First resource efficiency scoreboard published

There appears to have been a slight increase in resource productivity across the EU-27 between 2000 and 2011, according to the Eurostat data

The EU’s statistical agency Eurostat has issued the first version of a resource efficiency scoreboard promised by the European Commission in 2011.

Eurostat does not offer any interpretation of the data as it is meant to be neutral. Resource efficiency is also hard to measure and the scoreboard will evolve over time.

The commission’s environment directorate is not planning to analyse the scoreboard in detail for the moment either. Its circular economy package due next year may suggest refinements to indicators on materials alongside related policies.

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