This project will identify the most important economic sectors in Ireland and provide outline resource efficiency metrics and benchmarks for these sectors
€97,507Total Project Costs
1 yrProject Duration
On average in Europe, manufacturing firms spend about 40% of their costs on raw materials, or 50% including energy and water. This compares to only 20% on labour but savings often only focus on staff reductions. A recent research study by Clean Technology Centre for the EPA estimated that Ireland spends about €46 billion on raw materials per annum. A 2% annual target of reduced material consumption could lead to annual savings of about €928 million in the first year and could yield total savings of approximately €7 billion by 2020. The aim of this study is to assist Ireland in identifying mechanisms for making such improvements. This project will identify the most important economic sectors in Ireland (in terms of size, value, employment, and particularly resource use), and provide outline resource efficiency (RE) metrics and benchmarks for these sectors, using international and published data, as well as actual Irish industrial data. This, in turn will lead to identification of improvement options, potential best practices and preferred technologies, opportunities for resource use reduction (resource efficiency), and pointers for new markets and technologies, as well as policies and strategies to promote the RE measures identified.
Total Project Cost: €97,507
Funding Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Year Funded: 2015
Lead Organisation: Clean Technology Centre (CTC)