In its first year, Reco Baltic 21 Tech (RB21T), the EU-funded research programme dealing with sustainable waste management in the Baltic region, has begun to establish a comprehensive knowledge bank for the entire sector in the region. "The database will be of major benefit in creating new business opportunities in the Baltic region in the waste management and environmental technology areas — which is one aim of the project," explains Åsa Stenmarck, RB21T project manager at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
A scenario describing the possible structure of an energy system based on renewable sources in Sweden in 2050 has been developed by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute as part of a research project. The scenario provides an independent basis for the Swedish report entitled Hållbar energi —100% förnybar energi på naturens villkor (Sustainable energy — 100% renewable energy on nature´s terms) published by WWF on 27 September 2011.
Researchers at IVL Swedish Environmental Institute have developed methods to calculate the total emissions of greenhouse gas connected to the production at one of the world's biggest pulp and paper industry in Indonesia. The methods are based on ISO standards and the European Pulp and Paper Industry - CEPI's own handbook for Carbon Footprints. The calculations also include the absorption and emission of carbon dioxide from the soil used for the production of raw wood material.
After a 25-year presence in the country, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is now beginning to regard China as its second ‘domestic market´ outside the EU. For many years, most of IVL's Chinese assignments were more or less in the nature of aid programmes administered by the EU or the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Now, with assignments being commissioned directly by Chinese agencies, IVL is growing organically in China itself.
The scientific article ´Reduced European emissions of S and N - Effects on air concentrations, deposition and soil water chemistry in Swedish forests´ is recognized by the European Commission news service for decision makers in the environmental field. The paper is written by IVL staff and is based on results from 20 years of research within the Crown Drip Measurement Network (Krondroppsnätet).
President & CEO Tord Svedberg is in Japan with a business delegation to present how Sweden is working with energy efficiency and what IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is doing in this area. The presentation will be held 9 February at a SymbioCity seminar at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo in connection with the Minister for Trade Ewa Björling's official visit to the country.
A shipping accident outside the coasts of the Swedish counties Skåne and Blekinge, with subsequent oil spill, would cost society about one to two billion Swedish crowns, shows a new report produced by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute on behalf of Region Skåne, Blekinge Region, and the EU project Baltic Master II. At the same time, the preparedness of the coastal communities to deal with oil spills is alarmingly low.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has been working for several years for the establishment of a more sustainable water and energy infrastructure in Iraq. Carried out on behalf of the Swedish Trade Council, the work will continue in 2012 in the hope of making progress in other important public development sectors, such as waste management, transport and construction, all based on the systems and sustainability perspective that is a Swedish hallmark.
Scandinavia's foremost experts on capture, transport and storage of Carbon Dioxide (CCS) are gathering in a new centre of excellence, coordinated by the Norwegian SINTEF and financed by the Nordic Council. The Swedish representatives in the centre, named NORDICCS, are IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Chalmers and SGU.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is taking part in the Build Smart project, a project where 13 different organisations from Sweden, Ireland and Spain together will construct buildings with significantly lower energy consumption. The project has received approximately 50 million SEK in grants from the EU.