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Servicizing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy (SPREE)

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Project description

The aim of SPREE project is to identify potential Servicizing Policies and simulate their effect on absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource use, while achieving societal benefits. Servicizing Systems facilitate the transition from selling products to providing services. Except for ICT, these are still quite rare. SPREE is dedicated to promote the implementation of Servicizing Systems in 3 different sectors: water, mobility and agri-food.

An advanced Agent Based Modelling (ABM) approach is used to structure and test options for Servicizing Systems and Policies. This provides a generic framework that allows exploring short and long term effects, and assessment of the 3 sectors in different countries. 'Servicizing Policy Packages' will be constructed based on the models' results and complementary qualitative analysis. They will take into account the environmental, economic and social dimensions and trade-offs between them. Thus, SPREE results will help to realize EU strategies particularly in the framework of EUROPE 2020.

By using ABM, it will be demonstrated how Servicizing Systems develop and test outcomes of proposed policies on the creation of successful Servicizing opportunities leading to absolute decoupling.

The SPREE consortium consists of 10 partners from 7 different countries, and includes public bodies and research institutes to provide a sound base for both Servicizing Systems and Policy. The key deliverable is 'Servicizing Policy Packages' that exploit existing synergies to achieve a truly sustainable EU economy where economic growth is decoupled from environmental impact, society prospers and a global example is set.

SYKE is the leader of the Work Package 9, Dissemination and Exploitation of Results, and takes part in all the other work packages throughout the whole project. The project is funded by the EU within the FP7 program (Grant Agreement 308376).

Additional information

Senior Researcher Sirkka Koskela, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE,

Published 2013-05-15 at 13:10, updated 2013-05-15 at 13:09