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    Air pollution is estimated to cause 6,700 premature deaths in Sweden each year
    Air pollution is estimated to cause 6,700 premature deaths in Sweden each year. This is shown by the latest study carried out by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and Umeå University on behalf of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Each death is estimated to be equivalent to a loss of ten years of life.
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    COP27: Pathways to sustainable building markets through credible, lifecycle-based information
    This week IVL and the subsidiary EPD International are organizing a side event at the UN Climate Conference, COP27, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The event will demonstrate how life cycle assessment and product declarations can be used in the construction sector to achieve emission targets in Egypt, the Middle East, and North Africa.
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    Several projects focusing on clean water in Mumbai
    IVL's work focused on SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation – continues in India. Currently, IVL is working as an environmental consultant in several projects related to clean water in Mumbai, for example the Mithi River Rejuvenation Projects aiming to reduce the pollution load of the Mithi River and restore it to its original state.
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    European project shows how flexibility from the district heating sector can add values to the energy system
    The transformation of the energy sector increases the need for various flexibility services to maintain a balance between energy use and production. The EU Flexi-Sync project has explored how the flexibility available in district heating networks can be optimised and contribute with values for the energy system.
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    Offsetting for carbon neutrality – getting the claims right
    In a blog post for the EU-project LIFE DICET researchers from IVL and Perspectives Climate Group explain why voluntarily seeking so-called “corresponding adjustments” is a matter of whether an actor wants to voluntarily help to close the ambition gap to contribute to the global 1.5-degree goal. To get claims about offsetting and carbon neutrality right, a global accounting approach must be applied.
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    Policy priorities for mobilizing investment in Swedish green industrial transitions
    A new report by Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre at SEI, IVL and RISE investigates the key challenges for investments in technological and production changes that bring deep emissions cuts in heavy industry in Sweden. According to the study, what the industry demands is policy focus on issues related to creating market demand and ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place.
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    Major EU initiative launched to accelerate the transition to safe and sustainable materials, products and processes
    To ensure that materials are sustainable for humans and the environment, to increase recycling and use resources in a more efficient way, efforts are required from an early stage of design and manufacturing.Thus, the EC has launched a major initiative, IRISS, which will accelerate the transition to safe and sustainably designed materials, products and processes. The consortium, led by IVL, will create a global network of experts and stakeholders. Six value chains represented in the project will provide a clear picture of the industry's ongoing and future transformation.
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    CCfD:s and climate fees can help transform industry
    Some of the key players in the climate transition are found in the basic industry. But for industry to make a successful post-carbon transition, demand for fossil free products must increase and the cost of its production must fall.
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    New project to support sustainable food production in China
    In collaboration with China Chain Store and Franchise Association and Institute of Agriculture Economics and Development, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute will support sustainable agriculture food production in China. The aim is to reduce food loss and packaging, as well as the use of pesticide and fertilizers.
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    More secure recycling of plastic in healthcare
    In a new joint research project, IVL and Trioworld will in collaboration develop a method to assess and ensure the sterilisation properties of the recycling process of plastic. The goal is to verify that even classified healthcare plastic waste can be recycled safely in the future.
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    IPCC report: Achieving climate goals only possible with immediate action
    We have experienced the largest increase in greenhouse gas emissions in human history and if we are to have a chance in limiting global warming to 1.5 ° C immediate multisectoral action is required. Meanwhile, significant progress is being made in many places and the opportunities to limit climate change and to achieve synergies with other global sustainability goals are great both in the short and medium-term perspective, according to the UN climate panel IPCC.
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    Sustainable clothing futures
    What do the sustainable value chains for future clothing look like? It is to be found out by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the University of Borås and Profu in a new research project.
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    Five major research institutions now pooling resources in marine research
    Chalmers, the University of Gothenburg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and RISE are joining forces to operate the marine research station Kristineberg under the name the Kristineberg Center for Marine Research and Innovation. The objective of the new agreement is for Kristineberg Center to become one of Europe’s leading marine research and innovation environments.
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    Accelerating the Climate Transition - new report on how to reach the Swedish climate target
    By 2045, Sweden have pledged to have net-zero carbon emissions. The technology needed to get there is well known and the cost is often marginal at the consumer level. Yet, the transition to reach the target is far too slow. The research program Mistra Carbon Exit have released a report with important lessons from its research, that need to be considered if we are to accelerate climate transition and ensure that all parts of society are engaged in the work.
