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Gunther Adler, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Environment and Building, opened the two-day RETech beacon conference “Sustainable Waste Management and Recycling Concepts in Mega Cities” in Berlin. The event aims to inspire sustainable waste management and circular economy in megacities and to shine light on the opportunities and challenges this presents for the stakeholders involved. more


The Federal Environment Ministry has launched a special award to recognise the international commitment of municipalities to establishing sustainable infrastructures. The award has a special focus on public service areas such as water management, waste water disposal and waste management. There is a great need for action in these areas at international level and great potential for German expertise. more

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Minister Hendricks' week-long trip will include the G7 Environment Ministers' Meeting on 15 and 16 May in the city of Toyama in west Japan followed by political talks in Tokyo and finally a visit to the destroyed Fukushima reactors on 19 May to learn about work being carried out on the site. more

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The theme of this year's European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is "Stop Food Waste!". Over 280 actions have been planned, in which municipal waste management companies, Federal and Länder authorities, city and consumer agencies, educational institutes and environmental initiatives are involved. To kick off the EWWR, Parliamentary State Secretary Florian Pronold called for the more responsible use of natural resources. more

In 2014, the European Commission added phosphorus to the list of critical raw materials. An adequate supply of phosphorus is vital for human and animal life as well as for plant growth. Against this background, the efficient use of phosphorus and in particular the recovery of phosphorus is becoming more important. The Federal Environment Ministry is therefore eager to drive regulations on phosphorus recovery forward. more

Wortbild RETech in den Farben schwarz, rot, gold



European Week for Waste Reduction


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