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EEA Report
No 5/2011
Resource efficiency in Europe
Policies and approaches in 31 EEA member and cooperating countries
ISSN 1725-9177
EEA Report
No 5/2011
Resource efficiency in Europe
Policies and approaches in 31 EEA member and cooperating countries
Cover design: EEA Cover illustrations © EEA Left photo © EEA Right photo © EEA Layout: EEA/Pia Schmidt
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Contents
Contents
Acknowledgements .................................................................................................... 5
Executive summary .................................................................................................... 8 1 Background and scope of work .......................................................................... 13
2 Definitions of resources' and 'resource efficiency' ............................................ 16 '
3 Resource efficiency in economy-wide strategies or action plans ........................ 18
4 Resource efficiency in sectoral policies .............................................................. 21
5 Product-oriented resource efficiency initiatives ................................................. 26
6 Priority resources .............................................................................................. 28
7 Strategic objectives and targets......................................................................... 32
8 Indicators .......................................................................................................... 40
9 Institutional set-up ............................................................................................ 44
10 Main drivers for resource efficiency policies ...................................................... 48 11 Examples of policy instruments and initiatives to promote  resource efficiency ............................................................................................. 51 12 Information needs and knowledge gaps ............................................................ 56 13 Some EEA considerations for future European policies on  resource efficiency ............................................................................................. 58
References ............................................................................................................... 61
Annex 1 Countries that responded to the survey..................................................... 62
Annex 2 Survey questionnaire ............................................................................... 63
Annex 3 Economy-wide policies with resource efficiency components .............. .... 64 ..
Annex 4 National targets related to resource efficiency .......................................... 66
Annex 5 Policy instruments presented by countries as good practice  for promoting resource efficiency.............................................................. 73
Annex 6 Overview of information needs and knowledge gaps reported  by countries .............................................................................................. 77
Annex 7 Economy-wide material flow accounts and derived indicators................... 79
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Acknowledgements
This report would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of Eionet staff and other national experts in the thirty-one EEA countries that provided information on their resource efficiency policies and instruments.
EEA thanks its national reference centres on sustainable consumption and production and resources, and its national focal points for their support and contributions.
Prepared by:
Acknowledgements
Paweł Kaźmierczyk, Mikkel Stenbæk Hansen, Jens Günther, David McKinnon, Christian Loewe, Fredrik Lingvall, Tamas Kristof Kallay, Jozsef Szlezak, Bettina Bahn-Walkowiak, Marton Herczeg, Dominic Wittmer.
ETC/SCP Task Managers:
Mikkel Stenbæk Hansen and Jens Günther.
EEA Project Manager:
Paweł Kaźmierczyk.
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Selected examples of resource efficiency policies, instruments or targets presented in the country profiles
- National Programme on  Natural Resources - 100 % sustainable public  procurement target
- Waste & Resources Action  Programme (WRAP) - Product Roadmaps
- National Raw Material Strategy Mandatory CSR reporting fo r- 2050 Energy Action Plan on - a fossil fuel free Denmark cor ma al   -  aTnardg eentse rogny  dporuobdluinctgi vyterietmS sycilaitts StauntsAcco  ritemaw salretaw noar  dna pornd anv Eonirntmeoita -snnocEcimo it- Green taxation a l
- Sustainable Materials  Management Strategy (Flanders) - Marshall Plan 2.green  (Wallonia)
- Local Authority Prevention  Network (LAPN) on resource  efficiency and waste prevention - SMILE Resource Exchange
- Resource Efficiency Action  Plan (forthcoming) - Raw Materials Plan
- Green Economy Programme - Masterplan Cleantec h
- Second National Program for  Efficient Use of Water - Plan for municipal wast e  prevention
- Sustainable Economy Law - Law on the Natural Heritage  and Biodiversity
- Grenelle de l’environnement  (Environment Roundtable)
- Strategic Metals Plan
- Action Plan on Recycling -Concrete in Public Buildings - Agenda 2020
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S W E D E N
P O L A N D
H LIC
SLO
STRIA CHTENSTEINH SWITZERLAND SLOVENIA
- Fair Purchasing Groups - Target to reduce Italy’s TMR  by 25 % by 2010, 75 % by  2030 and by 90 % by 2050
- National developmen t  programme - National Forest Programme
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