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eco@work October 2021

Environmentally sound, collective and fair

A transformation with many dimensions

The sustainability transformation is one of the biggest tasks that humankind has ever faced. And it’s a challenge in which there is more than one dimension to consider. There is of course the environmental dimension, but the technical, economic and – importantly – the social aspects must not be forgotten. Those who formulate…


Environmentally sound, collective and fair - Considering the social aspects of transformation

eco@work July 2021

Another 30 years to go

A new yet familiar role

Where nuclear energy is concerned, we have come a long way since the Oeko-Institut was founded more than 40 years ago. The nuclear phase-out was finally agreed; Germany’s remaining reactors are due to be shut down next year. A science-based, transparent, participatory and stepwise procedure is now in place to identify a site for a…


Another 30 years to go - The final storage of high-level radioactive waste

eco@work April 2021

50 million by 2030

Room wanted, for a while

I wish our apartment had a spare room. Just one. Now that the children are a bit older, it would be nice for them to have a space of their own. We would only need it for a few years, just until they leave home. After that, I would happily hand it back – my wife and I wouldn’t use it.

That’s not how it works, I hear you say. But…


50 million by 2030 - The heat transition: making it work

eco@work January 2021

Better stay on the ground?

Linking people, but sustainably

For now, the times in which the aviation industry experienced nothing but growth are over. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, countless planes remain grounded. Moreover, many people are asking whether they really need to fly. It has quickly become apparent that many business trips are unnecessary. Video conferencing works. And…


Better stay on the ground? - Aviation and climate action

eco@work September 2020


Not a universal solution

Remember Desertec? At the start of the new millennium, someone in Germany came up with the bright idea of harnessing the abundant sunshine in North Africa to generate electricity in vast solar energy systems and transferring it to Europe via long-distance power lines. The idea met with an enthusiastic response. There was one problem,…


Power-to-X - Why do we need PtX?

eco@work June 2020

Living without plastics – but how?

For a new culture of sorting

I pulled almost 30,000 tetrapacks out of the stream of waste – in a single shift. That was in the mid-1990s, when I spent a couple of days in a sorting plant where I sorted waste by hand. They were probably some of the most instructive days I have ever spent at work, providing insights into our throwaway culture, our sorting habits…


Living without plastics – but how? - Consume less plastics, recycle more

eco@work March 2020

Our food – a risk?

Giving up is not hard to do

No meat? On a trek in 1996 in the company of vegans and vegetarians I noticed: it’s actually OK. And I didn’t even find it particularly difficult. Perhaps because pasta, pancakes and a pizza from the camping stove were particularly delicious. But perhaps also because I didn’t immediately become a strict vegetarian but have continued…


Our food – a risk? - Sustainability in nutrition and agriculture

eco@work January 2020

The 2020 emissions gap

Leading the way on climate action

Climate change is a headline topic at last – in the media, in politics, in public debate. More and more people are aware that now is the time for bold and urgent action. This awareness is partly the result of the tireless protests by the Fridays for Future movement, but the impacts of global warming, including here in Germany, are…


The 2020 emissions gap - What are the next targets?
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