The research in this project will break new ground in terms of content because so far there has been no systematic examination of how the health sector intersects with the topic of resource consumption.
The results of the quantitative analysis of the direct and indirect resource consumption of the health sector are already available. They show, that the German health sector accounts for approximately 100 million tons annually in raw material consumption (RMC). After all, this equals about 5 % of Germany’s total raw material consumption.
The stakeholder analysis captures structures and institutions of Germany’s health system. At the heart of the analysis are the actual inpatient and outpatient health care services. The input sectors, however, are also very important for understanding the resource consumption. According to the calculations by Fraunhofer ISI, the chemicals sector (i. a. pharmaceuticals), food and drinks, energy, construction activities and medical technology products are of particular relevance. Preliminary insights from the stakeholder analyses begin to show that there are already several actors in the German health sector, who are active in the field of environmental and resource protection. But generally, the significance of this topic is still rather low, and so is the degree to which these actors are cross-linked with environmental and resource protection policy.
The results are highly relevant for policy making because they identify future fields of activity at the intersection between resource efficiency and health policy.