Areas of Activity

Our main areas of activity.


Circular economy and raw materials

The original task of waste disposal was and is to minimize the potential of organisms and substances contained in waste that are hazardous to humans or the environment. In addition, waste as secondary resources should be used as far as possible as a material or as a feedstock, otherwise for energy recovery, in order to preserve primary natural resources.

BZL GmbH has been dealing with numerous aspects of waste management for many years, from ecological issues (material flow analyses (MFA) in the context of licensing issues or weak-spot analyses, life cycle assessment (LCA) issues, climate relevance of measures) to health aspects (occupational safety and health, environmental hygiene) and issues of legislation and enforcement to acceptance and communication. In our most recent projects, we have dealt with waste co-incineration in cement plants, hazardous substances in the circular economy and the interfaces between chemicals, product and waste legislation.

2018-2020

Waste co-incineration in cement plants (Abfallmitverbrennung in Zementwerken). Expert opinion on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency (in German). UBA-Texte xx/2020, Authors: Zeschmar-Lahl B. (project lead), Schönberger H., Waltisberg J. Publication in preparation

2019

Interfaces between chemicals, product and waste legislation. Cooperation project with Henning Friege, Beate Kummer, Klaus-Günter Steinhäuser and Joachim Wuttke.

  • Friege H., Kummer B., Steinhäuser K.-G., Wuttke J., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Tricky Relationships: Chemicals, Waste and Product Legislation. elni Review 2019, 39-40, ISSN 1618-2502.
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  • Friege H., Kummer B., Steinhäuser K.-G., Wuttke J., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: How should we deal with the interfaces between chemicals, product and waste legislation? Environmental Sciences Europe volume 31, Article number: 51 (2019).
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  • Friege H., Kummer B., Steinhäuser K.-G., Wuttke J., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Umgang mit Schnittstellen zwischen Chemikalien-, Produkt- und Abfallrecht. AbfallR 2, 66-82, 2019
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2018-2019

Hazardous Substances in the “Circular Economy”. Cooperation project with Henning Friege und Andreas Borgmann (in German).

  • Zeschmar-Lahl B., Friege H., Borgmann A.: Gefährliche Stoffe in der „Circular Economy“: III. Photovoltaik-Module auf Basis von Cadmiumtellurid. Müll und Abfall 2, 90-98, 2019.
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  • Borgmann A., Friege H., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Gefährliche Stoffe in der „Circular Economy“: II. Cadmium in PVC-Fensterprofilen. Müll und Abfall 1, 38-41, 2019.
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  • Friege H., Zeschmar-Lahl B., Borgmann A.: Gefährliche Stoffe in der „Circular Economy“: I. Ni/Cd-Akkumulatoren. Müll und Abfall 12, 626–632, 2018.
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  • Managing Cd Containing Waste – Caught by the Past, the Circular Economy Needs New Answers. Short study. Authors: Friege, H.; Zeschmar-Lahl, B.; Borgmann, A. Recycling 2018, 3, 18, doi:10.3390/recycling3020018
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2014-2016

Background Report on Best Environmental Management Practice in the Waste Management Sector. Preparatory findings to support the development of an EMAS Sectoral Reference Document. Report for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Authors: Zeschmar-Lahl B. (project lead), Schoenberger H., Styles D., Galvez-Martos J.-L., May, 2016.

2013

Strategies to combat marine litter in developing countries. Results of an expert survey (Delphi analysis). Study commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (in German)

2012-2013

Success control of climate-relevant measures of waste management in waste associations of the Free State of Saxony (in German). R+D project on behalf of the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG), Dresden, in cooperation with BIWA Consult, Freiberg, and Prof. Manfred Born (emer.), Freiberg, November 2012. Publications series of the LfULG, issue 3/2013

2010-2013

Consulting services on behalf of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) within its Environmental Policy Program, Country: People’s Republic of China. More information in the section International Affairs.

