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30 indicators to measure resource efficiency in the EU

Dec 6, 2013 | News

(06 December 2013) – Eurostat publishes today for the first time the European Resource Efficiency Scoreboard.

The scoreboard presents a set of 30 robust and easily understandable indicators for assessing the use of natural resources in the EU and for monitoring the progress towards a resource-efficient and circular economy.

The scoreboard indicators provide statistical support for the implementation of the Resource-efficient Europe initiative, one of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It will provide the basis for a yearly analysis of the progress of the EU.

The scoreboard is based on the most recent statistics from Eurostat, the European Environment Agency, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre and other internationally recognised sources. It is structured around:

  • a lead indicator on resource productivity;
  • a dashboard of indicators focusing on land, water and carbon issues; and
  • a set of specific indicators focussing on the sub-themes in the Roadmap: ‘Transforming the economy’, ‘Nature and ecosystems’ and ‘Key areas’.

The scoreboard will be constantly updated and will evolve to cover future demands. At the moment, the scoreboard presents the breakdown of certain indicators into economic sectors but in the future this type of breakdown will expand to more indicators.

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