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Waste | Resources

Ecofriendly abiotic resource extraction

Truck and excavator for the degradation abiotic raw materials

Increasing amounts of abiotic resources are being extracted with each passing year. These elements are converted into or used to make raw materials, with the aim of meeting growing worldwide demand. In increasingly ecologically sensitive areas, this evolution is exacerbating worldwide environmental problems such as climate change, soil degradation, and biodiversity loss. read more

Waste | Resources

Economic impact

Oil storage tanks at the port

Greater resource efficiency is good not only for the environment, but also for the economy, in terms of lower materials costs, less dependency on raw materials imports, and lower waste management expenditures. read more


The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment