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Green Tech Cluster in Austria

Green Tech Cluster

Welcome to Green Tech Valley, focussing on Climate and Circular Solutions. The Green Tech Valley is located in the south of Austria and is internationally regarded as the hotspot for innovative energy and environmental technology.

The Green Tech Cluster initiates growth through innovation. It brings together around 220 companies and research institutions shaping green solutions of the future. With 20 global technology leaders within an hour’s drive, the location forms one of the highest concentrations of companies in this industry.

Have a look at their Don't waste / Invest campaign: One-stop-shop recycling solutions for a wide range of waste fractions derived from Austrian excellence in achieving one of Europe's highest recycling rates.

ReziProK programme run by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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ReziProK is a funding programme focusing on a resource-efficient circular economy and innovative product cycles, and is run by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It supports research and development projects which will help reach these goals. The projects seek to close product cycles by developing appropriate business models, design concepts and digital technologies and thus contribute to the implementation of a resource-efficient circular economy.

The projects focus on:

  • Promoting the use of recycled materials
  • Extending or stepping up product use
  • Improving the recyclability of electric vehicles
  • Optimising and expanding remanufacturing
  • General developments on the topic of blockchain.

Circular economy: Putting ideas into practice

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German Advisory Council on the Environment
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01/2021
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Netherlands

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Michiel De Vries Herschberg Contact details

This report, published by the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), discusses the regulatory and economic tools needed to promote a circular economy.

Circular economy has come to be regarded as the solution to the problem of resource scarcity while at the same time acting as a motor for jobs and welfare in Europe and Germany. However, only a small proportion of the demand for materials is currently met by circularity, since waste management is lagging behind the requirements of a circular economy.

The goal of reducing material flows must be anchored politically and greater attention must be paid to sufficiency. Products must be designed to be compatible with a circular economy and high-grade recycling must finally become a reality.

Fjällräven up-cycles wool as a by-product of the meat industry

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Fjällräven is giving wool waste a second life by using it for innovative purposes, like padding in jackets or backplate in backpacks.

Purrot: A self-cleaning vibrating Rotor-filter to separate manure or treat waste water

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PURROT is a filter  that can mechanically separate organic matter and nutrients from liquid, without using chemicals.

Fraunhofer IAP and re:newcell join forces to convert old cotton clothing into a mass manufacturing fibre

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The company re:newcell, together with a group of scientist from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP), have developed a technique that transforms recycled cotton into viscose rayon fibre, which is a suitable material for mass manufacturing.

A Circular Economy Network run by the Swabian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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The Circular Economy Network of Swabia is organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of the Bavarian part of Swabia (Germany). It is open to companies that are members of the CCI. The network organises discussions and exchange of experiences on circular economy topics.

Current topics mostly handle activities in the field of waste disposal.

WFZruhr: a network with an added value

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WFZruhr is a network of public organisations and private companies who share circular economy competences in the Ruhr area (Germany). The network members cover the whole range of circular economy services.

WFZruhr allows member companies to take part in industrial symbiosis processes, to cooperate in the field of waste management and to receive support on circular economy issues (including IT, management, etc.).

WFZruhr also organizes top-class events on key circular topics.

The Danube Goes Circular - a platform for collaboration and awareness raising

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Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia

The Danube Goes Circular is a circular economy platform, under the Interreg MOVECO project, which involves sixteen partners from the ten Danube countries. The platform offers a space for collaboration, awareness raising and a market place for reusable materials. Hence, it provides opportunities for trading materials and expanding their circularity.

Moreover, the platform offers information on how to extend a product’s useful life cycle and on legal requirements and business good practices linked to the promotion of circular economy.

Another benefit of the platform is that various stakeholders interested in circular topics can team up, which would ideally encourage the formation of partnerships.

For more information on the strategy named The Danube goes Circular, please click here.

NCP manufactures Snøhetta design chairs made from plastic waste from Norway’s fish farming

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The Norwegian company NCP delivers sustainable furniture from recycled plastic materials through innovation and design. The S-1500 chair, designed by Snøhetta, is produced by NCP showing how plastic waste from Norway’s fish farming can be transformed into a sustainable design object with an expected lifetime of at least 50 years.

nachaltig.digital: a platform for sustainable digitalisation

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Nachhaltig.digital is a platform for stepping up dialogue on the sustainability and digitalisation of SMEs in Germany.

It provides a space for the exchange of ideas, products, solutions, inspiration and discussion - both online and offline. The platform helps companies to use digitalisation to make their business sustainable.

The platform has also focused on the circular economy. As well as providing a forum where companies can interact, Nachhaltig.digital informs them about digitalisation and the circular economy, answering questions and telling them about current trends.

FISSAC - Fostering Industrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry across the extended Construction Value Chain

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FISSAC is a project seeking to stimulate the coordination and facilitation of work in the construction and demolition value chain. Accordingly, the initiative aims to gather various stakeholders and to encourage the development and adoption of a common methodology and software platform for the exchange of information and best practices.

