Expertise

Sustainability

Reconciling ecological, economic & social goals.

Today, sustainability is the dominant objective of environmental, economic and social action. At its core is the idea of intergenerational justice: Satisfying the needs of today's generations must not come at the expense of future generations. The aim of sustainable development is to bridge this intergenerational gap and reconcile ecological, economic and social goals. The limits of ecological capacity constitute the ultimate framework of this ambition.

Sustainability in practice

Rooted in the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, the abstract principle of sustainability is now being intensively implemented in national, regional and local sustainability strategies. Also, businesses are increasingly aligning their activities to the principles of sustainable development and inform about the effects of their business operations in sustainability reports.

Challenging: Sustainability as a basis for action

Implementing the principle of sustainability into practice is a demanding task. Fundamental questions need to be answered:

  • How can conflicting goals between economic growth and ecology be resolved?
  • Which (political) option for action is the more sustainable one?
  • What can smaller and medium sized businesses do to become more sustainable?

To answer these questions, the overarching principle of sustainability must be operationalized, and options for actions as well as their effects must be evaluated.

We care about sustainability, as a company and personally. Not only do we deal intensively with the sustainability impacts of our own business activity, we also advise others on their path to sustainability.

Sustainability: A selection of our services

Sustainability strategies

We advise on the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies for increased sustainability.

Sustainable businesses

What does sustainability mean for businesses? How can economic success be combined with ecological and social responsibility? We support businesses in the hands-on implementation, develop structuring processes and help make the sustainability aspect tangible.

Impact assessments & impact analyses

What are the future consequences of a chosen course of action? What are the desired and undesired long-term effects of a given decision? Our multidisciplinary teams analyze the consequences and impacts along entire supply and value chains and across policy fields and sectors.

Studies & evaluations

In studies and evaluations, we provide support with our interdisciplinary sustainability expertise and methodological competence in order to find methodically sound and solutions-oriented answers to the issues at hand.

Trend monitoring

The long-term consideration of trends and developments is a recurring theme in our consultancy work, ranging from energy policy through to social policy. This is the perfect starting point to push sustainability forward.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

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Evaluation of the BMBF Framework Programmes FONA

2020
| Project

Together with Fraunhofer ISI, Prognos has evaluated the framework programs for the promotion of research into sustainable development (FONA).

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CIRCTER – Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

2019
| Project

An investigation into the economic structure of the regional Circular Economy in Europe.

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Jan Tiessen

Principal, Head of Management Consulting

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Oliver Lühr

Vice Director, Head of Environmental, Circular Economy and Climate Change

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About us

Prognos – Providing Orientation.

Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

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