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Yannick Heni


Yannick Heni

M. Eng. (Packaging Technology)



Yannick Heni works as a Researcher at Ecologic Institute, where he specializes in resource conservation and the just transition to a circular economy. His expertise encompasses sufficiency strategies, waste prevention, and producer responsibility. A native speaker of German, Yannick Heni is proficient in English and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.

Yannick Heni works on the project "Resource Efficiency and Natural Resources in an International Context", which provides support to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUV) and the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). In this capacity, he evaluates studies conducted by international organizations in the realm of resource conservation. Additionally, Yannick Heni contributes to Ecologic Institute's involvement in the UBA-funded project "Scientific Support of the Development of a Strategy for a Circular Economy in Germany" (Nationale Kreislaufwirtschaftsstrategie NKWS). Within this project, his main responsibilities include assessing the social acceptability of proposed instruments and measures, as well as devising strategies to enhance social acceptance. Furthermore, Yannick Heni played a pivotal role in the "Re-use Berlin Measures 2022-2023" project for the Berlin Senate Administration, designing and facilitating virtual expert dialogues. Yannick Heni is also an integral part of the Horizon Europe TransPharm project "Transforming into a sustainable European pharmaceutical sector", where he collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to develop a comprehensive framework for integrated sustainability assessment. Moreover, he conducts expert interviews for the PREMIER project "Prioritisation and Risk Evaluation of Medicines in the EnviRonment", focusing on the feasibility of implementing environmentally friendly active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Additionally, Yannick Heni supports the UBA-funded project "Pharmaceuticals Index Environment" with a feasibility study on the establishment of environmental information and classification system for pharmaceuticals in Germany.


Before joining Ecologic Institute, Yannick Heni was a researcher in the plastics and packaging department at the German Environment Agency (UBA). While pursuing his master's degree, he was employed for the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany (NABU) as a student worker. There, his research focused on various topics in the field of resources and circular economy. Prior to that, he interned at Ökopol Institut für Ökologie und Politik, where he worked on ecological aspects of products and product systems.

Yannick Heni obtained a master's degree in Packaging Technology at the Berliner Hochschule für Technik (BHT). In his master's thesis, he analyzed the influence of printing inks on the mechanical recycling of plastic packaging and identified potential reduction measures in cooperation with Interseroh+. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Packaging Technology from the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart (Germany).

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Selected projects by Yannick Heni
Global extraction of primary raw materials has been growing continuously for decades, and absolute decoupling between economic growth and resource consumption, let alone environmental impacts associated with the use of natural resources, has not yet been achieved.... Read more

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The substantial negative environmental repercussions stemming from the current extent of natural resource consumption are readily apparent. Efforts to decouple global economic growth from resource consumption and the resulting environmental impacts have so far been... Read more

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On the one hand, the project investigates the potential for greenhouse gas savings through resource efficiency and circular economy measures. On the other hand, it provides scientific support for the organization of the European Resource Forum (ERF) 2022 and 2024 and... Read more
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Re-using used goods and products offers numerous economic, ecological and social potentials. Nevertheless, current waste management practices treat re-use still as a secondary priority and not in the sense of a circular economy. This is due, among other things, to the... Read more
Selected events by Yannick Heni

Foto von Reiseuhu auf Unsplash

In a world grappling with environmental challenges, the concept of circular economy and re-use in particular has emerged as a crucial pillar of sustainability. Re-use can play a pivotal role in reducing waste generation, conserving resources, and minimizing the... Read more

Bild von Juraj Varga auf Pixabay

To reduce the ecological footprint, we need to use products for longer, as the consumption of resources in their production is the most important environmental factor. Repair is an essential tool for this. In addition to ecological reasons, social and economic aspects... Read more

Digital Event:Promoting Repair through Networks and Repair Bonuses – Re-Use Berlin