Representatives from seven funded projects came together in the second r+Impuls
networking workshop to discuss the legal and economic challenges associated
with operating resource-efficient installations.
Due to the intense interest in the legal challenges, the first block of
events was again dedicated to this topic as was the case in the first
networking workshop. To start with, in her keynote presentation, Sabine Meißner
from the Re-Mining project pointed out the numerous legal challenges that arise
in project practice in connection with obtaining approval of remediation
projects for mining dumps in the field of conflict between resource and
environmental protection and economic efficiency.
Following this, under the expert guidance of Andreas Franz (Regierungspräsidium
Arnsberg (regional administrative council)), the participants were able to gain
an insight into the existing legal requirements resulting from the Federal
Immission Protection Act for constructing and operating industrial
installations, and received competent answers to their questions.
The subsequent discussion dealt with the questions of which permits may be needed for using an innovative, resource-efficient technology that go beyond the scope of the Federal Immission Control Act, and who the suitable contacts and partners may be on the side of the official authorities.
The afternoon session discussed environmental-economic tools for assessing
resource efficiency at operational level. Many of the projects have reached a
comparatively high level of technology maturity which is why issues of economic efficiency and
environmental assessment are becoming more important as competitive advantage arguments.
keynote presentation, Dr. Peter Hense from the iCycle project discussed the
challenges associated with the comparative life cycle assessment of recycling
activities. The subsequent block was led by Christoph Scope (Chair of
Sustainability Management and Environmental Accounting of the TU Dresden), who
pointed out in his presentation how difficult it is to adequately illustrate
the positive effects of resource efficiency with established controlling
instruments. The participants were introduced to instruments that can be used
for an integrated assessment of new technologies under economic and
environmental aspects, such as material flow cost accounting, environmental
accounting or life cycle costing.
the workshop was moderated by Marcus Bloser (IKU GmbH) and Dr. Christian
Sartorius (Fraunhofer ISI).