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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 .

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"Green cement", a new type of hydraulic binder.

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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. Celitement is based on hydraulically active calcium hydrosilicates, which needs less lime lime during the production process and the burning temperature can be reduced to 300°C (usually a temperatur of approx. 1450°C is needed).

Barriers and Drivers
Barriers: A failure of the material during construction could have serious consequences for humans and the environment. Thus, intensive research work and testing trials must be conducted (detailed examination of the physical and chemical characteristics). These testing trials will show if Celitement can compete with conventional cement in the long run.

Drivers: Apart from the improved ecological balance, Celitement features optimal material properties and is compatible with conventional types of cement. Also the process of engineering is well-knownand widely tested in the manufacturing of cement or aerated concrete.

Environmental Impact
During the entire production process up to 50 % of the required energy can be saved compared to the production of conventional cement.  In addition. 50 percent of the emissions can be reduced.

Further Information

www.celitement.de

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