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Looking to the Future: Trend Report for a Forward-Looking Resource Policy

Looking to the Future: Trend Report for a Forward-Looking Resource Policy

In this "Trend Report for a Forward-Looking Resource Policy" Ecologic Institute's Susanne Langsdorf and Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers analyze more than 300 individual trends, allocated to 12 trend themes. They discuss the potential developments and relevance for German resource policy. The report was released during the European Resources Forum on 10 November 2014 and is available for download.

In the future, will we live in the city or the countryside? Will we rely on traditional models of growth and
consumption or will we develop alternative, more sustainable lifestyles? Will we work longer, more and increasingly faster, or will we strive for more free time and quality of life? Does digitization rob us of our privacy or does it allow consumers more transparency and influence? How can German resource policy respond to these possible developments?

These trends will determine how we live and work in the future. Their further development, however, is uncertain. This analysis can help outline possible future paths of various sectors of society and, thus, better shape a forward-looking resource policy.


Susanne Langsdorf and Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers 2014: Looking to the Future: Trend Report for a Forward-Looking Resource Policy. Umweltbundesamt, Dessau, commissioned.

English, German
Doris Bergmann (European School of Governance)
Jonathan Buhl (European School of Governance)

Grafic design: Beáta Vargová (Ecologic Institute)

62 pp.
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Table of Contents

1. Why should you read this trend analysis?
How was it created?
2. Who is this trend analysis for and how is it best read?
3. Summary of trend themes
Trend theme 1 ⋅ Urbanisation
Trend theme 2 ⋅ Socio-economic acceleration
Trend theme 3 ⋅ Working world
Trend theme 4 ⋅ Resource governance
Trend theme 5 ⋅ Diet
Trend theme 6 ⋅ New modes of thought and world views
Trend theme 7 ⋅ (New) business models
Trend theme 8 ⋅ Financial world
Trend theme 9 ⋅ Mobility/infrastructure
Trend theme 10 ⋅ Digitisation and networking
Trend theme 11 ⋅ Marketing and consumption
Trend theme 12 ⋅ Education
4. Cooperation and interaction of trends
5. Annex

resource governance, urbanization, infrastructure, education, Europe