Projects

The Oeko-Institut’s researchers work on more than 350 national and international projects a year, focusing on Chemicals Management and Technology Assessment, Energy and Climate, Emission and Ambient Pollution Control, Radiation Protection, Agriculture and Biodiversity, Sustainable Consumption, Mobility, Resource Management and Industry, Nuclear Engineering and Facility Safety, and Law, Policy and Governance.

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5 years of SDGs – Strategies for an improved implementation of the 2030-Agenda for sustainable development an the interface of health and the environment

Project manager: Wolff, F.
Start of project: 04 / 2021

The 5th anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 is the starting point for the development of further strategies and approaches for the…

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Material requirements in the award criteria of the Blue Angel environmental label - development of a guideline for action

Project manager: Bunke, D.
Start of project: 01 / 2021

The requirements for chemicals in products that are awarded the Blue Angel differ from product group to product group. In the project, a guideline is being developed to ensure more uniform and practical requirements.

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Representative survey on environmental awareness and behaviour including social science analyses

Project manager: Fischer, C.
Start of project: 01 / 2021

In the project, the 2020 Environmental Awareness Study is conducted The Environmental Awareness Study is a representative study on the environmental awareness and  behaviour of the German population, which is carried out every two…

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Counseling of the administrative district of Emsland regarding the results of the Sub-Areas Interim Report of the German Repository Search

Project manager: Chaudry, S.
End of project: 01 / 2021

Within the course of the German Repository Search sub-areas have been identified in which favourable geological conditions for the safe final disposal of high-level radioactive waste can be expected. Three salt domes have been named…

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Public acceptability and political feasability of regulating consumption

Project manager: Heyen, D.
Start of project: 12 / 2020

The Oeko-Institut's own-funded project pursues the following research questions:

  • Which factors influence public acceptability and thus political feasibility of proposals for consumption-related regulatory law ("command & control"…

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E-Waste Compensation as an International Financing Mechanism in Nigeria

Project manager: Schleicher, T.
Start of project: 12 / 2020

The project main objective is to advance the concept of ‘waste compensation’ where international brands and users of electrical and electronic equipment can contribute to a sound management of equivalent e-waste volumes in developing…

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Transparent monitoring in practice: Supporting post-Paris land use sector mitigation

Project manager: Böttcher, H.
Start of project: 11 / 2020

What is transparent monitoring?

Transparent Monitoring (TM) approaches refer to datasets, tools, and portals etc. that support countries’ needs, e.g. in the land use sector, by providing complementary data to what is mandated by their…

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Advise and support the Alliance Secretariat in the implementation of corporate due diligence, in particular the further development of the environmental strategy

Project manager: Moch, K.
Start of project: 11 / 2020

This project encompasses the provision of consulting services to the alliance secretariat in the Textile Alliance on the integration of ecological risks into the due diligence requirements in the review process. In this context,…

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Developing recommendations for technical standards and a licensing scheme for the management of lead-acid batteries in Ethiopia

Project manager: Manhart, A.
End of project: 01 / 2021

Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies of Africa and will experience a rapid increase in battery deployment in the next decade. While the use of batteries serves multiple development goals, there is concern that current waste…

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Tracking and processing the state of the art in science and technology for alternative disposal options for highly radioactive waste (altEr)

Project manager: Englert, M.
Start of project: 10 / 2020

As a basis for its recommendation, the German Final Repository Commission presented and evaluated different disposal options and committed itself to deep geological disposal in the Site Selection Act. On behalf of BASE, the project…

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Research & stakeholder engagement for improved management of used batteries in Africa

Project manager: Manhart, A.
End of project: 03 / 2021

Access to clean, reliable electricity is one of the greatest challenges to sustainable development in Africa. Energy storage, particularly batteries, will be critical to supporting Africa’s progress to full energy access by 2030,…

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Study to assess requests for a renewal of nine (-9-) exemptions 6(a), 6(a)-I, 6(b), 6(b)-I, 6(b)-II, 6(c), 7(a), 7(c)-I and 7 (c)-11 of Annex III of Directive 2011/65/EU - Specific Contract n° 070201/2020/835848/ENV.B.3, implementing Framework Contract n

Project manager: Baron, Y.
Start of project: 10 / 2020

The RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment requires“that EEE placed on the market, including cables and spare parts for its repair, its reuse,…

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Environmentally sound disposal and recycling of e-waste: Capacity Development and operation of the Technical Training Centre at the Old Fadama Scrap Yard

Project manager: Manhart, A.
Start of project: 10 / 2020

The project is part of the ongoing Technical Cooperation programme between Ghana and Germany on the sound management of e-waste. The project encompasses three elements, namely 1) support of municipal and district assemblies in Ghana;…

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Sustainable management: socio-ecological transformation of the food system. Shaping the future by involving pioneers of change and economically relevant actors

Project manager: Quack, D.
Start of project: 10 / 2020

The aim of the project is to develop a political roadmap for the socio-ecological transformation of the food system in Germany. The roadmap identifies short-, medium- and long-term starting points, instruments and measures to support…

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Impact of COVID-19 on single-use plastics and the environment in Europe

Project manager: Graulich, K.
End of project: 02 / 2021

The objective of this project is to assess the impact on the consumption, production and environmental challenges of single-use plastics in Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is on single-use face masks, gloves and plastic…

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Design options for economically sustainable biodiversity-enhancing milk production systems in the model organic regions of Freiburg and Ravensburg

Project manager: Quack, D.
Start of project: 10 / 2020

The importance of species-rich grassland for the biodiversity of flora and fauna in Germany has been described many times. At the same time, the conservation of existing grassland throughout Germany is threatened. The decline in dairy…

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Advice to the Entsorgungsbetriebe Lübeck in connection with the disposal of clearance waste from the Brunsbüttel NPP at the Niemark landfill site

Project manager: Küppers, C.
Start of project: 09 / 2020

Clearance waste from the Brunsbüttel NPP is to be deposited at the Niemark landfill of the city of Lübeck at the request of the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of the Environment. The Öko-Institut provides technical advice to the landfill…

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Implementation of international regulations in the German regulation system for nuclear waste management facilities

Project manager: Neles, J.
Start of project: 09 / 2020

The Western European Nuclear Regulator Association (WENRA), an organisation of European regulating agencies, strives to harmonise the regulatory framework. Germany has committed themselve to improve and implement the regulatory…

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Further development of the state of the art in science and technology in the safety of the treatment of irradiated fuel elements, heat-generating radioactive waste and radioactive waste with negligible heat generation

Development of a methodological assessment approach to analyze the influencing factors and the significance of an interim storage facility for spent fuel elements for a region

Project manager: Neles, J.
Start of project: 09 / 2020

Previous projects have shown that an extension of interim storage beyond the licensed 40 years has on the one hand effects on the operation of a storage facility, both in technical and in organisational terms, and on the other hand…

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Development and revision of criteria for the Blue Angel for textiles

Project manager: Teufel, J.
Start of project: 09 / 2020

The aim of the research project is "to revise the Blue Angel criteria for textiles (DE-UZ 154) and, based on this, to derive tender recommendations for public procurement. In view of the current activities in the field of research and…

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