DESIRE is a FP7 project that will develop and apply an optimal set of indicators to monitor European progress towards resource-efficiency. The project runs from September 2012 to February 2016.


We propose a combination of time series of environmentally extended input output data (EE IO) and the DPSIR framework to construct the indicator set. Only this approach will use a single data set that allows for consistent construction of resource efficiency indicators capturing the EU, country, sector and product group level, and the production and consumption perspective including impacts outside the EU. The project will:

  1. improve data availability, particularly by creating EE IO time series and now-casted data (WP5).
  2. improve calculation methods for indicators that currently still lack scientific robustness, most notably in the field of biodiversity/ecosystem services (WP7) and critical materials (WP6). We further will develop novel reference indicators for economic success (‘Beyond GDP and Value added’, WP8).
  3. explicitly address the problem of indicator proliferation and limits in available data that have a ‘statistical stamp’. Via scientific analysis we will select the smallest set of indicators giving mutually independent information, and show which shortcuts in (statistical) data inventory can be made without significant loss of quality (WP8)

The project comprises further Interactive policy analysis, indicator concept development via ‘brokerage activities (WP2-4), Management (WP1), and Conclusions and implementation (WP10) including a hand over of data and indicators to the EU’s Group of Four of EEA, Eurostat, DG ENV and DG JRC.


Our team includes 4 UN Resource Panel members (WI, AAU-SEC, NTNU and UL-CML) and founders of the material flow analysis field (e.g. SERI). We further include TNO (global leader in EE IO via projects like EXIOPOL and CREEA), FFCUL (global top in biodiversity and ecosystem services) and RU (top player in sustainability impact assessment).

General information

Project number: 308552
Starting date: 1/9/2012
Duration: 42 Months
Call part identifier: FP7-ENV-2012-one-stage
Activity code: ENV.2012.6.3-3: Development of resource efficiency indicators

Read more about the Structure of the project.


For more information contact the co-ordinator at:

Prof. Dr. Arnold Tukker
PO Box 49
2600 JA  Delft
The Netherlands

E-mail: arnold.tukker@tno.nl




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Funded by the European Commission

This project is funded by the European Commission.