BZL News

On this page, we will report on our various projects and publications (only on those with references in English).

 

TOP May 8, 2018: Short study on cadmium-containing waste products within the circular economy published
What is understood by the circular economy concept is the re-use and recycling of used materials and waste. In many used products, hazardous compounds are found or might be present either because of the products’ present intended use or former applications that have been banned in the meantime. Clearly, recycling activities should not endanger man and environment through carryover of contaminants. To learn more about how hazardous chemicals in waste impede the circular economy, it is necessary to investigate the ways in which products containing hazardous compounds have been handled up to now in order to avoid secondary contamination. For this study, cadmium (Cd) in NiCd batteries and accumulators and Cd compounds used as stabilisers for PVC profiles were selected as examples. The situation in the European Union was analysed, with a focus on legislation, collection, recycling, disposal and the further fate of “co-recycled” Cd. Insufficient collection rates, partially unsafe disposal and carryover were identified as the main problems. An advanced management strategy for Cd and its compounds is needed in order to mitigate problems in the circular economy. Used products containing hazardous substances ought to be recycled without contaminating the environment or recycled materials. The results suggest that circular economy is faced with different, partially insurmountable challenges.

  • Friege, H.; Zeschmar-Lahl, B.; Borgmann, A. Managing Cd Containing Waste – Caught by the Past, the Circular Economy Needs New Answers. Recycling 2018, 3, 18, doi:10.3390/recycling3020018
    Online (external link): HTML-version
    Download (external link): PDF, 1,8 MB

 

TOP May 2, 2018: "Construction and Demolition Waste Best Management Practice" published
The following links will allow you to read and download the final version of the article at ScienceDirect (until June 19, 2018 without registration or fees):

  • José-Luis Gálvez-Martos, David Styles, Harald Schoenberger, Barbara Zeschmar-Lahl. Construction and demolition waste best management practice in Europe. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 136, September 2018, Pages 166-178, ISSN 0921-3449, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.04.016. or ScienceDirect

 

TOP April 30, 2018: Paper "Prerequisites for Public Acceptance of Waste-to-Energy Plants: Evidence from Germany and Indonesia“ published
The construction of waste-to-energy or waste incineration plants (as well as other large-scale plants) often meets with public opposition, not only in Europe but also in many emerging economies. In this article, we analyze the experiences made in Germany with a focus on the question of which are the minimum requirements for creating acceptance of these facilities.
Waste is an important resource, but often also contains high concentrations of pollutants (heavy metals, persistent organic compounds, etc.). Coping with this inventory is a major challenge, not just for incineration but also for recycling. This challenge can most likely be met by mandatory requirements for chemicals entering the goods cycle and a design of products that is suitable for recycling (design for recycling).

 

TOP April 19, 2018: Paper "Construction and Demolition Waste Best Management Practice in Europe" accepted for publication in Resources, Conservation & Recycling
Another example of best environmental management practice (BEMP) in waste management (study for JRC and publication to PAYT, see below) was handling of construction and demolition waste. The paper detailing this approach has been accepted for publication in Resources, Conservation & Recycling and can already be viewed at www.researchgate.net:

 


TOP Spring 2018: Final report on the ISC3 project availabe
Since the beginning of 2018, the final report on the ISC3 project is finally available for download on the UBA website:
With this project the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) and the corresponding International Sustainable Chemistry Network (ISCnet) for experts and stakeholders were established at a conference in May 2017. Objectives, tasks and a concept of the centre were developed in cooperation with international experts. From a thematic perspective, the holistic concept of Sustainable Chemistry proved to be a particularly suitable way to link the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Devel-opment with chemical innovations.

 

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TOP November 13, 2017: 1st place in Austrian Sustainability Reporting Award 2017 for Wienerberger
In 2017, BZL GmbH scientifically advised Wienerberger AG on the preparation of its Sustainability Report 2016. The report was awarded the first place in the Large Companies category at the Austrian Sustainability Reporting Award (ASRA) on November 13, 2017. The award is presented by the Austrian Chamber of Public Accountants in cooperation with the Austrian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the Federal Environmental Agency, the Federation of Austrian Industry, Vienna (Industriellenvereinigung Wien) and the respACT – austrian business council for sustainable development, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT).

