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Economic Measures for Packaging Waste Prevention

authors: Prakash, S. | Michalscheck, M.
Year of publication: 05 / 2022

The main aim in packaging waste prevention must be the reduction of primary re-source use and of waste generated. To exemplify the urgency: if our plastic packag-ing use would continue to grow like it currently does, even with increased…

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City Gold – Metal Stocks with a Future

A Guide

authors: Buchert, M. | Bulach, W.
Year of publication: 04 / 2022

The project "KartAL III - Mapping of the Anthropogenic Stock III", commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency, focuses on the recovery options and expected material flows of seven metals and its alloys. In order to significantly…

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Study on Greening Cloud Computing and Electronic Communications Services and Networks

Towards Climate Neutrality by 2050

authors: Bilsen, V. | Gröger, J. | Devriendt, W. | Liu, R. | Gaušas, S. | Behrens, F. | Bley, F. | Carpentier, M. | Duchêne, V. | Köhler, A. | Lecocq, C. | Legein, E. | Quack, D.
Year of publication: 03 / 2022

The digital transformation currently taking place is characterised by an increase in the amount of data that needs to be collected, processed, stored and transmitted. This results in an expansion of the information and communication…

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Setting up a European Sustainability Framework for the Extractive Industries

Capacity-Building survey results - Briefing document March 2022

authors: Hay, D. | Degreif, S. | Wagner, T.
Year of publication: 02 / 2022

SUMEX is a 36-month project funded by the EC that started on 01.11.2020. The project supports the set-up of a European sustainability framework to improve the permitting procedure along the extractive value chain (prospecting,…

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Standard Operating Procedures for Environmentally Sound Management of Used Lead-acid Batteries

authors: Wilson, B. | Manhart, A.
Year of publication: 12 / 2021

This report entails Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for environmentally sound management of used lead-acid batteries (ULABs). The SOPs consist of 37 sheets, each covering one topic relevant for safe and environmentally sound ULAB…

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SUMEX Deliverable D4.2: Toolkit Learners & leaders League (3-L) Approach

November 2021

authors: Endl, A. | Graf, A. | Barriere, N. | Degreif, S. | Wagner, T. | Tost, M. | Streit, S. | Waidacher, V.
Year of publication: 11 / 2021

This deliverable provides a plan of action and engagement approach of SUMEX with people and organisations and their involvement in project actions, in order to facilitate the creation of a Learners & Leader League and a Community of…

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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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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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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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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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Impact of COVID-19 on single-use plastics and the environment in Europe

authors: Graulich, K. | Köhler, A. | Löw, C. | Sutter, J. | Watson, D. | Mehlhart, G. | Egebæk, K. | Bilsen, V. | Bley, F. | Manshoven, S. | Xhelili, A. | Mortensen, L. | Lippert Tange, I.
Year of publication: 06 / 2021

This ETC/WMGE report provides the detailed analysis underpinning the EEA Briefing “Impacts of COVID-19 on single-use plastic in Europe’s environment”.

The COVID19 pandemic is having immense effects on societies across the world. Apart…

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Green technologies and critical raw materials

Strategies for a circular economy

Year of publication: 06 / 2021

This policy paper has been commissioned by Henrike Hahn, Member of the European Parliament from the Greens / EFA to support her legislative activities on the European strategy for critical raw materials.

It aims at answering key…

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Closing the Loop on Energy Access in Africa

White Paper

authors: Angliviel, S. | Betz, J. | Manhart, A. | Sahni, A. | Soomro, S.
Year of publication: 05 / 2021

Access to clean, reliable electricity is one of the greatest challenges to sustainable development in Africa. Energy storage, particularly batteries, will be critical to supporting Africa’s progress to full energy access by 2030,…

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Resource consumption of the passenger vehicle sector in Germany until 2035 – the impact of different drive systems

Study on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

authors: Betz, J. | Buchert, M. | Dolega, P. | Bulach, W.
Year of publication: 05 / 2021

The annual crude oil demand for passenger cars in Germany can be reduced by 56 percent by 2035 compared to 2020 if the share of electric passenger cars in German registrations rises to 100 percent until then. These savings significantly…

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Policy instruments for upstream Circular Economy

Webisode 3

author: Prakash, S.
Year of publication: 05 / 2021

Presentation by Siddharth Prakash, "15th Asia-Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production", May 4th 2021.

Video recording of the event

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Using knowledge to cope with crisis - Annual Report of the Oeko-Institut 2020

author: v. A.
Year of publication: 04 / 2021

State of Play and Roadmap Concept: Mobility Sector

RE-SOURCING Deliverable 4.2

authors: Betz, J. | Degreif, S. | Dolega, P.
Year of publication: 04 / 2021

Meeting the Paris Agreement’s goals requires transformation in the mobility sector. Battery electric vehicle technology today offers a promising technology to  achieve the necessary changes and transform the sector. Yet this…

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