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25/08/2017

Dear readers,

Digitalisation is gaining ground. Everyone wants a circular economy – but what is the shared vision, and how do we achieve it?

So far, companies are still relying too much on primary materials instead of recycled raw materials – although the latter may actually be less expensive. A key reason for this lies in the lack of information. Dr. Henning Wilts, Head of the Research Unit Circular Economy at the Wuppertal Institute, stresses that: "There is an urgent need for better coordination of flows of materials and information, if we are to advance the transition to the circular economy."

A study commissioned by the German Federal Environment Ministry takes the position that the circular economy would especially benefit from digitalisation – whilst at the same time revealing that the subject is not really being systematically addressed yet. Thus, the Research Unit Circular Economy works on a "Circular Economy Literacy" framework for a digitalised circular economy. The recently published in brief shows measures of how to pave the way for the digital and resource-efficient circular economy.

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Kerstin Eiwen, Christin Hasken & Anna Riesenweber


On a Pathway to Decarbonisation
A comparison of new passenger car CO2 emission standards and taxation measures in the G20 countries

Considering the role of transport for the 1.5 degree goal, the key elements of a policy package to shape the energy efficiency of the vehicle fleet must be understood.

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Combining Cities and Sustainability
Joint Memorandum signed

The Wuppertal Institute, the Association of German Cities and UN-Habitat signed a Memorandum of Understanding, providing a framework for implementing the New Urban Agenda.

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Green Light for New EU Energy Label System
Which energy classes apply to which appliances will once again be presented with the letters A to G

The legal framework lays the groundwork for the gradual conversion of the EU label, with the bewildering A +++ classes, back to an easily understood and clear A to G scale.

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Assessing the Significance of Social Impacts of Renewable Power Plants
Article published in Environmental Impact Assessment Review

Determining the significance of social impacts for different parties is important in order to support the decision-making process on energy infrastructure developments.

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Vision Development towards a Sustainable North Rhine-Westphalia 2030
Paper presents results from a science-practice-dialogue

This paper presents the results of a participatory vision development process for the sustainability strategy of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany.

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Assessing the Fuel Poverty Vulnerability of Urban Neighbourhoods
Paper uses a spatial multi-criteria decision analysis for the German city of Oberhausen

How can fuel poor homes be more effectively identified and targeted to ensure that limited local and national budgets are used to benefit those who most need help?

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