This report outlines the findings of the research study: Roadmap for a National Resource Efficiency Plan for Ireland (2011-WRM-DS-03) which was commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency under the EPA STRIVE Programme 2007–2013. The Clean Technology Centre at Cork Institute of Technology carried out the research between February 2012 and January 2013. A Headline Report, summarising the main findings of the study, is available separately.
The purpose of the study was to assess the current situation in Ireland and elsewhere with regard to resource efficiency and to recommend how, by the development of a roadmap, the Irish performance can potentially be improved.
The main finding of this independent research is that Ireland currently needs a fully integrated and comprehensive National Resource Efficiency Plan. This would involve:
- Full cross-Government commitment;
- Ministerial leadership;
- A dedicated Resource Efficiency Team;
- Sufficient resources to meet the recommended targets;
- Full implementation of the detailed activities advocated in this study. These recommendations include the following areas: Resource Efficient Production, Recycling Economy, Research, Green Public Procurement, Life Cycling Thinking, Awareness Raising.