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Environmental economics

Assessment of Scenarios and Options towards a Resource Efficient Europe

Project background

The Europe 2020 Strategy, endorsed by the European Council in June 2010, establishes resource efficiency as one of its fundamental flagship initiatives for ensuring the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of Europe. In support of the Flagship, the Commission has placed a contract with TNO, CML, PE and AAU/SEC for a study with the aims to identify inefficient use of resources in the built environment at meso- and macro level and then quantitatively assess potentials and socio-economic and environmental effects of efficiency improvements up to 2030. The core methodology is a hybrid modelling approach: identifying improvement options, their costs and improvement potential at micro/meso level, and feeding them into a macro-model (EXIOMOD) to assess economy-wide impacts of improvement scenarios. Stakeholder engagement via workshops was an important part of the project. The study started in January 2012 and ends in March 2014.

To inform stakeholders, during the study 10 ‘Topical papers’ were written, which can be found below.

Figure 1: Main steps in the project

Final report of the study

Topical papers

The following Topical papers are available: