EU resource management research published

Internalisation of environmental costs of resource use is "effective" concept, says report

There is a pressing need for improved management of natural resources in the EU, according to a technical research report released by the European Commission. The document was prepared by a Vienna-based consultancy as input for an expert meeting on resource management held by the Commission last month (ENDS Daily 14 August). More efficient resource use is expected to be one of the pillars of the EU's sixth environmental action programme, which is currently being drawn up.

The report provides an overview of traditional resource management theories plus new theories promoting "dematerialisation," or using fewer natural resources to create the same standard of product or service. These include Factor 4, Factor 10 and eco-efficiency. The report also considers how environmental impacts of natural resource use can be measured, valued and accounted for.

New theories on how to make "the use of natural capital sustainable" must be implemented by European policymakers, say the authors, who argue in favour of the internalisation of environmental and social costs of goods and services into their final prices.

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European Commission, tel: +32 2 299 1111. See also the full report: Analysis of the fundamental concepts of resource management.

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