Interzero has published the results of the “Resources saved by recycling” study for 2022

Berlin / Cologne. The consequences of global warming are becoming clearer every week, with policymakers, researchers and entrepreneurs discussing appropriate types of climate action. How can we achieve the climate goals we have set? At the same time, how can we achieve that high living standards and successful economies in Europe become sustainable? One of the answers to this is the systematic recycling of materials. The circular economy has already become a key driver of climate change.

This is clearly demonstrated by the work of the leading European circular services provider, Interzero. As proven today by the study “Resources saved by recycling”, the company and its clients are in 2022. In 2007, they managed a total of 2.1 million tonnes of loop materials. This has resulted in the prevention of about one million tons of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of annual heat carbon emissions for more than 100,000 households. At the same time, about 8.7 million tons of primary resources were saved.

“In the current discussion of climate action, more emphasis is needed on loop raw material management,” says Sebastian Krol, CEO of Interzero Circular Solutions. “Our study aims to show that recycling is an efficient and necessary instrument for reducing emissions harmful to the climate, protecting precious resources and therefore combating overuse of our natural environment. We need a transformation into a real closed-loop economy to maintain the quality of life on our planet. Today, this is the most important joint task we face. “


Interzero also uses study data to provide its customers with individual confirmation of its annual environmental performance. As one example, Sopro Bauchemie GmbH worked with Interzero to reduce the consumption of primary resources and greenhouse gas emissions by several thousand tons. As an integrated circular services consultant, Interzero helps this customer to return and recycle the transport packaging of paper, plastic and white sheet packaging.


Michael Hecker, MANAGING DIRECTOR of Sopro Bauchemie GmbH: “Certificate Resources saved” confirms the environmental advantage of our partnership with Interzero and shows that we are on the right track together. “

Since 2008. Interzero is conducting a study Resources saved by recycling, which shows the general positive impact of recycling on the environment. This comprehensive life cycle assessment report — created by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology and Energy — is based on a detailed comparison of primary production and recycling, including all necessary process steps. The standardized methodology allows for the means to accurately quantify the savings of resources and greenhouse gases.


“Now in its fifteenth year, this study facilitates and makes the environmental benefits of recycling tangible and understandable. Looking ahead, it will be increasingly important to raise awareness of climate action and the sustainable handling of our raw materials among companies and consumers,” comments Dr. Markus HIEBEL, Head of Sustainability and Participation at Fraunhofer Umsicht.

Fraunhofer Umsicht data is also an important part of the “One World” resource protection campaign. Zero waste. Let’s #MoveTheDate”, which Interzero launched together with the Global Footprint Network (GFN). According to recent GFN calculations, Earth Overshoot Day in 2023. (Various sources ï¿1/2 12/ 07/ 07/ 06/ 06)

In recognition of its deep engagement and successful completion of certain projects related to waste prevention and recycling, Interzero was nominated for the German Sustainability Award 2024. The company is among the finalists in the waste management and recycling category.