ConPolicy Newsletter 2021 - 6

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In today's issue ConPolicy informs you about: 

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  News about ConPolicy

Project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
New ConPolicy project on possession reduction

The number of goods in households continues to increase, while only a small proportion of them are regularly used and valued. This finding has both psychological and ecological consequences. At the same time, numerous concepts and movements to reduce possessions have emerged in recent years. So far, however, no research has been conducted on the extent to which decluttering can help people live more resource-efficiently in the long term.

Against this background, the Citizen Science project aims to develop decluttering measures in the demand fields of clothing and office & technology together with citizen scientists, in order to promote sufficient (resource-efficient) lifestyles. Under the leadership of the TU Berlin, co2online and ConPolicy are working together with three practice partners in the network. The project started in April 2021 and will run for three years.

More information about the project can be found here.

Last call for registrations
Invitation to the Online Consumer Research Forum 'Nudging in Consumer Policy' on June 08, 2021

On 08 June 2021, the Consumer, Market and Policy Research Center (CCMP) of Zeppelin University in cooperation with the ConPolicy Institute for Consumer Policy and the European University Institute (EUI) Florence will host the Online Consumer Research Forum 2021of the Ministry of Food, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg (MLR). The event will take place from 12.30 until 16.30 pm.

The research forum will focus on the questions of what influence behavioral science findings have had on consumer policy in the last decade and to what extent behavioral science findings should continue to be taken into account in consumer policy in the coming years.

Keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Cass R. Sunstein (Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard) will introduce the topic. This will be followed by panel discussions on legal and practical issues related to the use of behavior-based tools. In a closing discussion, we will also provide an outlook with experts from the EU and federal level.

We welcome your registration by email at:
The program for the event can be found here.

Nudging – concepts, experiences and ethical debate
ConPolicy presentation at the 38th Dialog Food of the German Food Federation

Today's 38th Dialogue on Food of the German Food Federation aimed at shedding light on what nudging is, what experiences there are with nudging and how nudging can be evaluated ethically.

Within the framework of the dialogue, ConPolicy's managing director, Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun, gave the introductory lecture with an overview of the application of nudging in the European Union and Germany and took part in the concluding panel discussion.

  Consumer policy news

New IT security law to ensure cyber security in Germany

The new IT Security Act 2.0 enters into force today, granting the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) expanded competencies.
This new law... Read more

​​​​​​​Consumer protection
Consumer test detects toxic chemicals in non-plastic disposable tableware

Today, the European Consumer Organization BEUC released a report that analyzed chemical contamination of non-plastic single-use tableware. According... Read more

Messenger services used on almost every smartphone

Today, the digital association Bitkom published the results of a representative survey examining the use of messenger services on smartphones. The... Read more

  Recommended reading

Consumer Data Right Report 3: Vulnerability, capability, opportunity

The Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC) has been engaged by the Data Standards Body (DSB) to prepare a series of consumer research reports on how... Read more

Interoperability of messenger services

Against the backdrop of growing market concentration, disregard for applicable data protection rules, and regularly recurring data scandals involving... Read more

Federal Network Agency
Annual report 2020 – Markets in the digital transition

This 2020 annual report provides an overview of the numerous activities of the German Federal Network Agency in the areas of communication,... Read more

Jetzke, T. et al.
From Blockchain to Space to Virtual Worlds – Results of the First Horizon Scanning Cycle for the German Environmental Department

For several years, the German Environmental Department has been conducting Horizon Scanning processes to identify emerging changes that could have a... Read more

Krisam, M. et al.
What do Germans really think about health-nudges?

In recent years, policymakers have increasingly used behaviorally informed policies, including 'nudges'. They have been implemented to produce... Read more

Guimaraes Dumangane, M.B. et al.
Evaluation of the benefits and the costs generated by the Toy Safety Directive: A supply side analysis

The European Union introduced the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC to ensure toys are safe for children to play with. The Directive sets minimum... Read more

Gährs, S. et al.
Experience with smart meters in Europe

The European smart meter rollout is being implemented very heterogeneously by the member states. The publication presents the current status of the... Read more

Lautermann, C., C. Young & E. Hoffmann
Climate and environmental reporting by German companies – Evaluation of CSR reporting requirements for 2018 and 2019

Since the financial year 2017, certain companies across Europe have been required to disclose sustainability information. This study takes a look at... Read more

Teubner, T., M. Adam & F. Hawlitschek
Unlocking online reputation – On the effectiveness of cross-platform signaling in the Sharing Economy

With the ever-growing popularity of sharing economy platforms, complementors increasingly face the challenge to manage their reputation on different... Read more