Dear readers,
There's a lot going on in climate policy lately. The EU decides to increase its greenhouse gas reduction targets, U.S. President Biden holds a climate summit and also promises significantly more speed in climate protection. Finally, the German Constitutional Court announces that parts of the German Climate Protection Act are unconstitutional. For example, with the climate protection measures defined so far, the CO2 budget to which Germany is entitled until 2050 would already be exhausted by 2030. The climate protection measures must therefore be tightened once again and a new draft law submitted.

More exciting news awaits you in the May issue of our newsletter. In the blog, we start with a new series on circular economy. In addition, our scientists have commented on the new US climate target. In our annual report, we are pleased to present important projects from the past year, in which we demonstrate solutions in various areas to overcome current crises.

Lastly, we would like to invite you to an event: To the virtual conference "". on May 19 and 20, where we will highlight the connections between digitalization and sustainable development from an international perspective.

Enjoy reading this issue,

Mandy Schossig (Head of Public Relations & Communication)
News from...
... our magazine eco@work
Living space is a resource
The demand for housing can be met through smart use of the existing building stock, says Daniel Fuhrhop. Back in 2015, he published an impassioned polemic against new builds, aptly titled Ban construction! In our interview with the author and economist, we talk about the development of living space, strategies for space-saving living and why new construction needs to be reduced. Read the interview with Daniel Fuhrhop here!
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... our scientific work
Reforming EU emissions trading

As part of the European Green Deal, the European Union has adjusted its target for reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions for the year 2030 from minus 40 to minus 55 percent compared with 1990. As a result, the European Union's emissions trading system is also facing renewed reform. The Oeko-Institut has now presented a comprehensive analysis of these adjustments, which are intended to ensure that the EU's emissions reduction target, which is binding under international law, can be achieved.
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...our blog
#CircularEconomy 1: Will Circular Business Models save the world?
Our scientists are starting a blog series on a topic that many see as a glimmer of hope for a sustainable economy: the circular economy. But can the circular economy live up to the promises made by many? In the first article, Siddharth Prakash and Clara Löw explain that the Circular Economy cannot succeed without the support of politics.
Illustration: fStopImages/Malte Müller
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...our blog
What the new US climate target means compared to the EU’s target
On 22 April 2021, international Earth Day, Joe Biden hosted heads of States at a climate summit, announcing a new climate goal of the United States under the Paris Agreement. In Europe, in the early morning hours of the same day, negotiators from governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament agreed on a compromise for the EU’s climate goal for 2030. What do these targets mean in terms of actual emission reductions? And do they represent comparable efforts?
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Graphic of the month
What amount of greenhouse gas emissions is still allowed?

In order to limit global warming, we must substantially reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This diagram shows for how many years we can continue to emit as many greenhouse gases at the current level before the global carbon budget calculated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) runs out.
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May 19-20 2021
Together with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), we invite you to an international conference on digitization and sustainable development. For more information, please see below.
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May 25-27 2021
Green Cooling Summit 2021
This conference addresses how the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) according to the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol can best be implemented and accelerated politically and technically through the use of natural refrigerants and improved energy efficiency.
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June 29 2021
ANTICSS - closing all roads to circumvention
Since 2018, the European Union has been co-funding the Horizon 2020 research project “ANTICSS – Anti-Circumvention of Standards for better Market Surveillance”. Main results are now available. With a view to supporting all stakeholders in specifically tackling circumvention, VDE together with Oeko- Institute and University of Bonn are organizing a 90-minute online workshop.
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News from the institute
Invitation to the conference

On May 19 and 20, the Oeko-Institut and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) invite you to the virtual conference " Ecologically-Sustainable Digitalization in an International Context". Discussions will focus on sharing experiences on how to ensure the environmental sustainability of digitalization and how digitalization can enable and support the transformation towards more sustainable development.
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2020 annual report published

In times of crisis we often stand at a crossroads. Do we view crises as fateful moments that we can do little about? Or do we use them in order to learn from them and to create a better, more sustainable future for all? Our 2020 annual report explores the subject of crisis and profiles projects that we have worked on in the past year that deal with critical events. Apart from that, you can also read about projects that proactively lay the foundations for greater sustainability.
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