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Establishing and Strengthening Markets for Resource Efficient Products and Services

  • Andreas BurgerEmail author
Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 29)


Progress in improving resource efficiency is a precondition for a sustainable development on the national and global scale. At the same time, it is a key factor for competitiveness and welfare in the next decades. A proactive policy is therefore strongly needed to establish and strengthen markets for resource efficient products and services, not only for ecological but also for economic reasons. This paper gives an overview of strategies and instruments that can contribute to meet this challenge effectively. It is based on an analysis of the obstacles on the micro- and macroeconomic level hindering the increase of resource efficiency and shows that coherent, long-term and comprehensive strategies are necessary combining long-term efficiency targets as guardrails for investors and consumers with a reform of the general economic framework, institutional reforms and market specific instruments. The strategies must tackle demand side constraints as well as supply side constraints and promote the development and market diffusion of innovations.


Resource Efficiency Public Procurement Environmental Management System Energy Efficiency Measure Venture Capital Fund 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal Environment Agency (Germany)Dessau-RoßlauGermany

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