Progress on resource efficiency and decoupling in the EU‑27 - Messages emerging from environmentally extended input-output analysis with relevance to the Resource Efficiency Roadmap and the 7EAP

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

This short report, consisting of a series of key messages, was prepared to illustrate ways in which input-output-based analysis can support policy makers in their decisions and choices. It follows up on the 2013 EEA report on environmental pressures from European consumption and production which describes the methodology of environmentally extended input-output analysis, illustrated with some country examples.

The analysis covers the period 2000.2007 only, as data from 2008 onwards is not backwards compatible, due to the change of NACE classification. This, however, can be considered a secondary problem here, given that this report is intended to serve as demonstration of capability to raise awareness of the applicability of input.output.based analysis to inform environmental policymaking.

Building on ongoing Eurostat's efforts to reduce the time lag of data, in 2016 the EEA will publish further analyses based on more-up-to date information covering the time series 2008 and beyond.

The EEA gratefully acknowledges the role of Eurostat as the producer of data used in this report, including supply and use tables and symmetrical input-output tables with environmental extensions for the EU.27 as a single region. Detailed breakdown of data sources used in this work is presented in Table 3.1.

This report was written by David Watson, Copenhagen Resource Institute, and Jose Acosta Fernandez and Arkaitz Usubiaga from the Wuppertal Institute. Data development was provided by Jose Acosta Fernandez, Helmut Schutz and Arkaitz Usubiaga from the Wuppertal Institute.

EEA project managers were Pawe. Ka.mierczyk and Ybele Hoogeveen.

The EEA would also like to express thanks to Anton Steurer and Stephan Moll (Eurostat), Jan Weinzettel (Charles University, Prague) Stephan Lutter (Vienna University of Economics and Business) as well as John van Aardenne and Ricardo Fernandez from the EEA who provided valuable suggestions and comments during the work on this report.

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