Resource efficiency has become the seventh and final initiative adopted by the European Commission to achieve its Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
In a new communication, the commission has set out a policy framework to transform the EU economy into a resource-efficient one.
Environment commissioner Janez Potonik warned that continuing with current patterns of resource use is no longer an option, and described resource efficiency as not only a strategic necessity for Europe but also an economic opportunity that the bloc cannot aff ord to miss.
“Through more resource effi ciency, clearer long-term policies and investments in green innovation, we will strengthen the basis for growth and jobs and deliver on our climate, energy and environment objectives,” said the commissioner.
2nd March 2011