Comparative analysis of selected benchmarking indicators in the context of resource efficiency of water utilities
[ 1 ] Instytut Inżynierii Środowiska i Instalacji Budowlanych, Wydział Inżynierii Środowiska i Energetyki, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee
- water loss
- energy efficiency
EN For effective project management aimed at changing the economy to a more resource-efficient one, it is necessary to develop evaluation methods. The aim of the assessment should be to check if the performed tasks resulted in the intended effects. Water utilities collect large amounts of data for the purpose of strategic infrastructure management. Based on this data, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are calculated. KPIs are used to evaluate the activities of enterprises and to define management goals. Such indicators are generally assessed using internal or external benchmarking. The main thesis of this paper is that the benchmarking indicators can be used as an effective tool to support the circular economy. The paper presents selected benchmarking projects and indicates which indicators can be used to assess the resource efficiency of enterprises. The indicators and data sets collected under the benchmarking project of the Polish Waterworks Chamber of Commerce, and available in the open report on the ECB benchmarking will be discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of currently used indicators (especially related to monitoring of losses and energy consumption) will be presented. The needs for changing the currently used and introducing new indicators will be shown. The possibility of using the benchmarking data will be assessed in the context of sustainable investments and EU requirements for financing projects from public funds. This will help to assess the potential of Polish entities to implement projects aimed for the circular economy.
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