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European Monitor of Industrial Ecosystems

European Monitor of Industrial Ecosystems (EMI) project

The European Monitor of Industrial Ecosystems (EMI) is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess trends as regards the implementation of the green and digital transition across industrial ecosystems. To that effect, the EMI project provides to policymakers, academia and industry high quality, up-to-date data and insights for decision-making.

On an annual basis, the EMI project gives comprehensive information to better understand the complex interlinkages between industrial ecosystems and value chains across global economies through a set of industrial ecosystem reports, EU country reports, international reports, a yearly EU report, and a set of technology centre reports. In this way, the EMI contributes to the successful implementation of the European industrial strategy, complementing various  initiatives such as the Transition Pathways, the EU Observatory for Critical Technologies, the EU's Digital Compass, and many others.

The project takes on a novel approach insofar that it has a special focus on advanced technologies, including green, key enabling and digital technologies, as drivers of competitiveness. Specifically, the project provides a wealth of data and information on the following technologies:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Big Data
  • Blockchain
  • Cloud technologies
  • Digital security & networks/cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things
  • Micro- and Nanoelectronics & Photonics
  • Online platforms
  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy saving technologies
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Clean production technologies
  • Recycling technologies

The novelty of the project also lies in the fact that it relies on a mix of traditional with novel sources of data and information. Through these sources, the project assesses trends across the following dimensions, as key drivers and aspects of the green and digital transition:

  • Technology development and adoption 
  • Investments and funding
  • Supply and demand of skills
  • Regulatory framework conditions and policy drivers
  • Sustainable competitiveness
  • Environmental performance
  • Market formation
  • Social acceptance
  • Dependencies and technological sovereignty

The first reports of the EMI are already available and can be download from each of the industrial ecosystem pages. For more information about the methodology and list of indicators used for all the analyses, please consult our Methodological report.