Eurostat's Environmental Data Centre on Natural Resources (EDCNR) is an online repository for a broad range of data on Natural Resources in Europe.

The EDCNR provides information on Resource Efficiency Indicators, as well as basic statistics and indicators on Natural Resources.

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.

The EDCNR supports the development of the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard, presenting 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.

The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, the strategy document for the initiative, outlines how Europe's economy can be transformed into a sustainable one by 2050, with milestones to be reached by 2020.

The Scoreboard also includes statistics from other Data Centres hosted by Eurostat, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and from other internationally recognised sources. The Scoreboard can also be found in Eurostat's webpages on Europe 2020 Indicators, sitting underneath the Headline Indicators for Europe 2020.

Functioning of the data centres

The Environmental Data Centre on Natural Resources (EDCNR) is one of the nine thematic data centres based on a technical agreement between three services of the European Commission – DG Environment, Joint Research Centre and Eurostat.

The EDCNR helps improving the knowledge about the relationship between economic growth (consumption and production patterns), resource uses, and environmental impacts and provides access to respective data, metadata, indicators and other relevant information.

EDCNR provides basic statistics, indicators and statistical assessments needed to monitor and report progress in the EU, in Member states and throughout economic sectors.