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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Smart Domestic Appliances in Sustainable Energy Systems
The project is conducted in cooperation with manufacturers of appliances and electric utilities. The findings from the analysis are being tested with experts in regional case studies in selected European countries.
Costs and Benefits of Green Public Procurement in Europe
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…
To publication "Costs and Benefits of Green Public Procurement in Europe"
PFOA Survey and priority setting
TAI Europe (TAI - The Access Initiative)
Untersuchung der grenzüberschreitenden Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung im Rahmen grenzüberschreitender Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfungen zwischen Deutschland und Polen.
Life Cycle Analysis on hand-drying systems
A comparison of cotton towels and paper towels
The European Textile Service Association (E.T.S.A.) commissioned Öko-Institut to compare two mechanical hand drying systems: the continuous cotton roll system and the paper towel system. Goal of this study was to gain more information…
To publication "Life Cycle Analysis of hand-drying systems + Supplement"
CSR performance of the European coffee industry
Preparatory Studies for Eco-design Requirements of Energy using Products (EuP) (I)
A preparatory study identifying and recommending ways to improve at the design phase the environmental performance of energy using products throughout their lifecycle. The study will identify namely: market characteristics for the…
CSR in the tomato industry / France
Household Waste Prevention Policy Side Research
Adaptation to scientific and technical progress under the RoHS Directive
Final Report + Annexes
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…
To publication "Adaptation to scientific and technical progress under the RoHS Directive"
Epigenetics, Transgenic Plants & Risk Assessment
Proceedings of the Conference, December 1st 2005, Literaturhaus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The proceedings summarize the conference on “Epigenetics, Transgenic Plants & Risk Assessments” organized by the Öko-Institut and Greenpeace on December 1st 2005. Seven speakers highlighted from different perspectives the complexity of…
To publication "Epigenetics, Transgenic Plants & Risk Assessment"
Green Goal TM - Legacy Report
In June and July 2006 the world experienced a breathtaking football festival, and for the first time in the history of the World Cup the environment was on the programme. With Green Goal™, an innovative and ambitious environmental…
The potential of CSR to contribute to the Implementation and integration of EU strategies (CORE)
Comparative Evaluations of Innovative Solutions in European fisheries management (CEVIS)
EVIS examined four ideas: the use of participatory approaches to fisheries governance; rights-based regimes; effort-control regimes and decision-rule systems. CEVIS assessed the ideas in respect to four objectives: biological…
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
Based on the methodology of life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) in these studies both the optimal life-span of new washing machines (as input for product development strategies) as well as the question of further…
To publication "Eco-Efficiency Analysis of Washing machines"
Criteria for Assessing Environmental, Economic, and Social Aspects of Biofuels in Developing Countries in ecological, social, and economic terms
This expertise was produced in order to contribute to the ongoing debate on the economic, development, climate and energy policy dimensions of biofuel imports, e.g. from Brazil, and the associated consequences for the environment,…
To publication "Criteria for Assessing Environmental, Economic, and Social Aspects of Biofuels in Developing Countries in ecological, social, and economic terms"
Clean Energy Network for Europe (CLEAN-E)
The CLEAN-E project accompanied the establishment of new and the improvement of existing green power product labels in selected EU Member States. The establishment of new labels was accompanied by a wide range of activities. This…
Branch- and product-related emission estimation tool for manufacturers, importers, and downstream users within the REACH-system
OECD Matrix Project – Part A: Technical Guidance for identifying an appropriate emission scenario / Part B: Technical Guidance for emission estimation: manual and software tool
The RARE project was carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of 16 researchers, scientists and consultants from seven leading research institutions from across the EU.
The project programme included:
Understanding and researching CSR Developing a CSR Impact Assessment tool Analysing and researching CSR in four sustainable development areas: environmental protection (climate and chemicals policies), resource management, gender equality and countering bribery Surveying CSR in three business sectors: the oil industry, the banking sector and the fisheries and fish processing industries Researching and developing in-depth case studies on CSR impact Carrying out an SME study Assessing the political and public policy dimensions of CSR
The book "Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: Rhetoric and Realities" was published by Edgar Elgar Publishing in mid 2009. It contains the core results of the RARE project. Funding for the project was provided within the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (Contract No. CIT2-CT-2004-506043)
Energy demand of tumble driers with respect to differences in technology and ambient conditions
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…
To publication "Energy demand of tumble driers with respect to differences in technology and ambient conditions"