 


TOP September 15, 2017: Publication of two studies from the ISC3 project
From March 2015 to June 2017, BZL GmbH was part of a consortium (together with N-hoch-3 and DECHEMA), which supported the German BMUB/UBA in building an International Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Chemistry, the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center (ISC3) (external link). In the framework of this project, BZL GmbH has prepared the study "Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector" and participated in the study "Identification of Priority Topics in the Field of Sustainable Chemistry". The studies are now available on our website or the UBA website:

 

TOP July 25, 2017: Presentation at the 15th International Conference on Quality in Research (QiR) in Nusa Dua, Bali
On July 25, 2017, we presented at the 15th QiR Conference in Bali, which conclusions could be drawn by Indonesian waste management from the acceptance problems (in particular) of thermal waste treatment plants in Germany for their own waste management plans.

  • Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: The importance of pollution control for the acceptance of waste treatment plants – recommendations for the waste management sector in Indonesia based on experiences in Germany
    The 15th International Conference on Quality in Research (QiR) – Nusa Dua, Bali, 24.-27.7.2017
    Download: Presentation (pdf, 1,5 MB)
    External link: Conference website

 

TOP June 29, 2017: Wienerberger Sustainability Report 2016 published
In 2017, BZL GmbH provided scientific advice to Wienerberger AG in the preparation of its Sustainability Report 2016. The report was published on 29.6.2017.

 

TOP May 17/18, 2017: Conference on Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry & Launch of ISC3 and ISCnet
From March 2015 to June 2017, BZL GmbH was part of a consortium (together with N-hoch-3 and DECHEMA), which supported the German BMUB/UBA in building an International Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Chemistry (International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre – ISC3). The Conference on Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry & Launch of ISC3 and ISCnet took place at the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin on May 17/18, 2017.

 

TOP May 14-17, 2017: 2nd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, Berlin
At this conference, we presented the results of our study from the ISC3 project "Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector". The study itself will soon be published on the UBA website.

 

TOP February 7-9, 2017: SAICM Intersessional Process – Policy Paper on SAICM and Sustainable Chemistry
SAICM stands for Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management. The SAICM mandate ends in 2020. The international negotiations are now under way for a follow-up (SAICM beyond 2020). The first meeting of the SAICM successor platform took place in Brasilia, Brazil, in February 2017. Prof. Dr. Henning Friege (N-hoch-3, external link) and Dr. Barbara Zeschmar-Lahl introduced a discussion paper for the first meeting of the SAICM successor platform: Beneficiary contributions of the concept of Sustainable Chemistry to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management beyond 2020 – Policy paper as stimulus for the lunch dialogue during the First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process in Brasilia, 7-9 February 2017. Beneficiary contributions of the concept of Sustainable Chemistry to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management beyond 2020 – Policy paper as stimulus for the lunch dialogue during the First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process in Brasilia, 7-9 February 2017.

 

TOP February 8, 2017: Contribution on PAYT as Best Environmental Management Practice (BEMP) published
One of the examples of Best Environmental Management Practice (BEMP) for the waste management sector (see below) was the Pay-As-You-Throw approach. In this contribution we described this approach in more detail.

  • Morlok J., Schönberger H., Styles D., Galvez-Martos J.-L., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: The impact of Pay-As-You-Throw schemes on municipal solid waste management: the exemplar case of the County of Aschaffenburg, Germany. Resources 2017, 6(1), 8; doi:10.3390/resources6010008 (registering DOI). Received: 2 November 2016 / Accepted: 23 January 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
    Online: (External link): Article
    Download (External link): PDF (4,5 MB)

 

TOP July 2016: Background report for JRC on BEMP for the waste management sector now available
Since November 2014, BZL and E3 Environmental Consultants Ltd. (UK) produce the background report on Best Environmental Management Practice (BEMP) for the waste management sector to be used as a basis for the development of the referring Sectoral Reference Document (SRD) by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Seville. The background report is now available:
Zeschmar-Lahl B., Schoenberger H., Styles D., Galvez-Martos J.-L.: Background Report on Best Environmental Management Practice in the Waste Management Sector. Preparatory findings to support the development of an EMAS Sectoral Reference Document. Report for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, May 2016.

 

TOP May 23, 2016: ISC3 presented at UNEA-2 in Nairobi
On the occasion of the second UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi at May 23, 2016, there was a Side Event on the topic of Sustainable Chemistry which also addressed the potential role and tasks of the future International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3). From May 2015 until June 2017, the BZL was part of a consortium (together with N-hoch-3 and DECHEMA), which supported the BMUB/UBA in building an International Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Chemistry (International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre – ISC3). More information:

 

TOP February 2016: Assessment Report „Promoting biodiversity at cemeteries“ (Status: November 2014) available in English

 

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