Session 36
Tuesday, 9 November 2004
1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - Room 308
Sustainable Home Services: Benchmarking sustainable household services for the city of tomorrow
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the findings of an EU-funded 2-year project studying sustainability of services offered to households in six countries: Austria, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. The themes for which we would like to get the participants input are: (1) a newly developed method for assessing environmental, social & economic sustainability of homeservices and its application for real-life services; (2) sustainable household service provision focusing on the role housing organizations and external service providers, and the cooperations between them in different European settings; (3) survey of 300 residents regarding service use and willingness to use services enhancing sustainability; and (4) obstacles and strategies for promoting sustainable household services in compensating product-related consumption. Format of the workshop: we will first present some main findings of the project. Thereafter we would like to engage the participants by showing them a DVD-film about ecologically, socially and/or economically sustainable homeservice examples in six European countries. The service examples of the film are provided directly to the residents at home or the premises, and they involve different co-operative arrangements between providers. Finally, in toward the end of the workshop we intend to run an interactive exercise with the participants, focusing on feasible business models for sustainable household services. Expected participants: the workshop is suited for both researchers and practitioners interested in the topic, because it will deal with findings that have both scientific and practical value.
Chair:Minna M Halme, Helsinki School of Economics
1:30 PM What is sustainable? Suggestion for a tool to evaluate environmental, social and economic sustainability of household services
Minna M Halme1 and Gabriele Hrauda2, (1)Helsinki School of Economics, Finland; (2)IW Institute for Environmental Management and Economics, Austria
2:00 PM Is sustainable feasible? Business models for provision of sustainable household services
Minna M Halme, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland
2:30 PM Matching supply and demand: What can housing organizations do to provide sustainable homeservices for the residents?
Christine Jasch1, Minna M Halme2 and Michael Scharp3, (1)IW, Austria; (2)Helsinki School of Economics, Finland; (3)IZT Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment, Germany

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