The ENSURE Action contributes to the knowledge base of the European Commission’s 2020 Flagship on Resource Efficiency by developing and demonstrating new approaches for integrated social, economic and environmental assessments. The Action focuses on what is needed in order to quantify environmental footprints in policy and business. Its activities build on achievements made under the European Commission’s Integrated Product Policy Communication, the Sustainable Consumption and Production/Sustainable Industrial Policy Action Plan, and the thematic strategies on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and on Waste Prevention and Recycling.
Many policy and business instruments in the European Union are based on environmental assessments. The environmental profiles, sometimes termed footprints, of goods, services, organisations and even Member States are increasingly quantified using life cycle analyses. These assessments account for the entire life cycles of goods and services: the resources used and the environmental pressures associated with their supply, use, and end-of-life. They consider different pressures such as resource scarcity, climate change, toxic effects and acidification.
ENSURE focuses on two main objectives:
David Pennington - Tel.: +39-0332-785880 E-mail: david.pennington(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu
European Platform on LCA: lca(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu