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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Inventory of environmental claims: B2B and organization-level communication

Project manager: Graulich, K.
Start of project: 07 / 2022

With a focus on business-to-business (B2B), the study provides a better understanding of the use of product and company-related environmental claims in Europe. In addition, the study identifies the proportion of misleading…

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Social nature - practical perspectives and integrated policy modules

Project manager: Fischer, C.
Start of project: 05 / 2022

The project pursues two parallel goals: On the one hand, practical cooperation between actors from the nature conservation and social sectors is to be further developed and strengthened. Existing networks are to be used for this…

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Empty Nest - New Start? Ways to housing efficiency in old age

Project manager: Fischer, C.
Start of project: 05 / 2022

For decades, living space in Germany has been increasing - overall and per person. This leads to the consumption of space, heating energy and resources.

One target group for space-saving living is older people, especially in…

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Organic study: Implementation of sustainable catering in the guest and educational houses of the Archdiocese of Freiburg

Project manager: Teufel, J.
Start of project: 05 / 2022

The study develops a concept for the implementation of sustainable catering in the educational and guest houses of the Archdiocese of Freiburg. The project furthermore seeks to put greater focus on high-quality catering for staff and…

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Detectability and traceability of GMO products

Project manager: Teufel, J.
Start of project: 05 / 2022

A number of GM plants are authorised in the EU as food and feed. Authorised GMOs are imported in significant quantities from third countries, mainly for use as feed.  Imports into the EU containing GMOs must be labelled accordingly.…

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Utopia Product 2022: Particularly environmentally friendly products at Saturn: current EcoTopTen product recommendations

Project manager: Quack, D.
Start of project: 04 / 2022

As part of the project, Utopia is provided with monthly updated EcoTopTen product lists of seven product groups, which serve as the basis for awarding the corresponding products from MediaMarktSaturn's range with the Better Way logo:…

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Ecological problem areas and challenges due to ingredients used in the product segments cosmetics (excl. decorative cosmetics) and detergents and cleaning agents

Project manager: Moch, K.
End of project: 06 / 2022

The report for WWF Germany summarises ecological problem areas and challenges due to ingredients used in the product segments cosmetics (excl. decorative cosmetics) and detergents, suggests an assessment methodology for companies and…

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Participation in a review panel for a life cycle assessment study

Project manager: Köhler, A.
End of project: 06 / 2022

As part of the participation in a review panel, a newly developed methodology for the simplified life cycle assessment of materials and products is being critically reviewed.

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Analysis of transformation pathways for global sustainable development

Project manager: Wolff, F.
Start of project: 02 / 2022

The project aims at identifying and analysing transformation pathways for global sustainable development. For this purpose, sources from science and politics are evaluated. The pathways relate to SDGs or SDG targets in the following…

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Service contract on support to Sustainable Product Initiative - under Framework contract ENV.F.1/FRA/2019/0001

Project manager: Graulich, K.
Start of project: 02 / 2022

The project supports the European Commission by detailed analysing and underpinning the Sustainable Product Initiative, especially the proposal for the EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulation. This work includes at its core the…

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Determination of basics and evaluation methods of a life cycle assessment of the winter road maintenance service

Project manager: Quack, D.
Start of project: 01 / 2022

The aim of the project is to develop a simple method for the life cycle assessment of winter road maintenance and to make it applicable to interested parties in the form of an intuitive Excel tool. The winter road maintenance service…

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Development of methodological principles and working aids for climate protection and circular economy aspects in public procurement practice

Project manager: Graulich, K.
Start of project: 12 / 2021

The aim of the research project is to develop specific support for procurers in order to make their procurement practices more climate-friendly and/or more circular economy-oriented. The background to this is the new legal regulations…

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Further development and consolidation of the Blue Angel for energy-efficient data centre operation and climate-friendly co-location data centres as well as the management of advisory services

Project manager: Gröger, J.
Start of project: 12 / 2021

In the research project "Further development of the Blue Angel for data centres", the two ecolabels Blue Angel for data centre operation (DE-UZ-161) and co-location data centres (DE-UZ-214) will be combined into a single, modular…

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Establishment of a register for data centres in Germany and development of a rating system for energy-efficient data centres

Project manager: Gröger, J.
Start of project: 12 / 2021

Within the framework of this project, three measures in particular are developed that can contribute to the achievement of the objectives. The three main objectives of the project are:

  • Development of a register for data centres and…

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Development of company-related sustainability indicators based on the 2030 Agenda

Project manager: Möller, M.
End of project: 02 / 2022

The consulting service aims to develop tailor-made indicators for Wien Energie GmbH that allow assessing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda at the company level. The focus will be on those…

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

Project manager: Quack, D.
Start of project: 11 / 2021

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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New award criteria for the Blue Angel - Framework project 2021 for the further development of the Blue Angel eco-label

Project manager: Moch, K.
Start of project: 10 / 2021

As part of the project "New Award Criteria for the Blue Angel - Framework Project 2021 for the Further Development of the Blue Angel Eco-label", the Blue Angel award criteria for the product groups plant pots, reusable systems to go,…

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Greening supply and demand: Advancing Eco-Labels and Sustainable Public Procurement for climate and biodiversity protection (Eco-Advance)

Preparation phase

Project manager: Prakash, S.
End of project: 03 / 2022

The overall objective of Latin America is to help promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns in five Latin American countries. This is achieved by strengthening Type I ecolabels and green public procurement in the…

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Further development of the Blue Angel ecolabel for software - extension of the scope to include server-client applications and applications for mobile devices

Project manager: Gröger, J.
Start of project: 08 / 2021

In this project, the existing Blue Angel for resource- and energy-efficient software products (DE-UZ 215) will be further developed. It will be examined whether the scope, which so far includes software for workstation computers, can…

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Market investigation as a preliminary study for a revision of the eco-label DE-UZ 153 Technically dried wood chips / wood pellets

Project manager: Quack, D.
End of project: 05 / 2021

The Blue Angel for technically dried woodchips and wood pellets (DE-UZ 153) has existed since 2011. However, demand from manufacturers and suppliers is low: in June 2021, two wood pellet products were certified with the Blue Angel. In…

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