Sustainable Resource Use
The research group Sustainable Resource Use at the Institute for Ecological Economics is one of the leading European groups in the areas of natural resource accounting and indicators, modeling, and assessments focusing on materials, water, and land use.
The group maintains a comprehensive global material flow database and also develops approaches to environmental accounting, in particular in the area of multi-regional input-output (MRIO) models for calculating consumption-based resource use indicators.
The group is actively engaged in informing European and international resource policy makers, as well as in fostering international collaboration and the harmonization of methodologies. In these contexts, members of the group have published a large number of academic papers and studies on European and global resource use and resource efficiency and have been directly involved in the development of a set of indicators and related targets in the context of the EU’s Resource Efficiency Roadmap.
The research group is entirely project funded through several major European research projects as well as from a number of official bodies such as the European Commission, UNEP, UNIDO, OECD, and national ministries.