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    SPIDER and IVL to collaborate in training program on smart transport in Rwanda
    SPIDER at Stockholm University and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute will be leading a training program supporting welfare services realized via safe, accessible and affordable transport services in Rwanda. The participants will be civil servants in Rwanda and is funded by the Swedish Institute. The training program will run for one year starting September 2021.
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    IVL finalist in Helsinki Energy Challenge
    Out of 252 competitors from the beginning, IVL is now one of ten finalists in Helsinki Energy Challenge – a competition organized by the City of Helsinki. On the final event, March 16th, all finalists will present their solutions for transforming Helsinki's energy system.
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    Smart City Sweden supports waste management project in Nigeria
    Smart City Sweden has approved financing support for a waste management project in Karu, Nigeria. The project will evaluate how the region can reduce the amount of waste to landfill and increase recycling.
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    New pilot system leverages traceability of environmental performance of metals
    Where have the metals in the products we purchase and manufacture been sourced? To what degree do mining and production impact the climate? A pilot system developed by the IVL led TraceMet project reveals the climate footprint of component metals and the how much recycled materials they contain. The industry organization Svemin lies behind this project, which has involved stakeholders along the whole chain, from mining companies to end users.
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    Smart City Sweden demonstrates solutions digitally during Corona
    The platform Smart City Sweden works to increase the cooperation between Sweden and other countries in issues connected to sustainable cities. Smart City Sweden, managed by IVL and coordinated by the Swedish Energy Agency, welcomes delegations from all over the world that are interested in solutions within areas such as urban planning, mobility, cleantech, waste management and sustainability. The goal is to inspire other countries in the shift to a more sustainable society.
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    First wind turbine producer in China to release an EPD
    With the assistance of IVL, the global company Goldwind has become the first wind turbine producer in China to release an Environmental Product Declaration. Using the EPD system signal the manufacturer's commitment to measuring and reducing the environmental impact of its products and services and report these impacts in a transparent way.
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    New project in China will support actions to reduce discharge of microplastics from the textile industry
    China has the world's largest textile production and exports a large part of the clothes sold in Sweden and the EU. IVL’s China office has been awarded two million Norwegian kroner from Norwegian Retailers’ Environment Fund (Handelens Miljøfond) in Norway for a project that will contribute knowledge and solutions to reduce discharge of microplastics from the Chinese textile industry.
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    Positive results of renewable aviation fuel production in Östersund
    Capturing carbon dioxide from cogeneration (CHP) plants and adding hydrogen makes it possible to manufacture aviation fuel that generates up to 86 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than comparable fossil alternatives. This can be done at a highly competitive price point. This is the conclusion reached by a joint research project between IVL, Jämtkraft, Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University.
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    Ramping up the introduction of zero-emission vehicles in Nordic cities
    How can we reduce traffic emissions in our cities? A study from IVL examines ways in which Nordic cities can increase the proportion of zero-emission vehicles and at the same time accelerate work on new mobility solutions. Cities are advised to assemble packages of measures that mutually reinforce one another.
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    New EEA report: The EU needs a circular plastics economy
    Solving the problems of plastic pollution requires smarter plastic use, increased circularity and a significant increase in the use of renewable raw materials. We need a circular plastics economy. This is the conclusion of the European Environment Agency EEA in a new report to which several of IVL’s waste experts have contributed.
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    Vinnova funds the Sustainable Finance Lab – collaboration to transform financial markets
    Vinnova will invest Euro 4.6 million over the coming five-years to support sustainable finance research and development. The Sustainable Finance Lab is a consortium of six universities and research institutes including IVL. Researchers, in collaboration with leading financial sector actors, will establish an international competence center for sustainable financial markets.
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    Circular Electronics Day promotes life-extension of IT products
    January 24 is Circular Electronics Day – a global initiative aimed to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of giving electronics products a longer life. This year, 21 organizations are behind the initiative, including IVL, Chalmers Industriteknik, Inrego, Lenovo, Recipo and TCO Development.
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    IVL invests in Clean Shipping Index
    The Clean Shipping Index shows emissions to air and water generated by ships. It is a practical tool for differentiating port and fairway fees and choosing more sustainable shipping alternatives. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute will assume operation of this independent environmental index from January 2021.
