Circular economy

Cradle to Cradle
C2C loops

THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION The revolutionary Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) concept was originally instituted by the chemist and process engineer Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart and architect William McDonough. In Europe this visionary application started with EPEA Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency GmbH in Hamburg. alchemia-nova is an official partner institute from EPEA. Products that are designed and produced according to these principles... Read more

Resource recovery
Treibacher

Resource recovery is defined by the extraction of elements from discarded materials for a particular next use. Known applications include composting, recycling or energy generation. This way the maximum benefits may be extracted from products and the amount of generated waste reduced (less landfill disposal) or even impeded. One possible methodology to explore a products improvement opportunities is the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) an important concept in... Read more

Systems Thinking
Systems thinking

GET THE FULL PICTURE The Circular Economy concept is largely based on a systemic or holistic thinking approach. Processes that are inherent in and across systems as well as their relation are understood as a whole. This holistic approach demands for a certain methodological transdisciplinarity in research practice. Transdisciplinarity in this sense is more than a simple exchange between research disciplines (interdisciplinarity) and demonstrates the... Read more

Industrial symbiosis
Industrial Symbiosis

RESIDUAL STREAMS OF ONE INDUSTRY ARE NUTRIENTS FOR THE OTHER „Industry and industrial processes act as converter of natural resources into products and services. Industry has an impact on environmental pollution throughout the whole life cycle of a product”. In order to ensure industrial sustainability one concept of industrial ecology is industrial symbiosis . Industrial symbiosis shall demonstrate the analogy to ecological systems, where symbiosis... Read more

Regenerative Agriculture
Kirschblüte

FARMING PRACTICES THAT CREATE ECOSYSTEMS Using agricultural methods to get carbon dioxide from the atmosphere back to the soil is known under the term regenerative agriculture . Restorative agriculture is used to build up organic material and revive biodiversity in the soil. In order to achieve this, methods, that support the soil microbiome, reduce input and output of nutrients and enhance growth of plants, are used accordingly to surrounding... Read more

Sustainable Building
Saloniki house

The term Sustainable or Green Building primarily describes a high resource efficiency of buildings in regard of energy, water and materials throughout a building’s life-cycle (planning, construction/renovation, operation, maintenance, demolition). Sustainable Building is mostly associated with utilization of corresponding construction materials. These may consider aspects of gases liberation and indoor air quality, even removal of airborne pollutants.... Read more

Economy for the common good
Economy for the common good

BETTER THAN MORE Economy for the common good is an alternative economic system built on common good-enhancing values. This economy is a tool for economic, political and social level – a bridge to a better future. In economic terms, it is a livable, workable concrete option for companies of different sizes and legal forms. The purpose of economic activity and the assessment of the companies’ success can be defined in terms of public welfare –... Read more