Towards a German Programme for Resource Efficiency

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Towards

a German Programme
for

Resource

Efficiency

Birgit Schwenk

Head
of

Division „
Ecological

Resource

Efficiency“



Act

Clean Conference, Berlin

13
October

2011




Resource

Efficiency:

the

ecological

challenge

Resource

use
:


Steep

rise
: +50% in
last 30
years


Impacts on
the

environment


Drivers:


Population
growth


Growth in
prosperity


2050: ?


9,2
billion

people


Resource

Use
: ?


Resource

Efficiency:

the

economic

challenge


Quelle: www.finanzen.net

Price
of

copper

(US $ per ton)

Resource

Efficiency:

the

economic

challenge


Quelle: www.finanzen.net


Rising

and

highly

volatile
prices


Germany
dependent

on
imports
:
rich

in
minerals
, but
poor

in
most

metals

and

rare
earths


Materials
account

for

45%
of

costs

in German
manufacturing

sector


Eurobarometer
survey

(March 2011):


85%
of

German
entrepreneurs

report

a moderate
or

even

dramatic

rise

in material
costs

in last 5
years
,


97%
expect

rising

costs

in
future

Part
of

the

solution
:

Resource

Efficiency

Quelle: www.finanzen.net


More
efficient

use

of

raw

materials

will

-
lower

costs


-
decrease

dependency

on
imports

-
decrease

vulnerability

to

rising

and

volatile
prices

-
result

in
higher

competitiveness

-
secure

jobs


and
:

-
decrease

adverse

effects

on
the

environment

-
secure

our

natural

capital

for

future

generations



2002: National
Strategy

for


Sustainable

Development

German SDS
of

2002


identified a set of
21 indicators


established

quantitative
targets



Raw

Material
Productivity
:


Double
by

2020
(
against

1994)


Further
targets

include
:
land

use
,
energy

productivity
,
renewable

energy
,
biodiversity
, GHG
emissions

Bi
-
annual

progress

reports

to

monitor

success






Indicator:

GDP/DMI



Target:

1994
-
2020

+100%


Status:

1994
-
2009

+ 46.8 %

Raw

material
productivity
:

Are
we

on
track
?

2010: German

Raw

Materials
Strategy

Quelle: www.finanzen.net

German
Raw

Materials
Strategy

(20
October

2010):


Mix
of

instruments


to

support

industry

in
achieving


a
safe
,
secure

and

sustainable

supply

of

raw

materials


Contains

decision

to

develop

a


Programme
for

Resource

Efficiency


aiming

to

minimise

the

adverse

effects

of

resource

extraction

and

resource

use

on
the

environment



The Way Forward:
ProgRess
!

Programme on Resource Efficiency

(
Prog
Ress
)

Goals:


Decouple

growth from resource use


Reduce

resource use and environmental impacts


How?


Build on best practices and existing measures:
information, coherence, scaling up


Identify measures along the entire value chain


Explore additional indicators and targets



ProgRess
:
Overview

Example
:

Action Field „
Production



Proposed

actions
:



Program
to

provide

tailor
-
made

advice

on
resource
-
efficiency

for

companies


Support
dissemination

of

resource
-
efficient

production

and

processing

methods


Promote environmental
management

systems

(EMAS)


Incentives

for

resource
-
efficient

product

design


Integrate

resource

efficiency

criteria

into

technical

norms

Resource
-
efficient

Production

ProgRess
:
Process

October

2010:

German
Raw

Materials
Strategy


Mandate
to

develop

Resource

Efficiency Programme

February



April 2011

working

drafts


February



June 2011


stakeholder

consultations


July

-

September 2011


finalisation

of

MoE

Draft

October

-

December

2011


government

consultations


on
MoE

draft

Envisaged

for

January

2012

Decision

by

Council
of

Ministers

Federal Minister Dr. Norbert
Röttgen
:


“Resource efficiency means
innovation and
modernisation
. This

is a prerequisite for making
societies and economies fit for the future.



Our economy has the potential to become
the most
resource
-
efficient economy in the world
. And this
is what we are aiming to achieve.”










Resource

Efficiency

Thank you very much for
your attention!


birgit.schwenk@bmu.bund.de


www.bmu.de

Name

BMU, Referat