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ReziProK Newsletter #06 (October 2022) in German
News on the funding measure ReziProK!
ReziProK Newsletter #05 (April 2022) in German
News from the ReziProk projects!
ReziProK Newsletter #04 (November 2021) in German
What's new in the ReziProK projects?
ReziProK Newsletter #03 (May 2021) in German
Learn more about current results from the funding measure.
ReziProK Newsletter #02 (October 2020) in German
Find out about the latest results of the funding measure here.
ReziProK Newsletter #01 (March 2020) in German
The newsletter contains a short overview of the first sustainable results of various ReziProK projects. We hope you enjoy reading it.
Environmental influences of textiles, car tyres or smartphones now better comparable (05/22/2023)
More sustainability thanks to standardised data format: DIN SPEC 91474 "Data format for the exchange of LCA results for the configuration of modular variant-rich products" defines data fields that provide a framework for the provision of environmental information of industrial products. This creates the conditions for a simplified data exchange of LCA results and enables automated data collection for modular products. At the same time, the environmental impacts of individual components can be better compared with each other.
Call for Abstracts / Posters – Advanced Recycling Conference (ARC) (05/10/2023)
Everything you ever wanted to know about advanced recycling technologies and renewable chemicals, building- blocks, monomers, and polymers based on recycling: Hear about it at the Advanced Recycling Conference (ARC) 28–29 November 2023, Cologne, Germany (hybrid event). The unique concept of presenting all advanced recycling solutions and related topics at one event will guarantee a comprehensive and exciting conference experience, covering technologies such as extrusion, dissolution, solvolysis, enzymolysis, pyrolysis, thermal depolymerisation, gasification, and incineration with Carbon Capture Utilisation (CCU).
Call for Abstracts - Deadline for submission: 30 August 2023
Submit your abstract now!
Call for Posters - Deadline for submission: 15 October 2023
Submit your poster now!
Fraunhofer study confirms: Refurbishment saves the environment enormously compared to new products (05/05/2023)
The climate crisis makes it clear that too much CO2 and waste are being produced. In order to save resources, alternative business models and an extended product life cycle are needed. How much CO2 emissions, water and electronic waste can really be saved by buying a remanufactured electronic device instead of a new one was investigated by the online marketplace for used electronic devices, refurbed, together with the Fraunhofer Forschungsgesellschaft.
DGAW Podcast with "RessProKA": Can commercial premises be circular? (05/03/2023)
The research project "RessProKA" has developed a new business model to close the product cycle in a resource-efficient way by renting and taking back building modules such as ceilings and floors. How this works is discussed in the 22nd episode of the DGAW podcast with Prof. Dr Sabine Flamme, Mr Marcel Gröpler and Dr Gernot Pehnelt.
Federal Environment Ministry launches dialogue with associations to develop a national circular economy strategy (05/02/2023)
The central goal is to reduce the consumption of primary raw materials and to close material cycles as far as possible. The necessary targets and measures are to be bundled in the Federal Government's National Closed Substance Cycle Strategy. Today, Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke launched a participation process with a first dialogue with associations. Further dialogues to involve the public in the strategy-building process will follow later this year.
Short Version of the ReziProK final publication published (04/26/2023)
The short, german version of the ReziproK final publication has been published. The publication provides a brief overview of the background and motivations of the BMBF funding measure as well as the various research topics of the individual projects.
Award for the vehicle platform of the BMBF project KOSEL with Sustainability Award 2023 (04/11/2023)
The three-year research work in the fields of sustainable production and mobility was honoured with the Sustainability Award in Automotive 2023 in the category Sustainable Engineering.
Showcase of the Environmental Industry.NRW - Register Now! (01/27/2023)
The Showcase of the Environmental Economy.NRW presents companies with which the Competence Network Environmental Economy.NRW has already cooperated on various occasions and whose innovations are trend-setting for the implementation of the Green Economy. Are you interested in presenting your company in the Showcase of the Environmental Economy.NRW? Then register today!
