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Towards a Green Economy

Successfully shaping structual change

authors: Heyen, D. | Gensch, C. | Gsell, M. | Hacker, F. | Hünecke, K. | Scherf, C. | Ostertag, K. | Doll, C. | Grimm, A. | Marscheider-Weidemann, F. | Sartorius, C.
Year of publication: 02 / 2022

This publication presents key messages and recommendations for successfully shaping structural change towards a Green Economy. The publication results from the REFOPLAN-project „Ökologischer Strukturwandel“ (Ecological structural change,…

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How a Transformation towards Sustainable Community Catering Can Succeed

Year of publication: 12 / 2019

Community catering or to use another common term especially in the American literature institutional foodservice plays a central role in changing our food system towards sustainability. Community catering establishments can bring about…

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Life-cycle comparison of reusable and non-reusable crockery for mass catering in the USA

Study commissioned by MEIKO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, Offenburg, Germany

authors: Antony, F. | Gensch, C.
Year of publication: 03 / 2017

The aim of the project was an evaluation of the ecological impacts of two systems, i.e. returnable and non-returnable crockery along the respective life stages. In methodological terms, the study is based on a product-related life cycle…

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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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Saving Potential of Miele Washing Machines with the PowerWash 2.0 Technology

Comparison of the Energy Consumption and Global Warming Potential of Washing Machines with PowerWash 2.0 with Appliances of Competitors with Conventional Technology

authors: Rüdenauer, I. | Gensch, C.
Year of publication: 06 / 2016

For several years now, we see the emergence of a trend towards an increasing loading capacity in washing machines. At the same time, there is a steady decline in the average size of households, an increasing differentiation in the…

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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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Comparative Life Cycle Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis regarding the Effects of Measures to lift the Groundwater Table in Favour of three Forest Areas in the Region "Hessisches Ried"

Studie für den Runden Tisch zur Verbesserung der Grundwassersituation im Hessischen Ried

authors: Baron, Y. | Bertram, M. | Brommer, E. | Gensch, C.
Year of publication: 12 / 2014

Assistance to the Commission on Technological Socio-Economic and Cost-Benefit Assessment Related to Exemptions from the Substance restrictions in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS Directive)

Report for the European Commission DG Environment under Framework Contract No ENV.C.2/FRA/2011/0020

authors: Gensch, C. | Baron, Y.
Year of publication: 09 / 2014

The RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU entered into force on 21 July 2011 and led to the repeal of Directive 2002/95/EC on 3 January 2013. The Directive can be considered to have provided for two regimes under which exemptions could be…

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Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2

Analysis of Impacts from a Possible Restriction of Several New Substances under RoHS 2

authors: Gensch, C. | Baron, Y. | Bunke, D. | Moch, K.
Year of publication: 05 / 2014

The objectives of this project can be outlined as follows:

  • Prepare a substance assessment of Diisobutylphthalat (DIBP), based on the methodology (template) for substance assessment prepared by the Austrian Umweltbundesamt GmbH;
  • Provide…

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PROSA ProKlima - Produktbezogene Klima-Strategien von Unternehmen

authors: Grießhammer, R. | Dehoust, G. | Gensch, C. | Havers, K. | Hochfeld, C. | Groß, R. | Möller, M. | Seum, S.
Year of publication: 06 / 2010

Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products

authors: Andrews, E. S. | Barthel, L. P. | Benoit, C. | Ciroth, A. | Cucuzzella, C | Gensch, C. | Hebert, J. | Lesa-ge, P. | Manhart, A. | Mazeau, P. | Mazijn, B. | Methot, A.-L. | Moberg, A. | Norris, G. | Parent, J. | Prakash, S. | et al.
Year of publication: 01 / 2009

The publication of the Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment produced by the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative sets a milestone by outlining a framework and best-practices for assessing the social and socio-economic impacts of…

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Implementation of Environmental Data Centres

authors: Zangl, S. | Lohse, J. | Stahl, H. | Schüler, D. | Gensch, C.
Year of publication: 02 / 2007

This report contains the results of the pre-study on the “Implementation of Environmental Data Centres” carried out on behalf of Eurostat between December 2006 and August 2007.

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Environmental and economic evaluation of the accelerated replacement of domestic appliances

Case study refrigerators and freezers - Final Report

authors: Rüdenauer, I. | Gensch, C.
Year of publication: 02 / 2007

In Germany the market saturation rate of refrigerators in 2003 was 115 % and of freezers 74 %. Both figures were quite stable in recent years which indicate that the market is saturated and purchasing activities are dominated by…

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Costs and Benefits of Green Public Procurement in Europe

authors: Rüdenauer, I. | Dross, M. | Eberle, U. | Gensch, C. | Graulich, K. | Hünecke, K. | Koch, Y. | Möller, M. | Quack, D. | Seebach, D. | Zimmer, W. | et al.
Year of publication: 01 / 2007

Due to the market power of the purchasing activities of public authorities, green public procurement (GPP) can make an important contribution to reducing environmental impacts and to changing unsustainable production and consumption…

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Adaptation to scientific and technical progress under the RoHS Directive

Final Report + Annexes

authors: Gensch, C. | Zangl, S. | Möller, M. | Lohse, J.
Year of publication: 01 / 2006

The EU Directive on the restriction of use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (the so-called RoHS - Restriction of Hazardous Substances – Directive) has come into force on 1 July 2006. It regulates the…

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Eco-Efficiency Analysis of Washing machines

Life Cycle Assessment and determination of optimal life span/Refinement of Task 4: Further use versus substitution of washing machines in stock

Year of publication: 01 / 2005

Due to technological advance during the last 10 to 15 years of both washing machines and detergents, significant reductions of energy and water consumption during the use-phase of a washing machine could be realised. Although new…

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Energy demand of tumble driers with respect to differences in technology and ambient conditions

Final Report

authors: Rüdenauer, I. | Gensch, C.
Year of publication: 01 / 2004

Tumble driers have a high ratio of and increasing impact on total electricity demand of households. In contrast to different other household appliances the market is not saturated yet and therefore growing selling rates can be expected.

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