Publications

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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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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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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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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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Electromobility – Fact check

Frequently asked questions

Year of publication: 05 / 2018

In view of global climate change and air pollution problems in cities, there is growing pressure for action to be taken to reduce transport emissions and end this sector’s dependency on fossil fuels. Electric vehicles are a…

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Ensuring a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials for Electric Vehicles

A Synthesis Paper on Raw Material Needs for Batteries and Fuel Cells

Year of publication: 03 / 2018

The mobility transition is urgently needed to slash energy consumption in the transport sector without restricting mobility as a whole. To make the transport sector largely climate neutral by the middle of the century, it is imperative…

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EU raw material import flows – acknowledging non-EU environmental and social footprints

STRADE Policy Brief 02/2017

Year of publication: 02 / 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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Voluntary initiatives in the mining sector and their principles and criteria on environmental sustainability

STRADE Policy Brief 07/2016

Year of publication: 11 / 2016

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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Outlining Environmental Challenges in the Non-Fuel Mining Sector

STRADE Policy Brief 04/2016

Year of publication: 09 / 2016

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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Transition to sound recycling of e-waste and car waste in developing countries

Lessons learned from implementing the Best-of-two-Worlds concept in Ghana and Egypt

authors: Buchert, M. | Manhart, A. | Mehlhart, G. | Degreif, S. | Schleicher, T. | Meskers, C. | Picard, M. | Weber, F. | Walgenbach, S. | Kummer, T. | Blank, R. | Allam, H. | Meinel, J. | Ahiayibor, V.
Year of publication: 01 / 2016

A synthesis report of the project Global Circular Economy of Strategic Metals – Best-of-two-Worlds approach (Bo2W)(FKZ 033R097A – D)

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Recycling of Hard Disk Drives – Analysing the optimal dismantling depth for recyclers in developing countries and emerging economies

Global Circular Economy of Strategic Metals – the Best-of-two-Worlds Approach (Bo2W)

authors: Manhart, A. | Buchert, M. | Degreif, S. | Mehlhart, G. | Meinel, J.
Year of publication: 11 / 2015

The report was produced as part of the BMBF-funded project “Global circular economy of strategic metals - best-of-two-worlds approach (Bo2W)” and addresses the recycling of hard disk drives from electronic waste (e-waste). Hard disk…

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The Best of two Worlds Project (Bo2W)

Remaining Challenges

author: Buchert, M.
Year of publication: 09 / 2015

Presentation by Dr. Matthias Buchert, Head of the Infrastructure & Enterprises Division, Bo2W Closing Event, 24.9.2015, Berlin.

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The Best of two Worlds Project (Bo2W)

Summary project achievements

author: Buchert, M.
Year of publication: 09 / 2015

Presentation by Dr. Matthias Buchert, Head of the Infrastructure & Enterprises Division, Bo2W Closing Event, 24.9.2015, Berlin.

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The Best of two Worlds Project (Bo2W)

Project introduction

author: Buchert, M.
Year of publication: 09 / 2015

Presentation by Dr. Matthias Buchert, Head of the Infrastructure & Enterprises Division, Bo2W Closing Event, 24.9.2015, Berlin.

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Analysis of rare earths: permanent magnets used in industry in Baden-Wuerttemberg

author: Buchert, M.
Year of publication: 11 / 2013

Lecture by Dr. Matthias Buchert at "Forum 6: Energy-efficient industrial drives and their dependence on rare earths", Resource efficiency and recycling management congress in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart, 13 November 2013

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Recycling critical raw materials from waste electronic equipment

authors: Buchert, M. | Manhart, A. | Pingel, D.
Year of publication: 02 / 2012

The project`s aims are to produce a life cycle inventory of the occurrence of the critical raw materials in four selected groups of electronic devices – flat screens, LED lights, notebooks and smartphones – and to develop recycling…

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Are electric vehicles the mode of the future? Potentials and environmental impacts

Background paper on electric mobility

Year of publication: 01 / 2012

Yet many questions concerning the environmental and climate benefits of electric mobility remain to be clarified, as do issues of market potentials and user acceptance. The Oeko-Institut has conducted research into these and other…

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Resource efficiency and resource-policy aspects of the electro-mobility system - Results

author: Buchert, M.
Year of publication: 11 / 2011

This presentation outlines some of the results, together with conclusions and recommendations for action.

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Rare Earths - a Bottleneck for future Wind Turbine Technologies?

author: Buchert, M.
Year of publication: 08 / 2011

Our colleague Dr. Matthias Buchert talked at the conference “Wind Turbine Supply Chain & Logistics” in August about the interlinkage between wind energy growth and rare earths demand.

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Study on Rare Earths and Their Recycling

Final Report for The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament

Year of publication: 01 / 2011

The focus of this study for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament lies on the development of a European strategy for a sustainable rare earth economy. It particularly addresses the recycling, the substitution and the efficient…

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