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Article Consuming unsustainably
Key message: A major reason why consumption negatively affects the environment and causes over-use of resources is because the costs to society of environmental and resource degradation are not fully reflected in the prices of goods and services. Many goods are cheap even though they harm the environment, ecosystems or human health. (SOER 2010)
Located in Signals — well-being and the environment Signals 2011 Articles
Press Release Globalisation, environment and you
New EEA report highlights connectivity between global issues
Located in Media News
File What are the benefits of a Green Economy, also for European competitiveness and job creation?
Concepts such as Green Economy, Resource efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production are currently discussed as pathways to reduce environmental pressures in Europe and beyond. The European Environment Agency has interviewed some selected key stakeholders - from government, business, non-governmental organisations and academia - and asked them about their views what benefits a Green economy entails for Europe.
Located in Environmental topics Green economy Multimedia
File Which steps will bring us forward on the road to a Green economy?
Concepts such as Green Economy, Resource efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production are currently discussed as pathways to reduce environmental pressures in Europe and beyond. The European Environment Agency has interviewed some selected key stakeholders - from government, business, non-governmental organisations and academia - and asked them which steps will bring us forward on the road to a Green economy.
Located in Environmental topics Green economy Multimedia
File Green Economy, Sustainable consumption and production and resource efficiency – what does that mean?
Concepts such as Green Economy, Resource efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production are currently discussed as pathways to reduce environmental pressures in Europe and beyond. But what do these concepts mean? The European Environment Agency has interviewed some selected key stakeholders - from government, business, non-governmental organisations and academia - and asked them for their understanding of these concepts.
Located in Environmental topics Green economy Multimedia
File Future environmental priorities: some reflections — SOER synthesis chapter 8
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Synthesis The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis
File Environmental challenges in a global context — SOER synthesis chapter 7
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Synthesis The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis
File Links between environmental challenges — SOER synthesis chapter 6
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Synthesis The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis
SOER Message application/vnd.symbian.install Key message 1 — SOER synthesis
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 2010 The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis Key messages
SOER Message Consumption and environment — key message 5
Instigating such changes and making more resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable consumption patterns mainstream is a significant challenge. It requires public authorities to put the framework conditions in place to enable business and consumers/citizens to act sustainably, and business and citizens need to take action by adopting more sustainable production and consumption patterns.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Consumption and the environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
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