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How can our traffic change for the better? ifeu expertise at the Transport and Climate Change Week

The Transport and Climate Change Week brings together experts and decision-makers from all around the world to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking through peer-to-peer exchange and specialised workshops. ifeu scientist Marie Colson is one of the experts at the expert clinics on 23.6. and will participate in a workshop on the tool MobiliseYourCity. This session will introduce the MobiliseYourCity Emissions Calculator developed by ifeu.

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Too often in combustion engine mode: plug-in hybrids put transport sector’s climate targets at risk

The boom in electric vehicles in Germany is currently driven substantially by the larger plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), with company cars accounting for more than three quarters of registrations. In the real world, these vehicles are driven much more frequently using their combustion engine and therefore emit far more CO2 than hitherto assumed in the calculations of German greenhouse gas emissions for 2030.


Critical raw materials from an environmental perspective - ÖkoRess II published

Despite increasing recycling efforts, the globally growing demand for raw materials in the coming decades will have to be covered mainly by mining. This has significant effects on the environment. 50 raw materials were evaluated on their environmental hazard potential for an UBA study. More than half of them have a high environmental hazard potential because mining may affect protected areas, or pollute soil and water with heavy metals, acids or radioactivity.


Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans in Germany and China

Municipalities are a central field of action for combating climate change and the transition to an ecologically sound, low-carbon energy system. As part of the Sino-German Climate Partnership Scientists, scientists from ifeu, in cooperation with Beijing-based Innovative Green Development Program (iGDP) and Klaus Hoppe Consulting (Freiburg) prepared a guideline for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) and discussed it in an online conference with representatives from various Chinese cities and research organizations.


ifeu project "iBRoad" nominated for EUSEW Award

ifeu has developed iBRoad - the individual Building Renovation Roadmap - together with twelve partners from nine European countries. iBRoad is an energy consultancy service for building owners that leads to sustainable energy consumption through several renovation steps. An online building logbook supports the owners on this path. iBRoad is one of three nominees for the EUSEW Award in the category Innovations. Vote with us!


New Policy Paper shows the economic viability of the overhead line technology and its potentials for saving CO2

Road freight traffic is responsible for more than one third of the national greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector - and is likely to increase in the future. Climate-neutral freight transport must play a key role for Germany to achieve its climate goals. A new joint Policy Brief by Fraunhofer ISI, the Oeko Institut and ifeu shows that the overhead line technology has great potential for CO2 savings and can be economically viable.