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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

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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

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Germany is participating in the new Pilot Auctioning Facility (PAF), a fund set up by the World Bank Group, and will be contributing up to 15 million euro. The Pilot Auctioning Facility fund, presented on 15 September in Washington, aims to promote waste management climate projects in particular for landfill degasification, organic waste and wastewater disposal. more

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The focus of Israeli Environment Minister Amir Peretz's trip to Berlin was on learning more about Germany's system of life-cycle management. Together with Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, Peretz toured a sorting facility for lightweight packaging at the international recycling company ALBA. Hendricks informed the Israeli delegation about Germany's policies on life-cycle management, which are exemplary around the world. more

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The international trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management with almost 3,000 exhibitors from different countries IFAT opened in Munich on May 5. This year's focus is on intelligent urbanisation. The Federal Ministry for the Environment and Building is represented with two stands. more

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