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Highlight European consumption still highly unsustainable, despite efficiency gains
Humanity’s growing appetite for bigger houses, overseas travel, food and consumer goods is the main cause of our most pressing environmental problems, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which considers the links between the environment and consumption.
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Publication Consumption and the environment — 2012 update
Update to the European Environment State and Outlook 2010 (SOER 2010) thematic assessment
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Publication Environmental tax reform in Europe: implications for income distribution
Although environmental tax reforms (ETR) tend to improve incomes across society, they can have mild regressive impacts in that richer households gain more than poorer ones. Care is needed to design ETRs in ways that ensure that certain groups are able to benefit equally. ETR's overall benefits for the economy, environment and society are potentially significant. ETR should therefore be regarded as a key element in the policymaking toolkit for shifting to a green economy.
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Figure Trends in share of expenditure on COICOP categories per capita
Trends in share of expenditure on COICOP categories per capita
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Image Households - Theme image
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Household consumption
Consumption of goods and services in EEA member countries is a major driver of global resource use — and associated environmental impacts. European consumption (food and drink, housing, mobility and tourism) is resulting in an increasing share of environmental pressures and impacts worldwide owing to burgeoning global trade. Achieving significant reductions in these effects calls for a change in private and public consumption patterns to supplement gains from improved technology and production processes.
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Figure Water pricing and household water use in Spain Water pricing and household water use in Estonia
The graph shows the development of average prices for drinking water supply and water consumption of households in Spain. The graph shows the development of average prices for water supply for human consumption in Estonia.
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Publication chemical/x-pdb Consumption and the environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment
The consumption of goods and services in EEA member countries is a major driver of global resource use and associated environmental impacts. Growth in global trade is resulting in an increasing share of environmental pressures and impacts from European consumption taking place beyond Europe. Food and drink, housing, mobility and tourism are responsible for a large part of the pressures and impacts caused by consumption in the EU. Achieving significant reductions in environmental pressures and impacts will require changing private and public consumption patterns, to supplement gains achieved through better technology and improved production processes.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Thematic assessments
File D source code Sustainable Consumption and Production: the way to a greener world
On July 16th 2008, the European Commission launched the Sustainable Consumption and Production package, which includes a legislative proposal and an Action Plan for sustainable development. The stakes are high, because if we do not change our means of consumption and production, in forty years time we will need double of the Earth's surface to be able to take in all our waste and CO2. We urgently need to reduce out environmental impact and consume in a more sustainable way.
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File Intelligent shopping: energy efficient appliances
European consumers aren’t fully aware of the advantages to be gained by new and efficient electrical appliances. When buying new appliances, it is essential for the consumer to be able to make a well-informed choice. The industry, pushed by the European Commission, has invested in products able to provide a high performance while reducing the environmental impact.
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