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    New project examines conditions for a Nordic BECCS market
    New project examines conditions for a Nordic BECCS market Researchers at IVL and KTH will investigate the conditions for developing a Nordic market for Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage, so-called BECCS. The purpose is to facilitate a faster establishment and take advantage of the potential for large-scale BECCS projects in the Nordic region.
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    Export of sustainable solutions from Sweden
    Waste management in Colombia, energy efficiency in Somaliland and mobility solutions in China – these are just a few examples of projects that have started as a result of Smart City Sweden. The visit platform works to demonstrate sustainable city solutions from Sweden and welcomes delegations from all over the world. The result is over 20 projects on four different continents.
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    El Salvador wants to turn waste into energy with the help of Swedish solutions
    Waste experts from IVL are currently in El Salvador to investigate the possibilities of improving waste management in the country. The project, which is run within Smart City Sweden, will reduce the amount of waste that is currently landfilled and instead build facilities where the waste is converted into energy in the form of electricity, heat or fuel for transport.
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    Book about environmental permitting in Sweden released in China
    A book about environmental permitting and related management system in Sweden has been released in China. The aim is to share successful examples on permitting practices, legal framework, public participation, and to give environmental authorities and researchers in China a better understanding of systems in Europe. The book is co-authored by IVL and the center for Environment and Engineering, Ministry of Ecology and Environment in China.
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    Innovation and sustainable development in focus for new research collaboration in India
    IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and the Indian research institute NEERI are establishing a strategic collaboration to drive innovation and increase research collaboration in several important environmental areas. A Memorandum of Understanding between the parties was signed during a ceremony held in Nagpur on 18 October.
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    Media reporting affects the cities' conversion from biogas to electricity
    Biogas production and use may be displaced or reduced as public transportation systems electrify. The portrayal of biogas and electrification systems in various media, research reports, and public debate contributes largely to current decision making, which can have important implications for regional systems. A recent study by researchers at IVL and Lund University highlight the role of these narratives and the potential implications they have on regional development.
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    IVL assesses the environmental footprint of biodegradable plastic bags in China
    Under the pressure of serious environmental pollution, many major cities in China have started to promote the use of biodegradable plastic shopping bags. In Guangzhou the company Hairma's products have been put into use. In a new project, IVL has been commissioned to evaluate the environmental footprint of Hairma’s products’ materials and explore other possibilities in reducing the products’ carbon emissions.
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    New report reveals bad environmental habits
    Switching to white meats and plant-based diets and finding alternatives to air travel are among the recommendations in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ new report on household consumption. The report, which was drawn up by IVL, maps Nordic private household consumption, focusing on four themes; housing, transport, food and consumer goods. It also presents eight recommendations for more sustainable and climate-friendly lifestyles.
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    New report on PFAS substances in cosmetics
    On behalf of the Swedish Chemicals Agency, IVL and Stockholm University have investigated the presence of highly fluorinated substances, so-called PFAS, in cosmetic products. About 40 products have been analysed and the researchers have also calculated the volume of emissions to the environment.
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    Retailers to utilize life cycle analysis for sustainability
    In collaboration with Apotek Hjärtat, Perrigo and Idun Minerals, IVL will examine how retailers can utilize life cycle analysis data to reduce the climate impact of their products. The aim is to drive improvements and encourage the industry to switch to a more sustainable business model.
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    New modelling shows how Nordic energy systems can become climate neutral
    Emissions must be reduced fivefold over the next ten years if energy systems in the Nordic countries are to become climate neutral. More robust electricity networks, increased flexibility, more wind power and solar energy, the electrification of transport and carbon dioxide capture and storage are all crucial elements if the Nordic climate goals are to be achieved. This is clearly indicated by research carried out by the Nordic Clean Energy Scenarios project, which is funded by Nordic Energy Research.
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    Guidebook to district heating technologies of the future
    Lowering the temperature of systems used to heat buildings will deliver several environmental benefits. This opens the possibility of utilizing renewable energy sources and residual heat more efficiently. IVL is participating in the creation of a guide to the main driving forces behind low-temperature district heating.
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    The gap between air pollution pacesetters and laggards in Europe and Central Asia has widened
    Most emissions have fallen in Western, Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe since 2010. Hotspots remain in the Balkans and Central Asia, and air quality levels remain dangerous throughout region, but low-cost solutions are at hand, a new report from UNEP and IVL shows.
