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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

Persistent degradation products of halogenated refrigerants and blowing agents in the environment: type, environmental concentrations, and fate with particular regard to new halogenated substitutes with low global warming potential

Final report

authors: Behringer, D. | Heydel, F. | Gschrey, B. | Osterheld, S. | Schwarz, W. | Warncke, K. | Freeling, F. | Nödler, K. | Henne, S. | Reimann, S. | Blepp, M. | Jörß, W. | Liu, R. | Ludig, S. | Rüdenauer, I. | Gartiser, S.
Year of publication: 03 / 2021

Climate-impacting refrigerants and blowing agents are often replaced by halogenated substances which, despite their low global warming potential, are not unproblematic for the environment. The study examines quantities used and emissions…

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Advancing REACH - REACH and substitution

Final report

authors: Bunke, D. | Löw, C. | Moch, K. | Reihlen, A. | Reineke, N.
Year of publication: 01 / 2021

Enhancing substitution of substances of concern with less hazardous alternatives will remain a key challenge for chemicals management in the coming years and is a central aim of REACH. This study analyses the support of substitution,…

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Environmental and socio-economic challenges in battery supply chains: graphite and lithium

Short study prepared within the framework of the BMBF joint project Fab4Lib

authors: Dolega, P. | Buchert, M. | Betz, J.
Year of publication: 07 / 2020

The European Commission set a clear goal with the Green Deal to establish a transition towards a greener economy with the transport sector being one of the main pillars. A key ingredient are lithiumion batteries required for the uptake…

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Controversy! - Annual Report of the Oeko-Institut 2019

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

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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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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Lifecycle assessment of methyltetrahydrofuran, methylfuran and butanone as tailor-made fuel components

Accompanying environmental assessment within the Cluster Tailor-made fuels from Biomass at RWTH Aachen University

authors: Sutter, J. | Merz, C.
Year of publication: 09 / 2018

The Cluster “Tailor-made fuels from biomass” at RWTH Aachen University screens a wide variety of potential lignocellulose-based molecules with promising properties as fuel components. For four selected candidates detailed production…

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Effects on ELV waste management as a consequence of the decisions from the Stockholm Convention on decaBDE

Report

authors: Mehlhart, G. | Möck, A. | Goldmann, D.
Year of publication: 09 / 2018

This study aims to assess the effects of the listing in 2017 of decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) on the management of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs).

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Responsible Use of New Genetic Engineering Techniques

Position paper on the opportunities and risks of applying genome editing in agriculture

Year of publication: 07 / 2018

The European Court of Justice ruled that new genetic engineering techniques such as genome editing and the resulting organisms that are created are covered by the GMO Directive. In a new position paper, the Oeko-Institut emphasises that…

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Developments in society and implications for emerging pollutants in the aquatic environment

Oeko-Institut Working Paper 1/2017

authors: Moritz, S. | Bunke, D. | Brack, W. | López Herráez, D. | Posthuma, L.
Year of publication: 02 / 2017

Pollutant emissions in river basins change continuously. Management strategies should address such developments. Many scenarios are published which describe future changes in the environment and in society. Examples concern climate…

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Evaluation of small brominated alkyl alcohols for a possible RoHS restriction

authors: Baron, Y. | Moch, K. | Gensch, C. | Kjølholt, J. | Hagen Mikkelsen, S.
Year of publication: 01 / 2017

Hazardous substances in EEE are regulated by the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). According to article 6(1), it is possible for member states to submit a proposal for adding new substances to the list of restricted substances of the…

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Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials in a Regulatory Context

authors: Hermann, A. | Köhler, A. | Azoulay, D. | Fredrigo, D.
Year of publication: 12 / 2016

This fact sheet provides an overview of the existing risk assessment procedures for manufactured nanomaterials as well as details and comments on the most relevant on-going developments.

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Guide on sustainable chemicals

A decision tool for substance manufacturers, formulators and end users of chemicals

authors: Reihlen, A. | Bunke, D. | Gruhlke, A. | Groß, R. | Blum, C.
Year of publication: 10 / 2016

Sustainable chemistry comprises of many aspects. They range from the selection of inherently safe chemicals via the assessment of environmental impacts of product lines by lifecycle analysis to the implementation of ambitious social…

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Assistance to the Commission on Technological Socio-Economic and Cost-Benefit Assessment Related to Exemptions from the Substance Restrictions in Electrical and Electronic Equipment: Pack 10 Final Report

authors: Gensch, C. | Baron, Y.
Year of publication: 05 / 2016

Study to assess 2 RoHS exemption requests [#1 Cadmium in colour converting II-VI LEDs (<10 μg Cd per mm2 of light-emitting area) for use in solid state illumination or display systems (Request for renewal of Exemption 39 of Annex ΙV of…

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8 th Adaptation to scientific and technical progress of exemptions 2(c), 3 and 5 of Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC (ELV)

Report for the European Commission DG Environment under Framework Contract N o ENV.C.2/FRA/2011/0020

authors: Gensch, C. | Baron, Y. | Moch, K.
Year of publication: 02 / 2016

Under Framework Contract no. ENV.C.2/FRA/2011/0020, a consortium led by Eunomia Research & Consulting was requested by DG Environment of the European Commission to provide technical assistance for the evaluation of selected exemptions …

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Revision of REACH Annexes for Nanomaterials – Position Paper

authors: Hermann, A. | Azoulay, D.
Year of publication: 09 / 2015

REACH is the primary EU regulation on chemicals to address the health, safety, and environmental risks of substances produced or put on the market in the European Union. REACH and several of its Annexes flesh out the duties that…

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Risk management of nanomaterials

Presentation of specific project activity on the risk management measures for nanomaterials

author: Hermann, A.
Year of publication: 02 / 2015

Toxicity and ecotoxicity of nanomaterials

author: Köhler, A.
Year of publication: 02 / 2015

Presentation from Dr. Andreas Köhler, Strategic workshop on nanotechnology, Brussels, 10.2.2015

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Toxicity of engineered Nanomaterials

Factsheet

authors: Köhler, A. | et al.
Year of publication: 01 / 2015

This factsheet intends to inform interested lay persons who engage in the field of risk governance for nanotechnologies, including standardization, labelling, or regulation in a European context. It reviews currently available knowledge…

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