How can we reduce European resource use drastically? Examples for Factor X reduction in resource use in Europe

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Posted by MartinHG on 20-10-2016 - Last updated on 05-04-2018

Resource use is essential for all human and economic activities. But the magnitude and speed of today's resource use threaten long term resource availability and the well-being of humanity and nature alike. The German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) is looking for examples of promising Factor-X reductions (Factor X stands for reducing resource use by a factor of 2, 4, 5, ... or X) to tell policy makers about so that they could spread the word and also find mechanisms to support the scaling up and replication of such examples. Do you know of any examples for Factor X reductions in resource use in Europe?

European resource policy aims to make production and consumption processes more resource efficient.

The European Resources Forum (ERF) 2016 shall serve as a platform to discuss the way forward for European Resource Policy. You can find more information on and register to the conference via the following link:

Please help the ERF to collect relevant examples of Factor-X reductions for different resource types, economic sectors, etc.,and post your best ideas and cases. Thus you can help to reach out to political actors and to develop European Resource Policy further!

Do you know of any examples for Factor X reductions in resource use in Europe?

Please post your examples as brief descriptions (including web-links, if available) here. During the European Resources Forum we will highlight the most promising examples, including the name of the provider of the example!