SURF - SUstainable Resource Futures

A society needs a sustainable supply of energy and materials as well as instruments to lead the way into the future. The challenge is to design the use of energy and materials in a resource efficient and regenerative manner in order to develop the physical basis of our society in a sustainable way.

The research group SUstainable Resource Futures (SURF) with the focus Sustainable Resource Management is headed by Prof. Dr. Stefan Bringezu. They develop concepts and strategies for a sustainable use of natural resources. This comprises fossil and mineral raw materials such as coal and metals, biomass as well as land, soils, and ecosystem services. The analysis considers ecological, economic and social aspects. The scope ranges from local to regional, national, European and global scale.

Research Questions and Approach

Material flows are analyzed from resource extraction, manufacturing and use of products, the recycling until the final waste disposal. The systematic analysis of the "socio-industrial metabolism", and the related global resource consumption and its drivers, allows us to derive measures to foster a more sustainable use of resources. Both technological and institutional options for improvement on various levels are analyzed and assessed with particular focus on related problem shifting.

The focus is on these questions:

1. How to measure the use of natural resources and manage them in a sustainable way?
- in a multi-scale system (local - regional - national - EU - global)
- considering the socio-industrial metabolism and land use
- for implementing the SDGs

2. How to combine regenerative supply of energy and materials in a resource efficient manner?
- Sustainable design of the "bioeconomy"
- Carbon Recycling: using CO2 as raw material (CCU)
- Urban Mining and resource efficient construction

Projects

The projects analyze and develop concepts and strategies which can contribute to a resource-efficient and regenerative use of energy and materials considering environmental, economic and social requirements and taking into account trade-offs and conflicts.

Members of the SURF Group:

Stefan Bringezu (Prof. Dr.)

Executive Director
Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34117 Kassel
Building: Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
Room Raum 1160
Telephone +49 561 804-6115
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
E-mail address bringezu@cesr.de
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Clemens Mostert (Dr.-Ing.)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Building: Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
Room Raum 1170
Telephone +49 561 804-6131
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
E-mail address mostert@cesr.de
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Vincent Egenolf (M.Sc. Bioeconomy)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Building: Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
Room Raum 0130
Telephone +49 561 804-6126
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
E-mail address egenolf@cesr.de
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Ulrich Neumann (Dipl.-Ing., M.Sc. Regen. Energien und Energieeffizienz)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34117 Kassel
Room
Telephone +49 561 804-6214
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
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Sebastian Turnau (M.Sc. Umwelttechnik)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Building: Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
Room Raum 0220
Telephone +49 561 804-6142
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
E-mail address turnau@cesr.de
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Susanne Wagner (Dr. sc. agr.)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Building: Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
Room Raum 0130
Telephone 0561/804-6139
Telefax 0561/804-6116
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Simon Kaiser (M.Sc. Wi.-Ing.)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Building: Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
Room Raum 0200
Telephone +49 561 804-6122
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
E-mail address kaiser@cesr.de
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Anna Schomberg (M.Sc. Geowissenschaften)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Building: Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
Room Raum 0200
Telephone +49 561 804-6123
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
E-mail address schomberg@cesr.de
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Husam Sameer (M.Sc. Construction Management)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Room 0220
Telephone +49 561 804-6150
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
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Hans Georg Weishaar (Dipl.-Ing.)

Address Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Room 0220
Telephone +49 561 804-6150
Telefax +49 561 804-6116
E-mail address weishaar@cesr.de
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External doctoral candidates:

Nadja von Gries

Mathieu Saurat

Ranahansa Dasanayake