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He is well-positioned to highlight the cross-border efforts they are undertaking with China on various important and topical issues——Head of BMBF’s Resources and Sustainability Division Reinhold Ollig
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Head of BMBF’s Resources and Sustainability Division  

Reinhold Ollig

 

 

 

Abstract:

 

GERMAN FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND RESEARCH – BMBF

 

 

Could you give an insight into your role as Head of the Division of Resources and Sustainability at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)? What is your major focus at present?

 

The Ministry funds R&D projects which are mainly based in Germany. My division firstly focuses on technologies for clean water and sanitation; this is a very big part of our job. Our second interest is land use management due to the demographic change that is occurring rapidly in Germany, with people moving into cities for better services such as medical care, etc. The third area in which BMBF works is mineral resources management, with a focus on minerals of strategic economic importance for Germany. We also have an interest in environmental technologies more generally. Our collaborations with China are mainly focused on clean water technologies. This is a demand-driven joint R&D programme. There are sufficient water resources in Shanghai and the other big cities in southern China. However, the water resources are highly polluted because these cities are located at the mouths of large rivers. There is also a lack of water in many other parts of China, so water-saving technologies are vital.

 

 

 

In your opinion, what are the most significant threats to sustainability in Germany, and the most important factors for its maintenance?

 

In Germany’s history there were two threats to sustainability. Germany has a high standard of environmental technologies nowadays due to the fact that, in the wake of the Second World War, we had more or less the same rate of economic growth as China has today, and similar water problems. The situation has improved in Germany through a long and dedicated process. After German reunification, we realised the water and environment of former East Germany

were very dirty, so these were also cleaned up. I think such efforts are a basic demonstration of our ongoing national R&D programme to maintain and further improve our environment. Another threat results from Germany’s energy supply system, where a shift from coal, gas and nuclear energy towards a renewable energy system is currently underway. So far, the governmental decision to change the energy supply has proved rather successful. We are also developing a green economy – in this framework there should not be a conflict between further economic development and environmental needs. Last but not least, Germany, like all countries, faces global climate change; but we are tackling this threat by cutting coal and gas use, reducing our CO2 emissions and using more and more renewable technologies at the same time.

 

 

 

 

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(Sources from: Research Media, < PUJIANG INNOVATION FORUMDevelopment and the Role of Enterprises >)