Careers in Sustainability Excellence (CASTLE)
European CommissionEuropean Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland
2012 - 2016
Implementing the EU vision of a Green Economy will cause rapid changes to the forest-based and bio-energy sectors. Growing bioenergy demands change land use and cause intensified resource utilisation in agriculture and forestry. Sustainable development targets in production and consumption of biomass and wood products have stirnulated wider adoption of sustainability assessment methods in policy and company practices. The forest-based and bioenergy sectors have prominent roles to play in developing a sustainable knowledge based bio-economy due to their foundation on renewable resource use and their substantial climate change mitigation potential. The Careers in Sustainability Excellence (CASTLE) project will combine research and training on a suit of methods used for sustainability assessrnents in the forest-based and bioenergy sectors in Europe. The project will develop state-of-the art rnethods that can be applied to current sustainability challenges in the industry and regional policy making. The sustainability experts working in the sectors in the future need to be knowledgeable about direct sustainability impacts of operations (e.g. GHG-emissions, carbon footprint, and the resulting product footprints). But as new products may also induce indirect-land use changes especially in other world regions, the experts need to have a broad understanding of global market and land use effects. As cornmunicators towards the customers, the future experts also need to transparently report on social corporate responsibility of companies.
CASTLE will elaborate an overall training schedule on sustainability assessment methods to train the early stage researchers in a broad range of rnethods and skills that will offer them excellent competences for their future careers in the industry, consultancy business or policy making. 14 individual research studies will in addition develop speciťrc rnethods and practices in more detail, mostly in cooperation with private sector actors.
CASTLE has the following scientific and technical objectives:
• to innovate sustainability impact assessment methods that can be applied to current sustainability challenges in society and business, for land use lnanagement and regional policy making,
• to apply sustainability impact assessment, scenario analyses, carbon accounting, product footprint, and other related methods to cases in the forest-based and bio-energy sectors in Europe and elsewhere,
• to cross-link these approaches to ensure consistency at different scales of sustainability assessment
• to support the development of sustainable business activities in the knowledge-based bio-economy by widely disseminating the CASTLE methods and tools for sustainability assessment