2007-2008

Climate relevance and energy efficiency. Studies on the climate relevance of waste management in the waste associations of the Free State of Saxony (in German). R+D project on behalf of the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, Dresden, in cooperation with BIWA Consult, Freiberg, and Prof. Manfred Born (emer.), Freiberg. Free State of Saxony, State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (ed.), 2009

2001-2003

Climate relevance of waste management in the Free State of Saxony (in German). Expert opinion commissioned by the Saxon State Office for Environment and Geology, Dresden, in cooperation with BIWA Consult, Freiberg.

1997-2002

Consulting services on behalf of the Austrian Federal Environmental Agency and the Austrian Ministry of the Environment

  • Co-incineration of high-calorific fractions from MBT in industrial plants (in German). Study on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency. Authors: Onz S., Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B., Vienna, Internal Report, IB-649, May 2001
  • Development potentials of mechanical-biological waste treatment –  An ecological analysis (in German). Authors: Lahl, U.; Zeschmar-Lahl, B., Angerer T., UBA-Monograph M-125. Ed.: Federal Environmental Agency, Vienna, June 2000
    UBA-Monograph M-125 (in German)
  • Emission comparison MBT/MSWI. Data collection (in German). Authors: Häusler G., Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B., Federal Environmental Agency Vienna, Internal Report, IB-613, Vienna, June 2000
  • Exhaust air emissions from mechanical-biological waste treatment in Austria (in German). Authors: Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B., Scheidl K., Scharf W., Konrad W., UBA-Monograph M-104. Ed.: Federal Ministry for Environment, Youth and Family, Vienna, 1998
    UBA-Monograph M-104 (in German)
  • Residual waste co-incineration in plants for cement production (in German). Authors: Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B., Stubenvoll J., study commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency, Vienna, UBA report BE-097, September 1997
    UBA report BE-097 (in German)

Publications (selection)

Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2019): I.1. Waste as a resource. In: Wastewater Treatment Residues as Resources for Biorefinery Products and Biofuels. Ed. by Jose Antonio Olivares, Daniel Puyol, Juan Antonio Melero and Javier Dufour, ELSEVIER, November 2019.

Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2018): Prerequisites for Public Acceptance of Waste-to-Energy Plants: Evidence from Germany and Indonesia. Makara Journal of Technology, [S.l.], v. 22, n. 1, 17-27, apr. 2018. ISSN 2356-4539. doi:10.7454/mst.v22i1.3555.

Gálvez-Martos J.-L., Styles D., Schoenberger H., Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2018): Construction and demolition waste best management practice in Europe. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 136, 2018, 166-178, ISSN 0921-3449.

Zeschmar-Lahl B., Morlok J., Schönberger H., Styles D., Galvez-Martos J.-L. (2017): Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) – Verursacherbezogene Abfallgebührensysteme in der kommunalen Abfallwirtschaft: Best Practice-Beispiel Landkreis Aschaffenburg. Müll-Handbuch, Kz. 1561, Lfg. 1/17

Morlok J., Schönberger H., Styles D., Galvez-Martos J.-L., Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2017): The impact of Pay-As-You-Throw schemes on municipal solid waste management: the exemplar case of the County of Aschaffenburg, Germany. Resources 2017, 6 (1), 8

Lahl U. (2013): Marine litter – why we need chemical answers. Contribution to Ecochem 2013 – The Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Event. Congress Center Basel, 19.11.2013.

Lahl, U., Zeschmar-Lahl, B. (2013): Risk based management of chemicals and products in a circular economy at a global scale (risk cycle), extended producer responsibility and EU legislation. Environ Sci Eur 25, 3 (2013).

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Energy and climate protection

In order to achieve the global objective of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 or even to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, Germany intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % by 2030 compared with 1990 levels and, in the long term – by 2050 – to become largely greenhouse gas neutral. According to the German government’s Climate Protection Plan 2050, the restructuring of the energy industry is of central importance in this context. Other fields of action include buildings, transport, industry, agriculture and others.

For years, BZL GmbH has been dealing with many facets of energy supply and climate protection, such as climate-relevant and other emissions from energy supply, renewable energies, energy efficiency and resource protection (Energy & climate…), mobility, circular economy (Circular economy &…) or local climate protection.

