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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.




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.

More information 


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.

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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".

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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!

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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.

Link to the guidance


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.

Link for further information


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.

Link to the BMBF message



Press releases

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)