Overview

The website Natural Resources provides information on resource efficiency indicators, as well as basic statistics and indicators on natural resources. The aim is to improve understanding of the relationship between economic growth (consumption and production patterns), resource use and environmental impacts.

The thematic area of natural resources is wide in scope and there are varying definitions of it. The natural resource concepts page provides an introduction to the theme.

This website supports the development of the resource efficiency scoreboard, presenting more than 30 indicators relevant to the Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe in the context of the resource efficient Europe flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 growth strategy. Further information on the Resource efficiency indicators can be found at the Europe 2020 website within Indicators Explained.

The Roadmap is the strategy document for the initiative: it outlines how Europe's economy can be transformed into a sustainable one by 2050, with milestones to be reached by 2020. The scoreboard indicators monitor and report progress in the EU and in Member States in different economic sectors.

The Scoreboard therefore also includes statistics from other data sources hosted by Eurostat, the European Environment Agency (EEA), and the Joint Research Centre (JRC), and from other internationally recognised sources. You can find the Scoreboard also directly on Eurostat's webpages on Europe 2020.