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EU consults on resource efficiency indicators

Europe – Until 22 October 22012, the European Commission will be consulting on a revised list of indicators for measuring the EU’€™s resource efficiency.

The list is about half the length of a provisional one included in the resource efficiency plan, which said targets based on the indicators would be agreed by 2013. The EU commission says the reduction is due to data availability.

The dropped indicators include green public procurement contracts, sales of green products, resource efficiency of EU companies, the number of hazardous chemicals identified under REACH, environmentally damaging subsidies and budgetary spending on resource efficiency.

New additions include an eco-innovation index, and the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus applied to farmland. The waste indicators now focus on municipal waste and greenhouse gas emissions are measured per capita.

Indicators for product environmental footprints, ecosystem accounting, environmental pressures and the environmental impacts of resource use may also be added once complete, the commission says. The lead indicator ‘€“ GDP divided by the mass of material consumed per year ‘€“ remains the same, as does the general composition of the ‘€˜dashboard’€™ of land, water and carbon indicators outlined in last year′s roadmap.

Discussions on possible targets will begin next year following the consultation.

Source: ENDS Europe

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