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Series: The relevance of the War in Ukraine for transformation


The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the urgently needed sustainability transformation face new challenges due to the Russia’s war against Ukraine. Especially in European societies, many initiated changes are currently re-evaluated under the unprecedented geopolitical situation ("Zeitenwende"), such as energy supply, mobility, and agriculture. The German Environment Agency... read more

News on Chemicals

Advanced materials: steadily sustainable and safe

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Advanced materials are innovative materials of most diverse chemical composition and form. They can offer solutions to global challenges. Examples are carrier systems for novel active ingredients or graphene for future use in batteries. To ensure that the materials are safe and sustainable over their life cycle, certain cornerstones need to be considered. read more

Waste | Resources

Resource use in Germany

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German raw material consumption totaled 1,328 million tons in 2019, or 16 tons per capita. This represents only a slight change in the trend up to 2018. In 2019, raw material consumption in Germany will fall slightly. And preliminary calculations for 2020 also indicate a decline. read more


Digital Sustainability

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Digital technologies can be harnessed to make an important contribution to the global sustainability transformation. Individually and in sum, the technologies harbour potential to bring about important ecological, societal and economic change. Gearing digitalisation towards sustainability requires creating the necessary conditions to achieve this aim. read more

News on Waste | Resources

Resource Commission at UBA in the third appointment period

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At its first meeting on May 25, 2021, the newly formed Resources Commission at the German Environment Agency (UBA) was constituted for the appointment period 2021 to 2024. The Resource Commission consists of 18 experts from science, industry, administration, and civil society, who were personally appointed by the President of UBA. read more

Waste | Resources

Digitalisation and natural resources

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Digitalisation is increasingly affecting all aspects of our lives. However, its impact on the natural resource demand has not been sufficiently examined, yet. The UBA research project ‘Digitalisation and natural resources’ applies simulation models to analyse the resource intensity of the digital transformation in Germany with the aim of identifying ways for an environmentally sound development. read more

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