Vision & Objectives
RERAM improves Resource Efficiency and Raw Material consumption of the forest-based sector in ENP Eastern countries by bridging the gaps between research and innovation via effective knowledge support for regional SMEs, research and authorities.
The forest-based sector (forestry, woodworking, furniture, paper, bioenergy) represents a major pillar of the economy: it creates sustainable growth and vital employment in rural SMEs, based on the valorisation of abundant forest resources. The astonishingly versatile raw material wood delivers special opportunities to improve sustainable production and climate change mitigation: wood is the only simultaneously renewable, recyclable, reusable and refineable resource, offering a simple way to reduce CO2 emissions via the carbon sink effect of forests, and carbon storage and substitution of carbon-intensive materials by wood-based products.
4 General Objectives
- Raise awareness on resource efficiency potentials along the value chain
forestry -> primary wood processing -> secondary wood manufacturing
- Optimize conversion pathways of wood raw material in SMEs
by introducing innovative technologies, processes and planning methods
- Promote the competitive research potential of innovation clusters
through new business models, cleaner production and collaborative processes
- Enhance regional to international collaboration in knowledge value chains
by joint action, knowledge transfer and outreach among R2I actors
The forest-based sector in Eastern Europe faces a major societal challenge in the unsustainable depletion of its natural forest resources and wood raw materials, but shows decisive opportunities for improvement through higher raw material efficiency and technological upgrading. Strengthening domestic growth potentials of woodworking SMEs in ENP countries will have positive internal and external effects, e.g. employment, higher value adding, reduction of raw material exports. By reconfiguring businesses and R2I infrastructure, the sector will deliver better returns on natural, human and economic capital investments, and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions, extract and export less natural resources, create less waste and mitigate social disparities.