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  1. Port Efficiency and Public Private Capacity in Ghana

    Annette Skovsted Hansen, George Acheampong, Casper Andersen, Torben Andersen, Jonas Aryee & Martin Arvad Nicolaisen

    16/01-201915/01-2022

  2. Overcoming the Challenges of a Circular Economy

    Anne Gammelgaard Ballantyne

    AU Interdisciplinary SDG network:

    Resources are limited, waste incineration is an inefficient use of resources, and dumping waste at landfills is a source of environmental pollution. Therefore, we need to prevent waste creation, sort our waste, and reuse as much as possible in order to limit the negative environmental impact and save the resources of the planet, and we need to educate the citizens accordingly.

    Waste and recycling constitute a key focus area in the modern world. We need to go from a linear to a circular economy where reuse and recycle are key words.

    Preventing waste creation and facilitating better waste management are major parts of UN's Sustainable Development Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production and appear in several other SDGs. For example SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities speaks directly of the necessity to improve current municipal and other waste management.

    Wrongly handled waste may lead to environmental pollution, thus endangering the environment (SDGs 6, 14 and 15) and public health (SDG 3). Waste prevention and proper waste management also facilitate climate action (SDG 13).

    Furthermore, societal stakeholders as well as broadcast and social media increasingly focus on issues such as food waste (SDG 12), green energy (SDG 7), and a circular economy (SDG 9) – all of which are topics that ultimately relate to ways of avoiding, reducing, reusing and re-valuing waste.

    However, for a circular economy to materialize in the future, we need to solve the complex problem of efficient waste and resource management holistically, on a large scale, and with the involvement of all societal players (SDG 17). OCCE will work towards these goals.Beskrivelse

    01/06-201931/10-2021

  3. Omstilling til klimagunstig feriepraksis

    Lars Kjerulf Petersen, Anne Gammelgaard Ballantyne, Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard, Ana Horta & Stefan Bengtsson

    Kan klimahensyn blive en del af folks ferievaner, og hvad skal der til for at bæredygtige vaner bliver en del af vores fælles forestillinger om det gode liv? Det er de spørgsmål, dette projekt vil udforske og dermed levere resultater der kan bidrage til en grøn omstilling af såvel hverdags- som ferieliv – og samtidig bidrage til den videnskabelige forståelse af grøn omstilling. Der er brug for omfattende teknologisk udvikling for at vi kan gennemføre den grønne omstilling og indfri de ambitiøse danske mål for reduktion af drivhusgasudledningerne. Men vi klarer aldrig den grønne omstilling uden sociale og kulturelle ændringer, altså ændringer i folks normer og adfærd. Netop ferielivet er ét af de områder, hvor der er brug for bæredygtig omstilling. Flyrejser til nære og fjerne destinationer, krydstogter og andre af de hidtil dominerende ferieformer er alle ansvarlige for store og hastigt stigende CO2-udledninger, men samtidig er ferie- og rejselivet forbundet med væsentlige kulturelle og sociale værdier. Det er derfor vigtigt at forstå de processer, hvorigennem forestillingerne om den gode ferie ændres, og de processer hvorigennem klima- og bæredygtighedshensyn bliver integreret i menneskers livsverden. Projektet fokuserer således på uformelle læringsprocesser som et centralt element i udviklingen af nye forestillinger og kompetencer vedrørende ferielivet. Som en integreret del heraf fokuserer projektet samtidig på sociale og konventionelle mediers rolle i omstillings- og læringsprocesser.Beskrivelse

    01/01-202201/07-2025

  4. Novel photo-assisted systems for direct solar-driven reduction of CO2 to energy rich chemicals

    Allan Gross, Peter Enevoldsen, Anne Gammelgaard Ballantyne & Trine Bjørn Olsen

    Ethylene is an energy-rich chemical produced from fossil fuels in industry, with high commercial value and a strong presence in the global market. Targeting ethylene as the final product, the EU-funded SUN2CHEM project aims to develop solutions that will result in efficient solar-driven CO2 reduction. To do this, the project will develop all the components to be integrated into tandem photoelectrochemical cells and advanced photocatalytic reactors. It will also conduct environmental and social studies on the new technology in the context of a circular economy, its energy security impacts and the social acceptance of chemicals produced from sunlight conversion. The project will play a role in making us less dependent on fossil fuels and in reducing carbon emissions by CO2 conversion.Beskrivelse

    01/10-202030/09-2023