The Committee of the Regions (CoR), the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives, has launched a survey to find out the views of cities and regions on the flagship initiative for a resource-efficient Europe under the Europe 2020 strategy. The survey will gather information on local and regional impacts of the initiative and seek examples of good practice. The results will be discussed at a CoR conference in September in Lithuania. Read more…
Resource efficiency is a guiding principle for multiple EU policies, including energy, raw materials and commodities, transport, waste management and biodiversity. ‘A Resource-Efficient Europe’, one of seven main initiatives under the Europe 2020 strategy, seeks to decouple economic growth from resource use. It supports a shift towards a low-carbon economy, increasing renewable energy sources and promoting energy efficiency.
Regions and cities have an important role to play in implementing the 2020 strategy by fostering resource efficiency in areas such as investment in green buildings and the introduction of cleaner methods of transport. The survey will collect local and regional authorities’ views on the impact of the initiative, including its relevance and policy and funding issues. Participants are also encouraged to share examples of good practice.
The results will be presented at the CoR conference on 2 and 3 September in Vilnius. The meeting is the sixth in a series of seven Europe 2020 meetings that aim to assess all the flagship initiatives ahead of a mid-term review of the strategy in 2014.
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