Climate protection through recycling
In cooperation with municipal and private organizations as well as waste-management companies in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lobbe has founded the association “Klimaschutz durch Kreislaufwirtschaft* e.V” (*climate protection through environmental service). The inaugural meeting took place in the “House of the Town Cleaners” (SASE), and Ernst-Peter Rahlenbeck (Chairman of North Rhine Westphalia’s Regional Association for BDE (Federal Association of German Waste Disposal Industry)), was elected as Chairman of the Association. Lobbe is represented by Bernhard Camminadi.
According to the statutes, the purpose of the Association is the development, promotion, initiation and implementation of measures to improve climate protection in the context of the general activities of the environmental service. In particular, the aims and objectives of the Association are:
- the promotion of environmental protection,
- the promotion and support of the Climate Expo in North Rhine-Westphalia (KlimaExpo.NRW), and the regional measures and projects,
- the information of all members regarding the activities on climate change through environmental service, first and foremost in the context of KlimaExpo.NRW and
- the presentation of the positive effects of environmental service on the reduction or avoidance of greenhouse gases
North Rhine-Westphalia was the first federal state to pass a climate bill, and has set itself binding climate protection goals with its state-wide climate protection plan. In addition, with the “KlimaExpo.NRW 2022”, the state government has launched a major initiative for climate protection. Politics, business and civil society are being called upon to make a common commitment to address the challenges of the energy turnaround, climate protection targets, and necessary adaptation to climate change. Over a period of 8 years, outstanding climate protection projects will be presented and new initiatives will be introduced to a wide audience. The KlimaExpo intends to demonstrate the technological and economic potential of the state, and to strengthen the location North Rhine-Westphalia. To that end, it will provide a high-profile, awareness-raising platform until 2022. It intends to be a “showcase” and a “laboratory of ideas”, and to also show an international audience what is possible in the area of climate protection. As an industrial state, NRW is particularly suited to pioneer the innovative combination of industrial change and climate protection, and the sustainable development of economy and society.
As the first industry in North Rhine-Westphalia, the waste and recycling industry will take the opportunity to present itself in the context of the KlimaExpo.NRW, and to show it what it has done for climate protection so far, as well as what it can and will do in future. A central initiative for the entire industry aims to consolidate this commitment, and to introduce and continue to develop it within the high-profile context of KlimaExpo.NRW.
The Association „Klimaschutz durch Kreislaufwirtschaft e.V.“ was initiated and supported by
- the Association of Substance-Specific Waste Treatment Association (ASA),
- the Federal Association of German Waste Management Industry (BDE),
- the Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Disposal Association e.V.(BVSE)
- the Community Of Thermal Waste Treatment Plants Germany (ITAD)
- the Community of NRW Landfill Operators (InwesD) and
- the Association of Local Utilities NRW e.V. (VKU).
Supporters and founding members also include industry companies such as Breer Visual Communication, the Bwaste International GmbH, the CC Group of companies, INFA – Institute for Waste, Waste Water and Infrastructure Management GmbH, Lobbe Holding GmbH & Co KG, the Prognos AG, the Remondis SE & Co. KG, the RSP Riemann, Sonnenschein & Partner GmbH, or the SASE gGmbH – Society For The Promotion And Collection Of Urban Cleaning And Waste Management.
At the centre of the initiative will be the activities of the industry, and especially the environmental service companies – 1,300 companies with about 35,000 employees – which play an important part in NRW. Under the common umbrella of “Climate Protection through Environmental Service”, their climate-related innovations and technologies, services and projects can be presented with a high recognition value and in a new context. With the KlimaExpo.NRW, the companies will also be provided with a platform that makes the technological developments and achievements in climate protection visible, thus reaching a broad national and international audience.
The Association “Klimaschutz durch Kreislaufwirtschaft e.V.” is designed to enable and promote the exchange between companies, associations and other stakeholders in the waste and recycling industry that are actively committed to climate protection and want to work for a common, continuing development of the economic potentials in NRW. The Association’s administrative office at the SASE (Society For The Promotion And Collection Of Urban Cleaning And Waste Management) in Iserlohn will commence operations in January 2015. Until January, the provisional administrative office will remain located at the Prognos AG in Dusseldorf. The head of the office, Mrs. Ragna Schnurer, can be reached at +49 (0) 211 9131 6145, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
The administrative office will coordinate and organize the various activities of the industry initiative. The association “Klimaschutz durch Kreislaufwirtschaft e.V.” is open to organizations, interest groups and state institutions, enterprises of circular economy, cities, municipalities and counties, government agencies and universities, and individuals.
Together, all players of the environmental service economy – from businesses and academic institutions to associations, cities and municipalities – can demonstrate that they stand by their responsibilities in an economically strong region such as NRW, and show how they apply their expertise to solve global problems, while simultaneously taking advantage of consistent climate protection as an opportunity for economic development: “Climate protection as an engine for progress”, is the stated goal of the of North Rhine-Westphalian government.