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Biodiversity in Life Cycle Assessment

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The international »Convention on Biological Diversity« (CBD) defines biodiversity as the diversity of species, including genetic variety within individual species, and the diversity of ecosystems. However, the term is often differently understood, since it can be described and made measurable in various ways.

A cascade-like approach to the production of high-quality chemicals

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At present, 220 million tons of residual waste are produced annually in Europe (EU27). Each and every citizen contributes to this with 1.2 kilograms of waste per day.[1] In view of its highly heterogeneous composition and the differing conditions from country to country, this waste is currently burned, biologically treated, or disposed of at landfill sites.

Turning residual waste into raw materials – recycling at the molecular level

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About 60 billion tons of resources are currently consumed worldwide each year – with an upward trend. Resource efficiency is therefore one of the most important keys to sustainable development. As part of the sustainability concept, resource efficiency is an important element of national and international strategies, for example at the level of the United Nations, the European Union, and the German Federal Government.

Life Cycle Assessment guidelines for energy-efficient buildings and building products

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With around 35 percent, buildings are one of the most significant sources of annual greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. In order to sustainably minimize the overall emission of greenhouse gases in future, including the share attributable to the building industry, it is necessary not only to register the energy efficiency of buildings and the building products used, but to take the entire life cycle into account.