Zero Waste Europe commissioned the report Use of Embodied Energy as an Indicator of Product Performance in Policy from Eunomia and created a summary of this research in Embodied Energy: A Driver for the Circular Economy.

The full length report considered the potential of the following:

  • An embodied energy indicator for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW);
  • An embodied energy indicator applied to industrial waste streams; and,
  • A product-based embodied energy indicator.

This briefing paper, composed by Zero Waste Europe’s Communications and Programme Officer Matthew Franklin answers the following questions:

  • What is embodied energy and why does it matter?
  • The difference between embodied energy and energy efficiency;
  • Product policy in Europe;
  • What can we learn from Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Pilots?
  • Could embodied energy be incorporated into the Energy Labelling Directive?

The study then makes six proposals for an embodied energy indicator.

This study is available free of charge. Please provide a few details about yourself and one of the team will email you the full report shortly.