This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 308371.

About the project

POLFREE explores drivers and barriers to resource efficiency and creates a vision for a resource efficient economy in Europe. Different policy mixes are proposed for achieving the resource efficient vision. Modelling results are used to construct different scenarios for decoupling and sustainable use of resources.

Research areas

The project looks into why resources have been used inefficiently, new concepts and paradigms for resources efficiency, the creation of a vision for a resource efficient economy and scenarios and modelling of policy implementation for resource efficiency. 


POLFREE findings and reports are made publicly available and can be downloaded from this site. Please sign up to receive our newsletter with information about POLFREE past and forthcoming publications.

Summary of POLFREE Results

Various material, including interviews with key members of the consortium, descriptions and graphics of key results from the project, and Policy Briefs, may be found at the link above.

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