R-Cycle nominated for the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment 2022
14 Jan 2022
Brückner Maschinenbau is an important member of the consortium
The cross-industry initiative for high-quality plastics recycling "R-Cycle" has been launched in 2020. From that very beginning Brückner Maschinenbau has been a key member of the consortium. So we are all the more pleased to announce that R-Cycle has been nominated for the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment (IKU) 2022 of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWi). The technical selection was made together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe.
The IKU is awarded every two years for ideas that show new ways in the field of climate and environmental protection. In this way, the organizers honor the commitment of industry and research to climate and environmental protection. From a total of 150 applications, 21 candidates were nominated in 7 different categories. R-Cycle is in the final selection for the category "Use of digital change for climate and environmentally friendly innovations". The announcement of the winners as well as the award ceremony will take place in spring 2022.
Dr. Benedikt Brenken, Director of the R-Cycle Initiative, explains, "Being nominated for this prestigious award is a great honor for us. With R-Cycle, we want to make a decisive contribution, together with all partners, to increasing recycling rates for plastic packaging, enabling high-quality recycling and ultimately establishing a functioning circular economy for this material."
R-Cycle creates the basis for highly developed recycling processes for plastic packaging by automatically recording recycling-relevant properties in a digital product passport during production. Using this additional information, waste sorting plants can identify recyclable packaging, form recycling-friendly and single-variety fractions, and thus enable the recovery of high-quality recyclates.
R-Cycle is a cross-company initiative to develop an open and globally applicable tracing standard for sustainable plastic packaging. The aim is to automatically record recycling-relevant packaging properties during production by providing a digital product passport and to pass them on through the value chain. Recyclable packaging can then be identified in the recycling process via special markings and fed into pure waste fractions. This is the key to obtaining high-quality recyclates to close the loop.
The R-Cycle consortium
ARBURG, BRÜCKNER MASCHINENBAU, COMEXI, European EPC Competence Center GmbH (EECC), EREMA GROUP, GS1 GERMANY, Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV), KAMPF, KAUTEX MASCHINENBAU, MULTIVAC, PRODATA, REIFENHÄUSER GROUP, STEINERT