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  • Erland Jensen, Pernille
    et al.
    Salame, Hadi
    Simon, Marta
    Fritt-Rasmussen, Janne
    Strand, Jakob
    Bach, Lis
    Plastic in raw wastewater in Greenland: Load to the marine environment and mitigation2024Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The goal of this project was to quantify plastic in wastewater in Greenland to identify appropriate measures to reduce plastic pollution in the Sea. The number of plastic items in the wastewater increased with decreasing size, while the mass of plastic increased with increasing size. Approximately 60% of the 2 tonnes of plastic estimated to be discharged annually to the sea by Greenland wastewater was wet wipes. This, despite all wet wipes traded in Greenlandic being clearly marked as non-flushable. Among the micro size plastic items, a significant fraction was of the same polymer types as the wet wipes and may therefore originate from the wet wipes. The main microplastic source is, however, likely to be laundry of synthetic clothes. Because wet wipes also pose annoyance by sewer clogging, elimination by the source either by banning of the retail sale of wet wipes or behavioral change campaigns to stop flushing is needed. Remaining larger items and a portion of the micro-plastics may be captured by installing simple mechanical filters. 

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  • Erlandsson, Martin
    et al.
    Görman, Frida
    Thrysin, Åsa
    Häkkinen, Tarja
    Eckerberg, Klas
    Pesu, Janne
    Dalborg, Malin
    Nordic view on data needs and scenario settings for full life cycle building environmental assessment2024Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    This report discusses the need to harmonize the environmental assessment of buildings and provides recommendations for calculating the life-cycle Global Warming Potential (GWP) indicator for buildings. It emphasizes the importance of standardizing data and calculation methods to achieve comparable results. The report also addresses topics such as the inclusion of vegetation on building plots, assessing GWP for existing buildings, and defining sustainable forests for calculating the contribution to biogenic carbon storage in building products. It recommends using a tiered approach and decarbonization scenarios for data used and scenario settings. Overall, the recommendations aim to support a Nordic common implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and its climate declaration. 

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