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eco@work September 2019


Data: a precious resource

Some say it’s the new oil; for others, it’s the new water. Others describe it as quite simply the most important resource for the 21st century. In our digitalised society, data has immense value. The European Commission estimated the value of the data economy for the EU alone at €272 billion in 2015. But to a very large extent, data… more

Digitalisation - Strategies for more sustainability

eco@work June 2019

Less emissions, more quality of life

Pathways out of transport breakdown

Every day, anyone who lives in a city or conurbation can see that in many places our transport system is on the brink of collapse. That is the case in my home city, Berlin. Every morning I cycle past kilometre-long lines of vehicles crawling bumper to bumper through the city. The number of hours that many people in Munich, Berlin or… more

Less emissions, more quality of life - How to make transport sustainable?

eco@work April 2019

Forests: For climate and biodiversity

Forest management – the rational approach

Forests have been part of our lives since time immemorial, constantly interacting with human communities. A forest is a high-value ecosystem which makes vital contributions to biodiversity, soil conservation and climate regulation. It also provides us with some of our most important natural resources, including wood, the material… more

Forests: For climate and biodiversity -

eco@work January 2019

The social side of the energy transition

Energy transition for all

The transition to sustainable energy is a major societal venture. Back in 1980 the Oeko-Institut described the challenges of an energy supply “without oil and uranium” in its groundbreaking study that coined the term “energy transition” (Energiewende). The issues today are the phasing out of coal, the further expansion of renewables,… more

The social side of the energy transition -

eco@work October 2018

Sustainability – An Export Success?

The Oeko-Institut: the international dimension

Much of our current thinking and work on the environment, climate and resource conservation relies on transnational cooperation. The international climate process, the sharing of ideas across borders about the risks associated with nuclear energy and appropriate phase-out strategies, energy efficiency standards at European level,… more

Sustainability – An Export Success? - Environmental protection and human rights: the international dimension

eco@work June 2018

Knowledge and science

A farewell and a fresh start

As you know, the Oeko-Institut is hardly a newcomer to the field of independent environmental research. We recently celebrated our 40th anniversary, and yet in some ways, we are still regarded as a start-up – a place for thinking about new ideas, with radical yet always well-reasoned proposals for a sustainable future, dynamic and… more

Knowledge and science - Facts about alternatives, not alternative facts

eco@work April 2018


Better a fresh horse ...

Handlooms, leaded fuel, cassette recorders, incandescent lightbulbs – a glance back at the last 100 years of industrial history shows that out-of-date technologies have been replaced by new ones time and time again. Today, we call this “exnovation”, but it is not a new phenomenon: industrial societies have always evolved in this way,… more

Exnovation - Actively managing change

eco@work January 2018

Final storage

Starter’s orders for final storage

In July 2016, the German Commission on the Storage of High-Level Radioactive Waste presented its final report. I myself was a member of the Commission, which spent a total of two years working to define a procedure for the selection of a final storage site for Germany’s nuclear waste. In summer 2016, the new Federal Office for the… more

Final storage - First steps
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