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Digitalisation can make consumption more sustainable

A computer keybord with a green button with a shopping cart.

Personalised advertisement, instant delivery, virtual shopping assistants and contactless payment show that consumption and digitalisation have become closely linked. A new report from the German Environment Agency (UBA) says it is not yet known whether this link will lead to greater pollution. The current analysis is that digitalisation offers good opportunities to use resources more efficiently. read more

Newsletter "UBA aktuell" - No.: 3/2019

Dear Reader,There is almost no better example of today’s “throwaway society” than the “coffee to go” in a disposable cup. In Germany, the number of cups that are used before frequently being carelessly discarded doesn’t just seem huge, it is huge. Read this edition of our newsletter to discover both the facts as well as our proposals for possible steps to counter this trend.Potato peelings and cof... read more

Emissions trading 2018: German installations cut emissions by 3.5 per cent

Ein Kraftwerk und Stromleitungen.

The 2018 emissions of the roughly 1,870 stationary installations in Germany recorded in the European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) amounted to around 422 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq). This is a 3.5-percent decrease compared to the previous year. The decline in emissions is chiefly due to lower emissions in the energy industry. read more

Energy efficiency of residential buildings on the rise, but at a slower rate

Hausfassade mit Baugerüst

Although housing in Germany is becoming more energy efficient, the upward trend has nearly flattened out. These are the findings of a new research project by the German Environment Agency (UBA) which evaluated data collected nationwide on energy consumption and the status of modernisation of residential buildings between 2002 and the present. read more

A coffee date with the Blue Angel

Viele Becher von FairCup.

The FairCup start-up is the first company to be awarded the Blue Angel ecolabel for its reusable cup system. FairCup started out as a student project at a vocational training school in Göttingen. The company is now represented all over Germany. The aim of the Blue Angel for resource-saving reusable cup systems (DE-UZ 210) is to reduce the number of disposable cups that are used. read more

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