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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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Assessment of options to improve particular aspects of the EU regulatory framework on batteries

Final report

authors: Mehlhart, G. | Gsell, M. | Oliva, J. | Sutter, J. | Löw, C. | Montevecchi, F. | Stahl, H. | Dolega, P. | Baron, Y. | Neumann, T.
Year of publication: 03 / 2021

The general aim of this final report for the project “Assessment of options to improve particular aspects of the EU Regulatory Framework on Batteries” is to support the European Commission in the preparation of their Impact Assessment…

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Study to identify and assess the feasibility of measures to enhance the impact of Directive 2006/66/EC

Final report

authors: Mehlhart, G. | Gsell, M. | Sutter, J. | Löw, C. | Williams, R. | Keeling, W.
Year of publication: 03 / 2021

This is the final report for the project “Study to identify and assess the feasibility of measures to enhance the impact of Directive 2006/66/EC”, hereafter referred to as the “feasibility study”. The purpose of the work is to support…

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Emerging waste streams – Challenges and opportunities

Service under Framework contract EEA/HSR/20/001-3 for the provision of expert assistance to support the European Environment Agency’s activities on circular economy and industrial transformation

authors: Graulich, K. | Bulach, W. | Betz, J. | Dolega, P. | Hermann, C. | Manhart, A. | Bilsen, V. | Bley, F. | Watkins, E. | Stainforth, T.
Year of publication: 02 / 2021

This report presents a series of policy options that could be implemented in the future to move towards the proper management and increased circularity of emerging waste streams arising from the renewable energy technologies discussed in…

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Waste tyre management

Baseline study for Ghana

authors: Arthur, E. | Dorfiah, P. | Hilbert, I. | Nartey Kyere, V. | Kwesi Ocran, P. | Atiemo, S. | Manhart, A. | Nyaaba, L.
Year of publication: 10 / 2020

This report was produced within the second phase of the Ghanaian part of the programme on Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI). The report contains an overview of environmentally sound management options for waste tyres, the current…

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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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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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