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Highlight Troff document How to manage the planet within its limits
European Environment Agency (EEA) Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade is participating in the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability, from 17-19 May. Prof. McGlade will act as a delegate and moderator. The key outcome of the Symposium, the Stockholm Memorandum, will develop a new vision for sustainable development and prosperity, along with mechanisms for achieving it.
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Highlight How to measure environmental pressures from production and consumption?
The consumption and production of goods and services is currently unsustainable in Europe, with ‘decoupling’ of environmental pressures from economic growth insufficient to date. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) describes methods for quantifying environmental pressures caused by European consumption patterns and economic production sectors. These methods can help target decoupling actions.
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Figure application/x-troff-ms Human use of terrestrial ecosystems
Human appropriation of net primary production in percentage
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Continuing depletion of Europe's stocks of natural capital and flows of ecosystem services will ultimately undermine Europe's economy and erode social cohesion. Most of the negative changes are driven by growing use of natural resources to satisfy production and consumption patterns. The result is a significant environmental footprint in Europe and elsewhere.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis Key messages
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Natural resources and waste — Environmental regulation and eco-innovation have increased resource efficiency through a relative decoupling of resource use, emissions and waste generation from economic growth in some areas. However, absolute decoupling remains a challenge, especially for households. This indicates scope not only to improve production processes further, but also to alter consumption patterns to reduce environmental pressures.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis Key messages
Article D source code Living in an interconnected world
'…the sheer weight of the combined aspirations and lifestyles of 500 million Europeans is just too great. Never mind the legitimate desires of many other billions on our planet to share those lifestyles.... We will need to change the behaviour of European consumers. To work on people's awareness and to influence their habits.' Janez Potočnik, European Union Commissioner for Environment (March 2010).
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Article Looking beneath the surface: how good is our water?
Water is critical for life and is integral to virtually all economic activities, including food production and industry. Not only is clean water a prerequisite for human health and well-being, it provides aquatic habitats that support healthy freshwater ecosystems.
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Material resource efficiency at the EU level - THEO
This is a reporting template for THEO to compile information for the 2015 catalogue of material resource efficiency policies at the EU level. Please answer Q1-Q16 and Q18. The structure and contents of this document are identical to the already distributed Word template, except that Q17 and Q19 are deleted here. Graphs for Q20 are customized for EU-27 as a bloc. For Q20, Pawel will prepare first draft of analysis to be then reviewed by the project team. *** Mini guidance on the basics of using and editing the fiche is at the beginning of the text.***
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Publication Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment
The European economy needs huge amounts of resources to function. Apart from consuming minerals, metals, concrete and wood, Europe burns fossil fuels and uses land to satisfy the needs of its citizens. Demand for materials is so intense that between 20 and 30 % of the resources we use are now imported. At the other end of the materials chain, the EU economy generates around six tons of waste per person every year. With the boom in international trade, EU consumption and production may potentially damage ecosystems and human health not only within but also far beyond its borders.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Thematic assessments
Briefing Natural capital and ecosystem services
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 European briefings
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