Funding subject 8: Recirculation and efficient use of environmentally-critical metals and mineral residual waste

The extraction of raw materials often goes hand in hand with serious environmental impacts. It is often difficult to recycle these materials because they are combined with such a vast array of other materials in a wide range of consumer goods. For this reason, in order to achieve a sustainable economy, efficient use and strict life-cycle management is essential for raw materials that are difficultn to substitute. This applies especially to environmentally hazardous substances such as certain metals that are required for high-tech and environmental technology, as well as phosphorous, which is crucial for ensuring food security for a growing global population. For this reason, the recirculation of - in particular - platinum group metals, indium, cobalt and rare earth metals must be reinforced.

Mineral residual waste represents one of the largest material flows in Germany. By recycling demolition waste, for example, on a technical level that is comparable to the primary product, we can keep these materials out of landfills and reduce primary raw material consumption.

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In particular, the following measures are eligible:

  • Educational concepts for promoting systemic thinking using the specified materials as examples

  • Projects that reduce the use of environmentally critical metals and avoid dissipation of these materials, or projects in which environmentally critical metals are replaced by materials that can be extracted in an environmentally friendly manner

  • Projects for recovery and treatment of environmentally critical metals and mineral residual waste

  • Projects to increase the efficiency of the materials specified above in industrial and agricultural applications

  • Development of measures for environmentally friendly use of materials that contain phosphorous (sewage sludge, organic waste, farm manure, etc.)

  • Development of environmentally friendly phosphorous recovery and recycling procedures, possibly taking into consideration further nutrients (wastewater/sewage sludge, animal waste)

  • Using the digitisation of manufacturing and information processes to promote sustainable use of environmentally critical metals and mineral residual waste

  • Action-oriented projects for children and young people to communicate correlations to them and increase awareness of the materials specified

 

Take a look at the flyer for further information and exemplary DBU-funded projects.

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