Circular Economy

Circular Economy

Waste prevention, re-use, recycling, recovery, disposal: this is what is referred to as waste hierarchy, the foundation of waste management in Germany. In the past, waste management was merely about waste disposal, but it has since been recognised that waste is a valuable resource which can be used effectively to conserve natural resources.

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Steffi Lemke spricht mit Mikrofon in der Hand
Press International | 23.04.24

UN ministers push for a strong UN instrument to combat plastic pollution

A high-level meeting of environment ministers in Ottawa, Canada concluded on Monday with a clear framework for a far-reaching global UN agreement to end plastic pollution.

Press International | 16.04.24

China and Germany launch Dialogue

Steffi Lemke signed an Action Plan on circular economy and resource efficiency. The countries’ intent is to intensify their joint work in environmental policy and point the way for specific types of environmental cooperation.

Steffi Lemke am Rednerpult
Press International | 01.03.24

UNEA-6 resolves to better protect global water resources

UNEA-6 has taken important decisions to protect global water resources and regulate hazardous chemicals. Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke praises successes for multilateralism.

Steffi Lemke
Press International | 26.02.24

Steffi Lemke represents the German government at UNEA-6 in Nairobi

Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke is visiting Nairobi to represent Germany at UNEA-6. At the assembly, the Minister will push for sound global water resources management and sustainable chemicals management.

Gruppenbild von der Weltchemikalienkonferenz – ICCM5
Press Chemical Safety | 30.09.23

Adoption of Global Framework on Chemicals

Bonn Declaration for global sustainable management of chemicals and waste sends strong political signal. Representatives from around the world have adopted a new Global Framework on Chemicals.

Illustration einer Weltkugel mit Fokus auf Europa
Press International | 25.07.23

Steffi Lemke strengthens environmental cooperation with India

The ministers will discuss the climate, biodiversity conservation, marine protection, water supply and circular economy and agree joint goals.

Press Circular Economy | 20.04.23

Circular economy must become a driver for environmental protection

In line with the EU's plans, the German government is striving for the transformation to a circular economy that uses resources sparingly. The National Circular Economy Strategy is intended to bundle the goals necessary for this.

Luftaufnahme einer Bergstraße, die durch eine Waldlandschaft führt.
Press Circular Economy | 19.01.23

Standardization Roadmap Circular Economy

The Roadmap describes the circular economy challenges that businesses face and presents the standards and specifications needed to address them.

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