Germany – For several years, the German Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT has been investigating the environmental impact of recycling activities undertaken by German recycling and waste management company the ALBA Group. This year, experts at the institute have been using a completely new methodology and have thus been able to provide a comprehensive insight into the amount of primary resources that are saved as a result of the recycling activities and that therefore remain within the environment.
The study has recorded a landmark result, revealing that the ALBA Group was able to use the recycling of over 6.2 million tonnes of raw materials in 2013 to save a total of around 51 million tonnes of primary resources. This saving is equivalent to the global annual demand for aluminium.
‘This figure shows that we are heading in the right direction and that the sustainable management of our natural assets is indeed possible,’ states the company. It adds that some 70 billion tonnes of raw materials are used on a global scale – which is twice the volume as only thirty years ago.
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