SUSTAINABILITY
FORUM ’22

20 JUNE - 21 OCTOBER 2022

The Black Forest Sustainability Forum is the platform for sustainable technologies in southern Germany. In several events from 20 June 2022 to 20 October 2022, we will discuss with first-class experts and decision-makers from politics, science and business what contribution we can make locally to achieve the selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

What the SDGs mean for us

In 2015, the United Nations committed to 17 global goals for a better and more sustainable future.

These Sustainable Development Goals are a general call to all countries to promote prosperity while preserving the planet and its livelihoods.

The individual goals take into account economic, social and ecological aspects. Some of them affect us in Europe and specifically in Germany more than others. However, any positive impact on one of the 17 goals will positively influence others as well. 

With the Black Forest Sustainability Forum, we are making our contribution to achieving the ambitious SDGs together with leading minds from science, industry, society, and politics. To this end, we use the information and knowledge at our disposal to preserve our planet – in the region and beyond.

FORUM ’22
FORUM ’22

SDG 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES
AND COMMUNITIES

22. SEPTEMBER – 15.30 PM

TECHNOLOGIEPARK OFFENBURG

 

Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Our cities are hubs for ideas, trade, culture, science, productivity and social development. Settlements have enabled us humans to develop socially and economically. By 2030, the number of people living in cities is expected to grow to 5 billion. This brings major challenges: traffic congestion, lack of resources for basic services, a shortage of adequate housing, safe and orderly waste management, wear and tear on infrastructure and increasing air pollution.

Therefore, in our #3 Sustainability Forum, we are focusing on SDG 11 to address the challenges of rapid urbanisation processes, where cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing and transport. We need to find ways to continue to develop cities. In parallel, we need solutions on how to improve resource use and reduce pollution at the same time.

In keynotes and pitches, academia and business will take a look at inclusive urban planning, waste management, how to develop innovative transport systems and how we can improve air quality to achieve SDG 11.

KEYNOTES

Climate neutrality starts here - Offenburg as fertile ground for a sustainable economy

Marco Steffens

Lord Mayor of the City of Offenburg

Supporting and promoting a responsible economy in Elsass

Marie Tourinier

Community and Event Coordinator – Initiatives Durables

Decentralised recycling management through small biogas plants for municipalities and cities

Dr. Michael Meirer

Head of Consulting – MEIKO GREEN Waste Solutions

Digital and carbon-free offers to support cities in their transformation process towards a new smart and sustainable model

Matthieu Evrard-Steinberg

Project manager – Tender department – EDF

The city as a raw material store - ways to a circular economy

Christian Landes

CEO – N1 Trading GmbH

Climate neutrality for the OrteNow! Energy-efficient urban redevelopment and master plan for new neighbourhoods

Lars Winkler

Business Developer Deutschland – Urbanomy EDF Group

SDG 12: NACHHALTIGER KONSUM
UND PRODUKTION

20. OKROBER – 15.30 Uhr

TECHNOLOGIEPARK OFFENBURG

SDG 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
AND PRODUCTION

20. OCTOBER – 15.30 PM

TECHNOLOGIEPARK OFFENBURG

ABOUT
ABOUT

Black Forest Innovation is the Sustainability Hub for everyone who wants to make a difference. As a technology company, we establish sustainable innovations together with our partners. Together, we intend to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and leave our children a planet worth living on.

To this end, we generate expert knowledge in various events and make it available. We also bring together decision-makers and experts from the fields of science, politics and business in order to jointly leverage existing potential and discuss possible solutions.

In workshops, we help companies to recognise and develop their innovative strength. At hackathons, we bring together smart doers to develop more sustainable solutions to challenges. In our own accelerator programme, we also support founders in developing their ideas to market maturity.

SUSTAINABILITY FORUM ’22 PARTNER

Our partners and sponsors are all companies and organisations that are already actively contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and have anchored sustainability goals in their organisation.

SUPPORTED BY

PAST
EVENTS

KICKOFF
KICKOFF

20. JUNE – 15.30 PM

UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES OFFENBURG, ROOM D001

 

Under the patronage of Offenburg’s Lord Mayor Marco Steffens, the Rector of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr Stephan Trahasch and Black Forest Innovation Managing Director Florian Appel will open the Sustainability Forum 2022 on 20 June 2022.

