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Juncker urged to acknowledge resource efficiency as EC priority

Advisors to the EU’s former environment commissioner have called for more attention to resource efficiency from the new team of commissioners.

In a letter to commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, above, the former chair of the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), John Bruton, noted a “lower priority given to resource efficiency under your [Juncker’s]commission.”

The EREP was an advisory board to outgoing environment commissioner Janez Potočnik and was formed of MEPs, business people, environmental experts and academics.

The letter urges the president-elect to implement the EC’s Circular Economy package launched in July.

“We believe, just like the EU flagship, that resource efficiency will help boost our economy, keep us within planetary boundaries, decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources and improve our quality of life,” it said.

EREP’s intervention came as proposed environment commissioner Karmenu Vella was quizzed by MEPs in the first of a series of parliamentary hearings with new commissioners.

Among the signees were KPMG’s global chairman for the energy and natural resources sector, Michiel Soeting; Friends of the Earth Europe director Magda Stoczkiewicz and Paul Ekins of the University College London Energy Institute.

A manifesto was adopted by EREP in March saying resource efficiency was an ‘economic strategy’ necessary to combat the issue of dwindling natural resources.

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