Since EPEA GmbH was founded in 1987 it has developed into an international innovation partner for environmentally friendly products, processes, buildings and urban districts. The goal is to establish the Cradle to Cradle® design framework for a circular economy in all industry sectors.

EPEA supports companies to move onto the right path and become part of the change: from the molecular to the modular level, from chemicals to cities.

Headquarters: Hamburg/Germany

Since 2013, Drees & Sommer and EPEA have been working together to advance Cradle to Cradle® in the property and construction industries. The goal is circular, healthy and value-retaining buildings.



  • EPEA: Implementation of the circular economy with  „Cradle-to-Cradle“
    Estab. 1987, 8 locations, 60 employees, 5 Mio Euro turnover, headquarter: Hamburg
  • DREES & SOMMER: international construction-company, headquarter in Stuttgart.
    4.500 employees, 580 Mio Euro turnover, 5.000 construction-projects/year, 51 locations worldwide, annual project-volume:  70 billion Euros, annual construction-volume: 25 billion Euros.


Position Reinhard Backhausen (2023 –):

Business-Development with Cradle-to-Cradle“ for the Industry and trade