Operating SIA - Resource efficiency


A growing population and an increased industrialisation are the reasons for worldwide accelerated resource consumption. In many countries, in particular in emerging economies, industrial areas are the motor of industrialisation and contribute significantly to the consumption of resources. Knowing that the natural resources of the world are limited solutions, have to be found to decouple economic growth from resource consumption. Measures of resource efficiency in industrial areas are an important step to lower resource consumption.

GIZ expertise

GIZ gained various experiences in fostering energy and resource efficiency and developed respective tools.

  • Resource Efficiency Experiences in India: Construction and Automotive Sector

    This study is a central part of the project titled Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Management of Secondary Raw Materials (in short “Resource Efficiency”). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), under its International Climate Initiative, has launched the project as a bilateral cooperation project with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

    The project is being implemented by GIZ-India, in cooperation with German and Indian knowledge partners, as well as with external experts. The project aims to enable key Indian institutions responsible for the formulation of environment, climate, industry, and resource policy to aid and establish institutional frameworks that improve resource efficiency.

  • Resource Efficiency Training for Policy Makers PNERI – Programme National d’Efficacité des Ressources de l’Industrie au Maroc

    This formation is part of the process of elaborating a National Resource Efficiency Action Plan or Program (REAP) in the industry led by the Ministère Délégué Chargé de l'Environnement (MdE). GIZ also accompanies this process as part of its pilot action in the project Rioplus – Environmental politics and sustainable development.

    There is no single definition for a REAP, which is built differently according to the needs and choices of the country in question. For this reason, it is crucial that the programme is developed so that all concerned actors are integrated. The proposed process for the elaboration of a REAP is inspired in the approach developed by UNEP for the elaboration of national programmes for sustainable production and consumption.

  • Resource Efficient Management of Chemicals in Textile and Leather Sector Companies

    The objective of the handbook is to provide practical guidance to personnel of factories in the textile and leather sector who are involved in the implementation or upgradation of resource efficient management of chemicals in their respective factories.

    The handbook contains worksheets, handouts, presentations as well as reading materials to provide a ready reference for the different steps of implementing chemical management systems elements and good chemical management practices.

    The materials are arranged in form of training untils along the seven steps of "Resource Efficient Management of Chemicals" (REMC) cycle of change and closely follow the recommended structure and content of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Chemical Management System Guidelines.

  • Training Resource Efficiency and Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector - “Training EIP”

    The project on “Qualification of Key Actors on Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector”, or simply KABEE project, aims to support China’s path towards a low carbon urban development by providing key actors in Chinese cities with German know-how and experiences through training. One of the training modules (Module 6) focuses on German experiences on energy efficiency gains in urban key sectors through eco-industrial parks.


    WAFFAR is a service developed by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for small and medium-sized companies in the Egyptian Industrial Sector. It aims at practically identifying, developing and implementing measures designed to substantially:

    • Reduce production costs
    • Improve environmental performance
    • Enhance organisational capabilities

    The main target is to improve the processes for production efficiency by enhancing the output/input ratio through the efficient usage of resources. This supports the industrial facilities to increase and strengthen their competitiveness and sustainability in the global and local market, and to save costs.