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3 questions to Patrick Hasenkamp

Vice President , German Association of Local Utilities (VKU)

IFAT | In your opinion, what is the biggest hurdle on the way to a genuine circular economy?

Hasenkamp | One of the biggest hurdles is that many political guidelines are not clear enough. One example: some packaging can be recycled, others not. The legislator hopes that an incentive system will encourage manufacturers to use substances that can be easily recycled and to use more recyclates, which is, however, not happening to a sufficient extent. This shows that incentives are sometimes just not enough.

IFAT | How do you assess the Green New Deal by EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen?

Hasenkamp | It is good that the Green Deal takes into account not only climate protection but also environmental protection. The design of the system must aim to advance issues that have so far been neglected: eco-design, the expansion of deposit systems, durability and reparability—especially of electronic goods. Consumers also need to be better informed about the environmental impact of products, as they are too often misled—keyword: greenwashing.

IFAT | What expectations do you have of the upcoming IFAT 2020?

Hasenkamp | For us as an association, IFAT is one of the most important events of the year. I am curious to see the technical innovations at IFAT and I also hope that the subject of sustainability will also be reflected in the trade fair itself. At VKU, the focus is on new drive technologies for municipal vehicles, the implementation of the EU Plastics Directive and the digitalization of waste management.

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