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    Baltic Sea cooperation will increase knowledge about PFAS in wastewater
    IVL, with the support of Swedish Institute has initiated a project that aim to increase knowledge about PFAS in waste stream, and how we can reduce emissions to the Baltic Sea. University and research institutes from Baltic Sea regions are project partners.
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    Launch of an international innovation competition: Zero Microplastics Challenge
    Do you have a technical device, filter or other innovative solution, that reduces the emissions of microplastics from textile washing? Then we want to encourage you to participate in the international innovation competition Zero Microplastics Challenge 2020 which is arranged by RISE and IVL on behalf of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
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    IVL to lead centre for dynamic modelling under the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution
    Efforts to reduce air pollutant emissions under the UN convention on long-range transboundary air pollution have come a long way in the last 30-40 years. Continued success, however, places higher demands on environmental and decision data. IVL will assume the host role for the development this data using so-called dynamic modelling.
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    Speed limits for ships – new study investigates consequences for Swedish shipping
    Are mandatory global speed reductions the solution to shipping´s climate emissions problems? This is the focus of a new research study that looks at this from a Swedish perspective. The answer is far from obvious, but findings suggest that the benefits of stringent speed reductions are overestimated. It may be possible to save fuel, but with reductions far below the ship's optimal speed, there´s a risk that fuel consumption may rise.
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    SDG:s set up in large companies seldom lead to action
    A growing number of companies claim to follow the UN's global sustainability goals. A new Mistra Carbon Exit study shows that there is a risk that companies rather greenwash their activities by focusing only on goals where they are already performing well. Effective climate mitigation and a sustainable restart of the economy require companies to set long term goals that stick to the Paris Agreement and include the entire value chain.
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    Cleaner marine fuel delivers better onboard air quality
    The 2015 Sulphur Directive, which limits sulphur dioxide emissions from ships in the Baltic and North Seas, has more than halved the levels of sulphur dioxide in the area. Recent research from IVL, Linnaeus University and Lund University shows that ships that run on cleaner marine fuel also have better air onboard.
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    New study compares single-use plastic bottles with their alternatives
    Globally, about one million plastic bottles are sold every minute. In addition to the great environmental impact from production, single-use plastic bottles are one of the most common plastic products littering the world's beaches.
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    The thrust towards green, safe and sustainable practices in the chemical industry gains momentum
    The Mistra SafeChem research programme has its sights on a sustainable chemical industry and aims to reduce exposure to hazardous substances across the board. Now we are just leaving the starting blocks and the race will be on for four years – at the very least.
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    More flexible electricity networks can lead to sizable climate emissions reduction
    In collaboration with the Blixt Tech company, IVL has examined the extent to which demand control and production in the electricity grid can affect energy use and carbon dioxide emissions in the housing sector in four EU countries. The potential here is considerable, the study shows that emissions can be reduced by up to 24 megatons of carbon dioxide per year.
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    Waste heat in Europe – unique insight into the way industries are thinking
    Although viable techniques for utilizing industrial surplus heat already exist, a mere fraction of the latent potential is currently used. The EU-project So What is working on a digital tool to facilitate collaboration between industry and energy companies and has delivered two reports on how to create business models and overcome obstacles to take advantage of these energy flows.
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    IVL life cycle expert appointed professor of building materials
    KTH has appointed Martin Erlandsson from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute as adjunct professor of building materials with focus on life cycle analysis methodology. The reason for this is the need to break new ground when targeting sustainable construction with renewable building materials and building systems. A strong driving force here is the challenge of reducing the climate impact of the construction sector through increased resource efficiency.
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    Roadmaps show how the construction and infrastructure sector can achieve net zero emissions
    The installation and construction sector accounts for about one-fifth of Sweden’s greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions are far more difficult to cut back on than those emanating from, for example, traffic – but it is possible. In three technical roadmaps, the Mistra Carbon Exit research programme shows how the installation and construction sector can achieve net zero emissions by 2045.
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    Better for the environment to renovate than replace flooring
    Every year, 25 million square meters of flooring is installed in Sweden. A life-cycle analysis conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute in cooperation with the floor maintenance company Bona shows that refinishing of wooden and PVC flooring saves both natural resources and carbon dioxide.
