Network, cooperation and transformation

National Circular Economy Strategy (NCWS)

The German government is currently developing a National Circular Economy Strategy (NKWS). This strategy is intended to bring together targets and measures for circular economy and resource conservation from all relevant strategies. This will create a framework that brings together the federal government's strategies relevant to raw materials policy in such a way that the goal of the coalition agreement to reduce primary raw materials demand in absolute terms is achieved. The development of the NKWS by the Federal Environment Ministry is accompanied by a research project of the Federal Environment Agency and by extensive stakeholder participation. Prof. Dr. Manfred Renner, head of Fraunhofer CCPE, is involved in the stakeholder process.

Standardization roadmap DIN

DIN, DKE and VDI worked for nine months with more than 550 experts from industry, science, the public sector and civil society on the Circular Economy Standardization Roadmap. The aim of the roadmap is to create a framework for action in standardization that promotes the transformation towards a Circular Economy and defines international framework conditions. Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner, member of the Board of Management of Fraunhofer CCPE, is one of the experts.

VDI Round Table Circular Economy

For the first time, the VDI brought together experts from all parts of the value chain in a round table to discuss the challenges, opportunities and necessary measures of this fundamental transformation.

At the end of the three-year dialog process and on the basis of the Green Paper, the VDI Round Table published the German white paper "Rethinking the Circular Economy for Plastics - How the Transformation to Circular Value Creation Can Succeed" in November 2022, in the development of which Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Renner was involved.


Fraunhofer CCPE is a member of the Germany-wide network CIRCONOMY® Hubs, which is a new and agile instrument initiated by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft for collaboration based on a shared mission and a reliable data space. In each Hub, Fraunhofer institutes and their partners from business, science, politics as well as society dedicate themselves to a different task as a contribution to the Circular Economy: They develop innovations for sustainable value cycles, climate neutrality, circularity and bioeconomy.

Circular Economy Roadmap for Germany

With the Circular Economy Roadmap for Germany of the Circular Economy Initiative Germany (CEID), an overarching and forward-looking framework for action has been developed that clearly identifies important transformation requirements in politics, business and science. Several concrete recommendations for action of the Circular Economy Roadmap Germany are also already reflected in the coalition agreement of the new German government. The two CCPE institutes Fraunhofer ICT and Fraunhofer UMSICHT are represented among the 130 experts in the working groups.

TU Darmstadt

The Department of System Reliability, Adaptronics and Machine Acoustics SAM at Darmstadt University of Technology is closely linked to the Fraunhofer LBF in terms of personnel and content. It pursues the goal of developing fundamentals, methods and procedures for evaluating the reliability of complex technical systems. This topic represents a new field of research internationally. The machine acoustics working group complements the competencies with regard to the development of quiet and reliable products.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tobias Melz, member of the Board of Management, is Head of the Department System Reliability, Adaptronics and Machine Acoustics SAM at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Ruhr Universtität Bochum is closely interlinked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Renner holds the chair "Responsible Process Engineering" at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), which he founded in August 2022. Within the framework of his professorship, he shapes the systemic development of the Circular Economy on a corporate, regional and European level.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Henning, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, is Professor of Lightweight Construction Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT and a member of the Vehicle Systems Technology Directorate.

The subject of lightweight construction is positioned as a cross-sectional topic at the Institute of Vehicle Systems Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Research activities focus on technologies for weight reduction of vehicles with an emphasis on fiber composites in the context of monolithic as well as hybrid structures.

University of Potsdam

The Chair of Polymer Materials and Polymer Technologies is a joint appointment of the University of Potsdam and the Fraunhofer IAP.

The group has long-standing expertise in the synthesis and self-assembly of functional (bio)nanoparticles and block copolymers. External forces such as surface or interfacial fields as well as electric fields are used to drive the self-assembly of these functional building blocks in 2D and 3D.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Böker holds the Chair of Polymer Materials and Polymer Technology.

Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg

The Chair of Aroma and Odor Research at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, held by Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner from 2017 to the present, has a focus on sensory research, particularly in the area of aroma and odorants.

The team at FAU also deals with nutritional, perceptual psychological and food technological topics, which includes certain aspects of food and product perception as well as consumer acceptance.

University of Dortmund

The Institute for Transport Logistics (ITL) is actively involved in research and teaching in traffic and transport logistics. The focus is, for example, on the optimization of traffic flows or the improvement of resource planning and utilization in logistics facilities.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Clausen is head of the Institute for Transport Logistics at the University of Dortmund.


Circular Valley Forum: COMMUNICATION for a Circular Economy

For the circular economy to be successful, it must be embraced by consumers. The panel will discuss various expert perspectives on how communication can succeed and consumer acceptance can be increased.

Moderation: Lothar Leuschen, Westdeutsche Zeitung; Markus Hilkenbach, Wuppertaler Stadtwerke; Dr. Michael Kuhndt, Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production; Joachim Lachmuth, Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne; Prof. Dr. Manfred Renner, Fraunhofer UMSICHT; Dr. Thomas Rodemann, Vorwerk; Thomas Schmidt, Haniel Group.


Circular Valley Forum - Closing Plenum

Plenary to highlight the opportunities for the circular economy on a national and international level.

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Circular Valley®; Dr. Johannes Kirchhoff, Kirchhoff Group; Sarena Lin, Bayer AG; Brad Lich, Eastman; Ralf Putsch, Knipex; Prof. Dr. Manfred Renner, Fraunhofer UMSICHT; Dr. Henning Wilts, Wuppertal Institute.