Marco Steffens

Lord Mayor of the City of Offenburg

Prof. Dr. Stephan Trahasch

Rector of the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg 

Florian Appel

Managing Director of Black Forest Innovation GmbH

SDG 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION
AND INFRASTRUCTURE

20. JUNE – 15.30 PM

UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES OFFENBURG – ROOM D 001

 

Build resilient infrastructure, promote widespread and sustainable industrialization and support innovation.

We deliberately start our series with the industrial target of the 17 SDGs, as we have been living well and on the basis of high economic prosperity for decades, especially in the Southwest og Germany. Securing this and at the same time building a high-quality, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, modernising it and retrofitting industries to make them more sustainable are core issues on the path to industrial sustainability. At the start of our forum, we shed light on the contribution of research, technologies, established industry and start-ups.

In the subsequent panel, we discuss what we want to achieve with the SDG. Where we stand today, what we need to do and how concrete projects can look like.

KEYNOTES

Dunning and developing solutions - the dual role of science in decarbonisation

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bessler

Head of Institute for Sustainable Energy Systems – Offenburg University of Applied Sciences

Ways to contribute to net zero - Application examples using current and future technologies

Markus Köster

Chief Innovation to Business – EDF Deutschland GmbH

Decarbonisation in aviation - an illusion?

Lars Mosdorf

CFO and CHRO – Düsseldorf Airport

Decarbonisation of industrial processes with concentrated solar radiation

Dr. Lars Amsbeck

Managing Director HelioHeat GmbH

Panel

Subsequently, we ask our speakers to join us for a panel discussion, during which we  look specifically at the question of where we stand today and what we must and can do on the way to decarbonising industries.

You, the audience, have the opportunity to join in the discussion. After the event, we invite you to join us for snacks and drinks to deepen the discussions and network.

SDG 7: BEZAHLBARE
UND SAUBERE ENERGIE

21. JULI – 15.30 UHR

TECHNOLOGIEPARK OFFENBURG

SDG 7: AFFORDABLE
AND CLEAN ENERGY

21. JULY – 15.30 PM

TECHNOLOGIEPARK OFFENBURG

Energy is linked to almost all the Sustainable Development Goals – which is why it is so central. Economic sustainability, jobs, security, climate change, production, income generation: whatever the issue, access to energy is essential. That’s why in our second Black Forest Sustainability Forum we are focusing on SDG 7, creating more sustainable and inclusive communities and increasing resilience to environmental issues such as climate change. In 7 presentations and impulses, we, therefore, look from the perspective of both science and business at the questions of how we can achieve better energy efficiency for business enterprises and how we can create new economic and employment opportunities through increased use of renewable energy.

KEYNOTE

Marco Beicht

Founder and CEO of powercloud

Cost explosion to blackout - Do we still have the energy system under control?

SPEAKER

Johannes Heinloth

Member of the Board of Managing Directors – L-Bank

Banks in the context of climate neutrality

Prof. Dr. Eva Schill

KIT – Institut für Nukleare Entsorgung, Karlsruhe

Turning the tide - geothermal energy as an opportunity for the heat turnaround

Alexander Schechner

Managing Director Envola GmbH

Innovation makes indoor climate control more affordable and sustainable

Prof. Dr. Niklas Hartmann

Head of Energy Systems and Energy Economics Research Group – Offenburg University of Applied Sciences

Pathways to a climate-neutral and affordable energy system

Dr. Enrique Kremers

Head of Complex Systems Research – EIFER – European Institute for Energy Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

Intelligent energy management for an emission-reduced and cost-effective energy supply in the neighbourhood

Sebastian Adam

Sales Manager – EDF Renewables Storage Deutschland GmbH

Battery storage as a key element of the energy transition - state of the art, research and exemplary products

Nicolas Christoph

Division Manager Wind Power, Solar, Hydro & Business Development – Koehler Renewable Energy GmbH

The future of Baden-Württemberg as an industrial state? Regional green electricity as a location factor for industry