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Welcome. This is where Oeko-Institut staff blog weekly on sustainability issues, current projects and personal views.

RED III greenhouse gas balance methodology: an important element of the IPCC rules is missing

RED III greenhouse gas balance methodology: an important element of the IPCC rules is missing

The methodology for GHG balances in the Renewable Energy Directive RED II and in the proposal for amendment of RED III has a major gap in this regard. This blog piece explains the technicalities. Weiterlesen →
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Civilisation’s gold: first-ever mapping of the urban mining potential to 2040

Civilisation’s gold: first-ever mapping of the urban mining potential to 2040

How large is the anthropogenic material stock in Germany, and how much is it likely to increase? This has now been calculated by a team of researchers at the Oeko-Institut, who have also produced a forecast of the realistic potential to obtain secondary raw materials from urban mining to 2040. Weiterlesen →
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Biomass for heating in the context of the fit-for-55 package: How to ensure sustainability?

Biomass for heating in the context of the fit-for-55 package: How to ensure sustainability?

What measures are needed to make the building sector climate neutral while ensuring that biomass is only used within sustainable limits? Weiterlesen →
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Lithium mining: The transformation of energy systems should not be achieved at the expense of communities in the Global South

Lithium mining: The transformation of energy systems should not be achieved at the expense of communities in the Global South

Electromobility series: Pia Marchegiani from the argentine foundation FARN explains how resource extraction can impact on indigenous communities. Weiterlesen →
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Factsheets: The reform of the EU Emissions Trading System – a closer look

Factsheets: The reform of the EU Emissions Trading System – a closer look

Researchers at the Oeko-Institut have taken a closer look at the proposals for the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and have produced four factsheets with summaries and comments. Weiterlesen →
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Innovation diffusion process of the German’s green technology for preventing plastic waste – and its applicability to Thailand

Innovation diffusion process of the German’s green technology for preventing plastic waste – and its applicability to Thailand

Our visiting researcher Napaporn Yuberk is the National Coordinator for the CAP SEA project based in GIZ Office Bangkok, Thailand. She writes about her thoughts on Germany’s innovation diffusion process. Weiterlesen →
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Making everyone fit for 55 – How can the Social Climate Fund support the transition in the buildings sector?

Making everyone fit for 55 – How can the Social Climate Fund support the transition in the buildings sector?

Is the Social Climate Fund of the EU designed to fulfill his promise? The aim is to address any social impacts that arise from the new system of emissions trading to the buildings and road transport sectors. Weiterlesen →
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10 steps towards sustainable consumption

10 steps towards sustainable consumption

Sustainable consumption – how does it work? Our research assistant Felix Behrens has often been asked that question by his friends since joining the Oeko-Institut. Together with his colleagues, he has defined 10 key principles that support sustainable consumer choices. Weiterlesen →
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Energy policy in times of the Ukraine war: Nuclear power instead of natural gas?

Energy policy in times of the Ukraine war: Nuclear power instead of natural gas?

Anke Herold, Dr Roman Mendelevitch and Dr Christoph Pistner on the impacts of the war in Ukraine on German and European energy and climate policy – and whether nuclear power should replace Russian gas. Weiterlesen →
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Was ist gerecht? Über die Vielfalt sozialer Aspekte von Umweltpolitik / What is fair? On the diversity of social aspects of environmental policy [deu/eng]

Was ist gerecht? Über die Vielfalt sozialer Aspekte von Umweltpolitik / What is fair? On the diversity of social aspects of environmental policy [deu/eng]

Möglichst differenziert muss die Vielfalt sozialer Aspekte und Gerechtigkeitsfragen in umweltpolitischen Diskussionen wie auch Forschungsarbeiten berücksichtigt werden, schreibt Dirk Arne Heyen vom Öko-Institut. Weiterlesen →
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