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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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Barrier Analysis and Strategies for Ecolabels and Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation

Commonly encountered barriers and strategies for successful implementation

Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The following compilation of common barriers contains a short description of each challenge and possible strategies for successfully overcoming these, including references to further information and best practices. The strategies…

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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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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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Influence of the service life of products in terms of their environmental impact: Establishing an information base and developing strategies against "obsolescence"

authors: Prakash, S. | Dehoust, G. | Gsell, M. | Schleicher, T. | Stamminger, R.
Year of publication: 01 / 2020

The aim of the study is to create a sound data basis for describing and assessing the phenomenon of obsolescence and the trends in achieved product lifespan and service life and, based on this, to develop strategies against obsolescence.…

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FAQ “Extending the life span of home appliances”

Year of publication: 10 / 2018

Repair or replace? Extending the life-span of your home appliances – FAQs and helpful hints

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Resource Efficiency in the ICT Sector

Summary

authors: Manhart, A. | Fischer, C. | Graulich, K. | Prakash, S. | Prieß, R. | Schleicher, T. | Tür, M.
Year of publication: 11 / 2016

In compiling this study, Oeko-Institut was able to draw from a broad variety of its previous research in virtually all of the fields addressed. While these research projects are referred to in the references section, Oeko-Institut also…

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Resource Efficiency in the ICT Sector

Final Report

authors: Manhart, A. | Fischer, C. | Graulich, K. | Prakash, S. | Prieß, R. | Schleicher, T. | Tür, M.
Year of publication: 11 / 2016

In compiling this study, Oeko-Institut was able to draw from a broad variety of its previous research in virtually all of the fields addressed. While these research projects are referred to in the references section, Oeko-Institut also…

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Study on the practical application of the new framework methodology for measuring the environmental impact of ICT - cost/benefit analysis (SMART 2012/0064 )

authors: Prakash, S. | Baron, Y. | Liu, R. | Proske, M. | Schlösser, A.
Year of publication: 09 / 2014

The study concludes that existing methodologies for measuring the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy footprint of ICT developed by various standardization organizations are suitable for being integrated into concrete environmental…

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Timely replacement of a notebook under consideration of environmental aspects

authors: Prakash, S. | Liu, R. | Schischke, K. | Stobbe, L.
Year of publication: 09 / 2012

The study concludes that the share of the production phase in the total greenhouse gas emissions of a notebook can be significantly reduced by taking measures to extend the useful life-time of a notebook. Therefore, the study recommends…

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Early Replacement of Notebooks Considering Environmental Impacts

author: Prakash, S.
Year of publication: 09 / 2012

Presentation by Siddharth Prakash at the Electronics Goes Green Conference 2012, Berlin.

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Application of S-LCA: From artisanal mining to complex products

author: Prakash, S.
Year of publication: 05 / 2012

Lecture by Siddharth Prakash at the workshop on Practical Aspects of Social Life Cycle Assessment, Berlin, 25.05.2012

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E-Waste Africa Project

authors: Manhart, A. | Prakash, S. | Hermann, A. | Seum, S.
Year of publication: 12 / 2011

The results and findings presented in this publication have been generated in the framework of the Basel Convention E-waste Africa programme, which aims at enhancing the environmental governance of e-wastes and creating favourable social…

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Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

Making informed choices on products

authors: Ciroth, A. | Finkbeiner, M. | Hildenbrand, J. | Klöpffer, W. | Mazijn, B. | Prakash, S. | Sonnemann, G. | Traverso, M. | Ugaya, C. | Valdivia, S. | Vickery-Niederman, G.
Year of publication: 12 / 2011

Since the late 1990s, the Life Cycle Initiative partnership of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) has enhanced the role of life cycle based approaches and…

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Social impacts of artisanal cobalt mining in Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

authors: Tsurukawa, N. | Prakash, S. | Manhart, A.
Year of publication: 11 / 2011

Between 67,000 and 108,000 workers are involved in the extraction of cobalt in mostly unregistered mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They frequently work under dangerous conditions; fatal accidents are the order of the day.…

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Informal e-waste management in Lagos, Nigeria – socio-economic impacts and feasibility of international recycling co-operations

Component 3 of the UNEP SBC E-waste Africa Project

authors: Manhart, A. | Osibanjo, O. | Aderinto, A. | Prakash, S.
Year of publication: 06 / 2011

This study is integral part of the E-waste Africa Project and contains an in-depth socio-economic study on the functioning and the sustainability impacts of the informal EEE refurbishing and e-waste recycling sector in Lagos, as well as…

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