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Exploring the pathways: Regulatory experiments for sustainable development - An interdisciplinary approach

authors: Bauknecht, D. | Bischoff, T. | Bizer, K. | Führ, M. | Gailhofer, P. | Heyen, D. | Proeger, T. | von der Leyen, K.
Year of publication: 08 / 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations provide normative orientation for many national and regional governments as well as actors from industry and other parts of the civil society. There is a growing…

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Improving international soil governance

Analysis and recommendations

authors: Bodle, R. | Stockhaus, H. | Wolff, F. | Scherf, C. | Oberthür, S.
Year of publication: 06 / 2020

Soil protection is a neglected topic of environmental policy. This study develops options for the German government to improve international soil governance in the short, medium and long term. The study first takes stock of existing…

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Just transition in the context of EU environmental policy and the European Green Deal

Issue Paper under Task 3 of the ‘Service contract on future EU environment policy’

authors: Heyen, D. | Menzemer, L. | Wolff, F. | Beznea, A. | Williams, R.
Year of publication: 03 / 2020

The envisaged sustainability transitions are expected to substantially improve the state of our envi-ronment but also public health and the quality of peoples’ lives. Moreover, many economic sectors depend on ecosystem services and green…

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Controversy! - Annual Report of the Oeko-Institut 2019

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

Concepts for the enforcement of climate protection laws in the building sector including third parties

authors: Klinski, S. | Keimeyer, F. | Hesse, T. | Bürger, V. | Oschatz, B.
Year of publication: 03 / 2020

The research project contributes to the most effective implementation of the German Energy Saving Ordinance and Renewable Energies Heat Act by the German federal states – especially in light of the planned merger of the existing…

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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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Stories that Change Our World? Narratives of the Sustainable Economy

authors: Guske, A. | Jacob, K. | Hirschnitz-Garbers, M. | Peuckert, J. | Schridde, S. | Stinner, S. | Wolff, F. | Zahrnt, D. | Ziesemer, F.
Year of publication: 11 / 2019

Narratives are shaping our understanding of the world. They convey values and norms and point to desirable future developments. In this way, they justify and legitimize political actions and social practices. Once a narrative has emerged…

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Methodology for the reporting of re-use of products and rules for the reporting of reusable packaging

authors: Weishäupl, J. | Watson, D. | Mehlhart, G. | Gsell, M.
Year of publication: 09 / 2019

Article 9(4) of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) and Article 12(3)(d) of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) stipulate that the EC shall, by 31 March 2019, adopt implementing acts to establish a common methodology to…

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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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Framework conditions and instruments for a sustainable governance of rural-urban linkages

authors: Wolff, F. | Mederake, L. | Sosath, O. | Westphal, I.
Year of publication: 08 / 2019

This (German language) report is part of the Ufoplan project “Rural Urban Nexus – Globally sustainable land use and urbanisation”. The project aims to develop an integrated approach for sustainable linkages between urban and rural areas…

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‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’

Implications of the 6th UNEP Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) for German environmental and sustainability policy

authors: Jacob, K. | Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 03 / 2019

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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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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Holding European businesses responsible – what role for the EU and member states to govern business conduct in third countries?

STRADE Policy Brief 01/2018

Year of publication: 01 / 2018

STRADE is an EU-funded research project focusing on the development of dialogue-based, innovative policy recommendations for a European strategy on future raw materials supplies. In a series of policy briefs and reports, the project will…

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Concept for a data and knowledge information system on mineral mining and trade and related environmental and socioeconomic issues 1.0

STRADE Concept 01/2018

Year of publication: 01 / 2018

The STRADE project has developed a concept for a data and knowledge information system on mineral mining and trade and related environmental and socio-economic issues. It combines global and EU mining and trade data with information on…

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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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Platforms for strategic dialogue: a possible way forward

STRADE Policy Brief 07/2017

authors: Humphreys, D. | Bastida, A. | Hermann, A.
Year of publication: 07 / 2017

STRADE is an EU-funded research project focusing on the development of dialogue-based, innovative policy recommendations for a European strategy on future raw materials supplies. In a series of policy briefs and reports, the project will…

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Improving governance for responsible business

Stakeholder lab on recommendations for policy, civil society and the private sector

author: Wolff, F.
Year of publication: 06 / 2017

Prresentation for the GLOBAL VALUE Consortium by Franziska Wolff , 7. 6.2017, Brussels

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Governance of exnovation: phasing out non-sustainable structures

Oeko-Institut Working Paper 2/2017

authors: Heyen, D. | Monteforte, M.
Year of publication: 02 / 2017

Politics and research have been primarily concerned with the quite appealing side of trans-formations: the new. But innovations and their promotion are often insufficient for replacing established non-sustainable structures that are…

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The UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Soils: Status and Future Options

authors: Wolff, F. | Kaphengst, T.
Year of publication: 02 / 2017

The global loss of fertile soils is widely recognized as one of the most pressing environmental and social problems of the next decades. Against this backdrop, political action is urgently needed to promote the sustainable use and…

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