Resource conservation

Resource conservation is defined as the absolute reduction of resource consumption, especially the consumption of primary raw materials. Considerate use of natural resources increases resource efficiency and reduces environmental impacts. In addition to economic approaches for the quantification of resource flows, ifeu also explores specific measures aimed at products and consumption.

Our key research topics


Economic indicators

A number of indicators including material consumption, material input or raw material productivity have been established to measure the raw material use of individual economies. ifeu collects robust, internationally comparable data on country-specific raw material indicators and develops comparative measurement approaches for statistical authorities.

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Material efficiency

Efficient resource consumption in general, and material efficiency in particular, are key strategies for the overall reduction of resource consumption in a country. The efficiency approach attempts to achieve the same effect with reduced material input, or superior outcomes with the same quantity of material.

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Consumer behaviour

Our current lifestyle must answer societal challenges in the form of sustainable consumption development. At this point, there is a need for a development towards a more sustainable and resource-conserving consumption.


Regine Vogt

Dipl. Ing. Technical Environment Protection
Phone: +49 (0)6221 4767 22

Monika Dittrich

Phone: +49 (0)6221 4767 65