European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ETC/SCP) and European Topic Centre on Resource and Waste Management (ETC/RWM)
“Technology alone is unlikely to bring about the sweeping changes needed in the switch to a circular economy and more sustainable lifestyles – we also need social change, and alternative business approaches to complement technological change. Against this background the EEA, supported by the ETC/SCP, organised a session at this year's Green Week to examine the potential and role to be played by new business models, asking how they might contribute to the transition towards more sustainable living.”
— Eionet eNews archive published by ETC/SCP, Issue No. 40, June 2014
For 10 years, between 2005 and 2014, the REC was one of the specialist partner organisations in the consortium of one of the European Topic Centres (ETCs) of the European Environment Agency (EEA). First, between 2005 and 2008, the REC provided assistance to the European Topic Centre on Resource and Waste Management (ETC/RWM); then, between 2009 and 2014, the REC partnered with the European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ETC/SCP).
The ETCs are centres of thematic expertise contracted by the EEA to carry out specific tasks identified in the EEA strategy (five-year work programme) and annual management plans.
European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Selected tasks in which the REC provided input are outlined below.
- Supporting the implementation of the Resource Efficiency Roadmap. Assistance was provided for member countries of the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) on developing and implementing national resource efficiency strategies and action plans through the compilation of information and reflections on various options and issues to be considered when developing national resource efficiency strategies and action plans.
- Analysing countries' performance on municipal solid waste (MSW) management. The EC’s Directorate-General for Environment asked the EEA to provide better knowledge about the implementation of waste policies in EU member states. Ex-post analyses of countries’ performance on MSW management were produced. Historical performance on MSW management, based on a set of indicators, was also analysed and an assessment of future possible trends and the likelihood of achieving future EU targets on MSW by 2020 was carried out.
- Waste prevention programmes. The waste prevention programmes of EU member states were reviewed. Under this task, a hub/platform was developed for information exchange on waste prevention programmes in collaboration with Eionet and the EC.
- Housing assessment. The objective was to assess consumption related to housing, including crosscutting issues with land use. The REC prepared a survey of policies in Europe towards sustainable housing and pragmatic sustainable housing solutions.
- SCP indicators. The objective was to develop and spread awareness of the EEA ETC/SCP’s Indicator Reporting Framework on progress in SCP in Europe, and to provide input for both a review of the SCP Action Plan and the Rio+20 discussions and negotiations. The REC evaluated existing international data collection processes for their potential integration into the EEA SCP indicator set.
- Country factsheets on national waste management policies.
- Country factsheets on SCP policies. Factsheets were prepared for all EU member states, in addition to a compilation for the Czech Republic and France.
European Topic Centre on Resource and Waste Management
Selected tasks in which the REC provided key inputs are outlined below.
- Reporting on the implementation of integrated product policy in the EU. A methodology and template for reporting on the implementation of an integrated product policy were prepared for the EC.
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of waste policies related to the Landfill Directive. The REC contributed to the preparation of a methodology for the ex-post evaluation of related waste policies and the evaluation of national policies in Estonia and Hungary.
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of economic instruments for resource use. The REC contributed to the preparation of a methodology for the ex-post evaluation of selected economic instruments in the Czech Republic.
- The recycling society and its environmental effects. The REC contributed to the project methodology and to the collection of information from EU countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
- Sustainable Consumption and Production chapter (including resource and waste management) in the EEA’s Belgrade Report. The REC gathered information and contributed to the drafting of the chapter on areas such as food and drink consumption and domestic heating.
- National Sustainable Consumption and Production Strategies in the EU — A Comparative Review of Selected Cases. The REC was lead author of the background paper prepared for the conference “Time for Action — Towards Sustainable Consumption and Production in Europe”.
- Measuring resource efficiency and SCP. The REC contributed to the development of an EEA core set of SCP indicators.
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