News / 15.03.2022

What can we learn for waste management from the flood disaster? My consultancy Thinking Circular® is based in the district of Ahrweiler, therefore, in search of the answer, I have been dealing with exactly this question since July 2021. The motivation is personal: floods are a trauma for me. The flashback caught up with me quickly on the morning of July 15, 2021. My trauma is called Kyrill and hit me in 2007 in the Westerwald. A tree from above, water from below -  from all sides. The flood...

News / 19.01.2022

The climate crisis is a global challenge, but with very different regional effects. What "climate crisis" means for everyone personally, for their own place of residence, home and community, we know at the latest since the night of July 14 to 15. How do we deal with the situation in the district of Ahrweiler and what can everyone do for climate protection? Under the title "#klimafit - Climate change on the doorstep! What can I do?", the multi-part Kvhs event led by Eveline Lemke will take place from Thursday,...

News / 17.11.2021

At the official founding meeting of the energy efficiency and climate protection network ETA-Plus Südhessen at the Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the members set themselves a common savings target. In the next two years, they want to avoid 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions. For the more than 20 companies, this is an ambitious goal. However, Dr. Nico Wenz from the Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who is overseeing the initiative, is confident that the goal can be achieved together. The experience of the last 5 years...

News / 16.09.2021

We are currently experiencing great changes: Climate change, digitalization, the Corona pandemic and weather events that destroy entire landscapes, as recently in the Ahr Valley. All this makes us feel what change means. Donella Meadows has described how, in times of change, people's fundamental ideas about who we are in this world also undergo major changes. With "Transcending paradigms" she described the changes in socially anchored attitudes, which are also the greatest levers in changing systems. Maja Göppel has written about this and described a summary of urgent...

News / 09.09.2021

Economies as complex systems can’t be described in one sentence. Looking into classrooms, students learn about economies as simple linear structures. They inhale demand and supply, production and consumer interests, money and currencies, prices and speculation. All that can easily be described by numbers and curves in a 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional math. Leaving the classroom, we come to notice: Economy is more. It is not 2- or 3-dimensional. Especially the global economy - which evolved from cultivated assumptions and underlying paradigms - goes beyond that. How to emphasize the...

News / 10.08.2021

#Save the date October 19 / 20, 2021 Discussing the decarbonisation of global transport, the event will provide opportunities to discuss solutions to the industry’s challenges in both a online and in-person hybrid event format. My session is on the question of sustainable EV for the future. With a mix of high-level, informative presentations and panels, a stellar cast of speakers and audience members with deal-making capacity, the 2021 edition of the event will again be a success. I hope to see you there!  ...

News / 06.08.2021

The top 10 Circular Materials by mass Do you know the world's largest material flows that are managed in a circular way? For Thinking Circular®, this question comes up more often as part of our consulting work. That's because companies turning to the Circular Economy want to know exactly what the effects of adopting a circular economy are, and what the benefits are to their business and the environment as a result. Looking at the most successful materials that are managed by people in a circular way can provide...

News / 07.07.2021

The BIG 5 - and their story behind The circular economy offers new answers to the question of how 9 billion people can survive on this planet, accepting that there are planetary boundaries and climate change is ongoing. The aim of this study was to identify drivers of the big five globally largest material flows by mass from a circular economic perspective and to understand their story behind. Many scientific papers about circular economy focus on scoring countries according to their waste infrastructure, which exactly explains lacks in fulfilling the...

News / 26.04.2021

What we learn from nature science is that blue whales get disoriented by ship noise, dying riffs, rising temperatures due to climate change or because they are swallowing plastic waste. Just like the whales our material world is disoriented. Let’s use the metaphoric: Still, we are extracting 100 Billion tons of material every year out of this planet. That’s equivalent to more than 666 million blue whales. Still a number too large to imagine. Only 9% of all the material is moving in cycles. So, imagine the 10.000 blue whales,...

News / 22.04.2021

In Germany the market share of green products was about 11% in 2017 (latest numbers; that’s 139 Billion EUR of 1,300 Billion EUR GDP in total). The goal of a higher market share for green products is to reach 32% in 2030 (= 404 Billion EUR). Did you know? Green energy consumption has increased by 50% since 2011. After introducing trustworthy ecolabels, sales of green products triple within one year. 82% of the 15–29-year-olds are currently revolutionizing the food market through eating less or no meat. 33% of them...

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