Between now and 2025, the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is to put EUR 30 million into artificial intelligence innovations in plastics recycling. The ministry has said that closed loop recycling is just as crucial to the achievement Germany’s CO2 reduction goals as the transition to clean forms of energy.
“I want to use this potential and make Germany an international pioneer in plastics recycling,” said Research Minister Anja Karliczek. “Particularly in the area of recycling and reuse of plastic, digitalization and artificial intelligence can help develop more recyclable materials, sort plastic waste more efficiently and establish new digital markets for reprocessed plastic.”
The funds come from money released in June as part of the government’s stimulus and future package. All told, the BMBF will have EUR 770 million at its disposal between now and 2025.