KONGRESS BW 2023 | New year - new ideas: Now it's your turn! (01/26/2023)
This is exactly where you are needed! Is your company a pioneer in the areas of resource efficiency and the circular economy and can provide valuable insights into how the sustainable transformation can succeed? Do you have burning questions, urgent challenges that are on your mind or ideas for inspiring speakers, exciting discussions and suggestions for an interactive workshop as a forum?
Then get actively involved now in the programme design of the 12th KONGRESS BW on 15 and 16 November 2023 in Stuttgart.
Send your ideas with a short description to by 10 February 2023.
Results of the "Circular Economy" standardisation roadmap published (01/23/2023)
The standardisation roadmap of DIN, DKE and VDI provides an overview of the status quo of standardisation in the field of Circular Economy, describes requirements and challenges for seven key topics and formulates concrete needs for action for future standards.
Final report from the ReziProK project "Wear2Share" published (01/16/2023)
Here you can find the final report of the project.
BMWK Key Issues Paper: Pathways to a Sustainable and Resilient Raw Materials Supply published (01/16/2023)
Ensuring a sustainable supply of raw materials is one of the central foundations for the German economy and the achievement of climate goals. The key issues paper defines priorities and refers to the National Recycling Management Strategy.
New funding call "GreenEconomy.IN.NRW" launched (01/13/2023)
The NRW Ministry of the Environment and Transport and the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection have launched the new funding call "GreenEconomy.IN.NRW". A total funding volume of around 100 million euros from EU and state funds has been earmarked for the competition. Through the competition, the state supports innovative ideas and entrepreneurial solutions in the fields of environmental economy, circular economy and climate adaptation.
New EU energy label shows repairability of smartphones and tablets (01/02/2023)
The European Commission, in cooperation with EU Member States, has decided to introduce an EU energy label for smartphones and tablets. For the first time, the label will also show a repairability index. Manufacturers of smartphones and tablets will have to indicate on a scale of A-E how repairable their devices are. The new energy label is to be found on devices throughout the EU from 2025.
Article on the design of circular business models published (12/06/2022)
Brinker, J., Beinke, J. H., Thomas, O., Westphal, I., Thoben, K.-D., Gleede, B.: Designing circular business models - Insight from science and practice, Industrie 4.0 Management 38 (2022) 6, "Digital Business Models and Blockchain".
Article on the "Stumbling Blocks of the Circular Economy" published (11/09/2022)
Friege, H.: Opportunities and limits of the "circular economy": New insights gained from 25 projects funded by the German Ministry for Research and Education, MÜLL UND ABFALL (2022). DOI: https://doi.org/10.37307/j.1863-9763.2022.11.06
Handout „Recyclates in plastic products“ published (11/04/2022)
The new Conversio study "Material flow picture plastics in Germany 2021" has been published. This short version summarises the main findings on the production and processing of plastics and recyclates in Germany in 2021. The long version is still being finalised and will be published at a later date.
The short version is available free of charge here
RessProKA selected for BDAcall (10/28/2022)
The project RessProKa was selected for the "BDAcall - Business Ideas for Post-Growth in Building", which sought ecological business ideas that make a significant contribution to climate-friendly and resource-saving architecture. A total of eleven projects were identified that contribute to the implementation of the postulates from the BDA position paper "The House of the Earth".
ReziProK Newsletter #6 published: News from the research projects (10/24/2022)
You can expect an interesting article about the stumbling blocks and challenges of the Circular Economy as well as the latest results from the ReziProK research projects.
Link to the newsletter (German)
SAVE THE DATE: Article on the design of circular business models will be published in December 2022 (09/27/2022)
The article "Designing circular business models - insights from science and practice", which was compiled as part of the cross-sectional issue "Business models", will be published on 06.12.2022 in the December issue "Digital Business Models and Blockchain" of the journal "Industrie 4.0 Management".
ReziProK Transfer Conference 2022 (08/11/2022)
Link to the presentations and posters
The "DigiRess" funding programme (08/02/2022)
An essential means of using resources more efficiently is digitalisation. The targeted use of information and communication technologies opens up important opportunities for companies in Germany: new ways of economic cooperation, more resource-efficient, transparent production based on real-time data and a correspondingly sustainable digital transformation.
