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The EEA assesses long-term prospects for Europe's environment and the consequences of key-policy choices using various methodological approaches. The aims are to add value to current policy discussions, by consistently producing information with a broader and longer-term perspective, and to help organise the European environmental information systems to encompass information on future trends. The EEA also contributes knowledge and expertise to scenario-based assessments at pan-European and global levels.


The EEA's scenarios activities contribute to the long-term perspective of the European 'state of the environment' report that is published every five years. In 2015, the European environment state and outlook report was published addressing a range of environmental concerns and their common driving forces in an integrated way and highlighting prospects for Europe's environment to the year 2030 and beyond.

Outlooks are also a component of regular assessment processes, e.g. greenhouse gas emissions and indicator-reporting processes of the EEA. Outlook studies and indicators are analysed on a regular basis. The review of quantitative models is another frequent exercise.

PRELUDE (PRospective Environmental analysis of Land Use Development in Europe) uses an innovative mix of illustration, text and state-of-the-art models to simulate five contrasting future environmental scenarios for a Europe affected by changing patterns of land use, climate change, agriculture and demographics. A new area for scenario-based assessments is the analysis of ecosystem services. 

The EEA is also involved in scenario processes at the pan-European and international level. The pan-European environment: glimpses into an uncertain future investigates the key driving forces and uncertainties of future environmental changes for the pan-European region. The EEA also contributes to the UNEP Global Environment Outlook reports and others such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

The EEA also helps capacity-building for scenario development in its member countries, with regular outreach and training workshops.


Geographic coverage

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 3336 7100