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The climate impact of forest and land management in the EU and the role of current reporting and accounting rules

An investigation into the incentives provided by LULUCF reporting and accounting and their implications - Briefing for ECF and Fern

authors: Böttcher, H. | Reise, J.
Year of publication: 07 / 2020

The EU LULUCF Regulation considers, for the first time, a separate target for the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector. The sector is also supposed to contribute to the legally bind-ing target of net zero greenhouse gas…

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Conversion Necessities in Climate and Energy System Modelling

authors: Emele, L. | Förster, H. | Glauer, M. | Hofmann, C. | Hülk, L. | Reder, K. | Stappel, M. | Winger, C.
Year of publication: 07 / 2020

With this briefing we provide definitions for units and metrics commonly used in climate and energy modelling. We provide this briefing, because in climate and energy system modelling,the same data can be represented using a diverse set…

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Verification and adaptation of boundary conditions to determine clearance values

Project manager: Küppers, C.
Start of project: 07 / 2020

Modelling and parameter values on which the derivation of the clearance values of the Radiation Protection Ordinance is based are compared with clearance practice using selected examples. In the case of relevant deviations, it is…

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Analysis, aggregation and assessment of Member States’ information on climate finance

Project manager: Siemons, A.
Start of project: 07 / 2020

This study supports DG Climate Action in aggregating data and information from EU member states regarding climate-related financial support to developing countries under Article 16 of the MMR and Article 19 of the Governance…

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Improving international soil governance

Analysis and recommendations

authors: Bodle, R. | Stockhaus, H. | Wolff, F. | Scherf, C. | Oberthür, S.
Year of publication: 06 / 2020

Soil protection is a neglected topic of environmental policy. This study develops options for the German government to improve international soil governance in the short, medium and long term. The study first takes stock of existing…

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Municipalities in focus: Evaluating the Local Authorities Guideline (LAG) within the National Climate Initiative (NCI) of Germany: challenges and findings

authors: Kenkmann, T. | Schumacher, K. | Eisenmann, L. | Muckenfuss, L. | Schmolck, B. | Zieger, J.
Year of publication: 06 / 2020

Germany has approximately 11,000 municipalities which can make a significant contribution towards achieving national climate targets. The Local Authorities Guideline (LAG) of the German National Climate Initiative (NCI) has been…

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Assessment of the planned compensation payments for decommissioning German lignite power plants in the context of current developments

Year of publication: 06 / 2020

The electricity industry in Germany and Europe is in a state of upheaval. Due to the developments on the international markets for natural gas and hard coal, the politically driven expansion of power generation from renewable energy…

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Turning points for the ambition of European climate targets

Getting granular on the process and identifying cornerstones for discussion

authors: Gores, S. | Fallasch, F. | Siemons, A. | Nissen, C. | Duwe, M. | Evans, N.
Year of publication: 06 / 2020

Climate policy in the European Union (EU) is undergoing a paradigm shift. At the time of writing, policy-makers are debating changes in targets, governance and instruments to fit (better) with the newly established overarching objective…

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Environmental Criticality of Raw Materials

An assessment of environmental hazard potentials of raw materials from mining and recommendations for an ecological raw materials policy

authors: Dehoust, G. | Manhart, A. | Dolega, P. | Vogt, R. | Kemper, L. | Auberger, A. | Becker, F. | Scholl, C. | Rechlin, A. | Priester, M.
Year of publication: 06 / 2020

Within the project OekoRess II, more than 50 mineral raw materials were evaluated with regard to the environmental hazard potential of mining using and further refining the methodology developed in the predecessor project OekoRess I.

The…

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What makes a high-quality carbon credit?

Phase 1 of the “Carbon Credit Guidance for Buyers” project: Definition of criteria for assessing the quality of carbon credits

authors: Schneider, L. | Healy, S. | Fallasch, F. | De León, F. | Rambharos, M. | Schallert, B. | Holler, J. | Kizzier, K. | Petsonk, A. | Hanafi, A.
Year of publication: 06 / 2020

World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Oeko-Institut are developing a “Carbon Credit Guidance for Buyers” to guide buyers of carbon credits amidst a complex market. The project is implemented in four phases:…

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National and EU freight transport strategies

Status quo and perspectives and implications for the introduction of electric road systems (ERS)

authors: Hacker, F. | Mottschall, M. | Jöhrens, J. | Helms, H. | Kräck, J. | Rücker, J.
Year of publication: 06 / 2020

National and international freight transport in Europe is significantly influenced by both, national and the European Union (EU) strategies and regulations. The successful market launch of Electric Road Systems (ERS) can only succeed…

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Together for environmentally sound consumption - information, communication and international cooperation

Project manager: Teufel, J.
Start of project: 06 / 2020

From a sustainability perspective, the achievement of a change of direction towards more sustainable production and consumption patterns presents an urgent problem which has to be addressed under high time pressure. This is especially…

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Commodities that shape the world!

Guidance for sustainability in the value chains of cotton, palm oil and timber

authors: Schleicher, T. | Hilbert, I. | Amera, T. | Ernah, . | Biloko, F.
Year of publication: 05 / 2020

Learnings, conclusions and recommendations of the “Bio-Macht” Project for companies and policy makers.

The project aims at researching sustainability and power aspects in the value chains of the commodities palm oil, cotton, and timber…

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