Shift to resource efficient economy in EU predicted to create business opportunities

The European Environment Agency (EEA) report released last week concludes that a fully integrated approach to transforming Europe to a resource-efficient green economy can not only result in a healthy environment, but also boost prosperity and social cohesion.

The Executive Director of the EEA, Jacqueline McGlade, told a press conference at the European Parliament that this is “the most comprehensive report that we have up to date on Europe’s environment. Environmental legislation as we’ve known it is no longer able to meet these challenges” she warned.

The President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek stressed the urgency of the environmental challenges saying that “It’s affecting our citizens, the quality of water we drink, food we eat, and the air we breathe. There’s no simple solution. So regulators, businessmen and citizens need to act together.”

Representatives from the European Commission agreed with this sentiment and stressed the importance of improving the efficiency of resource usage.

Environment Minister Joke Schauvliege said that “these challenges are an opportunity to shift to a resource efficient economy that would boost the EU, create new business opportunities, drive innovation and provide a crucial contribution to green and sustainable employment.”

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