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IMPORTANCE OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN EAST GERMANY


In the new federal states of Germany, numerous companies and research institutions have profound expertise in the field of Circular Economy, particularly with regard to the environmental rehabilitation and the recycling. In addition to manufacturers of the technology for transporting, sorting and reclaiming waste, many companies have outstanding know-how regarding the technologies and processes for the remediation of contaminated sites, for land recycling and for the water treatment. Thanks to their long-time experiences in mining and open-cast mining in the German federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Thuringia, some companies can internationally operate even more actively during the knowledge and technology transfer regarding the decontamination and sustainable development of contaminated areas.

In particular, the LMBV mbH (Lusatian and Central German Mining Management Company - Lausitzer- und Mitteldeutsche Bergbauverwertungsgesellschaft mbH) is very experienced regarding the decontamination of former mining landscapes in East Germany, where complex problems, such as the groundwater re-rise in the areas concerned, had to be solved. (more..)

East German research institutions and companies can prove their innovative capacity in various research initiatives. As part of the priority programme WeNDeLIB (Materials with New Design for Improved Lithium Ion Batteries - Werkstoffe mit Neuem Design für verbesserte Lithium-Ion-Batterien), which is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation), at the Institute for Physical Chemistry of the University of Technology Freiberg, for example, there is the task to experimentally determine thermodynamic and kinetic substance data on the cathode material LiFePO4 or on the anode material LixSiy. Other examples include the research projects "Research on anaerobic pre-treatment of Bioplastics" and "Development of a system for calculation greenhouse gas emissions of different waste management processes" at Dresden University of Technology.