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Contribution to Greenovate! Europe study: Understanding the Potential Resource Efficiency Savings of Typical Manufacturing Processes - EV0470

Better resource efficiency in manufacturing is essential to reduce raw material use and support the UK economy. This also has multiple benefits for the environment through a reduced need for raw material extraction and energy. However, in order to stimulate the improvements needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and raw material use it is necessary radically re-think the way that manufacturing processes are designed. This often requires considerable capital investment and it is therefore essential to make a strong business case as to why these improvements are needed, how they can be beneficial to both the company and the wider economy, and what methods can maximise these benefits.

The EU-funded REMake project allows European manufacturing SMEs to access advice and support in implementing new sustainability innovations. This project, co-funded by Defra, the REMake project and the European Parliament, (i) evaluates company level resource efficiency saving potential and (ii) models 2 typical manufacturing process chains in order to simulate what technologies and process improvements bring the most resource benefits and the potential savings that could be realised.

The outputs comprise a summary paper and a technical report.
Project Documents
• SUM - Summary Report : G!E Study REM Summary Paper 1MAR2013   (594k)
• TRP - Technical Report : G!E Study REM Technical Study MAR2013   (1590k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2012

Cost: £68,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
i.con innovation GmbH
Natural Resource Use              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production