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European Environment Agency highlights resource efficiency in five-year plan

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has set out a five-year plan prioritising resource efficiency in its policy making.

Under its 7th Environmental Action Programme, ‘Living well, within the limits of our planet’, the EEA says it will focus on better resource use, especially through improved recycling rates and waste treatment.

The concepts of the ‘circular economy’ and the ‘green economy’ provide a framework for the plan.

The EEA’s work will focus on what these ideas mean for Europe in practice, including the longer-term transitions needed to realise them.

The agency will also focus on Europe’s 2020 objectives and targets with a five-year work programme to start this year.

In a new year message, Hans Bruyninckx, EEA executive director, said the three main long-term objectives were:

  • transition to a low-carbon economy
  • improvements in use of limited natural resources
  • preserving an workable ecosystem (for example, adaptions for climate change)

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