TRAFIS

Transformation towards climate-resilient and resource-efficient infrastructures

Objectives

The project supports the dissemination of innovative sustainable infrastructure solutions (including the understanding of framework conditions, systematisation and testing of approaches for the dissemination of innovative infrastructure solutions, success stories). It develops and tests survey tools, takes steps to anchor them in municipal planning and offers tailord support in transformation processes (communication products). The contribution of the IOER focuses on the further development of the sustainability check as an instrument for in-process sustainability checks for early phases of innovation processes in infrastructure development.

Achieved results

The project officially started at the end of 2019. For the core concepts of dissemination, diffusion, regionalization and mainstreaming, a sound understanding has been created for the work in the project. The focus of the project is on the conceptual understanding of "dissemination". Based on the work of TRAFIS I, a classification of innovative infrastructure couplings was developed under the leadership of the IOER and selected couplings were evaluated for their suitability for dissemination on the basis of specific criteria.

Based on document analysis and expert interviews, a top-down and bottom-up analysis of dissemination pathways and support mechanisms for infrastructure innovations at the municipal level was conducted under the leadership of Ecologic Institute.

The further development of the sustainability check for innovative infrastructure solutions was pursued by the IOER. Based on a literature analysis and interviews with practitioners, a set of criteria developed in TRAFIS was extended and its operationalization was further developed for generic applications with different types of infrastructures. The interim result is a preliminary operationalized set of now 33 sustainability criteria in the categories (1) security of supply (resilience), (2) economic efficiency and social justice, and (3) resource protection.
The accompanying research started with the selected innovation projects in Steinfurt and Augsburg.

Publications

Olfert, A.; Schiller, G.; Brunnow, B.; Walther, J.; Hirschnitz-Gabers, M.; Hölscher, K.; Wittmayer, J. M.: Prozessbegleitende Nachhaltigkeitsbewertung als Werkzeug für ein nachhaltigkeitsorientiertes Infrastrukturmanagement. In: InfrastrukturRecht 17 (2020) 1, S. 17-20.

Hölscher, Katharina; Wittmayer, Julia M.; Hirschnitz-Garbers, Martin; Olfert, Alfred; Walther, Jörg; Schiller, Georg; Brunnow, Benjamin: Transforming science and society? Methodological lessons from and for transformation research

In: Research Evaluation doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvaa034

Olfert, A.; Brunnow, B.; Schiller, G.; Walther, J.; Hirschnitz-Garbers, M.; Langsdorf, S.; Hinzmann, M.; Hölscher, K.; Wittmayer, J.: Nachhaltigkeitspotenziale innovativer, gekoppelter Infrastrukturen. Teilbericht des Vorhabens "Transformation hin zu nachhaltigen, gekoppelten Infrastrukturen". Dessau: Umweltbundesamt, 2020 (UBA Texte 99/2020).

Hölscher, K.; Wittmayer, J.; Olfert, A.; Hirschnitz-Garbers, M.; Walther, J.; Brunnow, B.; Schiller, G.; Hinzmann, M.; Langsdorf, S.: Infrastrukturkopplungen als Beiträge zur Nachhaltigkeitstransformation: Einflussfaktoren und Handlungsmöglichkeiten. Teilbericht des Vorhabens "Transformation hin zu nachhaltigen, gekoppelten Infrastrukturen". Dessau: Umweltbundesamt, 2020 (UBA Texte 100/2020).

Hirschnitz-Garbers, M.; Hinzmann, M.; Langsdorf, S.; Walther, J.; Olfert, A.; Schiller, G.; Brunnow, B.; Hölscher, K.; Wittmayer, J.: Erfolgsbedingungen und Prozessgestaltung/-begleitung für eine nachhaltige Umgestaltung von Infrastrukturkopplungen. Teilbericht des Vorhabens "Transformation hin zu nachhaltigen, gekoppelten Infrastrukturen". Dessau: Umweltbundesamt, 2020 (UBA Texte 101/2020).

Hirschnitz-Gabers, M.; Hinzmann, M.; Langsdorf, S.; Olfert, A.; Schiller, G.; Brunnow, B.; Hölscher, K.; Wittmayer, J. M.; Walther, J.: Analyse von Nachhaltigkeitspotenzialen und Einflussfaktoren - Synthese der Ergebnisse. Teilbericht des Vorhabens "Transformation hin zu nachhaltigen, gekoppelten Infrastrukturen". Dessau: Umweltbundesamt, 2020 (UBA Texte 102/2020).

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

FS Sachsen

This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.