Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Circular economy and smarter use of resources


Towards a sustainable European economy

13 October 2015
Toutia Daryoush (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC), Annika Hedberg (Senior Policy Analyst) and Romain Pardo (Policy Analyst)



As outlined in the European Environment Agency’s report on “The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015” (SOER 2015), global trends such as world population growth, growing demand for resources, climate change and environmental pollution, increasing pressures on ecosystems, urbanisation and technological advancements are affecting also Europe. Annika Hedberg (Senior Policy Analyst), Romain Pardo (Policy Analyst) and Toutia Daryoush (Programme Assistant) argue that what will determine the EU’s competitiveness and comparative advantage globally is how well we will respond to these trends. It will depend on whether we use policies, alone and together, to maximise the related opportunities and minimise the threats. It will depend on the emphasis given to creating a European economy that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable, where growth is based on good management of natural resources and biodiversity, smarter use of resources and mitigating climate change. As the evaluation of existing EU policies demonstrates, the elements are there, and it is now time to take a more comprehensive approach and turn individual policies into a policy framework for action.

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