In the context of Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) performance targets (PTs) are indicators for an innovation paradigm that improves of environmental performance of products and production processes. Defined PTs for production processes should set a clear signal to developers and users of processes. The focus of PTs is the establishment of markets for innovative processes with a higher environmental performance than available technologies. Setting, implementing and measuring performance targets is therefore directly linked to the innovation policy for environmental technologies.
The project was aiming to make a contribution to the concept of developing and implementing Performance Targets (PT). Important issues to investigate for the four examples cement industry, pulp and paper industry, iron and steel industry and textile industry were: general conditions for setting PTs, e.g. existing regulation or the structure of the sector. Furthermore the project provided first recommendations on aggregation level, implementation level, time scale for PTs and possible monitoring measures.
In general, most of the environmental issues are regulated by legislation on a low aggregation level. Hence the setting of targets on higher aggregation levels as bundles of environmental issues like resource efficiency were suggested.
The investigation of the four sectors, conducted by expert interviews, literature research and workshops, re-vealed the following findings:
The consortium of this IPTS-project consisted of FAE (Austria), TNO/STB (Netherlands), GMV/IVL (Sweden), ITA is consortium coordinator.
04/2005 - 04/2006