Mid-term review of Europe 2020 Assessment of the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative Three years after its launch, the Committee of the Regions will take stock of the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative at a conference to be held on 2-3 September 2013 in Vilnius. This conference will be the sixth in a series of 7 CoR events and monitoring initiatives on the mid-term review of Europe 2020 in 2014. More news on this conference may be found on the CoR's website1.
By participating in this survey, you will:
ensure that your views are taken into account in the debate held during the conference;
contribute to the 4th CoR Monitoring Report on Europe 2020, to be published in October 2013;
contribute to the CoR's consultative activity in this area over the coming months;
contribute to the mid-term review of Europe 2020 in 2014.
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Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform, go to: http://portal.cor.europa.eu/europe2020/ The questionnaire is available on this website in all official languages of the EU You can find more information on Resource Efficient Europe, as seen from the local and regional authorities' viewpoint, in the Committee of the Regions' publication Delivering on the Europe 2020 Strategy Handbook for Local and Regional Authorities2. General information on Europe 2020 may be found on the strategy's official website3.
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Policy challenges and responses at regional and local level
BOX 1 – Resource Efficient Europe: basic information
Resource efficiency means using the Earth's limited resources — metals, minerals, fuels, water, land, timber, fertile soil, clean air and biodiversity — in a sustainable manner. Increasing resource efficiency can secure growth and jobs by stimulating technological innovation, boosting employment in the fast developing 'green technology' sector and opening up new export markets. It can also benefit consumers through more sustainable products.
The Resource Efficient Europe Flagship Initiative was adopted in 2010, as an integral part of the Europe 2020 strategy under the sustainable growth pillar, to "help decouple economic growth from the use of resources, support the shift towards a low carbon economy, increase the use of renewable energy sources, modernise our transport sector and promote energy efficiency"5. It sets out a framework to help ensure that long-term strategies in areas such as climate change, energy, transport, industry, raw materials, agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity, water and waste management, land use and regional development all deliver results in the area of resource efficiency6 in order to:
boost economic performance while reducing resource use;
identify and create new opportunities for economic growth and greater innovation and boost the EU's competitiveness;
ensure the security of supply of essential resources;
fight against climate change and limit the environmental impact of resource use.
The Flagship Initiative was outlined in four long-term roadmaps with a 2050 horizon, respectively on climate7, energy8, transport9 and resource-efficiency10, issued in 2011, and a number of other policy initiatives with a 2020 perspective11, covering the following aspects:
Promoting sustainable consumption and production by setting “appropriate” price signals, providing consumers with relevant environmental information, establishing minimum environmental performance standards and putting in place incentives to reward efficient businesses;
Turning waste into resources through more targeted recycling and re-use, separate collection and energy recovery, with landfilling to be virtually eliminated;
Supporting more research and innovation focusing on resource efficiency goals;
Phasing out environmentally harmful subsidies, getting prices right and shifting from taxation of labour to environmental taxation;
Better valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services by public authorities and businesses;
Halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services;
Promoting better management of water resources;
Improving air quality standards;
Better management of land-use, soils and marine waters.
The Committee of the Regions adopted its opinion on "A resource-efficient Europe – flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy"12 in October 2011.
A European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP)13has been set by the European Commission in order to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Member States, local and regional authorities, and private actors on the transition process towards a more resource-efficient economy.
In December 2012, the EREP issued its "Manifesto for A Resource-Efficient Europe"14, identifying the following actions:
Encouraging innovation and accelerating public and private investment in resource-efficient technologies, systems and skills, as well as SMEs;
Implementing, applying and adopting smart regulation, standards and codes of conduct that a) create a level playing-field, b) reward front-runners and c) accelerate the transition, and d) take into account the social and international implications of our actions.
Abolishing environmentally harmful subsidies and shifting the tax burden away from jobs to encourage resource-efficiency;
Creating better market conditions for products and services that have lower impacts across their life-cycles, and that are durable, repairable and recyclable, inspiring sustainable life-styles by informing and incentivising consumers;
Integratingwider policy areas, such as in the fields of transport, food, water and construction.
