EU paves the way for resource management policy

Experts give views on future of resource management, final study planned prior to policy development

Three reports on the future of EU policy on natural resource management have been published by the European Commission, with three more on the way. They are the result of an expert meeting on resource management held last summer (ENDS Daily 5 September 2000) and feed into work by the Commission's environment directorate on sustainable consumption of resources.

The six reports will be used to narrow the scope of a final study which will be undertaken this year, prior to the development of draft legislation. Sustainable resource management is one of the four priorities of the sixth environmental action programme (ENDS Daily 8 January), which will govern EU environmental policy until 2009.

The third in the series of six expert reports was published on Friday and was written by experts at the influential Wuppertal Institute. It concludes that sustainable resource management will require a mix of regulatory restrictions and market-based instruments, as well as a reduction in consumption at all levels of society.

The need for reduced consumption is also emphasised in the report by experts at the Institute for economy and the environment at Switzerland's University of St Gallen. A report by David Pearce at University College London concludes that policies to stimulate technological change aimed at increased resource efficiency need to be "far more rigorous". The remaining three reports are expected to be published soon.

Follow Up:
European Commission, tel: +32 2 299 1111; resource management expert reports.

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