Press release from | No. 50/08

Ban on DecaBDE flame retardant in electronic and electrical equipment in effect on 1 July 2008

Electronic and electrical equipment that is marketed in Europe may no longer contain the flame retardant Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE) after 1 July 2008.  This regulation applies regardless of the origin of the product and all its components. The President of the Federal Environment Agency, Prof. Dr. Andreas Troge, said, ”This finally puts an end to the presence of the highly problematic subst... read more

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Press release from | No. 48/2008

First eco-label with same award criteria for Germany and China

Cooperation between the German Blue Angel eco-label and the Chinese eco-label has borne fruit: the two institutions responsible in both countries- the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the RAL German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certification in Germany, and the Environmental Certification Center of the Chinese Environment Ministry- jointly determined for the first the award criteria for... read more

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Press release from | No. 49/2008

More energy efficiency in city lighting

Roughly one third of the streetlights in Germany is at least 20 years old-and is often consuming more energy than necessary. The Federal Ministry for Environment (BMU), the KfW Bankengruppe and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) have therefore launched the national energy efficiency award contest for city lighting (Energieeffiziente Stadtbeleuchtung) contest today. UBA President Prof. Dr. Troge... read more

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Press release from | No. 47/08

Biological diversity and human simplicity

There is a new exhibition at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in Berlin starting 19 June 2008. Titled „BRUTSTÄTTEN - Künstlerische Positionen zur biologischen Vielfalt und menschlichen Einfalt“, it features three artists’ works that take a humorous yet deeper look at man’s fractured relationship to nature. read more

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Press release from | No. 46/08

Put CO2 away under the sea?

Technologically speaking it is entirely feasible to separate the carbon dioxide (CO2) harmful to the climate from the concentrated flue gases of power plants and to compress them into porous rock or sediment layers under the oceans and seas. Yet can the greenhouse gas be stored permanently and safely without doing damage to the marine environment?  This issue is the focus of a meeting of German an... read more

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Press release from | No. 45/08

Pre-registration for REACH begins

The EU Chemicals Ordinance REACH goes into the next round as pre-registration begins. REACH requires registration of all chemicals that are on the market in the EU. Manufacturers and importers of chemicals must register products with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and assess the risk they pose to mankind and the environment.  Pre-registration is a sort of taking of stock that provides public... read more

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Press release from | No. 44/08

Continued dry periods and nitrogen input are hazardous to biological diversity

Over the past four decades the volume of nitrogen released into the environment worldwide has tripled-and this trend is set to continue, posing a long-term risk to biological diversity. ”Plants that thrive on nitrogen, e.g. nettles and boysenberries, are crowding out other species. Grassland is growing over entire habitat types adapted to conditions where few nutrients are present (e.g. raised bog... read more

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Press release from | No. 43/08

Natural refrigerant for mobile air conditioning systems

It is now widely acknowledged that the synthetic refrigerants contained in mobile air conditioning systems are doing damage to our climate.  In June, experts at two international congresses in the USA will once again discuss alternatives to the harmful refrigerants now used in air conditioning systems.  In the opinion of the Federal Environment Agency, the most climate-friendly solution is to repl... read more

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