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A European response to the resource and climate challenge

1 October 2014
Jo Leinen (Member of the European Parliament)


Jo Leinen argues in his article on the climate challenge that the EU needs to change the way it manages the energy resources it imports and reduce energy consumption. He calls for a rethink of business models and a move towards a circular economy where resources are reused and recycled. He proposes measures which could include a “product passport” which lists product materials and their origins, a mix of ‘push and pull’ measures to introduce legislative benchmark standards and to provide investment perspectives for the business sector, recyclable product designs, investment in technology and innovation, and better consumer information. He also argues that to mitigate climate change, renewable energies need to be expanded, energy efficiency and security needs to be ensured, and grid and storage capacities need to be enhanced.

A European response to the resource and climate challenge