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Strengthening Green Growth and Green Jobs – the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Roadmap to a Resource-efficient Europe

Dr

Manfred Rosenstock

DG Environment, European Commission

Berlin, 5

th

March 2014

The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission

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Competition for resources (including raw materials) increases, scarcities => prices rise => impact on European economy

Challenges

20th cent.: 12-fold increase of fossil fuel use, material extraction 8-fold

Demand for food, feed and fibre may increase by 70% by 2050

60% of world’s major ecosystems that help produce these, already degraded or used unsustainably

WBCSD: by 2050 need for 4 to 10 fold increase in resource efficiency, significant changes needed by 2020

EU

consumes

16

to

.

of

material p.a.,

of

which

5

to

.

become

waste

Major

increase

in

demand

by

emerging

economies

, e.g. China

Slide3

Short term benefits Growth and job creationImproving competitiveness and security of supply Inducing innovationSupporting fiscal consolidation

Longer term opportunities

Economic and Environmental resilienceImproving competitiveness and security of supply Improved quality of life and human healthGlobal stability

Opportunities

from

resource

efficiency

/

greening

the

economy

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Opportunities for growth:EU Share of world eco-industries, 2008

Source

: ESTAT, 2011

Employment

in

, environmental goods and services

industries sector grew

by

20

% during 2007-11 in

spite of the recession. World

market expected to double in size until 2020

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Jobs linked to the Environment

4

Slide6

A green economy for future competitiveness

Green jobs: All jobs that depend on the environment or are created, substituted or redefined (in terms of skills sets, work methods, profiles greened, etc.) in the transition process towards a greener economyStudy results:Reducing the total material requirement of 17 -24% can lead to boosting GDP by up to 3.3% and creating 1.4 -2.8 million jobs Potential gains for businesses of between 3 and 8% of turnover by using resources more efficientlyImplementation of individual energy efficiency measures could lead to 2 million green jobs created or retained by 2020McKinsey: $ 2.3 trn global gain in improving resource efficiency in various sectors

5

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Europe 2020 Strategy and Resource efficiency

Need

to

adapt

our

economic

structures

to

increasing

resource

scarcity

(„

green

growth

“, „

eco-efficient

economy

“). Strategic

approaches

:

Europe

2020:

Sustainable

growth as one priority; Resource efficiency as key element

;

Flagship Initiative “A resource efficient Europe”:

Help

decouple economic growth from resource use, support shift towards a low carbon economy (renewable energy sources, transport, energy efficiency);

Roadmap to a Resource Efficient

Europe:

Framework

for implementation of EU and MS initiatives for resource

efficiency; Systematic stakeholder involvement

Slide8

Transforming the economy

Promote

sustainable production

and

consumption

patterns:

e.g. Green Public Procurement

, eco-design of

products

Stimulating

research & innovation

: Horizon 2020, innovation

partnerships.

Getting the prices right

: Phasing out environmentally harmful subsidies; shift from taxing labour towards environmental

taxes, further development of the

ETS

Turning waste into a resource

: stimulating secondary materials markets, improving implementation

.

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Opportunities for more efficiency: Recycling of municipal waste, 2011

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Opportunities for more efficiency: Environmental taxes as % of all taxes, 2011

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Safeguarding our natural capital

Examples of recent initiatives:Green Infrastructure: network of high-quality natural areas that provide ecosystem services and connectivity. Communication 2013Water Blueprint: integration of resource-efficiency considerations into water policy, framework of measures and instruments. Review of air quality policy: Carry successes in air pollution reduction further, reduce health effects and impacts on soil etc.

10

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Green economy package, 2014

Review of targets in the area of waste management and improvements in implementationSteps towards a circular economy – eco-design, use of market-based instruments, setting of targets and indicatorsFaciliating the financing of investments in resource efficiencyRecommendations of the European Resource Efficiency PlatformFurther COM initiatives foreseen on food and construction waste, follow up to Rio+20, Green Jobs.

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http://ec.europa.eu/environment/resource_efficiency/

http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/index_de.htm

Thank

you

for

your

attention

!

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