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Resource Use Efficiency with Materials Within Construction, Chemicals and Metal Sectors: Opportunities and Policy Implications - EV0483

To examine the opportunities and barriers to greater resource use efficiency, particularly in the construction, chemicals and metals sector, and the implications for policy, environmental impacts and further data.

This study aims to estimate the scale of financial savings available in sub-sectors within these three sectors, rank these sub-sectors and identify the headline financial savings and associated savings in greenhouse gas emissions in the top five sub-sectors.

The study identifies the financial savings that are available through the implementation of resource efficiency measures in the chemicals, construction and metals sectors. These sectors had been identified by Defra analysts as requiring more detailed assessment.

The study was also required to identify the barriers to implementation of these opportunities and to propose policy interventions that might be effective in surmounting these barriers.

The report shows that resource efficiency measures with short and long term payback period could result in financial savings of £2.7bn per year for these three sector (£300m in chemicals, £1.6bn in construction, £900m in metals) and overall greenhouse gas emissions savings of 5.7 MtCO2e These savings have been established for each sector down to the Standard Industry Classification level.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Material Resource Efficiency - construction, chemical and metal industries   (3193k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2017

To: 2018

Cost: £35,542
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd
Natural Resource Use              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production