BRIX – Business Resource Intensity Index

As part of the „BRIDGE“ programme, an initiative by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG); project duration: Mar 2009 – Aug 2010

Project management: Dr. Stefan Giljum (SERI)

Project implementation: Mag. DI Eva Burger (SERI), Dipl. Ing. Christopher Manstein (Faktor 10 Institut Austria), DI Harald Reisinger (plenum), Univ.Doz. Dr. Dietmar Kanatschnig (ÖIN), Mag. Irma Pelikan (ÖIN), Dipl. Ing. Katrin Bienge (Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie)

Link to the project: Projectwebpage

Resource-efficient development of businesses, their locations and their products is a crucial field of action when it comes to supporting a sustainable, future-oriented economy. In order to enable companies to render their own use of resources visible and to manage it, we are developing a resource based index – the Business Resource Intensity Index (BRIX) – in close cooperation with three Austrian companies (Lenzing AG, Rhomberg Bau GmbH, Grüne Erde GmbH). A set of indicators is being compiled on the basis of already existing methodological approaches to calculating resource intensity, such as the MIPS concept and the ecological footprint. These concepts are being harmonised and adapted, in line with the regulations regarding sustainability reporting and oriented towards practical application in the companies. A computerised application for the businesses is being programmed, enabling them to calculate their BRIX themselves. This programme is designed to provide the companies with an objective tool for measuring their use of resources and the resource efficiency of their locations and products with great detail. This in turn may foster the improvement of their resource management, as well as simplifying the communication about their efforts to the public.

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