The Resource efficiency scoreboard is a tool / user interface for presenting key indicators relating to natural resources. For this scoreboard, a limited set of already available indicators was selected, covering as many as possible of the themes and subthemes identified in the Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe. It is a three tier system based on a lead indicator, a dashboard of indicators and a set of theme specific indicators:

  • Lead Indicator – one lead indicator has been selected to try and represent the change in use of natural resources. There is no indicator that can fully achieve this goal, but the lead indicator still heads up the scoreboard to provide a focus on resource productivity, defined as the ratio between gross domestic product (GDP) and domestic material consumption (DMC).
  • Dashboard Indicators – these provide an additional ‘dashboard' or selection of indicators to complement the lead indicator. They focus on four areas of resource management: materials, water, carbon and land.
  • Thematic Indicators – as the scope of ‘natural resources' is large (see natural resources section) additional theme specific indicators are required to show progress in a range of key areas. The thematic indicators are grouped into subsections, along the following lines:
    • Transforming the economy
      • Waste, green taxes (or environmental taxes), eco-innovation
    • Nature and ecosystems
      • Biodiversity, air, marine, land and soils
    • Key areas
      • Energy, food, buildings, transport

On the scoreboard, data for selected years from the year 2000 is displayed. The indicator data can be accessed via the TGM (tables, graphs and maps) tool and metadata for each indicator is also available. Data is available for each of the EU-28 Member States and aggregated for the EU-28 as a whole. Data (individually or aggregated) can be downloaded in different formats for analysis.

In the remainder of this section on the REI scoreboard more information is presented about the indicators themselves. Detailed metadata is available via the Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) Indicator Profiles, but the key points are summarised in the data centre to provide a concise and clear overview.

The third report on EU Resource Efficiency Scoreboard (September 2015) draws on indicators and data that were available in Eurostat’s dedicated Resource Efficiency Scoreboard website. This report provides a description of all the indicators, as well as up-to-date trends and country analyses.