Waste & Secondary Raw Materials

The waste industry is facing new challenges.

Every year, more than 400 million tons of waste end up in waste treatment plants in Germany. More than three-quarters of these valuable resources is recycled or converted into energy, according to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

The waste industry is facing new challenges because: the economy needs more recycled raw materials. To achieve this, citizens need to separate waste more and better and change their attitude towards products and their use. Long-term megatrends on the one hand and short-term events on the other send mixed signals when it comes to securing the necessary infrastructure and technology for the future. However, investments in machinery, plants and personnel require precise scenarios of future developments.

Circular thinking – Circular deciding – Circular investing

Linear thinking and acting are no longer the benchmarks for a sustainable resource management. The future calls for a Circular Economy, which strives for closed product and raw material cycles. Waste is an important source of recycled raw materials and these must be increasingly used in the production of products in times to come.

Nevertheless, recycling resources has its limits, economically, energetically, and ecologically. However, waste that can no longer be recycled can to a large extent be used for energy generation, including the pollutants that were removed in the recycling process.

Modern waste and resource management is an important element of the Circular Economy. In addition to ensuring the safety of waste disposal, it makes an important contribution to environmental, climate and resource protection.

Waste & Secondary Raw Materials: A selection of our services

Strategy development

We support our customers in developing strategies and decisions based on reliable data, market analyses and forecasts.

Material flow analyses

We provide quantitative bases with specific material flow analyses and development forecasts, using our tried and tested bottom-up models.

Market trend assessments

We assess market trends and demands along the entire value chain.

Competition analyses

We analyze the competitive environment and evaluate the strategic positioning in the market.

Strategic recommendations

Last but not least, we develop strategic action recommendations and concepts for realization.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

Gefährliche Abfälle in Tonnen

Waste Management Plan NRW

| Project

Prognos waste experts were commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to update the 2008 Waste Management Plan.

Mädchen trägt eine Tonne mit Recyclingsymbol

CIRCTER – Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

| Project

An investigation into the economic structure of the regional Circular Economy in Europe.

Arbeiter bedient eine elektrische Müllsortierungsanlage

Hazardous Waste Management in EU Member States

| Project

Support to Member States in improving hazardous waste management based on assessment of Member States' performance.

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