Climate work should take lessons in politics from the UN Air Pollution Convention. The Air Pollution Convention is a unique model in which the interaction between research and policy is built into the organisational structure – something that shown itself to be successful and which has led to a significant reduction in emissions. So writes Peringe Grennfelt, former head of research at IVL, along with several other researchers in an article published in the Science journal.
Many countries with high levels of carbon dioxide emissions have committed themselves to emission targets that fall significantly behind their estimated abatement potential, shows a recent report from the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
Empowering the victims of environmental pollution and the creation of a strong base for good environmental governance – this is the goal of a two-year project that now is launched within the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme.
Supporting a greener and more energy efficient building process in Mongolia is the aim of a new project starting at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. – Mongolia is currently experiencing a construction boom and there is a need to overcome barriers and improve current practices both to protect the environment and human health, says Åke Iverfeldt, vice president at IVL.
Despite the closure of the Norrsundet pulp and paper mill in 2008, no reduction in the levels of dioxins found in perch caught in nearby waters has yet been observed. The persistently high dioxin levels are probably attributable to emissions of the chlorine that was formerly used for pulp bleaching and is now stored in sedimentary deposits. This is the finding of a new study by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
More efficient use of resources and a considerable reduction of food waste in the food chain from field to fork. This is the aim of FUSIONS, a four-year European FP7 project involving universities, knowledge institutes, consumer organisations, and businesses. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and SIK are the Swedish partners in the four million Euro project.
An agreement announced on August 28th by the Hon Greg Combet MP, The Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Ms Connie Hedegaard presented a mutual recognition of carbon units between the two countries. Businesses will no later than July 2018 be allowed to use carbon units from the Australian emissions trading scheme or the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for compliance under either system.
Today, Swedish Minister for Information Technology and Energy, Anna-Karin Hatt, and United States Ambassador to Sweden, Mark Brzezinski, visits Hammarby Sjöstadsverk, a water and wastewater treatment testing facility run and owned jointly by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and KTH.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute will lead a 1.2 MEUR Europe Aid project for improving access to environmental justice to protect people's environmental rights in the Guizhou province in China. The project aim to develop a public environmental rights litigation system and propose several changes to environmental laws in China.
When the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bay Fang visited Stockholm in the middle of August Lars Zetterberg, a researcher at IVL, presented a new report regarding a future transatlantic carbon market between the EU and the U.S.