2014

Mercury Emissions from Coal-fired Power Plants in Germany – State of the Art of Emission Reduction (in German). Study commissioned by the Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, April 2014.

2013

Regulatory proposals for the European Parliament’s deliberations on the new EU legislation on iLUC (indirect Land Use Change). The regulatory proposals offered here for download were prepared for these discussions and have been dealt with in the EP. The strength of these proposals lies in the fact that iLUC would be tackled at the roots of the problem in a “polluter pays” manner – in countries where rain forest clearing and the conversion of carbon-rich land is practised. Download:

2012-2013

Success control of climate-relevant measures of waste management in waste associations of the Free State of Saxony (in German). R+D project on behalf of the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG), Dresden, in cooperation with BIWA Consult, Freiberg, and Prof. Manfred Born (emer.), Freiberg, November 2012. Publications series of the LfULG, issue 3/2013

2007-2008

Climate relevance and energy efficiency. Studies on the climate relevance of waste management in the waste associations of the Free State of Saxony (in German). R+D project on behalf of the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, Dresden, in cooperation with BIWA Consult, Freiberg, and Prof. Manfred Born (emer.), Freiberg. Free State of Saxony, State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (ed.), 2009

2001-2003

Climate relevance of waste management in the Free State of Saxony (in German). Expert opinion commissioned by the Saxon State Office for Environment and Geology, Dresden, in cooperation with BIWA Consult, Freiberg.

Publications (selection)

Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2019): I.1. Waste as a resource. In: Wastewater Treatment Residues as Resources for Biorefinery Products and Biofuels. Ed. by Jose Antonio Olivares, Daniel Puyol, Juan Antonio Melero and Javier Dufour, ELSEVIER, November 2019.

Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2018): Prerequisites for Public Acceptance of Waste-to-Energy Plants: Evidence from Germany and Indonesia. Makara Journal of Technology, [S.l.], v. 22, n. 1, 17-27, apr. 2018. ISSN 2356-4539. doi:10.7454/mst.v22i1.3555.

Lahl U. (2013): ”Indirect Land Use Change” (iLUC). A critical inventory for objective political decision-making. ReSource 4, 39‐46, 2013.

Pieprzyk B., Lahl U. (2013): Looking back – an analysis of the development of the agricultural production and deforestation worldwide: an article on the current global iLUC-discussion. International Journal of Technology 1: 1-14, 2013

Lahl U., Pieprzyk B. (2012): iLUC – risks, remedies and regulations: The role of good governance for a sustainable development. Journal of Oil Palm &The Environment 3, 98-106, 2012.

Lahl U.: An analysis of iLUC and biofuels. Regional quantification of climate-relevant land use change and options for combating it. Sugar Industry 136 No. 4, 224-228, 2011

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Chemical policy and sustainable chemistry

The chemical industry today has two faces. On the one hand, as a consumer of raw materials and energy, it is a major emitter and thus a problem generator; on the other hand: “Chemistry is sustainable if it makes a lasting contribution to sustainable development. A more precise definition of sustainable chemistry is not possible, because chemistry and its products are so diverse that one specific aspect is always not, not correctly or not completely covered. Sustainable chemistry is both a path and a goal. It is not a new sub-discipline of chemistry, but a guiding principle that provides orientation. … Sustainable chemistry is based on the required function. It requires knowledge of all aspects of chemistry, goes far beyond the operational value-added chains and takes into account all those involved and affected along the life cycle of chemical products and their interaction. With this broader perspective, the service concept (“chemistry for what and for whom”) as the basis of value creation comes to the fore … Sustainable chemistry opens up new fields of business and offers manufacturers many advantages, e.g. when chemical leasing, services or digitization do not require an expansion of production or when the demand for and thus the dependence on raw materials is reduced …”. (Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, 2017. LINK)

BZL GmbH has been working for years on numerous aspects of (sustainable) chemistry, from chemical policy and international chemicals management to resource efficiency in the chemical industry. In our most recent projects we have dealt with Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste (SMCW) and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), with the interfaces between chemicals, product and waste legislation, with green or sustainable chemistry or with hazardous substances in the “Circular Economy”. In 2017 and 2018, BZL GmbH was involved in the preparation and implementation of two national preparatory workshops (= expert discussions) of the Federal Environment Agency on Emerging Policy Issues (EPI) within the framework of SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management).

