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SOER Key fact Material resources and waste - key fact 2
An average European citizen uses about four times more resources than one in Africa and three times more than one in Asia, but half of that in the Unites States, Canada or Australia.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Key fact Material resources and waste - key fact 5
Of the 8.2 billion tonnes of materials consumed in EU-27 countries in 2007, minerals accounted for 52 %, fossil fuels for 23 %, biomass for 21 % and metals for 4 %.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Message Material resources and waste — key message 2
Resource use and waste generation in the EU-27 have been decoupled from economic growth. However, in most countries resource use and waste generation still increase in absolute figures. Although resource efficiency continues to improve, the growth of material productivity has for decades been slower than the increase in labour productivity. There are no indications that the 6th Environment Action Programme (6th EAP) objective of the EU becoming 'the most resource-efficient economy in the world' is being met.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
File Natural resources and waste — SOER synthesis chapter 4
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Synthesis The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis
Figure Resource use per person, by country, 2000 and 2007
This graph shows the resource use per person, by country in 2000 and 2007.
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Article Sharing nature's riches
Of the 8.2 billion tonnes of materials consumed in EU-27 Member States in 2007, minerals accounted for 52 %, fossil fuels for 23 %, biomass for 21 % and metals for 4 % (SOER 2010)
Located in Signals — every breath we take Signals 2011 Articles
Publication Sustainable consumption and production in South East Europe and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia - Joint UNEP-EEA report on the opportunities and lessons learned
Located in Publications
Highlight Taking stock of our resource use on World Environment Day – 5 June 2011
Humans are consuming the world’s limited resources at increasingly rapid rate, and Europe is particularly reliant on imported goods to sustain its high levels of consumption. On World Environment Day, the European Environment Agency (EEA) draws attention to Europe’s resource use and offers tips to reduce it.
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Publication application/vnd.symbian.install The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis
The SOER 2010 Synthesis provides an overview of the European environment's state, trends and prospects, integrating the main findings of SOER 2010.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Synthesis
Publication The pan-European environment: glimpses into an uncertain future
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