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Resource efficient industries

Resource efficient industry paves the way to progress

Resource efficiency will be the corner stone of competitiveness in all industries. When we think of the near future, most everyone acknowledges what awaits around the corner - materials and energy shall be saved, recycled and reused to a much greater extent than they are today. We are looking forward to cost efficiency, new competitive edge and cleaner production.

       

Views and foresights of resource efficient industry

Resource-efficiency is a paradigm change ongoing in the material and energy basis of sustainable society and economic growth. Global shortages in critical materials have strategic and economic implications. Parallel approaches are requested towards substitute solutions and eco-efficient economy: In the short term we need to improve materials efficiency and in the medium term to adopt green growth business models.

The ongoing energy shift is also all-encompassing and affects every line of business. Both research and business strive for eco-innovations to deal with the paradigm change and to achieve higher raw material yield, reduced energy usage, reduced CO2 emission, higher product quality, improved safety and increased plant security.

Novel innovation patterns are challenging traditional research and development models. The end users are increasingly part of the design process. The manufacturing industry has a chief role in resource efficiency both as a user of resources and as a provider of solutions.

        

                            

Resource efficiency and VTT

As a rule, the eco-innovations driving resource-efficiency are closely connected both to public decision making regarding regulation, and strategic decision making on a company level. A lean and agile innovation policy system is a prerequisite to future success.

In order to harness the full potential of cost savings and new business creation that resource-efficiency holds, we must ensure that innovations are rapidly brought to the market.

VTT research covers the full scope of resource efficiency from the development of new business models and value chains to the simulation based production, product and material design.

Market oriented, flexible and resilient value chains and networks are developed via open engineering and operation platforms and can be monitored by novel indicators on energy use and eco-efficiency. Virtual methods and tools are developed for open environment aware engineering systems. Control and automation at all levels of value chains is an obvious way to find solutions for process and manufacturing industry aspiring to achieve resource efficiency.