Quotation O'Brien, Meghan , Hartwig, Franziska , Schanes, Karin, Kammerlander, Moritz , Omann, Ines, Wilts, Henning , Bleischwitz, Raimund, Jäger, Jill. 2015. Living within the safe operating space: a vision for a resource efficient Europe. European Journal of Futures Research 2 (1),




A desirable future critically depends on our ability to ensure the supply of key resources while simultaneously respecting planetary boundaries. This paper looks at the potential implications of living within the "safe operating space" for people, business and the economy. It develops a positive vision of the future based on three pillars: a safe and fair use of global resources, a sustainable society, and a transformed economy.We review and build on recent sustainability visions to develop a holistic reflection on what life in 2050 could look like, and explore the key changes in the economy needed to get there. In particular we show that resource efficiency requires a systemic shift in values, innovation, governance and management regimes. We present a bold vision for Europe underlined by indicators and targets, explore transition challenges to getting there and conclude with a list of key policies needed for overcoming challenges and reaching the vision.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Journal of Futures Research
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Living within the safe operating space: a vision for a resource efficient Europe
Volume 2
Number 1
Year 2015
Reviewed? Y
URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40309-014-0048-3#
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40309-014-0048-3


Schanes, Karin (Former researcher)
Bleischwitz, Raimund (Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, United Kingdom)
Hartwig, Franziska (Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Austria)
Jäger, Jill (Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Austria)
Kammerlander, Moritz (Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Austria)
O'Brien, Meghan (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany)
Omann, Ines (Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Austria)
Wilts, Henning (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Austria)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
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