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    Russian youth learnt about Swedish sustainable solutions
    Last week, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute arranged a sustainability academy for Russian youth. The academy was financed by the Swedish Institute and the purpose was to increase the youth’s knowledge in waste management, water issues, energy and more.
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    Increased plastic packaging recycling benefits both climate and industry
    Swedish industries rely on vast amounts of single-use plastic packaging which is usually incinerated immediately after use. A collaboration between researchers and companies that targets both technology and politics is attempting to find ways to increase recycling.
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    Damaged wood can become raw material for clothing
    Wood damaged by the spruce bark beetle could be new raw material for clothes. This is the aim for a project within the research program Mistra SafeChem.
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    New report shows continued problems with acidification and eutrophication in southern Sweden
    Despite reduced emissions of air pollutants, acidification continues to be a problem, especially in the southern parts of Sweden. This is shown by the latest report from Krondroppsnätet's monitoring of forests and land. Measurements from 2020 show a probable effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, where society's shutdowns appear to have reduced sulfur and nitrogen levels by between 15 and 40 percent compared with previous years.
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    Purifies the E4 road stormwater from microplastics
    Large amounts of rubber, asphalt and other types of microplastics and micro-debris accompany the stormwater runoff from the busy E4 highway at Sundsvallsbron, Sweden's third longest bridge. In a unique study, researchers at Luleå University of Technology together with IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute investigated how effective a stormwater treatment plant is at cleaning microplastics from one of Sweden's busiest roads. The results are promising.
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    Requirements for climate declarations for buildings
    Last week, the parliament said yes to the Government's proposal for a climate declaration for buildings. The new law takes effect at this years end and applies to newly produced buildings. IVL has, on behalf of the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, produced the climate database that will be used to meet the legal requirement. IVL's tool Byggsektorns Miljöberäkningsverktyg, BM (In English: the construction sector's Environmental Calculation Tool) can be used to produce such climate declarations and for other purposes.
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    Actions on black carbon – a short term complement to mitigate Arctic warming
    Black carbon – a short-lived climate forcer that arises primarily from wood burning stoves and diesel engines and generators – intensifies climate warming, especially in the Arctic. Reduced emissions can have an immediate positive effect on the climate but coordinated policy action is required from across the northern hemisphere. New European-funded science-to-policy initiative shows how measures can be targeted.
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    Welcome to the Russia-Sweden Youth Sustainability Academy
    IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and the Swedish Institute are arranging a sustainability academy for Russian and Swedish youth in August. Now we are looking for people who want to learn more about sustainable solutions and technology and are inspired by discussing and collaborating with others.
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    Participates in new working group on climate impact from consumption
    IVL's employee Lars Zetterberg participates in the Environmental Objectives Committee's new working group that will develop goals and strategies for how Sweden can reduce the climate impact from consumption. The committee will, among other things, propose milestones for aviation's climate impact and see how the climate policy framework can have an impact on public procurement.
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    Big profits can be made through cooperation against food waste
    One third of all food produced in the world is wasted, according to data from United Nations. In Sweden, more than 1.3 million tonnes of food waste is generated each year, which corresponds to approximately 133 kilos per person. An agreement in the food industry has been working for a year to reduce food waste.
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    Mobility expert strengthens the Climate Law Inquiry
    IVL's mobility and transport expert Anders Roth will, from the first of September to the last of December 2021, work part-time as the investigation secretary for the Climate Law Inquiry. His task will be to strengthen the competence in the area of ​​transport-efficient society, which is one of two areas that the inquiry will focus on.
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    New platform for climate-adapted and circular procurement
    Setting clear environmental requirements in procurement is a key to achieving reduced climate impact from products and services. To support the transition to a circular economy, IVL, together with the innovation program RE:Source and the Recycling Industries, is now launching a website for public procurement in a life cycle perspective.
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    Artificial wetlands will be built on the Testbed Storsudret
    Region Gotland and IVL receive just over 300 000 Euros in support for constructing artificial wetlands on Testbed Storsudret on southern Gotland. The funding will be used in a nature conservation project that, with the help of dam hatches and dams, will strengthen the groundwater in the area and increase biodiversity.
Last updated: 2021-06-21

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