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.