Since EPEA GmbH was founded in 1987 in Hamburg by Prof. Michael Braungart, it has developed into an international innovation partner for environmentally friendly products, processes, buildings and urban districts. Our goal is to establish the Cradle to Cradle® design principles for a circular economy in all industry sectors. This allows us to support companies to move onto the right path and become part of the change: from the molecular to the modular level, from chemicals to cities.
Developing solutions together
EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency) was founded by Michael Braungart, then the head of Greenpeace’s Chemistry department, in order to not only point out environmental problems but also to motivate companies to act and develop solutions together. Complex challenges, such as chemicals in wastewater which are harmful to health or the littering of the Earth with non-biodegradable products, demand an interdisciplinary, holistic approach. And the right partners, who we can bring to the table together.
Since then, we have been supporting important players and companies from the business world, the public sector and the scientific community to implement circular processes and innovative product developments. In the process, we apply knowledge from chemistry, biology, environmental science and economy and the property sector in order to develop or optimise products of all types regarding their material health and recyclability, using the Cradle to Cradle® design principles, which we helped to develop. In addition, we develop concepts for closing materials cycles in production processes, buildings and cities.
Our vision - we strive for a diverse, safe and healthy world, with clean air, water, soil and energy. To this end, we unite economy, social justice and ecology, which mutually support each other instead of excluding each other, and present sustainability as a chance for innovation instead of a burden.
The next industrial revolution - Circular Economy
In order to achieve economic, social and ecological impacts, a paradigm shift is required. This necessitates companies rethinking with regards to resource use, production processes and their relationship with business partners along the entire value chain. In 1784, the first industrial revolution began with water-powered machines. Electricity (2.0) made mass production possible. With the help of IT and electronics (3.0), automation was advanced up to today’s digitalisation (4.0). With the Circular Economy, we want to drive the urgently necessary Revolution 5.0, creating a positive influence for people and our environment.
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