Title: Life cycle indicators for resources, products and waste: framework
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC73336
ISBN: 978-92-79-25938-8 (print)
978-92-79-25937-1 (PDF)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 25466 EN
OPOCE LB-NA-25466-EN-C (print); LB-NA-25466-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC73336
DOI: 10.2788/42751
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Sustainable development is an underlying objective of the European Union treaties. An important part of sustainable development is its environmental aspect, as reflected in the Europe 2020 strategy and its Resource-efficient Europe flagship initiative. For quantifying and monitoring our progress towards sustainability in terms of the environmental performance, indicators are needed. These indicators should provide an integrated view on the links between consumption, production, resource depletion, resource use, resource recycling, environmental impacts and waste generation. One of the approaches that facilitate such integrated view is life cycle thinking. This integrative approach underlies the development of life cycle indicators for quantifying and monitoring progress towards the sustainable development of the European Union. This report outlines the framework, methodology, data basis and updating procedure for three indicator sets: 1) resource indicators (resource efficiency, decoupling and impact indicators), 2) basket-of-products indicators, and 3) waste management indicators.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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