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Web-App with climate friendly dishes

As part of the KEEKS project, a web app with 50 recipes was developed that is primarily aimed at school kitchens. ifeu has determined the environmental impact of all recipes. In addition to greenhouse gas emissions, the land, phosphate and water footprints of the recipes are also indicated.

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Sustainable Consumption for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

In Germany today, we consume more goods and services than ever before. To date, there are only a few quantifying assessments of the effects of the associated material flows on the environment outside Germany. Above all, the consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem services are usually ignored. The "Konsumwende" project commissioned by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) aims to close this gap.

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Emission of nitrous oxide (N2O) from sewage sludge incineration plants

The mono-incineration of sewage sludge in a fluidized bed furnace is the technology of choice to implement the phosphorus recycling obligation specified in the Germany’s Sewage Sludge Ordinance 2017. During combustion, significant amounts of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide are released due to the low temperatures in the furnace. If Germany's entire sewage sludge were completely incinerated, this could result in up to 800,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent being emitted per year. ifeu is currently investigating possible reduction measures in several projects.

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Palm Oil and the Blue Angel

Can the Blue Angel be awarded for lubricants or surfactants based on palm oil? These and similar questions had to be answered in this extensive UBA research project.

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Biofuels, climate protection and transport

Biofuels have long been considered to play a key role in climate protection in transport. This role was significantly reduced by the discussion on food vs. fuel. At present, biofuels are again increasingly being brought into the discussion as a central solution in view of the difficulties in achieving climate protection targets in the transport sector.

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Three research projects of ifeu and partners represented on the international conference "Raw Materials & Environment 2019"

From 19 to 20 February 2019, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) hosted an international conference on environmental issues in mineral and metal supply and mining in Berlin. ifeu took part and, together with its project partners Öko-Institut, projekt-consult and adelphi, presented the latest research results on sustainable mining and environmental assessment of raw materials.

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