Resource focus urged for EU green policies

European Commission proposes new objective of decoupling environmental impacts from resource use

The European Commission has taken a key step towards the creation of a European resources strategy in a communication issued on Thursday. It proposes setting as a basis for all environmental policies an overarching objective of decoupling resource use and environmental impacts. It does not recommend reducing resource use as a primary policy aim.

The communication will sorely disappoint a growing body of academics and environmentalists who have increasingly defined over-consumption of resources as a central challenge. With exceptions, the Commission says, it is not resource consumption that is the problem, but its associated environmental impacts.

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