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Standard Operating Procedures for Environmentally Sound Management of Used Lead-acid Batteries

authors: Wilson, B. | Manhart, A.
Year of publication: 12 / 2021

This report entails Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for environmentally sound management of used lead-acid batteries (ULABs). The SOPs consist of 37 sheets, each covering one topic relevant for safe and environmentally sound ULAB…

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Sustainability dimensions of imported hydrogen

Working Paper 8/2021

authors: Heinemann, C. | Mendelevitch, R. | Herold, A. | Jakob, M. | Kampffmeyer, N. | Kasten, P. | Krieger, S. | Schleicher, T. | Seebach, D.
Year of publication: 12 / 2021

To achieve the climate neutrality target in Germany for 2045, large quantities of hydrogen will have to be imported from regions outside the EU. This report analyses the expected far-reaching and multi-layered impacts on importing…

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Understanding the Transparency Guidance

Working Paper 7/2021

authors: Moosmann, L. | Herold, A.
Year of publication: 12 / 2021

At the climate change conference in Glasgow in November 2021, the ‘guidance for operationalizing the modalities, procedures and guidelines for the enhanced transparency framework’ was adopted. This guidance, together with other decisions…

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Sustainable consumption for biodiversity and ecosystem services

Current state and future requirements in information, communication and international cooperation

authors: Teufel, J. | López Hernández, V. | Polanía Giese, J. | Knörzer, U.
Year of publication: 12 / 2021

Prevailing consumption patterns are coupled to a rapid  destruction of natural and near-natural ecosystems and  the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Currently, a comprehensive overview of existing policy recommendations and…

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SUMEX Deliverable D4.2: Toolkit Learners & leaders League (3-L) Approach

November 2021

authors: Endl, A. | Graf, A. | Barriere, N. | Degreif, S. | Wagner, T. | Tost, M. | Streit, S. | Waidacher, V.
Year of publication: 11 / 2021

This deliverable provides a plan of action and engagement approach of SUMEX with people and organisations and their involvement in project actions, in order to facilitate the creation of a Learners & Leader League and a Community of…

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Advancing multilateral cooperation on climate action

Ideas for new initiatives across four policy areas and how to use existing international venues as stepping stones

authors: Haase, I. | Duwe, M. | Böttcher, H. | Cames, M. | Fyson, C. | Ramalope, D.
Year of publication: 11 / 2021

Multilateral initiatives and cooperation can be effective means to increase ambition and action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This synthesis report summarizes the proposals for new initiatives in four policy fields –…

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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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Alternative Disposal Options for High-Level Radioactive Waste

authors: Englert, M. | Mohr, S. | Kurth, S. | Chaudry, S.
Year of publication: 11 / 2021

Presentation by Dr. Matthias Englert, Simone Mohr, Stephan Kurth &  Dr. Saleem Chaudry, 10.11.2021

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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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Methodology for assessing the quality of carbon credits

Version 1.0

authors: Schneider, L. | Fallasch, F. | De León, F. | Rambharos, M. | Wissner, N. | Colbert-Sangree, T. | Progscha, S. | Schallert, B. | Holler, J. | Kizzier, K. | Petsonk, A. | Hanafi, A. | Barata, P. | Ogata, C. | Stuart, W. | Jones, D.
Year of publication: 11 / 2021

Carbon markets with high-quality credits could play an important role in raising the ambition of climate action and help close the gap between current climate commitments and the necessary decarbonisation of the global economy. If carbon…

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Carbon Pricing and Complementary Policies - Consistency of the Policy Mix for Decarbonizing Buildings in Germany

Year of publication: 11 / 2021

While it is widely acknowledged that carbon pricing plays an important role in driving the transition towards a low-carbon energy system, its interaction with complementary instruments is discussed controversially. The analysis of…

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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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EEA Report No 13/2021

Trends and projections in Europe 2021

authors: Förster, H. | Gores, S. | Nissen, C. | Siemons, A. | Renders, N. | Dael, S. | Sporer, M. | Tomescu, M.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The year 2020 saw remarkable progress towards meeting the EU's climate and energy targets. Rarely in the publication of the annual Trends and projections in Europe report has this executive summary presented such substantial progress as…

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Critical Review of the IPHE Working Paper “Methodology for Determining the GHG emissions associated with the Production of hydrogen”

authors: Piria, R. | Teichmann, F. | Honnen, J. | Eckardt, J. | Heinemann, C. | Seebach, D. | Hermann, H.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

This paper provides a critical review of selected aspects of the draft IPHE methodology. The purpose of this paper is to provide an input to people involved in the consultation process concerning the draft IPHE methodology. The main…

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Support for an impact assessment on measures to address the risk of carbon leakage in the light of any increase in climate ambition

authors: Graichen, V. | Healy, S. | et al.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

This report presents analysis undertaken to support the European Commission’s impact assessment for the revision of the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in relation to measures to address the risk of carbon leakage in the light of any…

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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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Phase-out regulations for fossil fuel boilers at EU and national level

authors: Braungardt, S. | Keimeyer, F. | Bürger, V. | Tezak, B. | Klinski, S.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The potential impact of transitioning CDM units and activities to the Paris Agreement

Understanding implications of key policy choices on the table in Glasgow

authors: Fearnehough, H. | Schneider, L. | Warnecke, C.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

This presentation includes updated research by NewClimate Institute and Öko-Institut on the potential transition of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to the Paris Agreement, as discussed by Parties under Article 6 of the Paris…

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Social justice in the context of climate and environmental policy: Systematising the variety of social aspects, inequalities and justice principles

Working Paper 5/2021

author: Heyen, D.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The paper aims to reveal and systematise the variety of social (justice) aspects in the context of climate or environmental policy and sustainability transitions, with a focus on distributive aspects and with regard to four sub-issues:

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Why electricity market models yield different results: Carbon pricing in a model-comparison experiment

authors: Ruhnau, O. | Bucksteeg, M. | Ritter, D. | Schmitz, R. | Böttger, D. | Koch, M. | Pöstges, A. | Wiedmann, M. | Hirth, L.
Year of publication: 10 / 2021

The European electricity industry, the dominant sector of the world's largest cap-and-trade scheme, is one of the most-studied examples of carbon pricing. In particular, numerical models are often used to study the uncertain future…

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