Dr Jaco Quist – President ERSCP Society

Assistant professor in Sustainable Innovation and Transitions at the Energy & Industry Section of the Technology, Policy & Management Faculty,
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

As the President of the European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production Society, I would like to mention that the ERSCP conferences have been the main conference in Europe on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Cleaner Production since 1993, when the first conference in Graz was initiated by Prof Hans Schnitzer. The ERSCP conferences have always provided a great platform for discussion and dialogue between researchers, policymakers and business on how to move forward towards sustainable societies and how to enhance the field of SCP and a Circular Economy. ERSCP conferences are not only a great opportunity to catch up with the most recent research outcomes on SCP and a Circular Economy, and how policy discussions are evolving, but are also very nice to catch up with colleagues and friends and to meet new persons interested in the field.

So, I am really glad that in 2021 the ERSCP returns to Graz for the 20th ERSCP2021 and that Hans Schnitzer is again the initiator. I am also really looking to meeting you on 8-10 September 2021 to discuss state of the art progress on SCP and a Circular Economy and its relevance to policymakers, business and practitioners. I sincerely hope that Covid-19 has got under control by then and that we can meet in Graz, but otherwise I am looking forward to have vivid discussions and attractive presentations online.

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Don Huisingh

The first European Roundtable on Pollution Prevention was planned and coordinated by Prof. Schnitzer in Graz, 26 years ago. Now the 20th Roundtable has been planned and will be coordinated again under Prof. Schnitzer’s ‘creative and visionary’ leadership!!
I was delighted to help him during the first one and am elated to co-work with him AGAIN!   Your abstracts and your actual or virtual presence and contributions on a wide array of relevant topics are needed. Please plan on contributing to the 20th ERSCP. Be open to learn & share much, anticipate meeting colleagues you have known for years and for meeting new colleagues, many of them M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates and young faculty members you have not yet met!
Let’s work together to ensure that this ERSCP will not only be a continuation of the series but will help to develop and implement visions, goals, and partnerships for developing and implementing Sustainable, Equitable, and Livable, Post-COVID societies that address climate change challenges and many crises!!

We will need to envision and implement many

New Normals!!!

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Hans Schnitzer

Convenor; scientific director StadtLABOR
Professor (ret.) Graz University of Technology

In 1994 I organized the first Round Table for Cleaner Production. Together with my – then student – Gudrun Engelhardt we started off expecting some 50 participants.
But the topic seemed to take the pulse of the times, and we kept rescheduling the Round Table as more and more participants signed up. At the opening session of the Round Table, we welcomed 200 participants.
It is my pleasure to host the 20th Round Table at my university. We chose a format that would allow as many participants as possible to play an active role, leading to lively discussions and exchanges of ideas between the founding fathers of the conference series of 27 years ago and very young scientists in the cause of Cleaner Production and Consumption.
Feel welcome to the colorful autumn in beautiful Graz.


Sergio Ulgiati

Professor Environmental Chemistry and Life Cycle Assessment
Parthenope University, Naples, Italy

ERSCP has become one of the most important conference series on Sustainable Production and consumption in Europe over the past 26 years. It is with great pleasure, that I participate actively in the organization of the Round Table, and also include a session of BIWAES (Biennial International Workshop Advances in Energy Studies) during the Round Table.


Professor Jing Shao

School of Management, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, P.R.China

In recent years, sustainable consumption behavior has increased in urban cities of China, especially in food purchasing behavior. The academicians and enterprises are becoming more and more interested to understand more on the sustainable consumption behaviors and the mechanisms behind it.
The topic of the conference is closely related to the research direction of International Research Institute for Sustainable Operations (iRISO) in the School of Management, NPU (Northwestern Polytechnical University). It aims to become a teaching and research base with important influence in the field of sustainable operations and management, and can provide decision support for national and global sustainable development.
Therefore, the School of Management school, would like to participate and support the organizational work in ERSCP 21 through offering academic and organizational contributions.