One of the key research objectives pursued by GRACE was the provision of comprehensive reviews of the existing evidence on the health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants – considering both risks and possible benefits.

Climate reseach and research funding support society to cope with the uprecedented challenges of climate change. Paradoxically, the research and research funding sector has even developed a CO2-intensive and thus climate-damaging work style – fueled by rising expectations of international cooperation, cheap flights, and use of recourse-intensive infrastructure.

New technologies and services for mobility, buildings, energy production, and manufacturing processes open up new courses of action for Styria and its economy.

The main objective of this project was to assess options for an increased implementation of the voluntary carbon market (VCM) in Austria as a complementary instrument for stimulating voluntary actions to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 2004, the European Standardization Organization (CEN) has been developing a comprehensive standardization of the building assessment at European level within the framework of the Technical Committee 350 (Sustainability of construction works).

The project aimed to increase the integration of ventilation systems with heat recovery into social and multifamily housing. It investigated how central and semicentral ventilation systems are to be optimized, meaning equipped with simple distribution, installation, control and servicing, and prefabricated components.

The Project investigated Indian experiences with the implementation and social organisation of village solar power plants on the Sunderban Islands in West Bengal, and their contribution to social and economic development, poverty reduction and climate adaptation.

Comprehensive and comparable city profiles with a focus on climate and energy issues were developed for 20 selected Austrian “Smart Cities”.

The aim of the project was a better understanding and modeling of effects of user behavior on energy performance in office and service buildings, built with lowest energy building and plus-energy building techniques. The results support facility managers of office buildings and integrate gender and diversity issues.