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04 Dec 2019

EEA publishes latest state-of-the-environment report

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its latest report "European environment - state and outlook 2020". In the report which was presented on 4 December 2019, the EEA states that a change of direction is urgently needed to face climate change challenges, reverse degradation and ensure future prosperity. According to the report, Europe will not achieve its 2030 goals without urgent action during the next 10 years to address the alarming rate of biodiversity loss, increasing impacts of climate change and the overconsumption of natural resources. Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. The report says, however, there is reason for hope, amid increased public awareness of the need to shift to a sustainable future, technological innovations, growing community initiatives and stepped up EU action like the European Green Deal.

Amongst other issues, the report stresses the importance of rethinking how Europe uses existing innovations and technologies, how production processes could be improved, how research and development into sustainability could be fostered, and how changes in consumption patterns and ways of living could be stimulated.

The report outlines seven key areas where bold action is needed to get Europe back on track to achieve its 2030 and 2050 goals and ambitions:

  1. Realise the unfulfilled potential of existing environmental policies.
  2. Embrace sustainability as the framework for policy making.
  3. Lead international action towards sustainability.
  4. Foster innovation throughout society.
  5. Scale up investments and reorient the finance sector to support sustainable projects and businesses.
  6. Manage risks and ensure a socially fair transition.
  7. Build more knowledge and know-how.

EEA report: European environment — state and outlook 2020

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