Germany

germany

Germany is an export-oriented nation with a strong manufacturing industry and well established eco-innovation areas and markets. Since 2013 the Germany’s performance in the Eco-innovation Scoreboard has dropped by one place and ranks fourth in 2014-2015. This is mainly attributed to a downshift in the socio-economic and resource efficiency outcomes. Germany performs particularly well in the subcategories eco-innovation patents and exports of products from eco-industries.

With respect to a circular economy, Germany is characterised by very good waste infrastructures and recycling rates. The present focus on technical waste management and end-of-life measures is simultaneously signalling further demand for innovative waste instruments at the interface of material cycles and new business models. A first step was taken by introducing the Waste Prevention Programme in 2013. A strengthening of the regulatory framework and a better alignment of responsibilities, competencies and approaches towards a circular economy seem important for the increase of secondary input rates and a closing of the loops. The demand for high-tech and waste technologies is expected to remain high in the world and–as one of the market leaders– Germany has a strong standing in exporting innovative waste management solutions.

The German green tech sector is expected to further develop dynamically. The early implementation of the Renewables Energies Act (in 1991) and the introduction of the German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess) in 2012 serve as important and drivers for energy and resource efficiency, eco-innovation and the energy transition in Germany.

The framework conditions for innovation are generally well developed and include both supply and demand-side instruments while there is a pronounced reliance on voluntary and informational approaches at the consumption side. An eco-innovation action plan is under development. Nevertheless, Germany will probably not meet its sustainable development strategy targets for raw material and energy productivity, energy consumption, biodiversity, land use, mobility and farming .

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Germany

Germany

Germany_radar

   Database

Materials eco-innovation - Liquid wood - ARBOFORM ® by TECNARO

Labels: Germany

ElectronicsLignin is a solid substance in wood emerging as a by-product in the pulp and paper production. There are many sources of lignin. The paper industry produces around 60 million tonnes a year. It is usually burned or processed into animal feed and cement. In combination with resins, flax or other natural fibres, lignin can form a mass that can be processed like any other thermoplastic material.

In 2009, TECNARO produced 275 tonnes of Arboform and a host of other biodegradable and renewable polymers. The company has also succeeded in setting an attractive price point. Regular plastics cost between €1 and €5 per kilogramme, while the price for Arboform starts at €2.50 per kilogramme, a figure that is expected to drop as sales increase (European Patent Office, 2010, http://www.epo.org/topics/innovation-and-economy/european-inventor/inventions/2010/bio-plastics_de.html).

Determinants

Barriers

●      price: regular plastics cost between €1 and €5 per kilogramme, while the price for Arboform starts at €2.50 per kilogramme

Drivers

●      increasing demand from automotive sector: applications with Porsche, Daimler and Fischer

●      increasing demand for applications in in children's toys, furniture, castings for watches, designer loudspeakers, degradable golf tees and even coffins

Sustainability effects

The resulting bioplastic Arboform can be formed into different very precise shapes and is extremely stable. Just like wood, it eventually decomposes in landfills, instead of lingering around for thousands of years like "normal" plastic.

Further Information

tecnaro1http://www.tecnaro.de/english/willkommen.htm

http://www.epo.org/topics/innovation-and-economy/european-inventor/inventions/2010/bioplastics_de.html)

Back to Eco-Innovation in Practice

Thus, the computer has the capability in a distinct city at a special season finasteride online sent live to the door buy propecia and send it to those who wanted to make out.


Tags: Germany

Eco Innovation in Practice in Germany

Prev Next

Service eco-innovatio…

Service eco-innovation - Services to optimise production processes in terms of resource efficiency - production integrated environmental protection (e.g. PIUS-Check®)

The PIUS-Check is a process-oriented material flow analysis of the efficiency agency (EFA) North Rhine-Westphalia for the determination and use of economic and ecological potential... Read more

13 Apr 2011 Hits:4929 Germany

Materials eco-innovat…

Materials eco-innovation - Liquid wood - ARBOFORM ® by TECNARO

Lignin is a solid substance in wood emerging as a by-product in the pulp and paper production. There are many sources of lignin. The paper... Read more

13 Apr 2011 Hits:23267 Germany

Technological eco-inn…

Technological eco-innovation

Decentralised water management - eco-efficient recycling of gray water (e.g. AquaCycle 2500, Pontos GmbH) The shower and bath water is recycled in a patented bio-mechanical... Read more

22 May 2011 Hits:5030 Germany

Product eco-innovatio…

Product eco-innovation - Functional integration: the resource-efficient building envelope Office building, Erfurt, Refurbishment

The building envelope, i.e. facade and roof, is of particular importance: It serves as interface between the internal and external environment and thus has major... Read more

29 Jun 2011 Hits:4160 Germany

Materials eco-innovat…

Materials eco-innovation - High-Performance Building Materials made from Renewable Resources (laboratory stage)

Researchers of the Dresden University of Technology, in cooperation with HESS Wohnwerk. The Institute for Applied Science in Civil Engineering (IaFB) and the GWT Dresden,... Read more

29 Jun 2011 Hits:8171 Germany

Mechanical-biological…

Mechanical biological waste treatment is applied on mixed organic/carbon rich waste with the aim to achieve  1) a stabilisation and minimisation of the risk potential... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:8410 Germany

"Green cement", a new…

A new group of hydraulic binding agents, named Celitement, seems to be a promising improvement of the energy and environmental balances in the cement production.... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:8430 Germany

Slim slabs

The Cobiax Technologies GmbH of Darmstadt has developed components that make reinforced concrete slabs up to 35% lighter. The principle of the Cobiax flat slab... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:5660 Germany

SkySails

The SkySail system consists of three parts: towing kite with a towing rope, a launch and recovery system and the control system. According to the... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:4641 Germany

Strip casting technol…

Strip casting allows the casting of new, high-manganese steels, by achieving energy and carbon dioxide savings in comparison to conventional technologies. Due to the low... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:6126 Germany

Energy efficient circ…

Improved circulating pumps consume up to 80% less electricity than conventional models. By combining electronically optimised motors with an improved impeller design, the efficiency can... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:6694 Germany

Aircraft recycling

Aircraft recycling

Mobile dismantling and material recovery of discarded aircrafts. Read more

04 Dec 2012 Hits:5333 Germany

.