The global use of resources has tripled since 1970 – a clear signal that recycling is necessary to keep nature intact for future generations.
NBB shows how simple this can be with the recycling of steel, copper and used electrical equipment.
As a result of the recycling activities of these material flows, 64,381 kilograms of resources and an additional 1,176 kilograms of greenhouse gases could be saved in 2016.
This was the conclusion reached by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT). For this, the scientists compare the resources and green house gas expenditure of primary production with recycling with the aid of a specially developed, detail-oriented method. The difference between the two calculations results in the respective environmental effect for each material flow.
The result of the study for 2016 shows something else: Recycling performed significantly better in all examined areas than the primary production with regard to greenhouse gas emissions as well as with regard to resource consumption.