Status report on the circular economy in Germany

The circular economy is increasingly developing into an important branch of industry in Germany. Both turnover and the number of employees in the industry continue to grow significantly. This is shown in the „Status Report on the Circular Economy in Germany 2020“ presented a few weeks ago. 15 associations, organisations and companies, including PlasticsEurope Deutschland, BDE and bvse, were involved in preparing the report, which provides information on the current status across all materials and waste fractions.

Important topics include the high potential of the circular economy in terms of resource conservation, climate protection and energy turnaround as well as for economic efficiency and innovative strength.

The complete report as well as the most important key points can be downloaded from the specially created website at

PVC webinar was a great success

Due to the current Corona pandemic situation, this year’s summer workshop „PVC and Environment“, jointly organised by AGPU and PlasticsEurope Deutschland (PED), was held in webinar form. Nearly 110 participants from member companies and outside followed the presentations of Thomas Hülsmann („PVC – Current Situation“), Sven Weihe („Image of Plastics – Survey and Impacts by Covid-19) and Dr. Sabine Lindner („Drinking Water Contact Materials“) on current topics concerning PVC.

Dr. Ingo Sartorius, Acting General Manager of PlasticsEurope Deutschland, welcomed the participants in front of their home office and company screens and thanked them for their great interest. This underlined not only the importance of the workshop in the industry, but also the importance of the selected topics.

The next workshop „PVC and Environment“ will take place on January 12, 2021 in Bonn – hopefully again as a face-to-face event with plenty of time for networking.

K 2019: „Part of the solution, not part of the problem“

Two weeks ago, K 2019 Preview event in Düsseldorf made it clear that the plastics industry is facing major challenges, but will also be presenting its solutions at K 2019. Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann, General Manager of PlasticsEurope Germany and member of the AGPU Executive Board, said that it is now particularly important to inform politicians what is possible with plastics and to show them that bans are no solution. Baunemann was convinced that no company or association can solve this task alone, but only together and with intensive networking. It must be made clear to all those responsible that many sustainable solutions are only possible with plastic and not without it.