The RERAM project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement no. 609573.

RERAM Handbook & main project results - 31 May 2016

The RERAM project has successfully demonstrated that resource efficiency represents a smart win-win solution for business and the environment and offers a real opportunity for SMEs in Eastern Europe. The RERAM Handbook and Toolkit offers practical guidance for managers and technical personnel. The project ended officially on 31 June 2016. All results are accessible through the project website www.reram.eu.  

Executive Summary

The renaissance of wood as a renewable resource leads to a globally increasing demand and more and more non-sustainable exploitation of forests, especially in the Eastern European countries Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia (ENP-EaP). Preserving natural forests and fostering sustainable use of wood is one of today’s grand societal challenges. Wood is an astonishingly versatile raw material: it is at the same time renewable, recyclable, reusable and refineable, offering a multitude of environmentally friendly products to society, such as construction, furniture, flooring, interior, paper products, bioenergy and innovative bio-chemical products. Using wood efficiently is good to substitute fossil fuels or energy-intensive materials and is therefore an active contribution to climate protection.


RERAM’s goal is to improve raw material consumption in the forest-based sector through adapted solutions for resource efficiency. Saving resources is important for the SMEs to become competitive and reduce environmental impacts. In general managers are not aware that inefficient processing and low maintenance generate high losses of wasted material and energy, which in fact sum up high, hidden costs. RERAM developed an instructive training programme and hands-on reality checks for efficiency coaching of SMEs, which was tested in 19 woodworking companies.


The RERAM Handbook and Toolkit offers a practical guide for managers and technical personnel on how to implement a tangible self-check of their company. It introduces Cleaner Production principles, effective tools and improvement options that can leverage a variety of common saving potentials in the woodworking industry. RERAM has demonstrated that resource efficiency represents a smart win-win solution for business and the environment and offers a real opportunity for SMEs in Eastern Europe.


The main results comprise the ENP-EaP Forest-based Sector Study (D2.3), the Benchmark Meta-study (D3.1), the Enterprise Checks (D3.3), the R2I Dialogues (D4.2), the Handbook (D6.3), the Toolkit including the training course (D4.3), the R2I Strategies and Exploitation Plan (D5.2) and the Final Conference Proceedings (D6.4). All results are openly accessible at the project website www.reram.eu.



Main results / Downloads 

RERAM Handbook 

Handbook for Resource and Energy Efficiency in
Forest-based Industries of Eastern Europe













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Final Summary Report

Reports & Publications

Wood Innovation Toolkit



The RERAM leadership wishes to thank all companies, project participants and stakeholders, who participated and invested themselves in the enterprise checks, trainings, roundtables, joint events and final conference and contributed to the valuable results. The consortium wishes also to acknowledge gratefully the European Commission’s financial support, which enabled this very unique, successful collaboration of experts from EU and ENP countries that has led to a lot of improved capacities and promising new partnerships.


RERAM was funded by the European Commission’s FP7-INCO programme from 06/2014 until 05/2016 under grant no. 609573. It included 11 organisations in the EU and ENP-EaP countries: IIWH International Institute of Forestry and Wood-based Industries e.V., Germany | HCS Wood Cluster Styria, Austria | ITD Wood Technology Institute, Poland | UNFU National Forestry University of Ukraine | FORZA Agency for Sustainable Development of the Carpathian Region, Ukraine | WPFC Wood Processing and Furniture Cluster, Ukraine | AITT Agency for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Moldova | RECC Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucausus, Georgia / Armenia / Azerbaijan | AUG Agrarian University of Georgia, Georgia | InnovaWood, Belgium| PROKO Projektkompetenz.eu GmbH, Austria.




IIWH - Internationales Institut für Wald und Holz e.V.

Münster, Germany


Dr. Uwe Kies (RERAM coordinator)