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Analysis of the EU climate ambitions for greenhouse gas reductions and renewable energy consumption shares

To achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced and renewable energy implemented in the EU.

The publication analyzes these factors and concludes that the EU's annual reduction in greenhouse gases must be tripled by 2030 to meet the targets set. For renewable energy, the growth rate must be increased by 2% per year until 2030.

Publication: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2022.100936

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner was appointed member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports

Scientific Reports is the 6th most-cited journal in the world, with more than 540,000 citations in 2020

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner was appointed member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports, a journal of the Nature Publishing Group. Scientific Reports is an open access journal publishing original research from across all areas of the natural science e.g. psychology, medicine and engineering. It is the 6th most-cited journal in the world,…

The global environmental costs of mining and processing abiotic raw materials and their geographic distribution

Mining and processing of raw materials has many adverse effects on the environment. The chair of Sustainable Engineering quantified the impact of mining and processing 38 abiotic raw materials with LCA coupled with environmental costs. The research was funded by the BMBF.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.132232

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Development of the ESSENZ method and its application to NMC batteries

ESSENZ is a method for evaluating the criticality of abiotic resources as well as societal aspects during mining.

ESSENZ is a method for evaluating the criticality of abiotic resources as well as societal aspects during mining. Due to its further improvement, product-specific recycling shares, as well as the influence of certified mines on social aspects can be included in the assessment. The analysis of the NMC batteries shows that a decreasing cobalt share…

Sustainable Engineering Department visits the SEPAWA® specialist groups CAT/LUV

Under the motto "Sustainability! Unlimited", the SEPAWA CAT (Cosmetic Applications and Technologies) and LUV (Legislative - Environment - Consumer) Groups held a lecture event in Mainz.

Under the motto "Sustainability! Unlimited", the SEPAWA CAT (Cosmetic Applications and Technologies) and LUV (Legislative - Environment - Consumer) Groups held a lecture event in Mainz. The event presented promising concepts for sustainable ingredients for cosmetics and detergents and was also dedicated to the latest regulations and certifications.…

An approach to determine missing life cycle inventory data for chemicals (RREM)

Life cycle assessments of chemicals and products containing them are often not possible due to missing life cycle inventory data. Therefore, the department of Sustainable Engineering has developed an approach that can be applied to fill the data gaps. By modeling the synthesis reaction and linking it to existing life cycle inventory data sets, the…

Development of a method to assess overfishing in LCA

Overfishing refers to the depletion of fish stocks due to (over)exploitation caused by excessive fishing. The developed method is based on the distance-to-target approach, using the EU's strategy to prevent overfishing in European oceans by 2030 as a target. In addition, the method allows for a direct comparison with other impact categories, such…

Prof. Matthias Finkbeiner among the 2% top-scientists globally

Prof. Matthias Finkbeiner has made it onto the prestigious Stanford University’s list of the top 2% of scientists globally!

Prof. Matthias Finkbeiner has made it onto the prestigious Stanford University’s list of the top 2% of scientists globally!

Stanford University recently released its World’s Top 2% Scientists list, based on 22 major fields and 172 subfields, and presents the ranking of the world’s most cited researchers and those who are among the top 2% of more…

The Department of Sustainable Engineering mourns the loss of Dr. Robert Ackermann

The department mourns the loss of its long-time employee and wishes his family much strength during this difficult time.

Completely unexpectedly, Dr. Robert Ackermann passed away on March 26, 2021. The department mourns the loss of his long-time colleague and wishes his family much strength during this difficult time. For this reason, the two courses Ecological Risk Management and Corporate Environmental Management Methods will unfortunately have to be cancelled in…

The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment Special Issue: Life Cycle Assessment in the Context of Decarbonization and

Together with Dr. Stephan Krinke of Volkswagen, Dr. Vanessa Bach of the Department of Sustainable Engineering is publishing a Special Issue of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

Together with Dr. Stephan Krinke of Volkswagen, Dr. Vanessa Bach of the Department of Sustainable Engineering is publishing a Special Issue of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment on decarbonization and carbon neutrality.

Information can be found in the English-language announcement below.

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Climate or carbon neutrality is a…