Areas for Investment

What is resource efficiency?

Resource efficiency is a way to deliver more with less.

It increases aggregate economic value through more productive use of resources over their life cycle. It requires using those resources in a sustainable way, within the planet's long-term boundaries. This includes minimizing the impacts of one resource's use on other resources, including the environment.

What is Resource Efficiency Investment?

Any investment in improved efficiency and minimization technologies relating to equipment, systems and processes in water, waste and energy to reduce consumption and minimize waste.

Advantages of investing in Resource Efficiency

  • Higher profits with cost savings
  • Increased productivity with waste management and recycling
  • Reducing risk of investment with resource efficiency audits
  • Securing resource supply
  • Higher production capacity with technological modernization
  • More sales revenue with the increase in product quality
  • Low-carbon production with the reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Reducing the environmental impact of resources
  • Long-term competitive power

Important Practice Areas


Water resources are significant for society and the ecosystem and it’s needed for agriculture, energy production, navigation, recreation, and manufacturing. The main issue regarding water use is the abundance, availability and quality of its sources in nature. Although the situation regarding water sources depends on local conditions, climate change may also have significant effects on it. As temperatures rise, people and animals need more water to maintain their health and thrive. On the other hand, water and energy systems are interconnected. This means that energy is required for the water pumping, transportation and treatment processes. Therefore, the water has to be used efficiently to improve or even maintain today’s living standards in the future.

Water efficiency practices:

  • Reduction of the consumption of municipal water
  • Withdraw from surface or groundwater sources
  • Increasing the proportion of re-used or recycled process water
  • Minimizing wastewater charges
  • Grey water and process waste water recycling technology
  • Water reclamation technologies to enable waste and industrial water to be treated for other uses
  • Technologies enable the switching from wet to dry industrial processes
  • Improved irrigation technologies such as drip irrigation, capillary technologies, improved sprinkler systems
  • Rainwater harvesting equipment/ installations
  • Smart water meter systems

Natural resources are used in production and then consumed as goods or services. Reducing the amount of waste with the effective use of materials associated with production and consumption, is an important objective of today’s economy. Toxic and non-biodegradable wastes need to be managed with care. In terms of energy conservation and protection of natural resources, the reduction of materials arising as waste during production processes, also energy and emissions, is of great importance.

Waste reduction practices:

  • Minimize waste through the upgrade and modernization of production systems
  • Reuse waste streams
  • Reclamation of commercially valuable waste materials
  • Recycle waste and components of waste streams
  • Incinerate waste to generate energy

The living standard of any country is considered to be proportional to its energy consumption. World energy demand is met by mainly fossil fuels. By using alternative energy sources and implementing energy efficiency it’s possible to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and thus GHG emissions.

Energy efficiency practices:

  • Energy efficient technologies
  • Plant modernization
  • Power generation from waste heat
  • Energy optimization
  • Reduction of primary energy consumption
  • Reduction of fossil fuels usage
  • Insulation
  • Use of renewable energy resources

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