2020-2022

Anchoring sustainable chemistry in chemicals management: Development of milestones and indicators for international chemicals management after 2020. Commissioned by: Federal Environment Agency. Contractors are N3 Nachhaltigkeitsberatung Dr. Friege & Partner, Voerde (project lead), and the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Wuppertal, as well as in a subcontract the BZL GmbH and the Akademie Dr. Obladen, Berlin.

2019

Interfaces between chemicals, product and waste legislation. Cooperation project with Henning Friege, Beate Kummer, Klaus-Günter Steinhäuser and Joachim Wuttke.

  • Friege H., Kummer B., Steinhäuser K.-G., Wuttke J., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Tricky Relationships: Chemicals, Waste and Product Legislation. elni Review 2019, 39-40, ISSN 1618-2502.
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  • Friege H., Kummer B., Steinhäuser K.-G., Wuttke J., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: How should we deal with the interfaces between chemicals, product and waste legislation? Environmental Sciences Europe volume 31, Article number: 51 (2019).
    Online
  • Friege H., Kummer B., Steinhäuser K.-G., Wuttke J., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Umgang mit Schnittstellen zwischen Chemikalien-, Produkt- und Abfallrecht. AbfallR 2, 66-82, 2019
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2015-2017

UFOPLAN project Bundling of Expertise in the area of Sustainable Chemistry: Conceptualization and Establishment of an International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre, project number 3715 65 499 0, together with N3 Nachhaltigkeitsberatung Dr. Friege & Partner, Voerde, and DECHEMA, Frankfurt:

  • Friege, H., Förster, A., Zeschmar-Lahl, B.: Bundling of Expertise in the area of Sustainable Chemistry: Conceptualization and Establishment of an International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre. UBA-Texte 110/2017
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  • Bazzanella A., Friege H., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Identification of Priority Topics in the Field of Sustainable Chemistry. UBA-Texte 83/2017.
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  • Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector. UBA-Texte 82/2017.
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  • Friege, H., Zeschmar-Lahl, B.: Beneficiary contributions of the concept of Sustainable Chemistry to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management beyond 2020 – Policy paper as stimulus for the lunch dialogue during the First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process in Brasilia, 7-9 February 2017.
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  • Fröhlich, T., Zeschmar-Lahl, B.: The link between sustainable chemistry and sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle, with a view beyond 2020 and for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. March, 2017

2010-2013

Consulting services on behalf of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

  • “Sustainable Chemistry / Green Chemistry” – Considerations for the chemical policy discussion. Policy paper, prepared on behalf of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ, 2013)
  • Strategies to combat “Marine Litter” in developing countries. Results of an expert survey (Delphi analysis). Study commissioned by the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ, 2013)
  • Consulting services on behalf of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the Environmental Policy Program, Country: People’s Republic of China, 2010-2013. More information in the section International Affairs.
  • Contribution to the Convention Project on Chemical Safety of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), 2010-2012

2011

Going Green: Chemistry. Fields of action for a resource-efficient chemical industry. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin (Ed.): Publication Series on Ecology Vol 19, 2011/2012

Publications (selection)

Lahl U. (2013): Marine litter – why we need chemical answers. Contribution to Ecochem 2013 – The Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Event. Congress Center Basel, 19.11.2013.

Lahl, U., Zeschmar-Lahl, B. (2013): Risk based management of chemicals and products in a circular economy at a global scale (risk cycle), extended producer responsibility and EU legislation. Environ Sci Eur 25, 3, 2013.

Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2013): RISKCYCLE and EU Legislation. In: Bilitewski B., Darbra R.M., Barceló D. (Eds.): Global Risk-Based Management of Chemical Additives II. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry 23, 137-152, 2013.

Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2012): RISKCYCLE and EU Legislation. RISKCYCLE – Risk Based Management of Chemicals and Products in a Circular Economy at a Global Scale. Beiträge zu Abfallwirtschaft/Altlasten Band 87, 201-212, 2012.

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Resources

A careful and at the same time efficient use of natural resources will be a key competence of sustainable societies or companies. Natural resources are renewable and non-renewable primary raw materials, energy resources (energy raw materials, flowing resources, radiant energy), air, water, area (and soil in its agricultural and forestry use), biodiversity (genetic diversity, species diversity, diversity of ecosystems) and ecosystem services including the sink function of environmental media (water, soil, air) (VDI ZRE: importance of resource efficiency). According to the Federal Environment Agency, in addition to non-renewable raw materials, biodiversity and soil affected by erosion are also considered non-renewable resources (Download).

For years, BZL GmbH has been dealing with the various aspects of the use or utilization of resources, such as resource or energy efficiency (Energy and climate protection…), the use of waste as secondary raw materials (Energy and climate protection…), the utilization of environmental media or the protection and promotion of biodiversity. In this context, we were also involved in the work of the VDI on behalf of the VDI Zentrum Ressourcen Effizienz to standardize the methodology for determining resource efficiency.

2016

Promoting biodiversity at cemeteries. Assessment Report. Ed.: Wiener Stadtwerke, Authors: Lahl R., Zeschmar-Lahl B., Wien, November 2014

2014-2016

Background Report on Best Environmental Management Practice in the Waste Management Sector. Preparatory findings to support the development of an EMAS Sectoral Reference Document. Report for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Autoren: Zeschmar-Lahl B. (Project lead), Schoenberger H., Styles D., Galvez-Martos J.-L., May, 2016.

Going Green: Chemistry. Fields of action for a resource-efficient chemical industry. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin (Ed.): Publication Series on Ecology Vol 19, 2011/2012

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Sustainability and CSR

CSR is the responsibility of companies for their impact on society.
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In 2015, the United Nations adopted its Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs explicitly call on all companies to use their creativity and innovation potential to meet the challenges of sustainable development. The expectations of many investors have also changed significantly: They no longer measure the success and performance of companies solely in terms of EBITDA and shareholder value, but increasingly also in terms of so-called ESG criteria (environment, social and governance). Investors are also paying increasing attention to how well companies are prepared for new challenges such as the transition to a low carbon economy, for opportunities such as urbanization or digitization, but also for risks such as climate change or human rights problems in the supply chain. Rating agencies and funds now even assess companies according to the value they generate for society in the long term – for example, the contribution they make to achieving individual SDGs. A corresponding rating is in turn attractive for companies because it allows them to benefit from more favorable financing conditions, for example.

Sources of information for investors and financial institutions, but also for civil society organizations, for example, are ratings, inclusion in relevant funds and sustainability reports prepared in accordance with international standards. In the EU, the “CSR Directive” (Directive 2014/95/EU with regard to the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information) has also made reporting on ESG issues, which was previously purely voluntary, mandatory for large, listed companies. For many years, numerous companies that are aware of their social responsibility have already reported on these topics in their own sustainability reports or integrated annual reports.

For almost 20 years, BZL GmbH has been advising and supporting companies in the development of their sustainability management and in the preparation of their sustainability reports.

Since 2014: Wienerberger AG

Since 2014 BZL GmbH has provided Wienerberger AG, Vienna, with support and scientific advice on the establishment of sustainability management, the development of its Sustainability Roadmap 2020 and the preparation of sustainability reports as well as the non-financial reporting required by the Austrian Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act (NaDiVeG).

At the Austrian Sustainability Reporting Award (ASRA) the Wienerberger Sustainability Reports 2014 and 2018 took second place and the Sustainability Report 2016 even took first place in the category “Large Companies”. This award is presented each year by the Chamber of Certified Public Accountants in cooperation with the Institute of Austrian Certified Public Accountants, the Ministry of Life, the Federal Environment Agency, the Confederation of Austrian Industries, respACT (the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development), the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, and the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology.

