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(Bulk) purchase of bio-based plastic products in the public and entrepreneurial sectors

   
 
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Renewbility - Decarbonising Transport

 

10.11.2016 ifeu presented the results of the research study Renewbility in Berlin together with its partners – Öko-Institut, DLR und INFRAS – and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

In order to reach the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, the transport sector in Germany has to be decarbonised by 2050. The main strategies are a maximum increase in vehicle efficiency and a complete shift from fossil fuels to renewable energies. This can be achieved cost-effectively if cities, in particular, adopt new vehicle concepts such as electric cars and if they boost efficient public transport. With these strategies, the transport sector in Germany could be free of climate emissions by 2050, and moreover, an increased quality of life in urban areas would result.

In the project Renewbility, ifeu focused on pre-chain emissions of vehicles. This included the emissions during vehicle production and fuel supply. Additionally, the future material demand for vehicle fleets was assessed. The website www.renewbility.de provides the results of the project (in German).

 
 
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Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement signed between Urumqi Building Energy Conservation Association and ifeu

 

Foto Bernd Franke23.08.2016 Urumqi/China. Ifeu has a successful long-term collaboration in energy efficiency activities with the City of Urumqi in Northwest China that was initially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). One major achievement was Xingfubao the first passive house in the extreme cold climate zone. Planning for a 3,500 m2 office building of the Rui Xiang window factory was recently completed with support from ifeu; construction will start in September 2016. The City of Urumqi, research organizations and further stakeholders in Urumqi have started the Urumqi New Building Materials and Building Energy Conservation Association to expand activities in the area of energy conservation in the building sector and enhance the use of sustainable construction of building materials. The improved recycling of construction waste materials is also in the association’s focus. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement between the association and ifeu is designed to expand the basis for further cooperation. The Association’s executive director, Ms. PENG Xioayan, stressed the benefit for China in learning from Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition). Bernd Franke, scientific director at ifeu outlined the good prospects for German companies offering energy efficiency consulting, training of personnel, and specific energy efficient products.

 
 
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Survey of Global Material Flows

 

Cover of the Report09.08.2016 The current report of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme, to which the ifeu Institute contributed, analyses global resource use between 1970 and 2010. The report builds on existing global datasets on material flows which were developed further and brought together for the UNEP report. The ifeu Institute contributed by preparing and calculating global physical trade data.

The report presents a variety of empirical results from economy-wide material flow analysis analysed by different criteria such as regional affiliation, income and welfare differences and differentiated by raw material categories. The report shows for example that the extraction of raw materials has tripled globally during the observed period while the amount of internationally traded goods quadrupled. Global average resource use (measured in terms of domestic material consumption) has increased from 6 to 10 tons per capita. According to the report the average amount for Germany was 16 tons in 2010.

The report is available here ....

 
 
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First Newsletter by the SEEMLA project

   
 
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Pilot project on Bio-Oil Transformers

 

photo bio-oil transformer (Guido Reinhardt)07.07.2016 Transformers that transform power from medium voltage to low voltage currently mostly contain mineral oil as insulating fluid. IFEU now accompanies a pilot project by the German grid operator Netze BW in collaboration with Siemens and the University of Stuttgart in which initially 100 bio-oil transformers are introduced. Already this pilot operation saves around 36 t of mineral oil. The new bio-oil from rapeseed shows comparable insulation properties and is moreover regarded as non-toxic. IFEU studies in a screening life cycle assessment which climate change mitigation and other environmental impacts arise from this. If accompanying tests are successful, Netze BW plans to use bio-oil transformers in future maintenance and replacement operations of its 26,500 distribution transformers.

For more information see the press release of Netze BW [German].

 
 
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Bio-based Plastics for Food Packaging

   
 
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Evaluation of Mercury Emissions from the Thermal Power Station Munich North

   
 
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