VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency (VDI ZRE)

VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency (VDI ZRE)
Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 3
10117 Berlin

As the competence centre for resource efficiency, the VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency (VDI ZRE) works at the interface between businesses and science and pools know-how from theory and practice. The VDI ZRE was launched in 2009 as a cooperative project of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the VDI Association of German Engineers. The main task of the competence centre is to ensure the comprehensible and comprehensive presentation and dissemination of an integrated implementation of environmental technologies that increase resource efficiency and serve climate protection.

The VDI ZRE is closely connected with the VDI Association of German Engineers. With more than 150.000 members, VDI is the largest association of engineers in Germany. It pools experts for interdisciplinary dialogue and propagates knowledge of current developments in science and research, economy, society and policy.

To enable companies to familiarise themselves with the wide range of steps that can be taken to improve resource efficiency, the VDI ZRE has developed a host of information materials in the form of short films, resource checks, process chains, a data base with examples of best practices and cost calculators to identify the cost drivers within a business. Specially tailored courses on resource efficiency are offered to employees and consultants in the form of qualification seminars.

In addition, the VDI ZRE is the central point of contact for the German resource efficiency stakeholder network “NeRess”. The series of events organised by the network under the slogan "Ressourceneffizienz vor Ort" (resource efficiency at local level) serve as a platform to provide information and exchange ideas at regional level and are becoming increasingly popular. The VDI ZRE’s instruments for the evaluation and identification of resource efficiency potential can be found on their website, which can be accessed by the public free of charge.

Support services:
Best practices, Calculators, Consultancy/one to one consultations, Financial support, Guides, handbooks, information material, Referral service to partner organisations, Self assessment and benchmarking tools, Training
Resource expertise:
Energy, Materials, Water, Waste, Carbon
Sectoral expertise:
Chemical and process engineering, Construction, Manufacturing of machinery and equipment, Metal and plastic processing, Timber and woodworking, Waste management and recycling