Source of funding
European Environment Agency (EEA)
Name of client/donor
European Environment Agency (EEA)
Overall project value
January 2009 – June 2014
EEA countries in CEE
Number of staff
European Topic Centres (ETCs) are centres of thematic expertise contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to carry out specific tasks identified in the EEA strategy (five-year work programme) and annual management plans. The ETCs, working together with EEA member and cooperating countries, facilitate the provision of data and information from the countries and deliver reports and other services to the EEA and the European Information and Observation Network (Eionet). The ETCs are part of the Eionet, which is a partnership network comprising the EEA and its member and cooperating countries, the ETCs, and a network of around 1,000 experts from 39 countries in over 350 national environment agencies and other bodies dealing with environmental information. These experts and organisations are the Eionet's national focal points (NFPs) and national reference centres (NRCs). The Eionet partnership is crucial to the EEA in supporting the collection and organisation of data and the development and dissemination of information.
The goals were to carry out specific tasks identified in the EEA strategy (five-year work programme) and annual management plans; facilitate the provision of data and information from the countries; and deliver reports and other services to the EEA and the Eionet in the field of sustainable consumption and production.
The ETCs are designated by the EEA management board following a Europe-wide competitive selection process and work as an extension of the EEA in specific topic areas. Each ETC consists of a lead organisation and specialist partner organisations from the environmental research and information community, which combine their resources in their particular area of expertise.
Between 2009 and 2014, the REC was one of the eight specialist partner organisations of the consortium for the European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
The REC provided input to the following selected tasks:
- Support to the implementation of the resource efficiency roadmap: Assistance was provided to Eionet member countries 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 actions plans.
- Analyses of countries' performance in the field of municipal solid waste management: The European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment asked the EEA to provide information about the implementation of waste policies in EU member states. Ex-post analyses of countries' performance on municipal solid waste (MSW) management were produced. Historical performance on MSW management was analysed, based on a set of indicators. Future possible trends and the achievement of future EU targets on MSW by 2020 were also assessed.
- 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 the Eionet and the European Commission.
- Housing assessment: The environmental impacts of housing and resource use in the housing sector were assessed with the aim of identifying and communicating successful policy initiatives to improve the sustainability of housing.
- Sustainable consumption and production indicators: The objective was to develop and spread awareness of the EEA ETC/SCP Indicator Reporting Framework on Progress on SCP in Europe and to provide input to the review of the SCP Action Plan and to 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: The REC was involved in the preparation of selected country factsheets.
- Country factsheets on SCP policies: A methodology and template were created for the preparation of SCP factsheets for all EU member states, and the REC compiled factsheets for the Czech Republic and France.
Topic area experts contributed to the following publications:
Waste prevention in Europe — Status in 2013
EEA Report No 9/2014
Resource efficiency in Europe
EEA Report No 5/2011
ETC/SCP Working Paper No 4/2013
Managing municipal solid waste: A review of achievements in 32 European countries
EEA Report No 2/2013
- Policy assessment
- Support to policy development and implementation
- Ex-post analysis
- Methodology development
- Contribution to the development of SCP indicators
- Contribution to the organisation of workshops