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SOER Message Material resources and waste — key message 6
Policy has only recently begun to address the challenges of the growing use of resources. Most actions taken to date do not comprehensively address the upstream causes of growth, focusing instead on the downstream consequences. As yet, there are no broadly accepted and robust methods for measuring the impacts of resource use, and few concrete targets or indicators exist. Policies aimed at the prevention of waste remain weak.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
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
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 Message Consumption and environment — key message 1
Consumption of goods and services in the EEA member countries is a major driver of global resource use – and associated environmental impacts – as the levels of European demand exceed the continent’s ability to meet them from within its borders.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Consumption and the environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Article Soil — The forgotten resource
Located in Signals — well-being and the environment Signals 2010
Article From urban spaces to urban ecosystems
Located in Signals — well-being and the environment Signals 2010
Figure Relative decoupling of resource use and economic growth in the EU-15.
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Figure Pascal source code Environmental tax revenues by Member State and type of tax in 2005 (% of GDP)
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Figure Resource parameters by scenario including the parameter
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Figure Growths in quantities of material flow and GDP (2020/2000)
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
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