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Table 5 Scope and policies addressed by life cycle indicators

From: Potential of life cycle assessment for supporting the management of critical raw materials

Indicators Scope Policy
Resource efficiency indicators •Assessing the environmental impacts of the EU-27 and of each member state linked to the resource consumption and related emissions to the environment
•Assessing the efficiency of the use of natural resources
•Assessing the degree of decoupling of environmental impacts from economic growth
•Thematic strategy on the sustainable use of natural resources (EC 2005a)
•A resource-efficient Europe—flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy (EC 2011a)
•Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe (EC 2011b)
Basket of products indicators Assessing the environmental impacts related to the consumption of goods and services by an average EU (and MS) citizen Integrated product policy (EC 2003)
Waste management indicators Assessing the environmental impacts related to the management of the waste streams in EU and in each MS. Thematic strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste (EC 2005b)
  1. From: EC (2012a, b, c, d)