Resource Competence for Raw Material Use in Global Value Chains: An Exemplary Analysis Based on the Example of Study Programmes in Design and Engineering Sciences

  • Project no.452271
  • Duration 09/2020 - 02/2023

The continuation of the German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess III) adopted in June 2020, in its new edition, takes a closer look at aspects of the use of raw materials in global value chains, since the extraction of raw materials and the associated environmental impacts in particular represent major global challenges (BMU 2020). The research and development project "RessKoRo – Resource Competence for Raw Material Use in Global Value Chains," funded by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA), focuses on the global perspective of product development and production and combines the use of raw materials in value chains with the education of resource competence. The aim is to strengthen the resource competence in the study courses design and engineering sciences.

The central research questions are: How can resource awareness and competence of designers and industrial engineers be developed and promoted for the use of raw materials in global value chains? How can curricula and courses be redesigned and which approaches, modules, and educational offers can be transferred to other study programmes?
Based on these objectives and questions, the following operational goals are pursued:

  • recording and presentation of the status quo of resource formation for abiotic and biotic raw material use in global value chains in the study programmes of industrial engineering and design
  • identification of action needs and options for increasing resource competence in the addressed study programmes
  • model development and testing of selected newly designed teaching-learning arrangements and teaching-learning materials
  • preparation of recommendations for (further) development of materials
  • dissemination and transferability to other study programmes
  • update of the BilRess Roadmap University

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