The joint project WeLaReBaWü carries out a concept study to develop proposals for the continuation and further development of the Resource Efficiency Strategy of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. For this process the state prioritized five thematic fields that are treated within a individual work packages: "Digitization and Resource Efficiency", "Ecological Product Design and New Business Models", "Recycling of Materials", "Resource Efficiency in the Construction Industry" and "New Approaches to the Domestic Extraction of Primary Raw Materials for the Industry". An additional work package identifies further key topics, e.g., linking issues of climate protection and resource efficiency. Each of the consortium members handles designated work packages. The overall project management lies with the Institute of Industrial Ecology (INEC) of the Hochschule Pforzheim. The six work packages provide a sound basis for policy measures and prepare them in the form of proposals for action as recommendations for the state policy. In order to map the expectations of stakeholders, especially companies, the project also involves relevant stakeholders.
The Wuppertal Institute handles the work package on product design and business models. With a broad interpretation of the topic, the focus is on the design of resource-efficient product/service systems and the establishment of business models that span across the whole value chain.
By means of a literature review on the current state of science and technology, best practice examples, and expert interviews, the researchers of the Wuppertal Institute identify obstacles and opportunities for various approaches in Baden-Württemberg with reference to the existing strategy. For the potential implementation, instruments such as communication, information and consulting, networking, funding, or technology development are considered. On this basis, the corresponding recommendations for action or proposals for measures are finally developed.