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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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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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Press Release Europe's environment 2015: Future prosperity depends on bolder steps in policy, knowledge, investments and innovation
Europe's environment and climate policies have delivered substantial benefits, improving the environment and quality of life, while driving innovation, job creation and growth. Despite these gains, Europe still faces a range of persistent and growing environmental challenges. Addressing them will require fundamental changes in the systems of production and consumption that are the root cause of environmental problems.
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Briefing Green economy
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 European briefings
Video chemical/x-pdb Where next for Europe's environment?
How can Europe become truly 'sustainable'? Here EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx calls for a Europe-wide transition to a truly sustainable system, beyond the incremental gains in efficiency which have worked in the past. Moreover, Europe needs to make this kind of fundamental transition in its relationship to the environment if it is to meet its own objectives by mid century, he argues.
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Highlight D source code Production and consumption systems need fundamental rethink
Production and consumption systems in the European Union have large, global impacts on the environment. More sustainable ways of satisfying our needs are emerging, but they need more support, according to a new assessment.
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Article How to make cities ‘green’
More than three quarters of Europeans live in urban areas. What urban residents produce, buy, eat, and throw away, the way they move around and where they live all have an impact on the environment. At the same time, the way a city is built also affects the way its residents live. We asked Roland Zinkernagel from the City of Malmö in Sweden about concrete actions to make their city sustainable.
Located in Signals — Living in a changing climate Signals 2014 Interviews
Highlight World Environment Day: Why is the environment important?
On World Environment Day (5 June), the European Environment Agency's new Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx discusses the importance of the environment.
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Policy Document Octet Stream Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe, EC, 2012
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
Located in Environmental policy document catalogue
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