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Improved resource efficiency and cascading utilisation of renewable materials

Geldermann, Jutta; Kolbe, Lutz M.; Krause, Andreas; Mai, Carsten; Militz, Holger; Osburg, Victoria Sophie; Schöbel, Anita; Schumann, Matthias; Toporowski, Waldemar; Westphal, Stephan


Jutta Geldermann

Lutz M. Kolbe

Andreas Krause

Carsten Mai

Holger Militz

Victoria Sophie Osburg

Anita Schöbel

Matthias Schumann

Waldemar Toporowski

Stephan Westphal


In light of various environmental problems and challenges concerning resource allocation, the utilisation of renewable resources is increasingly important for the efficient use of raw materials. Therefore, cascading utilisation (i.e., the multiple material utilisations of renewable resources prior to their conversion into energy) and approaches that aim to further increase resource efficiency (e.g., the utilisation of by-products) can be considered guiding principles. This paper therefore introduces the Special Volume “Improved Resource Efficiency and Cascading Utilisation of Renewable Materials”. Because both research aspects, resource efficiency and cascading utilisation, belong to several disciplines, the Special Volume adopts an interdisciplinary perspective and presents 16 articles, which can be divided into four subjects: Innovative Materials based on Renewable Resources and their Impact on Sustainability and Resource Efficiency, Quantitative Models for the Integrated Optimisation of Production and Distribution in Networks for Renewable Resources, Information Technology-based Collaboration in Value Generating Networks for Renewable Resources, and Consumer Behaviour towards Eco-friendly Products. The interdisciplinary perspective allows a comprehensive overview of current research on resource efficiency, which is supplemented with 15 book reviews showing the extent to which textbooks of selected disciplines already refer to resource efficiency. This introductory article highlights the relevance of the four subjects, presents summaries of all papers, and discusses future research directions. The overall contribution of the Special Volume is that it bridges the resource efficiency research of selected disciplines and that it presents several approaches for more environmentally sound production and consumption.


Geldermann, J., Kolbe, L. M., Krause, A., Mai, C., Militz, H., Osburg, V. S., …Westphal, S. (2016). Improved resource efficiency and cascading utilisation of renewable materials. Journal of cleaner production, 110, 1-8.

Acceptance Date Sep 22, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 8, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jan 22, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Journal of cleaner production
Print ISSN 0959-6526
Electronic ISSN 1879-1786
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 110
Pages 1-8
Keywords Cascading utilisation; Resource efficiency; Sustainability; Renewable materials; Interdisciplinary research
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in Journal of cleaner production, 2015, v.110.


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