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Tools, methods and standards for the assessment of material effiiciency aspects in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

  • Mature economies which are driven mainly by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly becoming dependent on material imports. Global material consumption is ever increasing, mainly driven by population increases. Decoupling of material consumption from economic growth is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Within this paper available methods for the assessment of material efficiency on different economic scales are investigated and those detected that are particulary suitable for the use in SMEs. Recommendations for further improvements of the selected tools and an outlook concerning planned research activities in the field of material efficiency in enterprises, supply chains and circular economy aspects are given.

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Name:Braun, Anja; Kleine-Möllhoff, Peter; Reichenberger, Volker; Seiter, Stephan
Erschienen in:Journal of engineering, management and operations
Place of publication:Wien
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2018
First Page:1
Last Page:27
Tatsächlich erschienen 2019
Catalogue entry:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Wirtschaft
Open Access:Nein