Digitalisation can provide solutions at different levels of SMEs’ production processes: at the process level (e.g. optimising the factory line to reduce material and energy consumption), at company level (e.g. optimising logistics and work between different locations, using production and sales data for business development processes), within they supply chain (e.g. to enable industrial symbiosis networks), and in their products’ overall life-cycle.

This report looks into best practices at the crossroad of digitalisation and resource efficiency.

The purpose of the study is a systematic investigation into the effects of digital transformation on resource efficiency, specifically considering its impact on natural resources. The study focuses on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector for which digital transformation is a particular challenge but also an opportunity.