Adopting policy goals to achieve a resource-efficient economy and society by 2020, setting targets that give a clear direction and indicators to measure progress relating to the use of land, materials, water and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as biodiversity.
1) What are the main challenges currently facing your region/city in terms of (i) the more efficien²t use of resources, (ii) the shift towards a low carbon economy, (iii) energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources, (iv) the modernisation of the transport sector, (v) the change in producers' and consumers' behaviour (see Box 1)?
Multiple answers possible.
more efficient use of resources
shift towards a low carbon economy
energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources
The Municipality requires compliance with energy-efficiency and environmental legislation. Also with regard to reducing light pollution and energy consumption.
2) Which of the aims of the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative (listed in Box 1) are most relevant in view of the challenges currently facing your city/region?
Multiple answers possible.
Boost economic performance while reducing resource use
Identify and create new opportunities at local level for economic growth and greater innovation and boost the EU's competitiveness
Ensure the security of supply of essential resources
Fight against climate change and limit the environmental impacts of resource use
To limit the environmental impact of light pollution, waste, etc.
3) The CoR opinion15 on Resource Efficient Europe focuses on i) low-carbon, resource-efficient transport and energy systems; ii) sustainable consumption and production; iii) zero-waste economy; iv) efficient use of raw materials (minerals, forests and biomass); v) biodiversity, ecosystem services and land use.
Has your city/region adopted policies in the following fields of resource efficiency? Which actions has it applied (innovation/investments, regulations, modifying subsidies, others as identified by EREP in box 1)?
Multiple answers possible.
low-carbon, resource-efficient transport
low-carbon, resource efficient energy systems
sustainable consumption and production
efficient use of raw materials (minerals, forests and biomass)
biodiversity, ecosystem services and land use
- Replacement of fuel-oil boilers by natural gas. Football pitch, sports pavillions, Abat Oliba school, home for the elderly, etc.
-*In the new project for extending the Residencia building, plan for the use of biomass.
-**Collection of organic waste, together with mixed waste, glass and non-recyclables.
-***Provision of a waste-recycling centre.
4) The Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative recognises and promotes the interdependency of environmental, economic and social policies.
Have the policies adopted by your city/region (as stated in your answer to question 3), been interlinked as part of an integrated framework? If yes, please describe in brief, highlightingtheir mutual interlinks and potential synergies.
No. There has been cooperation with Barcelona provincial council for point*, with Osona district council for point**, and with the Municipality of Las Masias de Voltregà for point ***.
5) The Resource Efficient Europe Flagship Initiative contributes to the process of reaching the headline targets set under the sustainable growth pillar of the Europe 2020 Strategy for energy and climate change:
Greenhouse gas emissions 20% lower than 1990 (or even 30% if the conditions are right)
20% of energy from renewables
20% increase in energy efficiency
To what extent are these targets feasible based on your local situation?
20% GHG Highly feasible Fairly feasible Not feasible
20% RES Highly feasible Fairly feasible Not feasible
20% EE Highly feasible Fairly feasible Not feasible
We believe that the three targets are fairly feasible at municipal level, given our population of 3300 inhabitants.
6) The Covenant of Mayors16. – currently counting over 4,500 signatories - is a voluntary commitment by local and regional authorities to meet and exceed the EU 20% CO2 reduction objective through increased energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources.
Beyond energy and climate change, regions and cities have an important role to play in fostering resource efficiency. They can invest in green buildings, sustainable water and waste management, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting cleaner modes of transport and oversee the protection of ecosystems.
Do you consider this type of dissemination and networking platform to be a useful initiative? If yes, would your city/region be in favour of expanding the approach of the Covenant of Mayors framework to other key areas of the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative, such as biodiversity and land use, waste and water management or air pollution, provided that relevant EU targets are identified?
7) The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe (see Box 1) sets out the following milestones to be reached by 2020 for the three key sectors which are responsible for 70-80% of all environmental impact:
Food - 20% reduction in the food chain’s resource inputs,
Buildings – all new buildings to be nearly practically zero-energy and highly material efficient; 2% renovation rate per year for existing building stock; 70% of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste to be recycled.
Mobility - an average 1% annual reduction in transport GHG emissions starting from 2012.
