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...

/ 11.03.2019

The Berliner Recycling- und Rohstoffkonferenz is organized by TK-Verlag together with Professor Dr.-Ing. Daniel Goldmann from Technische Universität Clausthal and Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Bernd Friedrich from  RWTH Aachen. On the plenary session on the first day, political, judicial and strategic speeches will be held and discussed with the participants....

Circular Economy / 01.08.2018

Carbon is bad for the climate; that’s now common knowledge. But there is also “good” carbon, which makes it possible for us to store CO2and helps us to cool the climate down. The ‘Fachverband Pflanzenkohle’ [Specialist Association for Vegetable Carbon] now intends to provide information and support for “good” carbon. Dr Susanne Vester, Chairperson of the Fachverband Pflanzenkohle, explained to me everything that the “good” vegetable carbon is capable of and how it is produced:   “Vegetable carbon has many properties! It is used as an additive in skin cream, feed,...

Circular Economy, highlights / 09.03.2018

Update April 2018: We are online! You can find all information at thinking-circular.com . ___ My vision and my plans for the future of our planet are getting a new home: Green innovations require interaction between many competencies. Being a forward thinker, identifying innovations, giving them space at the right moment to develop further and to blossom - in the multiverse of Thinking Circular, pioneering advancement takes place on various levels. Think outside of the box. Think circular. The development of the Circular Economy needs competence centres, think tanks, interest groups, innovation drivers, intersections....

Circular Economy / 06.03.2018

The green tech network ecoliance is getting into pole position for the future. The members of the network are happy to present its new and old board. From now on i will lead a process for future focus work in close relationship with the members of the green tech network Greater Green, which reaches out to Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The network is sponsored by the European Commission....

Circular Economy / 02.03.2018

“We can still play here if we do it right”, said Jyrki Katianen, Vice-President of the European Commission, in his speech to around 600 stakeholders on European Industry Day. On 22 February 2018, in Brussels, he referred to the digital race, which Europe lost to the USA long ago with the former now having to confront competition from China. Europe must not lose this contest. However: China is, for example, investing 150 billion euros by 2030 in projects on artificial intelligence. Even Saudi Arabia has recently decided to...

Circular Economy, general / 22.02.2018

I can not imagine and will not accept that it takes us only 5 seconds to produce or 5 minutes to use, what takes nature 500 years to ecologically dismantle and absorbe. And exactly this is what happens with about 142 million tons of plastics in our oceans. Let’s upcycle and regain the values out of waste. The volume of services of green technologies is calculated to grow by 20 % until 2025 up to 2,400 billion Euros. Green bonds and investments, that’s the future. I am offering you network...

recycling / 01.02.2018

Peter Kurth, President of the Federal Association of the German Disposal, Water and Raw Materials Management (BDE) addressed a change of circular economy in the newspaper Welt. The most important argument was left out tough: There is value from waste. A critical response:   Question: Would you burn money? Lemke: Since China is returning plastic waste to its sender, the German managers of waste incineration plants are happy, they do not have a problem firing them. At least 600.000 tons of plastic waste were shipped to China according to the German...

recycling / 24.01.2018

44 electrical appliances, 12 energy-saving light bulbs, 33 lights, half a car and 40 batteries are accrued per person in Europe - a total of around 250 kg. These data show once again the challenge of the circular economy and provide yet further evidence of the need for a raw material transition. At least we have this data now: Up to now, tracing material flows on the subject of waste electronic and electrical equipment represented a huge challenge for companies, scientists, authorities and NGOs. A significant step has now...

Circular Economy, highlights / 23.01.2018

Fundamental questions regarding sustainable production within the industrial society remain unanswered. Climate change, the necessary protection of natural resources and the sustainability objectives of the United Nations are just some of the key concepts of this topic. The issue of energy transition and the necessary CO2 saving resulting from it are considered to be socially understood and strategies for energy transition are being implemented. Nonetheless, the raw material transition is not an issue that is socially understood or discussed, either in terms of its scope or its significance....