Resource Intensity – EU plans measures to curb demand for natural resources

EU plans measures to curb demand for natural resources

EurActiv

April 8, 2010

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik yesterday (7 April) announced that he is preparing new measures for 2011 to reflect the true cost of natural resources in products and services and substitute virgin raw materials for waste wherever possible.

Background

Resource efficiency[intensity] is one of the flagship initiatives of the EU’s new strategy for sustainable growth and jobs, called ‘Europe 2020’.

The initiative’s stated objective is to “decouple economic growth from the use of resources, support the shift towards a low-carbon economy, increase the use of renewable energy sources, modernise our transport sector and promote energy efficiency”.

Next year the Commission will deliver “concrete plans to make Europe a resource efficient economy,” said Potočnik, addressing the European Parliament’s environment committee yesterday (7 April).

Resource efficiency is one of seven flagship initiatives under the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy for growth and jobs.

The commissioner said that the strategy’s explicit reference to sustainable growth and environmental concerns constitutes recognition of the fact that “there are not enough of the world’s resources to go round,” with global population projected to reach nine billion by 2050.

“We have no choice but to radically change our production and consumption patterns” if the earth is to sustain future generations, he added.

Full article at http://12degreesoffreedom.blogspot.com/2010/04/concrete-plans-to-make-europe-resource.html

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