News

Jul 05

5th of July 2017

STRADE publishes draft concepts fora data and konwledge information system

Draft concepts for a data and knowledge information system on mineral mining and trade and related environmental and socio-economic issues were published in two parts: Part I introduces the concept and presents the concept for raw materials profiles; Part II shares the concept for country-specific profiles.

May 17

17th of May 2017

ElmoReL Final Report published with LCA

The ElmoReL final project report, including a life cycle analysis, is now available in German.

Feb 28

28th of February 2017

ElmoReL Final Report published

The ElmoReL final project report is now available in German.

Resource Fever

Global demand for natural resources is increasing. Not only industrialized countries, but also newly industrializing countries such as Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa increase the pressure on energy sources, metal ores, water and foodstuffs. Record prices on commodity markets and intensified competition for access to raw materials are the result; the fear of dependence and scarcity is growing: The world is in resources fever.

Parallel to the fever curve for resource demand, adverse effects on the environment and climate as well as – a direct result – social and political tensions are sharply increasing. It is therefore time to grasp the new "resources debate" as an opportunity for more sustainable use of resources.

Öko-Institut wants to offer with this website selected information from its work on the manifold resource issues and invites interested stakeholders to a vivid dialogue.

Öko-Institut is one of Europe‘s leading independent research and consultancy organizations for a sustainable future. It employs more than 125 staff, including more than 85 researchers at three locations in Germany - Freiburg, Darmstadt and Berlin.