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Ricardo-AEA to provide EU resource efficiency analysis

Environmental consultancy Ricardo-AEA has won a contract to provide analysis and commentary to support the European Union’s monitoring of the progress of member states towards a circular economy.

The EU’s Resource Efficiency Scoreboard, launched last year, lists 30 indicators based on statistics from Eurostat, the European Environment Agency and other internationally recognised sources.

Ricardo-AEA has been tasked with providing analysis of what the indicators show and to help determine how the scoreboard could evolve.

The 30 indicators include resource productivity, carbon emissions, recycling and biodiversity.

The aim is to monitor implementation of the EU’s roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe which promotes integration of resource efficiency in economic, energy, transport, construction, agriculture, fisheries and cohesion policies.

Project director Adrian Cole said the commentary would be aimed at various policy makers and stakeholders.

“The scoreboard is very factual and data driven and we understand that busy CEOs and politicians don’t necessarily have the time to understand it,” he said. “We want to help people interpret the key points.”

“We can examine what indications there are that we are moving to a circular economy and provide feedback on any challenges on how to communicate key messages.”

The analysis will be published roughly annually. A short version of the commentary highlighting things from the current scoreboard is planned for June, with a fuller analysis of updated statistics planned for the the autumn.

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