Title: Toward a systematized framework for resource efficiency indicators
Authors: HUYSMAN SofieSALA SERENELLAMANCINI LUCIAARDENTE FULVIOMATHIEUX FABRICEALVARENGA Rodrigo A.f.DE MEESTER StevenDEWULF JO
Citation: RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING vol. 95 p. 68-76
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC92601
ISSN: 0921-3449
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344914002328
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC92601
DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2014.10.014
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The transition towards resource efficient production and consumption patterns is currently one of the main challenges in engineering, environmental science and especially in governmental policies. This transition has led to a proliferation of meanings related to the resource efficiency concept, resulting in a wide variety of indicators. In this paper, we propose a systematized framework in which resource efficiency indicators can be structured and comprehensively positioned. The aim is to provide a proper understanding of the scope and limitations of particular existing resource efficiency indicators in order to assist policy makers and the scientific community in the application and further development of indicators. This framework covers all different resource use-related aspects evaluated in existing approaches, including simple accounting of resource extraction and use; environmental impact assessment due to resource extraction and use; accounting and environmental impact assessment of specific processes and of full supply chains; analyses at micro-scale and macro-scale; and analysis of both natural resources versus waste-as-resources. To illustrate the potential application of the framework, a set of currently used indicators was selected, whereupon these indicators were structured and evaluated within the framework.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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