Title: Indicators and assessment of the environmental impact of EU consumption
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC114814
ISBN: 978-92-79-99672-6 (online),978-92-79-99671-9 (print)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online),1018-5593 (print)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29648 EN
OP KJ-NA-29648-EN-N (online),KJ-NA-29648-EN-C (print)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC114814
DOI: 10.2760/403263
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This report provides an overview of the LCA applied to assessing environmental impacts of consumption in EU as a basis to support several policies and the assessment of their impacts and benefits. The content builds from the results of the Life Cycle Indicators (LC-Ind2) project , aimed at developing two sets of Life Cycle Assessment-based indicators for assessing the environmental impact of EU consumption: the Consumer Footprint and the Consumption Footprint. The indicators have been designed aiming at: • monitoring the evolution of impacts over time in the EU and the Member States as well as the progress towards decoupling economic growth from environmental impacts. • building an LCA-based framework for assessing relevant consumption and eco-innovation policies. Environmental impacts are assessed from three different perspectives: product group level, consumption areas (food, housing, mobility, consumer goods, and appliances) and average EU consumer. • developing a single headline indicator to monitor the evolution of the overall environmental impacts of EU consumption and production at macro level. This includes the elaboration of a specific framework on which to build such indicator and complete time-series for each Member State and European Union as a whole. • testing ecoinnovation scenarios along the supply chains, from extraction of raw materials, to consumer behaviour, up to end of life options.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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