All articles by Leonie Düngefeld

Social Taxonomy: Was that it?
The EU Commission actually wanted to write a report on the planned Social Taxonomy by the end of the year. Its advisory body has already presented ideas, but after the heated discussion on Environmental Taxonomy, there seems to be a lack of political will – and priority. continue reading →
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by Leonie Düngefeld
Outlook: the fall agenda for sustainability
Lawsuits against the taxonomy, negotiations on the battery regulation, work on the supply chain law and a new bouquet of proposals on the circular economy – this fall, sustainability in Brussels and Strasbourg will be colorful. continue reading →
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by Leonie Düngefeld
Repair label: the French example
Consumers will soon be able to tell how well an electrical appliance can be repaired by looking at a new product label. France is taking steps to develop its repair index further, while Germany and other countries are waiting for a proposal from the EU Commission. continue reading →
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by Leonie Düngefeld
’90 percent of the way is still ahead of us’
The market for sustainable investments is growing rapidly, but it needs a better framework, says Silke Stremlau. She has been chair of the German government's Sustainable Finance Advisory Council since this summer. She believes the EU taxonomy is the right approach – but it still has fundamental flaws, as she explains in an interview with Leonie Düngefeld. continue reading →
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by Leonie Düngefeld
Scientific consensus: 100 percent renewables possible by 2050
A growing number of studies suggest that 100 percent renewables-based energy systems can be achieved at low cost by 2050 or possibly earlier. This is summarized by a research project of 15 international universities, including the University of Technology Sydney, Eindhoven University of Technology and Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. According to the publication, […] continue reading →
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Oil imports: Transport sector can end dependence on Russia
In the transport sector alone, Europe can save one-third of its oil requirements by 2030, which would be enough to completely end its dependence on Russian oil. This is the finding of a study published yesterday by Transport & Environment (T&E), in which the environmental organization also recommends various measures for reducing oil consumption in […] continue reading →
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by Leonie Düngefeld
Critical raw materials: Should Europe build reserves?
To relieve supply chains and ensure production continuity, companies could build up raw materials reserves. Japan, China, and the USA are miles ahead of Berlin and Brussels where the topic is being discussed. So far, however, this approach has been too expensive. Government stocks could also be part of the strategy. continue reading →
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by Leonie Düngefeld
Circular economy: potential for trade between the EU and China
The EU is seeking greater cooperation in international trade toward its goal of a circular economy. In bilateral trade agreements, which regulate around 40 percent of the EU’s total trade volume, the circular economy has so far rarely been explicitly mentioned. However, there is great potential with trading partners such as China, especially for plastics […] continue reading →
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by Leonie Düngefeld
Scholz: Germany’s responsibility for Europe
Chancellor Olaf Scholz sees Germany in a leadership role in the EU. “We are very aware of the consequences of our decision for a geopolitical European Union,” Scholz wrote in an op-ed for the German newsletter Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, referring to the turning point in time after the Russian attack on Ukraine. “The European Union […] continue reading →
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