SAVE THE DATE: Web conference on the new battery regulation (07/20/2022)
In the planned web conference we would like to assess how the Batteries Regulation may bring in line the advancement of the transport transition with ambitious requirements for environmentally friendly batteries to ensure a maximum contribution to the environmental relief of traffic. We would like to encourage an exchange between all players involved - ranging from political decision makers, business, science to civil society. We are looking forward to your registrationfor the web conference. Please register by 4th July, 2022 using the online form on our website
SAVE THE DATE: 2. Circular Futures Festival 2022 (06/07/2022)
The second Circular Futures Festival will take place on 14 and 15 September. It will be colourful, it will be varied, it will be practical - in digital and local formats.
This festival is aimed at all those who professionally deal with the circular transformation of our economy and society. This festival is conceived by you, for you, with you.
New publication from the project "Wear2Share" (05/17/2022)
The project "Wear2Share" analyzes business models of online fashion rental in the B2C sector and reports on the challenges and lessons learned from an in-depth case study of a former German fashion rental company
Interview in the journal "TextilWirtschaft"
Building materials industry publishes study on demand for raw materials up to 2040 (04/26/2022)
The German Federal Association of Building Materials - Stone and Earth (bbs) has published a study on "The demand for primary and secondary raw materials of the stone and earth industry until 2040 in Germany".
Download (in German)
Survey on sustainable products and sustainability software (03/30/2022)
The ConCirMy (Configurator for the Circular econoMy) project aims to support sustainability-oriented decisions in the design, production, purchase and use of products with the help of configuration software.
ConCirMy is currently conducting a survey, which aims to consider the interests of bioeconomy organisations specifically.
You are cordially invited to participate here.
A summary of the anonymised results will be made available to participants.
Die Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl meldet für Februar eine Rohstahlproduktion von 3,2 Mio. Tonnen (03/28/2022)
Compared with the corresponding month of the previous year, the plants increased their output by just under 4 percent. Compared to January, however, production volume fell by 1.3 percent.
New EU rules for batteries: For more environmental and social ambition (03/25/2022)
The Parliament has adopted its position on new rules for the entire product life cycle of batteries. Negotiations with EU governments can now begin.
Save the Date: 05.05.2022 I 9th International bvse Old Textile Day in Amsterdam (03/21/2022)
NRW: New Recycling Management Act enters into force (02/25/2022)
A new Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act came into force on February 19, 2022. The amendment replaces the previous state waste law. Sustainability criteria must be observed in public tenders, and in general the use of recyclates is to be significantly increased.
Read more (in German)
Save the Date: 26.04. to 27.04.2022 bvse industry forum (02/21/2022)
The bvse-Branchenforum with the WEEE day and the scrap forum will take place in Leipzig this year.
First study on planetary scale of chemical and plastic pollution published (02/18/2022)
The planet's pollution limits have been exceeded. That's the conclusion of European scientists in a new study that gives the planetary extent of chemical pollution.
"DiTex": Integrative research report published as first interim result (02/15/2022)
Extile production is growing worldwide - with serious consequences for the environment. One possible solution: textile recycling. The research project "DiTex-Digital Technologies as Enabler of a Resource-Efficient Recyclable B2B Textile Economy" is testing a recyclable textile economy in the business-to-business sector in the character of a feasibility study. Now the integrative research report has been published as a first interim result. The focus of the report is on the requirements for circular bed linen and workwear and sustainability potentials of a circular B2B textile economy.
Consultation of the EU Commission on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive (02/14/2022)
The EU Commission has opened a so-called exploratory consultation in the course of the planned revision of the Waste Framework Directive. Companies can still participate until 22.2.2022. With a possible amendment of the directive, the EU Commission, according to its own information, wants to reduce the amount of waste in the EU in principle and strengthen recycling by optimizing separate waste collection. Waste oils are also to be increasingly collected and treated in the EU. To achieve these goals, the Commission is considering various measures in the course of a revision of the directive.
You can find the EU Commission's consultation here.
