As essential components of production, natural resources form the basis of our prosperity; yet, they are becoming increasingly scarce on a global scale. In fact, their consumption doubled to over 68 billion tonnes between the late 1970s and 2009. Moreover, the industrialised nations are in the lead when it comes to consumption; they consume four times more per capita than less developed countries. The German government passed the “German Resource Efficiency Program” (ProgRess) in 2012. Its aim is to conserve resources for ecological and social, as well as economic purposes. This places Germany in a pioneering position. With the follow-up programme, ProgRess II, the Federal Government has made further progress by focussing on the entire value chain.
Aspects of resource efficiency can be found in almost all funding measures we manage. More than 70 percent of the projects in programmes, such as “Research for Sustainable Development” (FONA) and “From Material to Innovation” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, or the “National Climate Initiative” funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, have resulted in increases in resource efficiency.
PtJ has expertise in mineral and energy raw materials, biomass, soil and subsoil, land, air and water, as well as marine resources, CO2, geothermal energy and biodiversity. We pool our know-how across all disciplines in the “Resource Efficiency” area of expertise. A systemic approach can be guaranteed by accounting for activities in other policy fields, such as bioeconomy, the energy transition, and digitalisation, as well as fields of activity such as regional development and business start-ups. This approach is sustained by funding measures for improving efficiency along the entire value chain, and increasingly in line with the circular economy. Both, technological developments (such as recycling or substitution) and socio-economic factors (such as consumer behaviour or new business models) play key roles. We are a member of the Resource Efficiency Network (NeRess) and participate in numerous committees and events, such as the bi-annual BilRess (Education for Resource Conservation and Resource Efficiency) Conference.