To what extent are these milestones appropriate to your local situation?
Food Highly appropriate Fairly appropriate Not appropriate
Buildings Highly appropriate Fairly appropriate Not appropriate
Mobility Highly appropriate Fairly appropriate Not appropriate
The "buildings" milestone is highly appropriate, and easy to meet. We do not have much competence for the other two milestones, although they are equally important.
How is the Resource Efficient Europe relevant to your city or region?
8) Which of the policies of the Roadmap to Resource Efficient Europe (presented in Box 1) are most relevant to your specific local/regional situation?.
Phasing out environmentally harmful subsidies, getting prices right
Better valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services
Halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services
Promoting better management of water resources
Improving air quality standards
Better management of land-use, soils and marine waters
By means of information campaigns, and especially through information about the collection of organic waste, together with mixed waste, glass and non-recyclables.
9) Which of the actions under the EuropeanResource Efficiency flagship initiative, as identified in the EREP's manifesto (set out in Box 1), are the most difficult to achieve in your city/region?
Multiple answers possible.
Innovation and investment
Products and services
Targets for policy goals
Almost all of them are difficult to achieve at municipal level.
10) Overall, what are the strong and weak points of the Resource Efficient Europe Flagship Initiative, as seen from your regional/local standpoint?
Strong points: encouraging sustainable consumption and production, and turning waste into resources.
Weak points: innovation and investment, regulation, subsidies, and products and services.
11) Would you recommend any specific changes to the Resource Efficient Europe Flagship Initiative, in the context of the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy in 2014?
If the aim of efficient use of resources is achieved, it will be a success. We would not make any major changes.
Are your country's policies relevant to your city or region?
12) Does your country's 2013 (current) National Reform Programme17 (NRP) for Europe 2020 adequately respond to your regional/local needs in the policy areas covered by the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative (e.g. environmental taxation, phasing-out environmentally harmful subsidies, pricing mechanisms)?
Yes No Don’t know
We don't know.
13) Would you suggest any changes in your country's National Reform Programme for 2014 in the area of resource efficiency?
Yes No Don’t know
We don't know.
Policy and funding issues
14) What sources of funding are used to finance your actions under the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative? In particular: what is the role of the EU Structural Funds and programmes (e.g. ELENA, LIFE, Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme, JESSICA) in funding actions related to Resource Efficient Europe? Are any other policy/financial instruments involved?
Multiple answers possible.
Other EU funding programmes
Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme
Public Private Partnership
Only the ERDF and ELENA.
15) Are any of the actions you have undertaken to implement the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative (as stated in your answer to question 6) carried out in partnership with different tiers of government? If yes, please state (a) which administrative levels are involved and (b) which practical arrangements are taken to manage these actions jointly.
16) Do you consider that the existing EU policy framework has established sufficient links with local level in order to achieve the targets of the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative? Do you have any suggestions in this respect?
17) The policy goals under Resource Efficient Europe require an integrated, multi-sectorial approach, however they are often more effective if relevant stakeholders are also involved.
Do you have a strategy for involving these various actors, such as the different institutions, economic operators (especially SMEs) and citizens? If yes, what kind of involvement have you pursued (e.g. information campaigns, dedicated events, assistance to citizens on resource efficiency investments, PPPs)?
Only information campaigns, especially involving information about the collection of organic waste, together with mixed waste, glass and non-recyclables.
18) Please add any further comments you wish to make on the issues covered in this questionnaire.
Not necessary. Thank you for your attention.
SHARE YOUR GOOD PRACTICE As part of the preparations for the CoR conference to be held on 2 3 September 2013 and to showcase good practices in areas covered by the Resource Efficient Europe flagship initiative (e.g. energy efficiency, renewable sources, buildings, transport and mobility, air quality, water and waste management, spatial planning and land use, biodiversity,agriculture), you are invited to submit examples of good practice from your local area.
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13The EREP is a high-level group of personalities drawn from the European Commission, the European Parliament, national and regional governments, relevant international organizations, business/industry, civil society (inter alia consumers, trade unions and NGOs) and other opinion leaders, e.g. from academia. For further information: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/resource_efficiency/re_platform/.