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, drives down costs and boosts competitiveness. For that, we need to find new ways in all steps of the value chain: to improve management of resource stocks, reduce inputs, optimise production processes, management and business methods, improve logistics, change consumption patterns, and minimise waste. We need to develop new products and services.
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.