Refuse Derived Fuel – A European Market Heading for Overcapacity
© TK Verlag - Fachverlag für Kreislaufwirtschaft (9/2016)
During the last five years, the residual waste market has been transformed from one whose geography was largely defined by a country’s borders to one that has become truly European in nature. Increasing, and now significant, tonnages of refuse derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) are moving across national boundaries. In the UK, for example, the export of RDF and SRF has grown from 250,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) in 2011 to 3.4 million tpa in 2015.

GLOCAL – An ecosystem-based business model
© European Compost Network ECN e.V. (6/2014)
A potentially game-changing business model is currently being trialled on the island of Mallorca. Ecover, Forum for the Future, GICOM, Daniel Wahl, the University of the Balearic Islands, the local industry Clusters and several local entrepreneurs are working together to pilot a distributed manufacturing model that: • produces locally but draws on the global R&D knowledge held by Ecover • uses local bio-based resources that would otherwise be considered as waste

Information: A Crucial Resource for Resource Management
© DGAW - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Abfallwirtschaft e.V. (3/2014)
Material Flow Analysis (MFA) is a central tool of resources management. Although data can be considered a crucial resource for resource management, there is no common understanding on what MFA data is, how it contributes to MFA results, and how it can be discussed and communicated. This study contributes to this issue by proposing a terminology for information in Material Flow Analysis, and indicating further research steps towards consistent data base analysis and data quality assessment. The approaches of this study are illustrated by examples of two nation-wide MFA case studies on metals and phosphorus. The findings can, among others, contribute to increased MFA system understanding, database communication and data quality assessment.

Mass Flow Analysis and Economic Evaluation of Informal Sector Activities
© DGAW - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Abfallwirtschaft e.V. (3/2012)
The thesis will analyze mass flows and estimate corresponding monetary flows in three different key areas: Rio, Brazil; Delhi, India; Germany-Poland. A focus is put on formal and informal amounts, impacts on recycling quotas, advantages and disadvantages for waste management systems, legal barriers, political incentives and economic drivers to regulate informal activities and find differences and common grounds regarding waste management systems. The current contribution highlights the economic drivers and incentives that cause informal activities and presents results regarding the informal sector in Germany.

An Assessment of the EU Approach to Medical Device Regulation against the Backdrop of the US System
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (6/2010)
A medical device is intended to alleviate a medical condition or to substitute a body function. The use of medical devices entails risks, first and foremost for patients who usually lack the necessary information, time and ability for informed decisions. Based on this, societies choose to regulate these products.

Paper export with opportunities and risks: The financial crisis leads to market adjustment in the paper industry
© Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) (6/2010)
The global financial crisis has also reached the German recycling industry. But as opposed to the banking and automotive industries, the recycling industry has not responded with panic or predictions of Armageddon. Admittedly, there are some problems with exporting wastepaper to China, but in Germany the industry sees more opportunities than risks. In any case, there will be some form of market adjustment. An important representative of the German disposal industry and an expert in the area of wastepaper expresses his views on the situation in the global market. Lutz Siewek is Managing Director of Nehlsen GmbH & CO. KG in Bremen (Germany), where he is also responsible for the company's entire raw materials business.

Complete utilisation of plastics: A study looks at the consumption and utilisation of plastics in Germany
© Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) (6/2010)
Consumption of plastic in Germany continues to increase. The issue of waste utilisation in Germany has been clarified: more than 96 per cent of plastic waste is now utilised. Consequently, plastics are an important resource even after their first usage phase.

Waste disposal strategy for better quality of life: Asia and Europe in search of solutions for controlled waste management
© Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) (6/2010)
The largely unregulated waste management poses grave problems in many Asian cities. The need to organize waste management systematically and communicate this to people requires a lot of awareness training, good networking, a clear focus on results and a great deal of patience. Key individuals on all levels must be involved in order to increase acceptance among the population. The Technologie-Transfer-Zentrum, ttz (Technology Transfer Centre, ttz) in Bremerhaven, Germany, is aiming to develop and locally implement a realizable model with 21 partners from Europe and Asia, within the EU project ISSOWAMA (Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Asia). The project was officially launched in Bangkok on February 11 and 12.

Modeling of waste management processes so as to increase the efficient use of natural resources – outlook and future demands
© Wasteconsult international (6/2009)
Since the ban on placing untreated waste in landfill sites (Technical Instructions on Municipal Waste) came into force in June 2005, the increasing number of material waste streams in need of coordination has led to increased complexity of the recycling and disposal structures in the waste management and recycling industry, whereby the issues of material and energy efficiency are gaining importance. An approach to analyzing and optimizing these complex processes is offered in a project currently being undertaken at Bremen University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with partners from the industry itself. Here, as the basis for the development of software applications, a material flow model for the waste management and recycling industry is being developed for the purpose of supporting material waste flow management and thus helping to lay the foundations for better resource and cost efficiency in this industry. Keywords: Modeling, waste management processes, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, material efficiency, material flow analysis. 1 The need for action 2 Project description 2.1 Aims 2.2 Development of a waste characteristic 3 Case study: Optimization of a waste-fueled power station

Engineering Sustainable Dams
© Springer Vieweg | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH (10/2007)
The concept of sustainable infrastructure and an approach to achieving it through the Engineered Sustainable Infrastructure Cycle (ESIC) are explained.

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