Measuring our resource use - a vital tool in creating a resource-efficient EU

1 April 2010

Europe is using ever more of the world’s resources, and is now more dependent on imported resources than any other global region. Yet we’re also throwing away over 5 billion euros worth of valuable resources
every year.

Friends of the Earth Europe is calling on the European Union to take the first steps to tackle this issue by ensuring that it measures resource use and adopts policies to increase resource efficiency, such as higher recycling targets. The EU should also devise long-term targets and strategies in order to reduce our use of the world’s resources.

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