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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.

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Climate protection partnership: Delegation from the Turkish city of Bornova visits ifeu

The Turkish city of Bornova and Heidelberg have had a project partnership in climate protection since 2022. A 10-member delegation from Bornova will be visiting Heidelberg from 22 to 26 January 2024 to receive advice on developing a concept for climate protection and climate change adaptation. Today, the ifeu Institute welcomed the group of three mayors as well as representatives from the university and the energy sector.

Potential analysis: waste heat could cover up to 10 per cent of Berlin's future heating requirements

Companies such as data centres, large bakeries and coffee roasting plants generate a lot of heat, most of which has so far been released into the environment unused. The sum of all this heat can be an important source of energy for heating. A project by IÖW and ifeu now shows that the state of Berlin can cover up to ten per cent of its future heating requirements from such waste heat.

Evaluation reports published - National Climate Initiative is effective

Since 2008, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWK) have been funding climate protection projects throughout Germany with the National Climate Initiative (NKI). The National Climate Initiative has been monitored and evaluated from the outset. As part of a large project consortium, ifeu supported the lead organisation Öko-Institut e.V. in each of the multi-year evaluations. The current studies focus on almost 5,000 projects that were completed and evaluated in 2020 and 2021.

ifeu-Podcast: „Career versus climate protection“ - How researchers can reduce business air travel and still work successfully

Travelling by plane on business - it's all part and parcel of research. But what is good for exchange, networking and careers is bad for the climate: in many research institutions, more than half of emissions are currently caused by air travel. In episode 10 of the ifeu podcast, Nicole Aeschbach and Susann Görlinger explain how scientists can stay on the ground more often and thus protect the climate.

Große Kreuzung mit viel Autoverkehr.

New ifeu paper: Switching to an electric car is almost always worthwhile for an old combustion engine car

Using products for a long time is generally sustainable and ecologically sensible as it conserves resources - one exception: it is almost always worth switching to an electric car if you have an old combustion engine car. Electric cars are more energy-intensive to manufacture, but combustion engine cars consume considerable amounts of resources during operation due to the use of fossil fuels. Over their lifetime, this results in considerably more climate-damaging emissions than the production and use of an electric car. In terms of operation, the advantage of electric cars over combustion engines, including those already in production, is already so great that a switch almost always makes sense.

Environmental and climate protection in practice: ifeu supports projects with donations

Since 1978, ifeu has been committed to raising awareness of environmental and sustainability issues worldwide, bringing about positive change and thus contributing to the transformation of our society. This is why we have been supporting various projects on a rotating basis for several years as part of the Climate Protection+ Foundation, now totalling EUR 5,000.

COUNTLESS readies lignin-based platform chemicals for the market

In COUNTLESS, 13 partners, coordinated by VITO (Belgium), will take lignin processing to industrial scale, making the production of lignin-based platform chemicals cost-effective and sustainable.