Ideas competition for ReUse in construction (02/01/2022)
The Berlin Environmental Senate is launching an ideas competition for the reuse of building parts and components. Solutions and projects for a circular construction industry are sought. An expert jury will evaluate all submitted ideas based on five criteria and select three winning ideas with prize money totaling €5,000. The deadline for entries is March 13, 2022, and the announcement and awarding of the winning entries will take place in April 2022.
Save the date: Re-think Circular Economy Forum 2022 on 10 and 11 February 2022 (02/01/2022)
Re-think Circular Economy Forum Milan 2022 on 10 and 11 February 2022 aims to provide a vision on macro-trends, possible evolutionary paths, and key projects concerning the Circular Economy both at national and international levels. Over the two-day forum, corporations, start-ups, research bodies and institutional actors will present the projects they are implementing and supporting at different levels.
Save the date: Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference 2022 on 1 and 2 March 2022 (02/01/2022)
The Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference is the main gathering of the European Circular Economy community. Join the 5th edition for a two-day conference on 1 and 2 of March 2022, where the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee joined forces with the French EU Council Presidency to organise this flagship stakeholder conference.
Submissions for the "German Raw Material Efficiency Award" 2022 until 07.03.2022 (01/25/2022)
With the "German Raw Material Efficiency Award", the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy honors outstanding examples of raw material- and material-efficient products, processes or services as well as application-oriented research results. Under the technical direction of the German Raw Materials Agency (DERA), up to four companies and one research institution are awarded the German Raw Materials Efficiency Award each year.
5th IK-Sustainability Report published (01/24/2022)
For the first time, the report links the industry's achievements and goals with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, the report serves as a status report for an industry that has set itself ambitious goals for the circular economy by 2025: The use of one million tons of recyclate and 90 percent recyclable or reusable household packaging.
Guideline for the funding of projects on the topic of demonstration and transfer network KI in production (01/19/2022)
The Federal Government has continued its artificial intelligence (KI) strategy with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of Germany as a business location through the research, development and application of KI. This announcement is part of the funding activities of the various departments of the Federal Government on the topics of Industry 4.0 and KI.
Guideline for funding projects on the topic of "Regional competence centers of labor research" (01/17/2022)
Guideline for funding projects on the topic of "Regional Competence Centers of Labor Research" within the framework of the specialist program "Future of Value Creation - Research on Production, Services and Labor".
Second round of competition: Health, Leadership and Circular Economy.
New standard for the classification of plastic recyclates published (01/13/2022)
Processing plastic waste into recyclates that can be reused in products of equal or higher value is still a big challenge today, due to various material quality, and because until now there has been no uniform description of recyclates of all polymer types and their quality. This is now to change - with the new DIN SPEC 91446 "Classification of plastic recyclates by data quality levels for use and (internet-based) trade".
New studies in the field of remanufacturing and additive manufacturing (01/12/2022)
VDI ZRE has published two studies on remanufacturing and additive manufacturing.
Passage on circular economy in coalition agreement (12/08/2021)
Two months after the German parliamentary elections, the coalition government has reached an agreement on a coalition contract. The 180-page document also includes a passage on the circular economy. Here is the text in full in German.
To the article in 320° Magazine
Research series "ForCYCLE" starts new round (10/25/2021)
With funding of up to 4.5 million euros, the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection is giving the go-ahead for the third round of the successful ForCYCLE research series, in which innovative ideas for increasing resource efficiency are to be further developed. Project outlines can be submitted until 2 November 2021.
More information in German
Announcement "AI Application Hub Plastic Packaging - Sustainable Circular Economy through Artificial Intelligence" (09/212021)
Funding guideline for projects within the framework of the Federal Government's AI strategy and the "Research for Sustainability (FONA)" strategy
This funding guideline is intended to promote applications of artificial intelligence (AI) methods for a resource-efficient circular economy in the field of plastic packaging. In line with the German government's AI strategy, the aim is to harness the potential of AI for environmental and climate protection.
