general / 14.10.2019

The climate protection package just announced by the Federal Government mobilizes innovations. An order increase of 70% in the electric retrofit of diesel commercial vehicles in the back had loaded the ORTEN Group for a VPP-Event to Bernkastel-Kues. Customers and suppliers of the group have come together to shed light on the next steps towards the electrification of commercial vehicles....

/ 11.10.2019

The Mazovia Circular Congress is a meeting of executives and leading experts in the field of circular economy. During the conference, you can listen to inspiring presentations, participate in interactive workshops, and learn about interesting case studies from Poland and Europe. Organizers of the event are the self-government of the Mazowieckie voivodeship and the Institute for Innovation and Responsible Development. Experts Participants: Eveline Lemke -Founder of Thinking Circular, expert on energy, raw materials and eco-design, former green Minister for Economic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister in Rhineland-Palatinate. Dr hab. Joanna Kulczycka - Head of...

Circular Economy, recycling / 12.09.2019

According to a study by Fraunhofer Umsicht, we pollute our water with one kilogram of microplastic from tire abrasion per year and head. This is a tremendous amount and the phenomenon is known to all. Because if a tire would not wear, then some properties would be poorly pronounced, such as the braking behavior of a car. But can we be satisfied with that? The scrap tire industry does not want that....

Circular Economy / 09.09.2019

This scenario for an industry in distress drew on the occasion of the specialized event of the paper industry on 3/4 September in Munich. The PTS-Coating Symposium began with a debate about the scenarios of an industry losing 4% per year. Even drastic efficiency measures, which have an increase of 19%, only help on a temporary basis, according to analyzes. Digitization threatens to kill the paper. How can an invention of the paper industry look like, how recycling processes, coatings, paints and prints should be designed so that a...

Circular Economy, Tools / 18.07.2019

Dr. Hans Meves, Eveline Lemke, July, 18th, 2019 Social value is measured in prices. Through Circular Economy a new system of values is generated. In their article, the authors refer to a recent example of the political discussion to introduce a binding legal framework for the return of consumer products to manufacturers and retailers. The negative effect on our environment is huge 41 % of all costs that are created in production processes are externalized, which means that societies have to come up for eliminating negative environmental effects. In the case of...

Circular Economy, Tools / 21.06.2019

Circularity refers to a circular economy, which is an economic system aimed at making most out of resources. The circular vision is a world without waste. The approach is regenerative and as such in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a “take, make, dispose” model of production. According to the world circularity-gap report, there is a long way to go: Only 9 % of all resources are reused in the economic cycle while 91 % turns into waste after the end of life of the product. Circular...

Circular Economy / 28.05.2019

How much would the end of incineration contribute to climate protection? After the end of the atomic- and coal-power the end of incineration is near.  The Ökoinstitut e. V. already calculated in 2014 that in 2050 only 10 incinerators in Germany would be necessary to dissolve worst wastes. Now the question in on the table how the transformation process will be run? Are there perspectives for chemical recycling? Who will invest in innovation? Only one day after the European election I had the honour to discuss this question...

Circular Economy, recycling / 29.04.2019

India is the 3rdlargest e-waste contributor in the Asian continent behind China and Japan. And India is facing an acute problem of e-waste ending up in the informal sector. In order to understand the problem Prayag Desale analyzed the e-waste situation in Indian metropolitan cities. Guided by Thinking Circular Prayag Desale identified the collection & recycling challenges and assessed possible solutions. [caption id="attachment_1782" align="alignleft" width="300"] Waste picker form Pune, India. Photo by Prayag Desale[/caption] The rising problems of e-waste and its management by informal sector has raised various social and...