Economics, strategy and information

Economics, strategy and information

The EU takes a strategic approach to environmental problems, addressing them through Action Programmes. The current seventh programme – Living well, within the Limits of our Planet – has been in force since 2014.


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Europe is tackling plastics waste head-on with an ambitious new strategy that proposes to make all plastic packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030. Part of the transition towards a more circular economy, the goal is to reduce pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation – “a true win...


Europeans remain very concerned about the environment, with climate change, air pollution and mounting waste as their biggest worries. While they are increasingly committed to individual action, a new poll reveals they expect the EU and national governments to do more.


Eighteen months after adoption of the Circular Economy Package, delivery is on track. To bring all stakeholders together, the new European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform will be a ‘network of networks’, supporting progress across sectors.


Environmental taxes can contribute to a healthier planet and healthier people, and encourage more responsible environmental behaviour among citizens. They also spur jobs and growth....


This year, the European Commission’s EU Green Week, the biggest annual event on Europe's environmental calendar, was dedicated to green jobs. Events in...


For the past 25 years, the EU Ecolabel has promoted trusted environmental excellence. Nearly 40 000 products carry this label which is proving its worth as an essential sustainability tool in the...



Governments and businesses are discovering that protecting the environment is good for business and jobs. An economy based on green policies is innovative and resource-efficient, stimulating growth and boosting employment. 


Creating a real circular economy in Europe, where natural resources are saved and nothing is wasted, means going beyond the theory to confront specific problems in individual sectors and finding the techniques to resolve them. This is now happening in the plasterboard industry. 


By buying environmentally friendly goods and services, EU governments can develop a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient circular economy.


The European environment has just had a five-year health check. A new report shows that over the last 10 years, EU environment policy has delivered cleaner air and water, less landfill and more recycling of resources. But it also stresses that greater effort is needed if Europe is to reach the goal...


Building a more sustainable economy will drive growth and create jobs. European environment ministers have adopted conclusions to strengthen the environmental dimension of future growth plans.


More than 95% of Europeans say that protecting the environment is important to them.
Green sectors of the economy continue to grow despite the economic crisis – showing that protecting the environment and maintaining competitiveness goes hand in hand. A new Eurobarometer survey confirms the...


The European Commission is proposing a range of measures to accelerate Europe’s transition to a more circular economy. Through greater resource efficiency, and by turning waste into a resource, this new model has benefits for competitiveness, growth and employment, as well as the environment.


What can business do to speed up the transition towards a more sustainable society? And how can it be made profitable for them? Experts discussed recent innovations and experiments, as well as the challenges still to come, during the Green Week session on ‘New business models for sustainable...


Has progress towards a better environment ground to a halt? If so, what and who can trigger the changes needed? Is a ‘New Environmentalism’ likely to win the middle ground between the sceptical and the converted, and inspire the public's imagination? Green Week 2014 opened with a summit that brought...


What obstacles prevent the EU from becoming a circular economy? How can we use targets, taxes, industrial policy and other instruments to address them? These were the issues discussed at the Green Week session on ‘Creating the framework conditions for a circular economy’.


Influencing the way people behave, so as to lessen their impact on the environment, is a complicated business. Money matters, but is not the only incentive.


A circular economy in Europe will need a skilled workforce, trained and equipped for greener jobs.


By 2050, Europeans will be living well, but respecting the planet’s ecological limits. That is the vision expressed in the European Union’s Seventh Environment Action Programme, adopted in November 2013 and set to guide policy until 2020.


The Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) plays a key role in strengthening the knowledge base of EU environmental policies. It sets out principles to generate and share data and tackles obstacles which hinder access to the information available. It is constantly evolving and a recent...


Environmentally harmful subsidies are mainly grants or tax reductions/exemptions that enable certain consumers, users or producers to supplement their incomes or reduce their costs, but have an overall negative effect on the wider environment. The EU is committed to phasing them out by 2020.


European legislation requires national authorities provide a vast amount of data to implement, monitor and report on the implementation of policies and changes in the environment. However, not all are comparable or easily accessible. INSPIRE – Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe – is...