Sustainability Scenarios for a Resource Efficient Europe

  • Project no.3343

Following the economic and financial crisis, the European Commission developed the Europe 2020 Strategy, which aimed to help Europe recover strongly from the recession while also addressing long-term issues of sustainability. The objective of this study was to develop scenarios that describe routes to achieve building a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy by 2050. Wuppertal Institute's and SERI's role within this study was to identify and review existing scenario-based forward-looking studies to filter out key scenario elements (visions, targets, actions) for use in a resource-efficiency scenario exercise. Cambridge Econometrics identified existing quantitative models appropriate for use in a resource-efficiency modelling exercise. The findings were integrated into the Commission's work on the Resource Efficiency Initiative via a set of recommendations. As part of the study tasks, the team organised a workshop in Brussels to present and discuss results.

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