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Producer responsibility of third-country producers in e-commerce

Final report

authors: Hermann, A. | Gailhofer, P. | Gsell, M. | Kampffmeyer, N. | Schomerus, T.
Year of publication: 10 / 2020

In order to enforce producer responsibility under waste law against producers of electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and packaging from countries outside the EU, so-called third countries, a new study recommends adding two new…

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Controversy! - Annual Report of the Oeko-Institut 2019

author: v. A.
Year of publication: 03 / 2020

Product responsibility in e-commerce – regulatory options for the prevention of third country free-riders and of the destruction of returned goods

Input paper on the prevention of third country free-riders (Part I of the technical discussion)

authors: Hermann, A. | Schomerus, T.
Year of publication: 02 / 2020

Version for the technical discussion on 28.02.2020 (Status: 02.04.2020)

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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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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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Science in transition - Annual Report of the Oeko-Institut 2018

author: v. A.
Year of publication: 04 / 2019

Production of Palm Oil in Indonesia

Country-focused commodity analysis in the context of the Bio-Macht project.

authors: Schleicher, T. | Hilbert, I. | Manhart, A. | Hennenberg, K. | Ernah, . | Vidya, S. | Fakhriya, I.
Year of publication: 02 / 2019

This study provides insights into the commodity based characteristics, environmental and social hot spots and policy instruments such as certification for palm oil production in Indonesia as a result of the Bio-Macht Project funded by…

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The Cotton Supply Chain in Ethiopia

A country-focused commodity analysis in the context of the Bio-Macht project

authors: Hilbert, I. | Schleicher, T. | Amera, T. | Hennenberg, K.
Year of publication: 10 / 2018

The overall aim of this study is to trace the current supply chain of the commodity cotton in Ethiopia. Furthermore, a special focus of the study is placed on the local impact and role of certification and due diligence schemes. In the…

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FAQ “Extending the life span of home appliances”

Year of publication: 10 / 2018

Repair or replace? Extending the life-span of your home appliances – FAQs and helpful hints

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Rights of consumers for prolonging the useful life of products

Background Paper

author: Gailhofer, P.
Year of publication: 10 / 2018

What are my rights if I want my product to have a longer useful life? As a consumer in Germany, you can make use of a range of legal provisions to extend the useful life of your products. It is worth knowing your rights, not just for…

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United by Football

Sustainability Concept UEFA EURO 2024 Germany

author: et al.
Year of publication: 08 / 2018

The German Football Association (DFB) unveiled its sustainability strategy for the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, with environmental performance as one of its cornerstones alongside diversity, fair play and respect.

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Refrigerants and Foam-blowing Agents in Household Refrigerating Appliances – Facts and Policy Recommendations

Oeko-Institut Working Paper 1/2018

authors: Rüdenauer, I. | Prieß, R.
Year of publication: 02 / 2018

Refrigerants and foam-blowing agents have a long history of being criticized for their environmental impact. In Europe, mostly natural refrigerants and foam-blowing agents (mainly cyclopentante and isobutane) are nowadays used in…

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Case study on the governance of labour standards in Bangladesh’s garment industry

Oeko-Institut Working Paper 4/2017

authors: Brunn, C. | Scherf, C.
Year of publication: 07 / 2017

Bangladesh’s garment industry is a key driver of the country’s economy and development, employing around four million people and accounting for over 80 percent of the nation’s export earnings (ILO, 2016a). At the same time, a series of…

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Effects and success factors of sustainable consumption policy instruments: a comparative assessment across Europe

authors: Wolff, F. | Schönherr, N. | Heyen, D.
Year of publication: 11 / 2016

Important knowledge gaps exist regarding the effects of policy instruments for sustainable consumption (SC) and success factors of such instruments. This article compares and summarizes the results of six case studies on the effects and…

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Study on the practical application of the new framework methodology for measuring the environmental impact of ICT - cost/benefit analysis (SMART 2012/0064 )

authors: Prakash, S. | Baron, Y. | Liu, R. | Proske, M. | Schlösser, A.
Year of publication: 09 / 2014

The study concludes that existing methodologies for measuring the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy footprint of ICT developed by various standardization organizations are suitable for being integrated into concrete environmental…

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3D Printing – Risks and Opportunities

author: Stahl, H.
Year of publication: 12 / 2013

Goods manufactured with 3D printers can save resources in the production process and can reduce warehousing, transport costs and packaging. However, at the same time, the materials used are currently still restricted mainly to plastics…

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Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR (IMPACT)

The future impact of CSR in the food retail sector on climate change

Year of publication: 10 / 2013

The goals and research questions for the study are as follows:

Primary goals:

-Identification of CSR efforts/measures with climate change aspects from companies in the German food retail sector.

-Calculation of current global warming…

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Results of IMPACT, an european study about the social effects of CSR


author: v. A.
Year of publication: 09 / 2013

For approx. ten years (voluntary) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities have become increasingly important throughout the EU. It is often assumed that the CSR activities of companies have positive effects on the economy,…

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Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR (IMPACT)

Deliverable 6.5: Brief Summary Report for optimisation of tools

author: Brunn, C.
Year of publication: 08 / 2013

The aim of this report is to summarise results of a literature review, focussing especially on CSR ex-ante impact assessment.

After conducting four empirical work packages, to collect information about CSR ex-post in companies,…

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Impact Measurement and Performance Analysis of CSR (IMPACT)

Report on synthesis assessment of the relationship between CSR implementation & motivation and CSR performance & impacts

author: Brunn, C.
Year of publication: 01 / 2013

The report on D6.2 – available individually - did then the next step and triangulate and synthesise empirical results on CSR performance and impacts from all the empirical work packages on three overall EU objectives: Environment;…

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