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Digitalisation in German SMEs: state of implementation and investment

A good one in four small and medium-sized enterprises have expanded their digitalisation in the past three years. At 26%, the share of SMEs with completed digitalisation projects is similar to the proportion of SMEs that innovate.

Digitalisation in German SMEs: state of implementation and investment

A good one in four small and medium-sized enterprises have expanded their digitalisation in the past three years. At 26%, the share of SMEs with completed digitalisation projects is similar to the proportion of SMEs that innovate. KfW Research (2018) Digitalisation in German SMEs: state of implementation and investment, Focus on Economics No.202, 17 March 2018.

Resource efficiency through industry 4.0 : Potentials for SMEs in the manufacturing sector

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.

Digital strategies for greater material efficiency in German industry

Main results from a German company survey Traditional efficiency-raising measures that optimise manufacturing processes are still predominant in the manufacturing sector, but new techniques and materials are also used.In many companies the basic course for a modern circular economy is not yet set: saving materials on a grand scale as early as the product design stage, through materials cycle management or new business models are notvery common so far. The material savings potential in industry has not yet been exhausted. In the companies’ view, they could save a further 3 to 4 per cent if they made optimum use of all technical possibilities. With reference to the value of Germany’s purchases of mineral raw materials from both domestic and foreign sources,this translates into a realisable savings potential of 2 billion euros.

Efficient management of natural resources

The report presents leads for public adminstrations on what steps can be taken in order to ensure and support efficient management of natural resources, energy efficiency, the production of renewable energy, and the promotion of a resource-efficient blue growth.  

ESG Toolkit for fund managers

This E&S Briefing Note is designed to help fund managers quickly familiarise themselves with the topic of resource efficiency as it relates to investment. It is not intended to be a detailed technical guidance document. It is important to consider the linkage between resource efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Efforts to tackle the reduction of GHG emissions resulting from business activities are inextricably linked to resource efficiency. Any improvements which a business can make in reducing the resources it uses will inevitably lead to a reduction in the GHG footprint of the business. Taking a macro-level sustainability approach, resource efficiency is also linked to the concept of the circular economy: the idea of moving away from a linear-based industrial economy to a circular-based economy which is restorative and resource efficient by design. Relevant aspects of the circular economy will also be addressed within this note.

Resource Efficient Business Models – Greater Competitiveness

This report, Facts and Trends Towards 2050, describes the short-term supply and demand situation for different resources. The information was gatheredt hrough interviews with and consultation between a large number of companies represented in work groupsfocusing on five sectors: Input Goods, Infrastructure,Consumer Products, Capital Goods/Durables and Food. A Steering Committee has coordinated and supervised the project work, with Björn Stigson as Senior Advisor and Caroline Ankarcrona of IVA as Project Director. Facts and Trends Towards 2050 addresses the challenges involved in improving resource efficiency, but also the opportunities such as the technological advances that are being made. The problem of balance is also covered; for example, the choice between more efficient resource usage and short-term profitability. The importance of understanding how dynamic today’s business models need to be is also emphasised.

Resource efficiency in industries - Via conclusions on Best Available Techniques (BAT) under Industrial Emissions Directive

This report is the product of a mapping of resource efficiency in regulation and an analysis of generic approaches to implement resource efficiency in BAT conclusions. Market based as well asrule based type regulation was screened for examples of approaches of regulating resource efficiency. The identified examples are briefly described. Examples of resource efficiency in other regulation and the contributions from interest groups and organisations were used to identify generic approaches for resource efficiency regulation which has been exemplified in 18 inspirational examples of BAT conclusions. Cross-media aspects, barriers and alternatives were considered for each of the generic approaches. Based on these the feasibility of the different exemplified BAT conclusions were divided into three categories: most feasible, depending on the industry and least feasible.  

Guide to resource efficiency in manufacturing

This guide on resource efficiency in manufacturing presents theresults and experiences of the REMake partnership and features awide range of policy recommendations to support a faster up-takeof eco-design, process efficiency and value chain optimisation inthe manufacturing industry. In this light, we hope that our workwill inspire policy measures that will improve resource efficiencyand competitiveness in the more than 2,000,000 manufacturingSMEs in Europe.  

Réduire mes impacts

Good practices and measures library of ADEME, in order to act on the company's environmental impacts, but also on its products or services, and contribute to strengthening its overall performance.  

Advancing Resource Efficiency in the Supply Chain – Observations and Opportunities for Action

The purpose of this report is to distil the robust and constructive discussions into critical areas for targeted life cycle-based resource efficiency dialogue and actions that can facilitate efforts to mainstream and institutionalize resource efficiency. In particular, the seven critical needs areas that the U.S. EPA has identified for this report, based on workshop discussions, can inform future focused dialogues in appropriate forums on short- and long-term actions which individuals and organizations from various sectors of society can champion. Under each critical needs area, questions are posed that should be addressed in the context of the challenges, “best” practices, and potential actions which can befound in Appendix 1.  

Urban sustainability issues — Resource-efficient cities: good practice

Cities are key players in minimising the use of resources and in developing the circular model. Generally, municipalities provide utilities and control public services for citizens and businesses that influence the majority of resource and energy use and the production of emissions and waste. Local authorities have the capacity to implement responses at multiple scales. This report analyses both the supply and the demand issues. It is divided into two parts: the first is devoted to how to avoid, prevent and reduce the use of resources; the second addresses reuse, recycling and harvesting.