About Resource Efficiency
Resource efficiency means using the Earth's limited resources in a sustainable manner. We depend on natural resources — metals, minerals, fuels, water, land, timber, fertile soil, clean air and biodiversity — for our survival. They all constitute vital inputs that keep our economy functioning.
Increasing resource efficiency is key to securing growth and jobs for Europe. It brings major economic opportunities, improves productivity, drives down costs and boosts competitiveness. We need it to develop new products and services and find new ways to reduce inputs, minimise waste, improve management of resource stocks, change consumption patterns, optimise production processes, management and business methods, and improve logistics.
Resource efficiency will help stimulate technological innovation, boost employment in the fast developing 'green technology' sector, open up new export markets and benefit consumers through more sustainable products.