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Material choices for environment-friendly packaging design

Analysis of existing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies

Year of publication: 10 / 2021

There is a growing agreement on negative consequences of increasing single-use plastic and packaging waste to human health, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, climate change and biodi- versity. However, implementation of measures to…

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Social justice in the context of climate and environmental policy: Systematising the variety of social aspects, inequalities and justice principles

Working Paper 5/2021

author: Heyen, D.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The paper aims to reveal and systematise the variety of social (justice) aspects in the context of climate or environmental policy and sustainability transitions, with a focus on distributive aspects and with regard to four sub-issues:

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Why electricity market models yield different results: Carbon pricing in a model-comparison experiment

authors: Ruhnau, O. | Bucksteeg, M. | Ritter, D. | Schmitz, R. | Böttger, D. | Koch, M. | Pöstges, A. | Wiedmann, M. | Hirth, L.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The European electricity industry, the dominant sector of the world's largest cap-and-trade scheme, is one of the most-studied examples of carbon pricing. In particular, numerical models are often used to study the uncertain future…

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Results of the KJWA – Options for outcomes to be included in the report back to the UNFCCC and further use

Background paper

authors: Siemons, A. | Urrutia, C.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

This paper provides an overview of the outcomes of each of the six workshops that have been carried out under the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) under the UNFCCC and identifies potential elements that could be included as…

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Sufficiency in transport policy – an analysis of EU countries’ national energy and climate plans and long-term strategies

eceee 2021 Summer Study proceedings - Panel: 6. Transport and mobility

authors: Zell-Ziegler, C. | Thema, J. | Best, B. | Wiese, F.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

On the pathway to climate neutrality, EU member states are obliged to submit national energy and climate plans (NECPs) with planned policies and measures for decarbonization until 2030 and long-term strategies (LTSs) for further…

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Municipal climate action managers: Evaluating the impact

eceee 2021 Summer Study proceedings - Panel: 3. Policy, finance and governance

authors: Kenkmann, T. | Eisenmann, L. | Muckenfuss, L.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

Germany has approximately 11,000 municipalities which can make a significant contribution towards achieving climate targets. The Local Authorities Funding Guideline (LAG) of the German National Climate Initiative (NCI) has supported…

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Systemic challenges of Germany's heat transition – a measure and policy roadmap for a climate neutral building stock

eceee 2021 Summer Study proceedings - Panel: 7. Policies for a green recovery in the buildings sector

authors: Köhler, B. | Bürger, V. | Mayer, R. | Engelmann, P. | Sterchele, P. | Heilig, J. | Berneiser, J. | Sandrock, M. | Braungardt, S. | Hesse, T.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

To reduce Germany's total GHG emissions by 95 % by 2050, the building sector must be completely decarbonised. Due to the inertia of the sector, it is necessary to significantly accelerate the renovation of buildings and the…

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Are economic principles a driver or a barrier for energy efficiency and climate policy?

eceee 2021 Summer Study proceedings - Panel: 2. Policy innovations to ensure, scale and sustain action

authors: Braungardt, S. | Schumacher, K. | Wolff, F. | Keimeyer, F. | Aydemir, A. | Quack, D. | Bürger, V. | Lünenbürger, B.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

Economic principles are at the heart of key policies addressing or affecting energy efficiency. Minimum energy performance standards are typically based on an economic efficiency principle, where the ambition of the minimum requirements…

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Enough? The role of sufficiency in European energy and climate plans

authors: Zell-Ziegler, C. | Thema, J. | Best, B. | Wiese, F. | Lage, J. | Schmidt, A. | Toulouse, E. | Stagl, S.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

Energy sufficiency is one of the three energy sustainability strategies, next to energy efficiency and renewable energies. We analyse to what extent European governments follow this strategy, by conducting a systematic document analysis…

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Implementing circular economy in Mexico: Recommendations for strategies against obsolescence of smartphones & textiles

authors: Sohns, I. | Meister, M. | Prakash, S. | López Hernández, V. | Itzchel, J. | Ruiz, N. | López Mérida, G. | González Osorio, L. | Calderón Valesco, M.
Year of publication: 09 / 2021

The aim of this document is to draw attention to necessary reforms of the legal and economic framework in the area of "circular economy", waste prevention and product obsolescence. In addition, the potential of the circular economy for…

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Governing Nuclear Waste in the Long-Term: On the Role of Place

Presentation at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference

Autoren: Mbah, M. | Kuppler, S.
Veröffentlichungsdatum: 09 / 2021

Technical installations of infrastructure projects have spatial effects – physically and psychologically/emotionally – which need to be considered and integrated in a place-sensitive long-term governance concept.

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Addressing the Effect of Social Acceptance on the Distribution of Wind Energy Plants and the Transmission Grid in Germany

Year of publication: 08 / 2021

Social acceptance is increasingly becoming a limiting factor in implementing the energy transition in Germany. From today’s perspective, the expansion of wind energy and future transmission grids is only somewhat a technical or economic…

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E-fuels versus DACCS

Total costs of electro-fuels and direct air captureand carbon storage while taking into account directandupstream emissions and environmental risks

Year of publication: 08 / 2021

Study on behalf of Transport & Environment (T&E)

For defossilizing European aviation,synthetic fuels or electro fuels (e-fuels) might play a pivotal role in the longterm.The UK’s Committee on Climate Change, however, suggests that…

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Building a Common Support Framework in Differing Realities - Conditions for Renewable Energy Communities in Germany and Bulgaria

authors: Spasova, D. | Braungardt, S.
Year of publication: 08 / 2021

The revised EU Renewable Energy Directive first introduced renewable energy communities into the EU policy framework and requires Member States to implement a support framework for them. Given the broad scientific evidence showing the…

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Case-Study: Energy and Climate Funds

Year of publication: 07 / 2021

This case study is part of a series of six studies which show good practice examples for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the sectors covered under the Effort Sharing Legislation. It has been developed on behalf of the European…

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Case-Study: CO2 Tax in Switzerland

Year of publication: 07 / 2021

This case study is part of a series of six studies which show good practice examples for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the sectors covered under the Effort Sharing Legislation. It has been developed on behalf of the European…

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Recycled content in plastic material with focus on PET, HDPE, LDPE, PP

State of play

authors: Löw, C. | Manhart, A. | Prakash, S.
Year of publication: 07 / 2021

The GIZ is implementing a global project “Support of the Export Initiative for Green Technologies” as a contribution to solving key environmental problems on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU). The BMU Export…

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Design-for-recycling (D4R) – State of play

Year of publication: 07 / 2021

The GIZ is implementing a global project “Support of the Export Initiative for Green Technologies” as a contribution to solving key environmental problems on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU). The BMU Export…

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Considerations for packaging classification

Internal paper prepared for the Technical Working Groups of the CAP-SEA project in partner countries

Year of publication: 07 / 2021

The GIZ is implementing a global project “Support of the Export Initiative for Green Technologies” as a contribution to solving key environmental problems on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU). The BMU Export…

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Options for Strengthening Natural Carbon Sinks and Reducing Land Use Emissions in the EU

Working paper

authors: Böttcher, H. | Reise, J. | Zell-Ziegler, C. | Liste, V. | Frelih-Larsen, A. | Herb, I.
Year of publication: 07 / 2021

This report provides an overview and assessment of seven options for sink enhancement and reduction of emissions in the EU land use sector and is targeted towards policymakers and EU policy stakeholder groups.

The publication has…

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