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Systematic monitoring of material efficiency and productivity

Energy, Materials, Water
All sectors
Medium cost
Annual saving:
10 - 40 %
Payback time:
0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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Resource savings: Raw material:
Depending on the specific situation within the company
Resource savings: Energy:
Depending on the specific situation within the company
Associated cost savings: Raw material:
10 - 40%
Associated cost savings: Waste:
10 - 30%
Co2 emission reduction:
Annual CO2 emission reduction depends on application and reduced resource savings
Premises and operation areas:
Production building, Production processes, Supply operations, Waste and recycling
Size of company:
Micro (less than 10), Small (less than 50), Medium (less than 250), Large (more than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
What is in it for you:
Reduced material and energy consumption. Reduced costs. Increased productivity.
Descriptive information:

Good monitoring and management are vital to reigning in energy costs and carbon emissions. Measuring and tracking resource use (energy, water and raw materials) is a key skill that all organisations should master, regardless of size or sector. It can help to identify patterns of wasteful behaviour and opportunities to improve environmental performance and save money.

Monitoring material efficiency, energy performance, and productivity can be ad-hoc or more systematic, depending on the organisation and its sustainability goals. Systematic monitoring and publication of the results achieved can also be used to motivate employees to save materials and energy.

Data can be recorded by sensors, programmable controllers or manually gathered, and then stored in a central information system for further analysis aimed at identifying inefficiencies that need to be fixed to improve processes and productivity within the company. Furthermore, the monitoring system can be used to control the results and review measures.

Guidelines by Resource Efficient Scotland, entitled 'Measuring to manage your resources', sum up the key steps involved:

Step 1: Understand what is driving resource use

Step 2: Identify data requirements

Step 3: Collect data

Step 4: Analyse and evaluate the data

Step 5: Identify improvements and take action


Resource Efficient Scotland (2016), 'Measuring to manage your resources', http://www.resourceefficientscotland.com/sites/default/files/Measuring%2...

Brauwelt (2010), Zukunftsfähig mit BDE, http://www.steinhaus-informationssysteme.de/fileadmin/Veroeffentlichunge...

VDI-ZRE (2014), Analyse von Ressourceneffizienz-potenzialen in KMU der chemischen Industrie, http://www.ressource-deutschland.de/fileadmin/user_upload/downloads/stud...

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