Further information in German
More climate protection through standards for resource protection and the circular economy (09/20/2021) in German
BMU, DIN, DKE and VDI give go-ahead for German Standardisation Roadmap Circular Economy
Together with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Institute for Standardisation e. V. (DIN), the DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies in DIN and VDE (DKE), which is supported by VDE, and the Association of German Engineers (VDI) are today starting work on the "German Standardisation Roadmap Circular Economy". The standardisation roadmap is intended to provide an overview of the status quo of standardisation in the field of the circular economy, describe requirements and challenges for seven key topics and identify and formulate the concrete need for action for future standards.
Your cooperation is requested!
How companies can calculate their carbon footprint (09/16/2021)
The magazine 320° reports on a free online tool for calculating the carbon footprint of companies and private individuals. With the help of a questionnaire, emissions are calculated and industry comparisons are made. The tool was created by the Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft (BNW) in cooperation with the Berlin-based greentech company Plan A.
To the article in 320° Magazine in German
Real laboratory for the circular economy (08/25/2021)
"Circular Futures" is the name of a new innovation programme that will be launched next week. More than one hundred initiatives on the circular economy will be funded for at least three years. The initiative is supported by an alliance of science, business and the public sector.
To the article in 320° Magazin in German
Sustainable battery recycling: What market potential for Europe? (08/12/2021)
Electromobility is becoming commonplace - and this is increasingly raising questions about efficient battery recycling. Mechanical and plant engineering can make a significant contribution here to bringing new and efficient processes to the market. A study conducted by Fraunhofer ISI on behalf of the VDMA's IMPULS Foundation concludes that Europe can develop into a lead market for green and highly efficient battery recycling and for the associated technologies.
To the study in German
BMBF funds research on closed battery cycle (08/12/2021)
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding three new collaborative projects on battery recycling with around 17 million euros until 2024.
More information in German
Call for Proposals: Circular Economy in the EU Research Framework Programme Horizon Europe (08/11/2021)
With the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP)1 , the EU Commission has underpinned the high priority given to the transformation of the economy and society towards more ecology and sustainability with clear goals and actions. The CEAP is an essential building block of the European Green Deal, the EU agenda for sustainable growth. In particular, the CEAP identified the value-added sectors of plastics and packaging, electronics and ICT, batteries and vehicles, textiles and construction and buildings, as well as food, water and nutrients as areas with high potential leverage. Due to the diversity of the sub-aspects of CEAP described here, the transformation of the economy and society also affects diverse aspects of industrial technologies.
Further information in German
Incentives to boost the circular economy – A guide for public authorities (07/29/2021)
This guidance document aims to support public authorities in identifying the most suited incentive or combination of incentives to speed up the transition towards a circular economy at national, regional or local level. As these incentives target different market failures or barriers; their type, combination, associated costs and infrastructure of implementation, temporality or scope; their relevant level of enforcement will inherently vary.
Study on the state of sustainable management in Germany (07/26/2021)
On behalf of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), the study "Status of Sustainable Management in Germany", led by Prof. Dr. Remmer Sassen from the Technical University of Dresden, was published in May 2021.
Link to the study in German
DGAW position paper on chemical recycling (07/26/2021)
The DGAW sees chemical recycling as a valuable complement to mechanical recycling in the long term. Currently, physical and chemical recycling processes are increasingly being discussed as a complement to mechanical recycling. Emphasis is also placed on the consideration of the economic viability and sustainability of the individual processes.
Link to the position paper in German
acatech HORIZONTE: Urban Mining (07/19/2021)
The earth's resources are finite. If we use them wastefully, they will not be able to sustain humanity in the long term. Yet today, everything that has become obsolete often ends up in the rubbish after a short time. This is precisely where urban mining comes in: Instead of mining more and more primary materials, the existing secondary materials, which have remained unused in cities and settlements until now, should be consistently reused...
Read more in the acatech publication
Link to the publication in German
DGAW-Podcast "Ressourcen.Neu.Denken" (07/15/2021)
The DAGW (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Abfallswirtschaft e.V) presents a free podcast on the topic of "Ressourcen.Neu.Denken" from July 2021. The 20-minute episodes, which will be released every first Wednesday of the month, will discuss expert input on the circular economy trend.
Link for further information in German
"Innovation Engine Circular Economy" in German (07/12/2021)
The CEWI project shows practical and concrete ways in which the Circular Economy can contribute to resource conservation, climate protection, drive innovation and become a sustainable and successful business model.
