As part of a long-term framework, the European Commission has commissioned five external firms to identify energy saving effects caused by improved resource efficiency .
The consortium comprises; Oeko-Institut (lead), Ecorys, IDEA Consult, the Copenhagen Resource Institute and ACTeon.
The objective of the research is to assess the economic, social and political barriers hampering the twofold effects on resources and energy savings, and subsequently propose the most efficient (policy) measures to remove these barriers.
The study is based upon data from Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and material flow analysis and will consider case studies on “best performers”.
“Increasing resource efficiency is key to securing growth and jobs for Europe. It will bring major economic opportunities, improve productivity, drive down costs and boost competitiveness,” states the EC in the outline of its programme.
The project recently started and is expected to be completed by May 2016.