2004-2016: Wiener Stadtwerke

Since 2004, BZL GmbH has supported and scientifically advised Wiener Stadtwerke in the development of its sustainability management, in the preparation of the sustainability reports 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015 as well as the progress reports on the UN Global Compact (Communication on Progress (CoP)). On 10 October 2016, the Wiener Stadtwerke Sustainability Report 2015 was awarded second place in the “Large Companies” category of the Austrian Sustainability Reporting Award (ASRA).

Sustainability Reports

Wienerberger AG (scientific support):

Wiener Stadtwerke (scientific support and text):

  • Sustainability Reports 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015 (in German) and Sustainability Report 2015 Abstract (in English)
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  • Sustainability Report 2008 (in English): “Driving Vienna’s Future”.
  • Wiener Stadtwerke: Impulse für die Stadt (2015) (in German)
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Publications (selection)

  • Zeschmar-Lahl B. (2017): Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector. UBA-Texte 82/2017.
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International Affairs

Tackling global environmental problems such as climate change or the ubiquitous spread of pollutants such as mercury or POPs requires joint, coordinated action at international level. BZL GmbH offers expert support in the development of political goals, strategies and programs and their implementation.

2020-2022

On behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, N3 Nachhaltigkeitsberatung Dr. Friege & Partner (project lead), the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Wuppertal, and, on a subcontract basis, BZL GmbH and Akademie Dr. Obladen, Berlin, are carrying out the project Anchoring sustainable chemistry in chemicals management: Development of milestones and indicators for international chemicals management after 2020. For more information, see the section Chemical policy & Sustainable Chemistry as well as

2017-2018

In 2017 and 2018, BZL GmbH was involved in the preparation and implementation of two national preparatory workshops (= expert discussions) of the German Federal Environment Agency on Emerging Policy Issues (EPI) in the framework of SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management). For more information see the section Chemical policy & Sustainable Chemistry.

2015-2017

From 2015 to 2017, BZL GmbH was a consortium partner in the UFOPLAN project Bundling of Expertise in the area of Sustainable Chemistry: Conceptualization and Establishment of an International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre, project number 3715 65 499 0, together with N3 Nachhaltigkeitsberatung Dr. Friege & Partner, Voerde, and DECHEMA, Frankfurt. For more information see the section Chemical policy & Sustainable Chemistry 

2014-2016

From 2014 to 2016, BZL GmbH (project lead) together with E3 Environmental Consultants Ltd, Aberdeen, has been commissioned by the Joint Research Centre of the EU Commission to produce the Background Report on Best Environmental Management Practice in the Waste Management Sector. For more information, see the section Circular economy & Raw materials.

2010-2013

From 2010 to 2013, BZL GmbH provided various consulting services on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) within its Environmental Policy Program, Country: People’s Republic of China:

  • Within the scope of consulting on questions of wastewater and waste technology as well as air pollution control/air quality, we have prepared various expert reports, participated in workshops in China and prepared and conducted several study tours in Germany and Austria.
  • Within the project Capacity Building and Support of the Mercury Working Group of the Chinese Ministry of Environment MEP on the international mercury phase-out (Minamata Convention) Uwe Lahl participated in several meetings of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and a working group on a Special Policy Study (SPS).
  • In the Convention Project on Chemical Safety, we contributed to a manual on hazardous waste disposal.
  • In the GIZ sector project “Concepts of sustainable waste management”, we conducted a stakeholder survey on strategies to combat marine litter in developing countries (Delphi analysis). Representatives from science, business, NGOs (environment) and administration/authorities from both industrialized (Europe and USA) and emerging and developing countries were involved.
  • In addition, we prepared a policy paper for GIZ on “Sustainable Chemistry / Green Chemistry” – considerations for the chemical policy discussion.

2002-2009

From 2002 to 2009, we represented the environmental NGOs in the Working Committee on Secondary Fuels (NA 062-05-83 AA) at the DIN Materials Testing Standards Committee (NA 062) and at European level in Working Group 3 (“Sampling, sample reduction and supplementary test methods”) of CEN/TC 343 – Solid Recovered Fuels.

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