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Phasing out the flame retardant HBCD

Builders insulating a house

For a long time the chemical hexabromocyclododecane, or HBCD, was the most economically significant flame retardant used in polystyrene foam for insulation materials. Our background paper, also available in English, provides answers to the most important questions concerning the phase-out. read more


Soil protection through consistent implementation of SDGs

Maria Krautzberger

The third Global Soil Week took place in April 2015 in Berlin. UBA was a partner in organizing the conference, which was hosted by the IASS and chaired by Klaus Töpfer. In her statement, Maria Krautzberger makes a case for utilizing the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for promoting soil protection at all levels. read more


Chemical law: REACH could increase safety of imported articles

Two women lying on a mat at a sports centre with gymnastic balls and barbells

The EU might introduce an authorization scheme for imported goods such as clothing, sports gear and toys in the REACH Regulation, to aim at a better protection of humans and the environment against Substances of Very High Concern in articles. An UBA study claims that the necessary amendment of the EU chemicals regulation REACH would not breach international trade law. read more


Extraneous water within the sewerage system burdens sewage treatm

View into a decrepit sewers sewage plant

About a quarter of the volume of wastewater entering sewage plants for treatment would not have to be treated. This is extraneous water that infiltrates decrepit sewers and blends with “genuine” wastewater. In a project, a group of experts explored how this affects water quality and how sewer rehabilitation can remedy the problem. read more


Umweltbewusstsein 2014 study: More and more people see protection of the environment as part of the solution, not the problem

Barbara Hendricks and Maria Krautzberger present the Umweltbewusstsein 2014 study

Environmental awareness among Germany's population is undergoing a change, says a new study by the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). According to the study, more and more people see protection of the climate and the environment as part of the solution to challenges of the future and securing prosperity, competitiveness and jobs. read more



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