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    Digital twin secures commissioning of new Stockholm sewage works
    Summer 2020 will see the installation of a revolutionary new treatment process at the Henriksdal sewage treatment facility in Stockholm. The implementation schedule is tight – full purification is required around the clock, even during reconstruction, so there is little room for mistakes and delays. To ensure that the new process will work optimally right from the start, Stockholm Vatten och Avfall will deploy a digital twin developed by IVL and Siemens.
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    New project to reduce microplastics in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea
    IVL is starting a new project in China aiming to prevent and reduce microplastic pollution from land-based sources to the sea. This will be done through pilot work in textile industries and wastewater treatment plants in Bohai and the Yellow sea coastal areas. The project is supported by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and was launched officially in China at the end of April.
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    New pilot plant targets extraction of nitrogen from wastewater
    A new large pilot plant to extract nitrogen from wastewater constructed at the Hammarby Sjöstadsverk facility. Together with Ekobalans, a nutrient recycling company, IVL will test and optimize new technology that can hopefully be utilized by many other treatment plants across Sweden.
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    Beyond GDP growth: future universal basic income scenarios
    Universal basic income, also called citizen’s income, is often proposed as an integral component of alternative and sustainable economic systems. Together with researchers at KTH and Södertörn University, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is investigating the viability of basic income in two scenarios developed within the Beyond GDP growth research programme.
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    Möbelfakta now an independent labelling system with IVL as principal owner
    IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is now majority owner of the Möbelfakta labelling system previously owned by the Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry (TMF). IVL will drive and develop the system to meet public procurement requirements and promote growth internationally but will continue to maintain close cooperation with the wood and furniture industry that remains part-owner.
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    Gotland to develop a green industrial symbiosis park
    IVL, together with the association Tillväxt Gotland, will investigate the potential for developing an industrial symbiosis park near Visby on Gotland. A survey will now be done to see what industrial collaborations are possible and how they can contribute to a fossil-free and circular economy on the island.
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    Plastic, paper or cotton bag – the choice might depend on where you live
    What bag is the best for the environment? The question is simple, but the answer more complex. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute compiled information from life cycle assessments on behalf of UNEP. The studies were conducted in Europe, Asia and the US, and the compilation identified geographical variations.
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    New industry standard for measuring the environmental benefits of reusing IT
    IVL and Inrego have developed a new database model to measure the environmental savings of reusing IT. The model is open and free to use for the entire IT reuse industry and anyone who is interested in measuring the environmental savings of reusing IT. The goal is to create a standard for the entire industry and to help companies and organisations to purchase and dispose of used IT equipment.
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    Focus on clean water when IVL opens office in India
    IVL continues to grow internationally – most recently in India where a new office has opened in the multi-million city Mumbai. A significant part of our activities there will focus on water treatment, an IVL area of strength. In one of the larger projects, IVL will ensure that two large wastewater treatment plants projected in Mumbai follow good building practice.
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    Foodwaste in Sweden could fill the Ericsson Globe Arena four times over
    A single year’s foodwaste would fill the Globe stadium four times over. And most of this foodwaste comes from households – three Globe stadiums packed to the roof. This fact was pointed out in the Foodwaste Sweden 2018 report that IVL collaborated in and produced on behalf of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
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    Record-breaking international interest in Swedish smart city solutions
    Swedish smart and sustainable city solutions are attracting a record number of foreign players to the country. Smart City Sweden can today showcase over 100 solutions in environmental technology, mobility, urban planning, digitization and social sustainability at locations across Sweden.
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    New project reviewing the expectations and displacement effects of electrifying municipal transportation
    There is an increase in the number of municipalities choosing to electrify their public transportation system. Many of these have established biofuel, e.g. biogas, systems. It is important to address and review the implications of the emergence of electrified systems, and the consequences that may arise for regional bio-based and circular economy.
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    New report on climate impact of electric car batteries
    A new IVL report commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency targets climate emissions associated with electric car battery manufacture. The study is based on life cycle analyses and is an update of an earlier report from 2017.
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    ReuseHeat wins one of the Global District Energy Climate Awards
    The 2019 Global District Energy Climate Awards were revealed on 24 October 2019, during the first Sustainable District Energy Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. The IVL-lead project ReuseHeat won the Award of Excellence in the category New scheme – a category awarding the vision of a new, highly energy-efficient district energy system.