Annex 6 of the Resource Efficiency Roadmap set out a provisional indicator set organised in a 3 layer approach:
First layer / lead indicator: focus on resource productivity
Measured by GDP divided by Domestic Material Consumption (euro/tonne) the Commission proposed to continue to use 'resource productivity', as the lead indicator.
However, even though this indicator is felt to be the most appropriate indicator available, it still has some considerable shortcomings:
Second layer / dashboard: focus on resource and its environmental impacts
The Commission chose to complement the lead indicator with a concise dashboard of macro consumption and production indicators on materials, water, land and carbon. This dashboard of indicators – in conjunction with the lead indicator – has the advantage that it focuses on clear stocks or flows of main resources. As such it can be easily understood, measured and communicated.
Third layer: thematic indicators to monitor policy effectiveness
To measure performance on the actions and milestones proposed in the Roadmap the Commission proposed a wide range of thematic indicators. Here the approach was to limit the number of indicators to one relevant indicator per theme.
Read the relevant sections in the Roadmap
Read Annex 6 to the Roadmap