Press Conference on Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe
"Shifting to the bioeconomy will help Europe to live within its limits: the sustainable production and exploitation of biological resources will allow Europe to produce more from less, while limiting negative impacts on the environment."
Brussels, 13 February 2012
The world is changing, our environment is changing, and Europe has to change with it.
The global population is rapidly increasing: 7 billion people today will become more than 9 billion by 2050. At the same time fossil resources - on which Europe is so dependent – are being depleted.
Europe and the rest of the world must cope with an expected 70 per cent increase in food demand, and a 100 per cent increase in energy demand by 2050.
What this points to is that we must shift towards a "post-petroleum" society, one in which we use our natural resources more sustainably and smartly.
For this reason, the European Commission has today adopted our strategy "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe". This is not a new piece of legislation. Rather it aims to focus our common efforts in the right direction.