Waste prevention as strategic approach for resource efficiency – mutual learnings from experiences in Vietnam and Germany
A Joint Activity of the Center for Creativity and Sustainability Study and Consultancy and the Wuppertal Institute in the SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN Project
The project aims at creation of synergies from waste prevention approaches and experiences in Vietnam and Germany: Both countries increasingly focus on the avoidance of waste generation instead of end-of-pipe waste treatment. In two workshops the project will foster the exchange of successful initiatives, drivers and barriers. It will discuss potentials for future joint initiatives as well as the implementation of specific research outcomes or waste prevention business models.
The framework conditions still differ significantly (e.g. with regard to waste infrastructure quality or the implementation of waste regulations) but apparently waste prevention approaches seem to offer surprising linkages and potential synergies:
- In Europe and Germany the new waste legislation obligates the public authorities to foster waste prevention – so far with often limited success due to a focus on consumption patterns (e.g. awareness raising campaigns for food waste, promotion of innovative sharing or leasing business models) – but without a significant impact on industrial processes or product designs that take place or a developed outside of Europe.
- At the same time the SPIN ASIA project in Vietnam has shown surprising success to engage companies for sustainable product innovations that inter alia reduce the generation of waste by using more efficient technologies, less resources or recycled contents.