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Cologne, 23 April 2020. Climate protection and the circular economy must not be put on the back burner due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. A point re-emphasized by Michael Wiener, CEO of Der Grüne Punkt: “This would mean ignoring the economic opportunities offered by the circular economy. The coronavirus crisis, in particular, shows that Europe must be able to operate independently up to a certain degree. The circular economy offers an opportunity to render Europe more autonomous in terms of raw material procurement, and to keep within the EU or fetch back added value that’s essential for reconstruction.”
Michael Wiener is thus supporting the remarks of Peter Kurth, the President of the Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry (BDE), which are quoted today in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper: “Anyone who believes that because of the coronavirus climate protection and an improved circular economy are dispensable, is mistaken. The issue of an ecological modernization of our economy remains on the agenda.” Which is why the organization is addressing an urgent appeal to Europe’s top politicians not to water down the Green Deal. “Now is the time to show that climate protection in Europe is not a fair-weather affair.”
“This applies all the more to plastic, where we urgently need to shift from a linear to a circular economy,” emphasizes Michael Wiener. “Plastic is still being made predominantly from oil, used once and then disposed of. This entails numerous very significant problems.” Some of these was recently described by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council of the (EASAC) in its report on the necessity of a circular economy for plastic:
“The scientists at EASAC make it clear that all these problems can only be solved with the aid of a fully functional circular economy for plastic,” to quote Michael Wiener. “This is not a task we can put into cold storage simply because it’s inconvenient.“ Year after year, it is estimated, ten million tons of plastic waste end up in the seas worldwide. On the other hand, the proportion of recyclates, meaning recycled plastics, in Europe’s total plastic production output is a mere six percent. “We’re using increasing quantities of oil for producing plastics in Europe, concomitantly releasing large quantities of climate-harmful gases, instead of exploiting used plastic as what it is: an enormous source of raw materials,” says a critical Michael Wiener.
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About the Der Grüne Punkt Group:
The companies of Der Grüne Punkt are service providers for extended producer responsibility, leading suppliers of secondary raw materials for plastics, and premium producers of plastic recyclates, and as such positioned as the premier solution providers for the needs of the circular economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) has introduced the dual system in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen brand name for the international market. The companies are grouped together in DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG.