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Understanding the Transparency Guidance

Working Paper 7/2021

authors: Moosmann, L. | Herold, A.
Year of publication: 12 / 2021

At the climate change conference in Glasgow in November 2021, the ‘guidance for operationalizing the modalities, procedures and guidelines for the enhanced transparency framework’ was adopted. This guidance, together with other decisions…

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Advancing multilateral cooperation on climate action

Ideas for new initiatives across four policy areas and how to use existing international venues as stepping stones

authors: Haase, I. | Duwe, M. | Böttcher, H. | Cames, M. | Fyson, C. | Ramalope, D.
Year of publication: 11 / 2021

Multilateral initiatives and cooperation can be effective means to increase ambition and action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This synthesis report summarizes the proposals for new initiatives in four policy fields –…

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Why are biobased and biodegradable plastic not part of the solution to reduce plastic waste?

Checking the facts!

Year of publication: 11 / 2021

This report has been prepared to provide simple assistance to CAP SEA partner organisations in their work. Science-based background knowledge on biobased and biodegradable plastic shall enable the partners to avoid regrettable…

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The Impact of Gold

Sustainability aspects in the gold supply-chains and Switzerland's role as a gold hub

authors: Schön-Blume, N. | Dolega, P. | Buchert, M. | Bodenmüller, B. | Meyer, M.
Year of publication: 11 / 2021

Switzerland has a particularly strong relationship with gold: Not only is 50 % – 70 % of the world’s gold refined in Switzerland, but Swiss banks also play a crucial role in marketing bullion. Switzerland is also a primary hub for…

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Methodology for assessing the quality of carbon credits

Version 1.0

authors: Schneider, L. | Fallasch, F. | De León, F. | Rambharos, M. | Wissner, N. | Colbert-Sangree, T. | Progscha, S. | Schallert, B. | Holler, J. | Kizzier, K. | Petsonk, A. | Hanafi, A. | Barata, P. | Ogata, C. | Stuart, W. | Jones, D.
Year of publication: 11 / 2021

Carbon markets with high-quality credits could play an important role in raising the ambition of climate action and help close the gap between current climate commitments and the necessary decarbonisation of the global economy. If carbon…

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Carbon Pricing and Complementary Policies - Consistency of the Policy Mix for Decarbonizing Buildings in Germany

Year of publication: 11 / 2021

While it is widely acknowledged that carbon pricing plays an important role in driving the transition towards a low-carbon energy system, its interaction with complementary instruments is discussed controversially. The analysis of…

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Barrier Analysis and Strategies for Ecolabels and Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation

Commonly encountered barriers and strategies for successful implementation

Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The following compilation of common barriers contains a short description of each challenge and possible strategies for successfully overcoming these, including references to further information and best practices. The strategies…

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EEA Report No 13/2021

Trends and projections in Europe 2021

authors: Förster, H. | Gores, S. | Nissen, C. | Siemons, A. | Renders, N. | Dael, S. | Sporer, M. | Tomescu, M.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The year 2020 saw remarkable progress towards meeting the EU's climate and energy targets. Rarely in the publication of the annual Trends and projections in Europe report has this executive summary presented such substantial progress as…

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Critical Review of the IPHE Working Paper “Methodology for Determining the GHG emissions associated with the Production of hydrogen”

authors: Piria, R. | Teichmann, F. | Honnen, J. | Eckardt, J. | Heinemann, C. | Seebach, D. | Hermann, H.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

This paper provides a critical review of selected aspects of the draft IPHE methodology. The purpose of this paper is to provide an input to people involved in the consultation process concerning the draft IPHE methodology. The main…

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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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Phase-out regulations for fossil fuel boilers at EU and national level

authors: Braungardt, S. | Keimeyer, F. | Bürger, V. | Tezak, B. | Klinski, S.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The potential impact of transitioning CDM units and activities to the Paris Agreement

Understanding implications of key policy choices on the table in Glasgow

authors: Fearnehough, H. | Schneider, L. | Warnecke, C.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

This presentation includes updated research by NewClimate Institute and Öko-Institut on the potential transition of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to the Paris Agreement, as discussed by Parties under Article 6 of the Paris…

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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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