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Gruppenbild des Abschlusstreffens des EU-Projekts BioSPRINT

Conclusion of the BioSPRINT project

At the end of the EU-funded BioSPRINT project, the project partners met in mid-May at the Fraunhofer Centre for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) in Leuna, where key results of the final project phase were presented. These show that the production of valuable furan monomers from biomass is feasible and offers considerable potential for commercialisation.

Final conference "SuPraStadt II" - Understanding, experiencing and doing sufficiency yourself

At the end of the five-year research project "SuPraStadt", more than 70 people interested in sufficiency* from science, municipalities, practice and civil society came together in Heidelberg. Under the question "How can sufficiency be anchored locally?", experts exchanged views with municipal decision-makers and representatives of civil society. The conference took place in the new auditorium of the self-managed Collegium Academicum (CA) hall of residence in Heidelberg - one of the project's three living labs. The design and organisation of the CA enables the young residents to enjoy a high quality of life while at the same time conserving resources, e.g. through the communal use of space and objects or the construction of customised furniture themselves: everyone can contribute to social life with their ideas, strengths and preferences. durch soziale Teilhabe und Ressourcenschonung. The conference participants were able to see, hear and feel how it is possible to live sustainably with a large portion of sufficiency on a tour and in dialogue with residents. The vegan lunch, made from regional and organically grown food, was freshly prepared on site in a wok.

Haus in Sanierung mit Baugerüst

Study to the "roll-out" of renovation sprints published

With renovation sprints, detached and semi-detached houses can be completely refurbished in around 4 weeks. The study published today, which ifeu authored with partners, sheds light on the potential and policy instruments required to scale up this innovative approach.

ifeu Managing Director Martin Pehnt receives honorary professorship at the University of Kassel

The University of Kassel has appointed ifeu Managing Director Martin Pehnt as an honorary professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The university is thus honouring the energy expert's services to science and teaching. Pehnt has been researching the transformation of the energy system, renewable energies, energy efficiency and their technical, system-analytical and energy-political embedding for over two decades. In addition to his research, he advises national and international institutions and companies and is a member of the climate councils in Baden-Württemberg and Hamburg, among others.

ifeu at "Week of the Environment" in Berlin

ifeu will be represented at the "Week of the Environment" in the park of Bellevue Palace in Berlin on 4 and 5 June. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) are inviting visitors to an attractive specialist programme, exciting discussions and a major innovation show on all aspects of a sustainable future. Further information can be found here: www.woche-der-umwelt.de.

Inner-city car traffic with visible emissions

Current data from the Federal Environment Agency on greenhouse gas emissions from transport show a significant shortfall from the target in 2023

On 15 March 2024, the Federal Environment Agency published the preliminary data on Germany's greenhouse gas emissions in 2023 in a press release. These form the basis for reporting and for the development of the Federal Government's climate protection emergency programmes in accordance with the National Climate Protection Act (KSG). The UBA found that a total of around 673 million tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHG) were emitted in Germany in 2023 - 76 million tonnes or 10.1 percent less than in 2022. However, the transport sector in particular needs to take action on climate protection.

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Federal funding for efficient buildings: evaluation of the 2022 funding year published

With the Federal Subsidy for Efficient Buildings (BEG), the German government is supporting both refurbishment efforts and the construction of new,…

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Press release: Climate footprint of combustion engines far worse than that of electric cars

From a climate perspective, a battery-powered vehicle is always superior to a combustion engine, even if the latter refuels with synthetic fuels in the future. This is the conclusion of a new study conducted by the ifeu Institute on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, which analyses the environmental impact of cars, lorries and vans with different drive systems.

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Open letter to the Federal Government: Continue practice-oriented research into electromobility!

A broad alliance from research and industry, including ifeu, is calling on the German government to provide federal funding for application-oriented research into electromobility in the 2024 budget and beyond. In an open letter, the signatories address the federal government, which plans to massively reduce funding for "measures for the further development of electromobility" in the Climate and Transformation Fund from the 2024 budget year and then phase it out.