The aim of the project is to make substantial progress in our knowledge regarding four core questions on increasing material efficiency and conserving resources.
- First, the project aims to discover ways in which resource efficiency may be augmented.
- Second, it aims to develop approaches for resource-efficiency policies specific to target groups.
- Third, the project is to collate and analyse results from impact analysis at general and economic levels.
- The fourth component is the expert monitoring of concrete implementation steps and of how the agenda is set, as well as the publication of results.
The target groups of the project are manifold: Economy (e.g. companies, associations, institutions of education and of research & development), Society (e.g. NGOs, foundations, intermediate institutions, households), Politics (e.g. representatives, ministries and government departments on the level of the German Länder, the federal level and EU level) and Media.
To conduct the project MaRess 14 work packages were established which are assigned to the four areas "Potentials of Increasing Resource Efficiency", "Target Group Specific Policy of Resource Efficiency", "Analysis of Effects", "Application, Agenda-Setting, Dissemination of Results". The following graph illustrates this structure: