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Factor X

Re-source - Designing the Recycling Society

Angrick, Michael, Burger, Andreas, Lehmann, Harry (Eds.)

2013, X, 289 p. 55 illus., 37 illus. in color.

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  • Traces history and progress of efforts to meet the Sustainability Strategy of 2002 goal of doubling raw material productivity by 2020, compared to 1994
  • Reviews current initiatives and activities, identifies areas for action and describes measures to increase resource efficiency
  • Benefits researchers in recycling and raw materials management, resource administrators and managers, policy makers and politicians

Factor X: Re-source—Designing the Recycling Society examines the issue of resources and raw materials, from the perspective of sustaining industrialized economies in the face of global competition for shrinking supplies. Although Germany has reduced its appetite for raw materials from some 680 tonnes per million GDP in 2000 to 580 tonnes in 2008, it still is not on track to meet the goals of its national sustainability strategy.

Economical use of raw materials not only reduces pressure on the environment but also opens up economic opportunities for individual companies and the economy as a whole, as shown by a modeling study carried out on behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency.

The role of recycling management is a key point in this work. This implies that rich industrialised countries will need to reduce their excessive consumption while other countries should be allowed to increase consumption. Human economies must meet each other in a “sustainability corridor”.

Factor X: Re-source—Designing the Recycling Society explores the role of recycling in efforts to achieve the sustainable world envisioned in the Federal Environment Ministry’s Resource Efficiency Programme, known as ProgRess. The chapters build a roadmap to a Recycling Society in which the decoupling of resource consumption and economic growth is accomplished.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Electronic Scrap - Material Flows & Resource Effeciency - Protection of Natural Resources - Recycling Management - Urban Mining

Related subjects » Environmental Sciences - Production & Process Engineering

Table of contents 


I. Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: A Global Challenge

1. Global Material Flows and Their Environmental Impacts

2. Improving Resource Efficiency – Key Question for Ecology and Economy

3. Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

4. Economic Growth and Resource Use

5. Resource Protection Policy from an Ngo Perspective

6. Developing a Legal Framework for Resource Conservation

Ii. Securing a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials

7. An International Metal Covenant – A Step Towards Sustainable Global Material Flows?

8. The Austrian Raw Materials Plan

Iii. Sustainable Production and Consumption

9. Material Efficiency in the Production of Goods

Iv. Further Development of a Sound Waste Management

10. The Contribution of Recycling to Sustainability/ Strategies for Recycling and Resource Conservation

11. Perspectives for a Resource Efficient Waste Management

V. Taking into Account the Whole Life Cycle: Three Examples

12. Construction and Housing

12.1. Sustainment of the Existing Property

12.2. High Quality Recycling of Demolition Wastes

13. Rare Metals

13.1. The Importance of Rare/Critical Metals for Emerging (Green) Technologies (Titel Wird Noch Von Reller Verändert, Richtung)          

13.2. Precious and Special Metal Recycling: Economical and Technical Aspects

13.3. Transboundary Shipment of Electronic Scrap

14. The Limited Resources of Phosphorus and How to Close the Phosphorus Cycle

Vi. Concluding Chapter

15. About the Need of a Resource Efficiency Programme


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