The minister called for an effort to develop Germany into the most resource efficient economy worldwide. “The burden on the environment through resource consumption comes to its limits. Therefore, we need a future-proof growth model that builds a bridge between environmental protection and economic development in a productive and intelligent way, “ Röttgen said during his speech at the ministry’s conference on „Resource efficiency – a motor for green growth“.
An unreflected transfer of industrial countries‘ wealth models on developing nations meaning a continuing inefficient use or resources would have the consequence of a five- to eightfold increase in resource consumption. „This scenario would go beyond the environmental limits of our planet. It would not only have massive consequences on the environment, but as well on our societies, economies and wealth“, the minister urged.
The answer to this challenge is a drastic increase in resource efficiency. This includes substitution of scarce or environmentally damaging resources by resources with a better availability, and giving preference to reuse and recycling before mining new resources. "The goal is to make Germany the most resource efficient economy world wide. This is a strategy that has only winners, wether it is the environment or the economy. Germany is prepared to implement this strategy better than any other country,’’ Röttgen said. The German Agency for Material Efficiency (DEMEA) estimate that the German economy could make further savings of 100 billion Euro a year through the use of more efficient production processes.
Referring to recycling, Germany disposes of one of the most elaborate systems worldwide. Find out more about the current state of German waste management and recycling technologies, services and concepts at: www.retech-germany.net/english/waste_management_made_in_germany
More information on resource efficiency on the website of the German Ministry of the Environment: www.bmu.de/english