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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.

Stefan GILJUM
Stefan GILJUM

Rese­arch Area Leader