Selected Projects 

ship_rec: Sustainable Ship Recycling by Adopting Integrated Waste Management Approaches in China (EU-China Environmental Sustainability Programme, 2013-2016)

The overall objective of the action is to improve the sustainability of ship recycling in China. Sustainable and integrated ship breaking activities could provide a big amount of secondary materials and China is seriously lacking of resources. However shipbreaking is also creating many environmental problems, in particular the generation of hazardous wastes and discharge of pollutants, e.g. waste oils, heavy metals and other toxic substances like asbestos. This project intends to improve resource efficiency and pollution control as well as occupational health and safety conditions.

Projectpartners: Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, National Solid Waste Management Centre of China, China Association of Resource Comprehensive Utilization


Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Roland Ramusch (né Linzner)

The resource potential of the Austrian industry in a Circular Economy

This project investigates the currently not utilised resource potential in the Austrian economy, as well as associated barriers and drivers. The determining economic mechanism for recovery and use of secondary materials will be demonstrated using successfully operating material loops.
The project will draw on methodology from economic input‐output analysis for the mapping of mass flows in the Austria economy. Further, micro‐economic assessments combined with inputs from experts will be used to illustrate the relationships between transaction costs and recycling revenues as marginal values.
For relevant material flows the current level of recovery, future potentials for closing material loops and the determining economic mechanisms will be shown. Based in these analyses currently not utilised resource potentials will be identified and economic instruments and approaches deduced.

Contact: DI Dr. Nicole Unger




The REWIN project is aimed at shutting down material cycles in the production and recycling of electronic products in the People's Republic of China. For this purpose, a waste detection system will be developed and established in a first step. This is of particular importance in order to obtain more accurate information on quantities and qualities of production waste from this sector. As a second step, a secondary materials exchange will be set up where supply and demand can be matched. Based on the data from the waste detection system, potentials for increasing resource efficiency are identified (eg by reducing waste and other losses, increased use of secondary materials) and presented using best-practice examples. As a contribution to the overarching goal of cycle closure, recycling technology for WEEE will also be optimized and options for recycling-friendly design (design for recycling) will be explored. These activities are accompanied by training and education programs for manufacturers, recyclers and authorities.


Kontakt: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Stefan Salhofer

FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising waste prevention Strategies)

Efficient use of resources and a significant reduction of food waste along the value chain from field to plate. That is the goal of FUSIONS, a 4-year European FP7 project that unites universities, knowledge institutions, consumer organizations and corporations. The ambition is to avoid food waste by stimulating social innovation in case studies, the evaluation of methods for monitoring and the development of guidelines for national as well as EU policy-makers.


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Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Gudrun Obersteiner