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Ladies and Gentlemen,
This month, our newsletter is all about resource efficiency! As a recent study of a well-known German research institute (Fraunhofer Institute) has shown, the manufacturing industry could save an average of 14 percent on their energy needs and 6 percent on materials use.
In Germany resource efficiency is a popular topic. I would be interested to know how resource efficiency is handled in your country. I look forward to your feedback, please feel free to leave a comment under the respective article on our blog.
My tip for June: Webinar 'Introduction to industrial resource efficiency'
I would like to invite you to our free webinar. It takes place at the following dates:
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Efficient use of resources: a practical example from the chemical industry
Worlee ChemieWorlée Chemie, a business based in Northern Germany, produces resins among others. Worleé aims to optimize the production processes and to increase the resource efficiency. To achieve this they were undertaking an extensive material and energy flow analyses and discovered saving potentials especially for their carbon emissions.
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Interview with Matthias Voigtmann, CEO of 'Energy Consulting Allgäu'
CEO Energy Consulting AllgäuAlthough the name of his business might suggest otherwise, Matthias Voigtmann, plus his team, is one of the entrepreneurs that thinks of energy and material efficiency as inseparable.
In my interview with him, I asked about his experiences, the barriers he had to overcome, and the challenges of the everyday consulting practice. Read on for some very interesting insights!
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Resource efficiency as an international and national top level issue
What is resource efficiency about? Is it achieving sustainability? Or securing cheap resources for the sake of the economy? The answer to this question exactly depends on your perspective.
In his presentation at our last user workshop, Prof. Dr. Mario Schmidt described his investigation into this issue and took a closer look at resource efficiency from a global to a regional perspective.
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Material efficiency meets energy efficiency
My business doesn't have any relevant potential for efficiency left to realize. Do you believe this, too? At a recent presentation at one of the biggest industrial fairs worldwide (Hannover Messe) I talked about our practical experience with this issue. It appears that the greater the conviction within a business that efficiency measures have been maxed out, the more likely there actually is still hidden potential to be utilized. The audience at the presentation agreed. I would be happy to make my presentation on this exciting issue available to you.
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Event tip: European Resources Forum in Berlin
The forum is hosted by the German Federal Environment Agency in November. Speakers from all over Europe discuss topics such as European country initiatives, best practice for circular economy or inspirational local examples for resource efficiency. Click here for more details. 
I look forward to your questions and comments. Please feel free to recommend the newsletter to others who might enjoy it. Also, let me know which topics are of particular interest to you right now - I will try to address them in one of the upcoming newsletter editions.
With best regards from Hamburg,
Martina Prox
ifu Hamburg - Member of iPoint Group
"Productivity meets Sustainability"

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