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File More from less — preliminary findings
This leaflet presents preliminary findings from the 2015 EEA review of policies and approaches to material resource efficiency in 31 European countries. It has been prepared to support the European Commission’s (EC) work on resource efficiency by providing information on national contexts, but will also contribute to reflections on the circular economy.
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File Flyer - Circular economy in Europe
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Highlight Circular economy to have considerable benefits, but challenges remain
The environmental benefits of adopting a circular economy in Europe could be considerable – reducing waste, and minimising the continent’s heavy dependence on imports of raw materials. A new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) draws attention to both the benefits and challenges of such an economic transition. The report also describes possible ways to measure progress and highlights the areas where more attention is required from research and policy in order to turn the concept into reality.
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Infographic Circular economy
A simplified model of the circular economy for materials and energy
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Publication Circular economy in Europe — Developing the knowledge base
The report describes the concept of the circular economy and outlines its key characteristics. It draws attention to both the benefits and challenges in transitioning to such an economy and highlights possible ways to measure progress.
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External Data Reference Troff document Treatment of waste (Eurostat)
Look for the dataset "Treatment of waste (env_wastrt)"
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Publication x-conference/x-cooltalk Urban sustainability issues — Resource-efficient cities: good practice
Cities are key players in minimising the use of resources and in developing the circular model. Generally, municipalities provide utilities and control public services for citizens and businesses that influence the majority of resource and energy use and the production of emissions and waste. Local authorities have the capacity to implement responses at multiple scales. This report analyses both the supply and the demand issues. It is divided into two parts: the first is devoted to how to avoid, prevent and reduce the use of resources; the second addresses reuse, recycling and harvesting.
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Publication Urban sustainability issues — What is a resource-efficient city?
The report introduces the concept of urban metabolism, the circular model and the role of compactness in urban resource efficiency. Cities require natural resources and energy to sustain the activities and daily life of the urban population. Nevertheless, there are opportunities to minimise the use of resources needed to sustain urban life and to reduce waste and emissions. As the urban form shapes the way people live, work and move, compact cities offer great potential to reduce the dependence on natural resources and energy. Urban planning, based on a vision of the future and developed with local stakeholders and crossing administrative borders, is a key factor in increasing the density of urban areas.
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Highlight Pascal source code Resource-efficient cities: vital step towards urban sustainability in Europe
Cities increasingly require and use natural resources and energy to sustain daily life and activities of the urban population. Their impacts are felt across the globe. But cities can also be designed and changed in ways to offer opportunities to reduce resource needs and environmental impacts. Three new reports by the European Environment Agency (EEA) take a closer look at what a resource-efficient city is and what cities can do to enhance urban sustainability while improving the well-being of their residents.
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Publication Urban sustainability issues — Enabling resource-efficient cities
Shifting to a resource-efficient society is not just a question of technological change but a systemic one. It is a process that assumes fundamental changes in the governance, economy, social structure, culture and practices of the societal system. This report analyses challenges and opportunities for enabling resource-efficient cities.
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