Link for further information in German
Circular Economy is a key strategy on the way to a climate-neutral and resource-efficient economy within planetary boundaries. For this, a systemic change with all actors has to take place. We show how companies can create the circular transformation in the Circular Economy learning videos on the WWF Academy.
Link to the learning videos in German
"From patchwork to real circular economy strategy" in German (07/12/2021)
The circular economy plays the key role on the way to a sustainable economy. It is an effective instrument for achieving climate goals, protecting biodiversity and the supporting building block for sustainable economic activity within planetary boundaries, according to the joint impulse paper by WWF Germany and the Wuppertal Institute.
Further information - in German
"Circular Economy in the Construction Industry - Vision and Practice" in German (07/12/2021)
The DBU (Deutsche Bundesstifung Umwelt) invites you to the #DBUdigital online salon "Circular Economy in the Construction Industry - Vision and Practice" on 21 September 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The construction sector generates a large share of material flows and over 50% of the waste generated annually. Therefore, there is great potential for increasing resource efficiency in this sector by closing the loop. At present, rapid price increases in the raw materials sector due to global construction activity and corresponding demand, but also increasing environmental problems, make a consistent rethink and change of direction towards the circular economy more necessary than ever. But where are the central obstacles and how can solutions be found? Are the current efforts sufficient or do we need a building cycle law for sustainable development?
Link for further information - in German
Circularity of furniture (07/07/2021)
New European standard aims to define the circularity of furniture: The European Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan was published in March 2020. In it, furniture is identified as one of the product value chains that should be transferred to a circular value creation model in the future. In this context, the "eco-design" of furniture and furniture components comes to the fore...
Link for further information Article is in German
Basque Circular Ecoinnovation Programme (06/30/2021)
The Basque Circular Eco-innovation Programme aims to promote - also in cooperation with non-Basque institutions/companies - innovative approaches of Basque companies to achieve the goals of the Circular Economy in the Basque Country and thus reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Submissions are open for the topics (1) Eco-design and Demonstration in the Circular Economy, (2) Strategic Eco-innovation and (3) Eco-innovation Project Design Excellence.
2. ReziProK Statuskonferenz, Online (06/08/2021)
The 2nd ReziProK status conference, took place on May 11-12, 2021 as an online event. Here, the 25 research projects of the funding measure "Resource-efficient Circular Economy - Innovative Product Cycles" presented their first results.
Link for further information in German
Link to the press release in German
Link to the article on the FONA website in German
Circular Economy, Innovation and Quality Infrastructure
Within the Special Issue "Circular Economy, Innovation and Quality Infrastructure" of the MDPI Journal "Sustainability", several interesting articles around the topic "Circular Economy" were published.
Link to the journal "Sustainablity"
Consumers’ Acceptance of a Bio-circular Automotive Economy: Explanatory Model and Influence Factors (03/12/2020)
The article of the project ConCirMy aims to provide a better understanding of the factors which drive acceptance of sustainable tyres. It presents an acceptance model and related influence factors in three areas: variables related to the consumers, perceived product characteristics and stimulating moderator variables.
Link to the journal "Sustainability"
New BMBF call for proposals "Digital GreenTech - Environmental technology meets digitization" - in German (03/10/2020)
In order to link digital technologies with environmental technologies to develop innovative, sustainable products, processes and services in the application fields of water management, sustainable land management and geotechnology as well as resource efficiency and recycling management, a new funding measure was announced by the BMBF. Further information is available at:
Towards a resource-efficient circular economy - in German (12/10/2019)
Reusable systems or vehicles with twice the service life save resources, save costs and reduce waste. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports such win-win models of a resource-efficient circular economy.
Press release on the ReziProK Transfer Conference- in German (August 2022)
Press release on the launch of the "DiTex" project - in German (November 2019)
Press release on the launch of the "ReLIFE" project - in German (November 2019)
Press release on the launch of the "AddRE-Mo" project - in German (October 2019)
Press release on the launch of the funding measure ReziProK - in German (September 2019)