General Waste Management & Recycling

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi), as a supreme authority of the Federal Government, performs legislative, administrative and coordinating functions for the Federal Republic of Germany, for example in energy, industrial and innovation policy as well as in competition, SME and European policy. Its central task is to secure lasting prospects for employment, investment and growth in Germany with a forward-looking economic policy. The guiding principle for this is a policy based on the principles of the social market economy. Essential fields of action for the Ministry are the support and promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, stimulating and accompanying investments and innovations, maintaining and expanding the international competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location, and creating the necessary framework conditions. In doing so, it is also responsible for ensuring that important challenges of our time such as digitalisation, the effects of demographic change, the energy transition and other economic transformation processes for climate protection and a secured prosperity and growth also in the future are adequately addressed and taken into account. The increased attention and commitment paid to this growing range of tasks is reflected by the Ministry's most recent name change into Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is responsible for various policy areas in the Federal Republic of Germany, essential ones of which are reflected in the naming of the ministry. Until 1986, three different ministries within the Federal Government were responsible for environmental concerns: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. Then, in the middle of the same year, a single government authority for the federal environmental policy was created for the first time, the then Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). In the course of the following decades, additional responsibilities were temporarily transferred to the authority, such as including urban development, housing, rural infrastructure, public building law, construction as well as federal buildings, which also led to name changes thoughout the years (e.g. BMUB between 2013 and 2018). At present, the ministry is also responsible for consumer protection policy and therefore uses the extended abbreviation BMUV. For more than 30 years now its main task has remained unchanged however: to ensure the protection of the population from environmental toxins and radiation, the wise and economical use of raw materials, the protection of the climate and the use of natural resources in a way that preserves the diversity of animal and plant species and their habitats. A key responsibility is to prepare legislation in order to design the legal framework in the areas of responsibility. This also includes shaping regulatory law and transposing EU directives into national law. Furthermore, this includes the financial promotion of research and development, support for the market introduction of innovative technologies, cooperation at national and international level, and communication for broad social participation and acceptance in the protection and careful use of the environment and resources.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research as a supreme federal authority has the central task of concretely shaping and supporting the policies and objectives of the Federal Government in maintaining and promoting education, science and research in Germany. In doing so, it is largely responsible for drafting the legislation in these areas. General school education, vocational education and qualification and the promotion of training make up priority areas in this context. On the other hand, the BMBF provides financial support for research in all areas of science, as well as for young scientists and international exchange in training, continuing education and studies. Already for decades, the ministry has put a focus on researching and developing promising and clean technologies in order to secure the economic and social foundations for the country's future. The BMBF specifically supports processes of ecological, economic and social change, for example through the program "Research for Sustainable Development" (FONA). For the technical and administrative supervision of research projects, the ministry works together with the so-called project management agencies, including the DLR project management agency, the Jülich project management agency or the VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik project management agency.

Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland (CEID)

Bringing together stakeholders from science, business and society, the Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland wants to create pathways for the transformation towards a Circular Economy in Germany. Creating community, curating knowledge and working jointly to align the various strategic ideas, platforms and initiatives to one overall strategy are at the core of this multi-stakeholder approach to develop a shared vision for realizing a circular economy concept in Germany. This concept aims to fundamentally change linear production and consumption patterns by optimizing material and energy cycles so that human well-being and economic activities are eventually decoupled from environmental damage. To this end, the initiative directs attention on the process of change that is necessary along the entire value chain in order to realize the Circular Economy, identifies enabling factors, investigates specific applications and supports their implementation, for example in the form of collaborative projects. Through the formation of three work groups a particular focus has been laid on circular business models and regulatory framework conditions, and on creating new value networks for traction batteries and in the packaging segment. The insights the initiative obtains also by way of its work group activities shall serve as a basis to derive policy recommendations and draw up a Circular Economy Roadmap for Germany. The Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the participating companies.