The overall aim of the project is to help companies with sustainability practices, by creating models that can be used by anyone. The models can be:

  • manufacturing processes (such as demonstrations of close-loop recycling processes to transform waste into secondary raw materials)
  • product validations (examples of eco-design and eco-innovative construction products)
  • industrial symbiosis models (software platforms for example).

Sustainable and biodegradable LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fiber comes from the woods

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Austria

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LENZING™ ECOVERO™ produces a sustainable and fully biodegradable fibre brand for apparel. It is developed from renewable pulp and wood sources. Importantly, the wood which serves as raw material come from certified sustainable sources.

Madaster: online register and 'material passport'

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Germany, Netherlands, Other (Norway and Switzerland)

Madaster is a platform to register and document a range of materials or products. It offers its services to individuals, companies or public sector institutions that wish to collect and store data about their materials. Madaster stores the data in a secure and efficient way.

Most importantly, the platform offers updated information about the circular values and potentials of the owned materials, thus expanding opportunities for more efficient green management of resources. With the data, Madaster provides the clients with a “material passport” that enables them to use it for moving towards a circular economy.

Madaster has a global focus and operates in several countries (e.g. The Netherlands, GermanySwitzerland, Norway and China).

Accelerating transition to circularity with Circular Berlin

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Circular Berlin is an NGO that focuses on making Berlin circular. Berlin is envisioned as a resilient, citizen-oriented region. Resources are sourced locally and their value is maintained as part of a continuous loop. Circular Berlin operates across areas such as community-building, education, as well as developing knowledge on industries with a high potential for circularity: the built environment, food and biomass, textile and fashion, and materials and products.

Circular Berlin hosts events in which the community meets, debates and exchanges. Topics range from sharing knowledge to collaborative planning sessions, and has built open-source digital tools allowing information to be exchanged more quickly.

For more information on specific projects, consult their website.

Fairmittlerei, supplying NGOs with industry's excess equipment and materials

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Fairmittlerei works as a connection hub between NGOs and industries for the purchasing of excess non-food products in industries.

BauKarussell: recovery-oriented demolition

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BauKarussell is a consortium supported and co-run by industrial actors and the City of Vienna. It seeks to establish circular loops in the city's construction sector, with an emphasis on large-scale demolition. The platform focuses on compliance with new regulations and ensuring that reusable components are dismantled and made available for reuse through partnerships with large property developers.

Green practices are becoming standard practice in the construction sector in Austria, and this initiative is in line with that trend. Workers from social enterprises actually prepare material for reuse. It is estimated that the consortium could create around 9 000 jobs in Austria.

Carlavelorep: the social bicycle workshop

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Carlavelorep is a non-profit social bicycle workshop run by Caritas Salzburg.

Alchemia-nova: treating waste water using green walls

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Alchemia-nova, the Institute for innovative phytochemistry and closed loop processes, has colloborated with vertECO, GRETA and LooPi to develop three types of green walls, which treat wastewater to service water standards and create plant biomass and fertiliser.

I:CO - a global waste collection network for textiles

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I:CO is an international circular solutions provider for the collection, certified sorting, reuse and recycling of clothing and shoes. They aim to support innovative new recycling technologies which help close the loop of production cycles.

ResQ - finding a buyer for that leftover cupcake

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Finland

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ResQ Club is a Finnish company and mobile application, which also covers parts of Sweden, Poland and Germany. Its goal is to combat food waste by connecting sustainable restaurants, cafés and food shops with consumers who appreciate affordable quality food.

Remondis Aqua: extracting phosphoric acids from sewerage sludge

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Remondis Acqua Group is a company specialising in systems for the production of high-quality water. They have developed new methods to protect raw materials and treat wastewater, with a new model of municipal sewerage treatment plant.

Neocomp: recycling glass-fibre-reinforced plastics

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Neocomp has developed a method for recycling glass fibre polymers used in the rotor blades of wind turbines. The polymers are shredded, then used as an additive in cement.

eChiller - highly energy-efficient cooler with minimal global warming impact

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eChiller is a refrigerator system developed and manufactured by the German company Efficient Energy which uses only water. 

LanaTerm: wool can keep buildings warm as well as sheep

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Romania

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There are not many eco-friendly products on the Romanian construction market, so there was definitely a niche in the thermal insulation market. LanaTerm uses sheep's wool to create thermal insulation for buildings.

Remanufacturing: promoting product life extension

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The Remanufacturing platform is designed to help with the development of remanufacturing activities. It provides resources and reflection on remanufacturing and the circular economy.

Set up in 2014, Remanufacturing aims to promote remanufacturing and associated RE-activities for product life extension. Within circular economy value recovery cycles, products can be REused, REpaired, REnovated, REmanufactured or REcycled. The aim is to reuse end-of-life products and components in new or upgraded products.

Remanufacturing has created a website describing the advantages of and barriers to starting up and developing remanufacturing activities, with examples and methodologies.

SirPlus: the supermarket that rescues unwanted food - rescuing as a new way of buying

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SirPlus, based in Germany, is an example of a business which avoids food waste to its utmost. It consists of a supermarket that sells food rejected by other stores for being considered out of the regular aesthetics for a supermarket – for instance, ugly fruit and vegetables, jars labelled incorrectly, or goods near or past expiry date.

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