The objective of the EU Resource Efficiency Transition Platform (hereafter "the Platform") is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Member States, local and regional authorities, and private actors on the transition process towards a more resource-efficient economy.
More specifically the Platform will
- provide recommendations on how to achieve the milestones and realise the vision set out in the Roadmap;
- help ensure coherent and effective delivery of the first priority measures for 2012-13.
- provide advice on the policy instruments and governance structures needed to deliver on the main pillars of the roadmap.
- propose indicators and targets for resource efficiency as guiding tools for economic policy-making in view of the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
The Platform should also contribute to improving co-ordination across sectors and help create common awareness and a shared agenda of improved resource efficiency among EU institutions, national governments, local and regional authorities, business and civil society.
The Platform will advise on:
- key barriers to progress at EU, national, regional and sectoral levels and practical suggestions for coordinated approaches to lifting them;
- main challenges and priority objectives in key sectors, resources and policy areas;
- the identification of measures and means of ensuring their effective implementation;
- Future development of resource efficiency in the context of the review of Europe 2020;
- other issues identified during the work of the Platform.
The Platform will recommend:
- the choice of resource efficiency targets, and its underpinning indicators, as guiding tools for the EU's agenda for economic policy coordination.
Specific attention can be given to
- key sectors such as food, construction, transport, and finance;
- key resources such as minerals, energy, water, land and ecosystem services, including interlinkages between resources and the possible use of waste as a resource;
- key policy areas and instruments, such as furthering the single market for green products, promoting environmental tax reform, removing environmentally harmful subsidies and better targeting EU cohesion policy;
- the local and regional dimension;
- the international dimension, including RIO+20 and its follow-up.
The mandate of the Platform is for 2 years. It may be extended.