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Effective climate protection through metal recycling

Effective climate protection through metal recycling

Metal recycling has great potential to reduce CO2 emissions.

A particularly great potential of the circular economy for climate protection can be found in metal recycling.                                                                                                                                                     
High-quality recycling materials are created during the disposal of unused devices and tools. Because their quality is comparable to that of primary raw materials, industries can use them to produce products while saving large amounts of CO2 emissions and energy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
For example, using 1 tonne of recycled aluminum uses approximately 95% less energy and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 85% compared to manufacturing from virgin raw materials. This is the central tool for successful climate protection.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
The German steel industry reduces its CO2 emissions every year by recycling the same amount as Berlin.

A coordinated energy and climate policy is essential for the energy transition to be successful, for climate protection goals to be met and for Germany to remain an industrial region. To do this, we need framework conditions that will enable German industry to lead companies in the transformation so that we can achieve the set energy and climate targets together.

Outdated and modern waste disposal of the disposable society model means primarily recycling wherever possible. In metals this is almost always the case. In fact, metal recycling is one of the most important sources of raw materials in Europe today. After all, metal is not consumed, but is obtained after its intended use has expired.                                                                                                         

It would be completely negligent not to consider the meaningful reuse of metals. There are both ecological and economic reasons for this. Reusing metal saves costs and benefits both the environment and the economy. (LINK WILL BE ADDED) Today, the most valuable raw material called recycling bins, which can be found in every home, is metal, which is also suitable for recycling.