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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Environmental and economic evaluation of the accelerated replacement of domestic appliances

Case study refrigerators and freezers - Final Report

Project manager: Rüdenauer, I.
End of project: 08 / 2007

The goal of this study was to compare the further use of appliances in stock with the acquisition and use of new appliances, considering both environmental and economic aspects. The environmental assessment is based on LCA, the…

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To publication "Environmental and economic evaluation of the accelerated replacement of domestic appliances"

Key Social Impacts of Electronics Production and WEEE-Recycling in China

Project manager: Manhart, A.
End of project: 06 / 2007

Undeniably, the electronics industry is highly relevant for the Chinese economy and seems to continue being important in the future. Nevertheless there are an ongoing discussions on the social and environmental sustainability of this…

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To publication "Key Social Impacts of Electronics Production and WEEE-Recycling in China"

Smart Domestic Appliances in Sustainable Energy Systems

Project manager: Timpe, C.
End of project: 06 / 2009

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.

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Costs and Benefits of Green Public Procurement in Europe

Project manager: Rüdenauer, I.
End of project: 07 / 2007

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…

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To publication "Costs and Benefits of Green Public Procurement in Europe"

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – Recycling of CFC – and HC – containing refrigerator equipment (Summary)

Project manager: Dehoust, G.
End of project: 03 / 2007

This life cycle assessment (LCA) was commissioned by the RAL Quality Assurance Association for the Demanufacture of Refrigeration Equipment. Its objective is to make an ecological comparison of the different disposal channels for waste…

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To publication "Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – Recycling of CFC – and HC – containing refrigerator equipment (Summary)"

Policy instruments as innovation in governance: the case of emissions trading

Project manager: Voss, J.
End of project: 03 / 2007

The development of a new policy instrument, “emissions trading”, is analysed as an innovation journey in the realm of governance. Tracking the process by which a novel pattern of social regulation emerges and travels shows how “policy…

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To publication "Policy instruments as innovation in governance: the case of emissions trading"

Power Generation Market Concentration in Europe 1996-2005. An Empirical Analysis

Project manager: Matthes, F.
End of project: 02 / 2007

The liberalisation of the European power market has significantly changed the frame-work of the electricity industry. The process of market opening and securing fair, trans-parent and sustainable third party access is still underway.…

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To publication "Power Generation Market Concentration in Europe 1996-2005. An Empirical Analysis"

OBRA - European observatory for long-term governance on radioactive waste management

Project manager: Kallenbach-Herbert, B.
End of project: 10 / 2008

Continuing societal concerns limit the application of deep geological disposal in many countries. Wider societal involvement at a variety of governance levels in an open, inclusive and transparent manner is a top-level concern in all…

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Analysis for Achieving the 2010 Goal of the Convention for Biological Diversity: Documentation of the International Workshop „European Regional Meeting on an Internationally Recognised Certificate of Origin/Source/Legal Provenance for Genetic Resources“

Project manager: Wolff, F.
End of project: 11 / 2006

Updating the Greenhouse-Gas-Impact of Implementing the Bonn 2004 International Action Plan

Project manager: Fritsche, U.
End of project: 06 / 2007

Assessment and Improvement of Methodologies used for Greenhouse Gas Projections

Project manager: Herold, A.
End of project: 09 / 2008

Service contract to assess and improve methodologies used for GHG projections

Project manager: Herold, A.
End of project: 08 / 2008

PFOA Survey and priority setting

PFOA Survey

Project manager: Bunke, D.
End of project: 10 / 2006

TAI Europe (TAI - The Access Initiative)

Project manager: Dross, M.
End of project: 10 / 2006

Untersuchung der grenzüberschreitenden Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung im Rahmen grenzüberschreitender Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfungen zwischen Deutschland und Polen.

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Sustainability Standards for Bioenergy

Project manager: Fritsche, U.
End of project: 11 / 2006

This report begins in Section 1 with an introduction to key bioenergy issues, summarizing “drivers”, global potential, the key issues of sustainable biomass and standards.

Section 2 gives a brief description of key potential problems…

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To publication "Sustainability Standards for Bioenergy"

Life Cycle Analysis on hand-drying systems

A comparison of cotton towels and paper towels

Project manager: Eberle, U.
End of project: 06 / 2006

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…

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To publication "Life Cycle Analysis of hand-drying systems + Supplement"

CSR performance of the European coffee industry

State-of-the-art survey

Project manager: Eberle, U.
End of project: 06 / 2006

Research project on the policies of end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling in EU and Germany

Project manager: Hermann, A.
End of project: 03 / 2006

Preparatory Studies for Eco-design Requirements of Energy using Products (EuP) (I)

Project manager: Graulich, K.
End of project: 12 / 2007

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…

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Legal appraisal of nano technologies

Final Report

Project manager: Führ, M.
End of project: 12 / 2006

On the basis of an analysis of the present state of "nano technologies" and a review of existing national and European environmental legislation, including legislation that is expected to come into force (in particular REACH) regarding…

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