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Influence of the service life of products in terms of their environmental impact: Establishing an information base and developing strategies against "obsolescence"

authors: Prakash, S. | Dehoust, G. | Gsell, M. | Schleicher, T. | Stamminger, R.
Year of publication: 01 / 2020

The aim of the study is to create a sound data basis for describing and assessing the phenomenon of obsolescence and the trends in achieved product lifespan and service life and, based on this, to develop strategies against obsolescence.…

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Comments from Oeko-Insitut on the ENTSOs TYNDP 2020 Draft Scenarios

Year of publication: 01 / 2020

This commentary focuses on the two 1.5°C scenarios, as there is still a fundamental need to revise these in order to achieve the Paris climate targets. Both scenarios rely heavily on an energy supply based on gas and the use of carbon…

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Is small beautiful? A framework for assessing decentralised electricity systems

authors: Bauknecht, D. | Funcke, S. | Vogel, M.
Year of publication: 12 / 2019

The German Energiewende (energy transition) has increased the degree of decentralisation in the electricity infrastructure. This article proposes a framework for assessing this technological development from an economic perspective as…

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Due Diligence, Certification and Legality Verification of Timber from the DR Congo

Country-focused commodity analysis in the context of the Bio-Macht project (Project-ID: 031B0235B)

authors: Schleicher, T. | Ziga-Abortta, F. | Hennenberg, K.
Year of publication: 12 / 2019

This report aims at a review of due diligence, certification and legality verification schemes in the context of timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Illegal logging and trade of timber is a major social, environmental and…

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ETC/CME Report 3/2019

Trends and projections in the EU ETS in 2019

Year of publication: 12 / 2019

This report provides an analysis of past, present and future emissions trends under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), based on the latest data and information available from the European Commission and Member States. It also…

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Tackling the Challenges of Assessing Collective Progress for an Effective Global Stocktake

Executive Summary

authors: Jeffery, L. | Siemons, A. | Förster, H. | Hermwille, L.
Year of publication: 11 / 2019

The Paris Agreement combines collective goals with individual countries’ contributions. This hybrid approach does not guarantee that the individual contributions add up to what is required to meet the collective goals.

The Paris…

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Stories that Change Our World? Narratives of the Sustainable Economy

authors: Guske, A. | Jacob, K. | Hirschnitz-Garbers, M. | Peuckert, J. | Schridde, S. | Stinner, S. | Wolff, F. | Zahrnt, D. | Ziesemer, F.
Year of publication: 11 / 2019

Narratives are shaping our understanding of the world. They convey values and norms and point to desirable future developments. In this way, they justify and legitimize political actions and social practices. Once a narrative has emerged…

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Impact Assessment on the Environmental, Social and Economic Effects of the 2030 Sectoral Targets in the Federal Government’s Climate Action Plan 2050

Summary

authors: Repenning, J. | Schumacher, K. | Bergmann, T. | Blanck, R. | Böttcher, H. | Bürger, V. | Cludius, J. | Cook, V. | Emele, L. | Jörß, W. | Hennenberg, K. | Hermann, H. | Loreck, C. | Ludig, S. | Matthes, F. | Nissen, C. | Scheffler, M. | Wiegmann, K. | Zell-Ziegler, C. | Fleiter, T. | Fries, B. | Sievers, L. | Pfaff, M. | Thamling, N. | Rau, D. | Hartwig, J. | Welter, S. | Lösch, O. | Wirz, A.
Year of publication: 11 / 2019

The analyses highlighted three main issues:

  • The targets set for the various sectors can be achieved by means of a range of different strategies.
  • From a macroeconomic perspective, all implementation strategies covered by the study are…

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EEA Report No 15/2019

Trends and projections in Europe 2019: Tracking progress towards Europe's climate and energy targets

authors: Förster, H. | Gores, S. | Nissen, C. | Renders, N. | Dael, S. | Sporer, M. | Tomescu, M.
Year of publication: 10 / 2019

The annual ‘Trends and projections’ report provides an assessment of the progress of the EU and European countries towards their climate mitigation and energy targets. It is based on national data for greenhouse gas emissions, renewable…

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Lessons learned from the first round of applications by carbon-offsetting programs for eligibility under CORSIA

authors: Schneider, L. | Michaelowa, A. | Broekhoff, D. | Espelage, A. | Siemons, A.
Year of publication: 10 / 2019

In 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The scheme requires participating airline operators to purchase carbon offset credits…

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H2 utilisation pathways and their climate impact

authors: Koch, M. | Heinemann, C.
Year of publication: 10 / 2019

Presentation by Dr. Matthias Koch and Christoph Heinemann, 2nd Modellers´ Exchange Workshop, Paris Agreement Compatible Scenarios for Energy Infrastructure, Bruxelles, October 16th 2019

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Double counting and the Paris Agreement rulebook

authors: Schneider, L. | Maosheng, D. | Stavins, R. | Kizzier, K. | Broekhoff, D. | Jotzo, F. | Winkler, H. | Lazarus, M. | Howard, A. | Hood, C.
Year of publication: 10 / 2019

The 24th international climate conference in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018 was a major achievement in the multilateral response to climate change. More than 190 countries managed to agree on nearly all elements of a comprehensive…

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Outside in? Using international carbon markets for mitigation not covered by nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement

authors: Schneider, L. | La Hoz Theuer, S. | Howard, A. | Kizzier, K. | Cames, M.
Year of publication: 10 / 2019

The Paris Agreement establishes provisions for using international carbon market mechanisms to achieve nationally determined contribution (NDCs). In international negotiations on the rules governing the Agreement, an important question…

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The role of the EU ETS in increasing EU climate ambition

Assessment of policy options

Year of publication: 10 / 2019

At present, the EU is targeting to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, but this target falls short of meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement. A significant increase in the ambition of EU climate…

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Propaganda versus reality of „New Generation of Reactors“ (Gen IV)

An (updated) assessment

author: Pistner, C.
Year of publication: 10 / 2019

Presentation by Dr. Christoph Pistner, 7. October 2019, Vienna

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EU Environment and Climate Change Policies

State of play, current and future challenges

Year of publication: 09 / 2019

This study reviews the state of play of on environmental and climate legislation in the EU and pinpoints key challenges for the next five years. Part 1 of this study summarizes the status of EU legislation, major EU targets and…

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Drivers and barriers of sustainability transformations

A comparison of the “Energiewende” and the attempted transformation to organic agriculture in Germany

authors: Heyen, D. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 08 / 2019

This article compares the drivers and barriers of two sustainability transformations in Germany: the energy transformation (“Energiewende”) andt he attempted transformation towards organic agriculture which has, so far, been less…

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Framework conditions and instruments for a sustainable governance of rural-urban linkages

authors: Wolff, F. | Mederake, L. | Sosath, O. | Westphal, I.
Year of publication: 08 / 2019

This (German language) report is part of the Ufoplan project “Rural Urban Nexus – Globally sustainable land use and urbanisation”. The project aims to develop an integrated approach for sustainable linkages between urban and rural areas…

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Implementing New GWP Values in the EU: A Quantitative Analysis

Oeko-Institut Working Paper 3/2019

Year of publication: 08 / 2019

The quantitative analysis for the EU-28 and all member states indicates that a change of GWP values from AR4 to AR5 would have very small effects. Based on the emission reductions achieved so far as well as projections by member states…

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Not to be taken for granted: climate protection and sustainability through PtX

Discussion of requirements for and first approaches to developing verification criteria for a climate-friendly and sustainable production of PtX

Year of publication: 07 / 2019

Impulse paper on behalf of BUNDas part of the Copernicus project "P2X“

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