Toolbox for Increasing Resource Efficiency in the European Metal Mechanic Sector

Stefan Blume*, Denis Kurle, Christoph Herrmann, Sebastian Thiede

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Strategies to improve the economic and environmental performance of companies are usually pursued from a local perspective, hardly considering interactions between different value chain actors. Thus global improvements are not necessarily reached. Against this background, the authors present an approach for an integrated improvement strategy covering both perspectives to reveal hidden resource saving potentials. Moreover, a "decision-making toolbox" has been developed, allowing for an identification of company-internal and cross-company improvements as well as resulting trade-offs. Applicability and benefits of the approach are underlined by a use case application from the metal mechanic industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2017 - Kamakura Prince Hotel, Kamakura, Japan
Duration: 8 Mar 201710 Mar 2017
Conference number: 24


  • Decision-making toolbox
  • Metal mechanic industry
  • Resource efficiency
  • Value chain analysis


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