On behalf of One Earth – One Ocean e.V. (OEOO), a team of experts, including ship designers, plant engineers, environmental engineers, and project developers, has developed over the past ten months an implementation concept for the elimination of coastal marine pollution caused by plastic waste and demonstrated its technical, economic, and legal feasibility.
The conception phase was financially supported by the nonprofit Röchling Foundation. The 'Marine Litter Cleanup' for the collection of plastic waste from the oceans is the central project of the nonprofit organization OEOO. The search for investors thus begins, looking for economic participants in the construction of the first pilot system 'SeeElefant', required to tackle the problem of plastic waste actively and pragmatically.
It is not necessary to emphasise that plastic waste in the worldwide waters is one of the most serious environmental problems of the global society. It is estimated that more than 140 million tonnes are already found in the world’s oceans and that at least 10-15 million tonnes are added every year.
Forecasts predict that by 2025 the volume of marine litter will have doubled. The present failure of The Ocean Cleanup offshore cleaning concept of the Dutchman Boyan Slat shows once again that practicable solutions for the removal of marine plastic waste are still lacking.
For more than eight years, OEOO gathered operation experience with its 'Marine Litter Cleanup'. It is reflected in the comprehensive research and concept study now presented. The included business plan indicates the development of significant parameters over a 10-year period.
The results of this study confirm the technical, economic, and legal feasibility of the pilot system 'SeeElefant'. This pilot system for use in river estuaries and coastal areas is a central building block in Günther Bonin’s OEOO concept of 'Marine Litter Cleanup'.
The topic of plastic waste in the oceans is omnipresent today, yet viable concepts that can be implemented to quickly combat marine plastic waste are still missing.
“Utopias do not help us reach our goal,” explains Günther Bonin, founder of OEOO, who was recently honoured by Gruner & Jahr for his work. “Our concept is a well thought-out and pragmatic approach that has already been partially tested and continuously optimised. Now we want to take the next big step.”
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