User-integrated Innovations in Urban Areas for a Transition towards SustainabilityBaedeker C1*, Liedtke C1,2 and Kühlert M1
- *Corresponding Author:
- Markus Kühlert
Wuppertal Institute for Climate
Environment and Energy, Döppersberg 19, 42103
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 13, 2017; Accepted date: May 22, 2017; Published date: June 06, 2017
Citation: Baedeker C, Liedtke C, Kühlert M (2017) User-integrated Innovations in Urban Areas for a Transition towards Sustainability. Innov Ener Res 6:164.
Copyright: © 2017 Baedeker C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
A continuing trend of global urbanization leads to a geographical concentration of population and social activities that causes a regional compression of concomitant resource and energy consumption. This paper argues that a Sustainable Living Lab infrastructure (SusLab) in urban areas facilitates a systematic integration of user’s consideration in the design and development of Product-Service Systems (PSS) that enables changes of daily routines in favor of urban wealth development and conservation of ecosystem services. The authors build on the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Model of the Wuppertal Institute that provides a theoretical framework of sociotechnical rearrangements towards urban sustainability transition. Therefore, a reconfiguration of social practices and PSS in a desired direction according to social, ecological and economic concerns is reconsidered on the micro level in line with efficiency, consistency, and sufficiency strategies. The authors introduce an assessment framework for urban sustainable development and illustrate multifarious concepts of PSS that are aiming to decouple wealth development from resource and energy consumption in urban areas.