frame of the ERASMUS+ Framework Programme seven higher education institutions located in six different European Union (EU) member states, namely the University of Leoben (Austria), the Technical University Freiberg (Germany), the University of Petrosani (Romania), the University of León (Spain), the Technical University of Crete (Greece), the Silesian University of Technology (Poland) and the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences (Germany) joined forces and aim to create a strong and unique European University in the field of Responsible Consumption and Production (RCP): EURECA-PRO, https://www.eurecapro.eu/. This university has a two-fold societal and planetary mission. On the one hand, it will holistically contribute to the very important issue of RCP under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, and on the other hand, it will effectively contribute to the transformation of the European Higher Education Area complimentarily to SDG 4. EURECA-PRO started on November 1, 2020 and by 2025 aims to be well-known throughout Europe for its competence as an educational core hub and as interdisciplinary research and innovation leader in qualitative environmental and social framework development for sustainable consumption and production of goods as well as for responsible systems design. By 2040 EURECA-PRO aims to be the global educational core hub and interdisciplinary research and innovation leader in qualitative environmental and social framework development for RCP of resources and goods. This will comprise technological, ecological, policy, economic and societal aspects and their transfer into the society and industry. Staff and future graduates will acquire sustainable, interdisciplinary, intercultural and systemic thinking engrained in their natural way of operation, fostering a prosperous societal development and a healthy economy, while at the same time relieving environmental pressures.

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Citation
Moser, P., Feiel, S., Barbknecht, K-D., Diamadopoulos, E., Mężyk, A., Baelo, R., Radu, S. M., Hilmer, L., & Komnitsas, K., EURECA-PRO, The European University Alliance on Responsible Consumption and Production, in Proceedings of the European Metallurgical Conference 2021, 1 Aufl., Band 1, S. 1-15 (2021).
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