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Policy Options for a Resource-Efficient Economy

Objective

The project will construct a theoretical framework for the analysis of resource efficiency, with detailed comparison of the trends and policies at EU and Member State (MS) level, cross-country econometric analysis to derive resource-reduction cost curves, and an analysis of business barriers to resource efficiency; thereby developing an enhanced understanding of the drivers of inefficient resource use.

This will lead to an exploration of new concepts and paradigms that can bring about a radical increase in resource efficiency, and a vision for a resource-efficient economy in the EU, with suggestions also for new more resource-efficient business models for firms, and ideas for a global governance regime that can promote resource-efficient economies among the EU's trading partners and more widely will be explored. From its new vision for a resource-efficient Europe, the project will propose new policy mixes, business models and mechanisms of global governance through which resource-efficient economies may be promoted.

This will lead in turn to intensive work on creating, modelling and visualising scenarios for the emergence of resource-efficient economies, through linking quantitative economic and ecological models, and simulating the policies and policy mixes derived in the earlier work, supplemented with appropriate LCA analysis for selected products and sectors, to ensure that the policies and business models in the scenarios lead to adequate absolute decoupling of economic activity from resource use and environmental degradation. The scenarios and associated policy analysis will be given an integrated interpretation across economic, ecological and social dimensions.

The project will be explicitly geared to support policy efforts and initiatives on resource efficiency in the European Commission, and will involve a wide range of stakeholders from business, the policy world, and NGOs. The results will be widely disseminated in a variety of innovative ways.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-one-stage
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Coordinator

UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 770 207,40
Administrative Contact
Kimberly Cornfield (Ms.)

Participants (7)

WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 309 744,80
Address
Doppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Meierbroeker (Ms.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 523 763,50
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ruud Baartmans (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 387 718,25
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anja Van Bogaert (Ms.)
GESELLSCHAFT FUER WIRTSCHAFTLICHE STRUKTURFORSCHUNG MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 418 081,20
Address
Heinrichstrasse 30
49080 Osnabrueck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Doris Buenemann (Ms.)
SERI NACHHALTIGKEITSFORSCHUNGS UND-KOMMUNIKATIONS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 264 414,50
Address
Schwarzspanierstrasse 4/3
1090 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petra Goelli (Ms.)
POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 220 306
Address
Telegrafenberg 31
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frauke Haneberg (Prof.)
INTERNATIONAL SYNERGIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 33 833,70
Address
16-17 Newhall Hill Unit 5 Newhall Place
B30 3ES Birmingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Pumphrey (Mr.)