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EU to decouple energy from growth

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The European community needs to find ways to decouple economic growth from the rate of resource consumption to advance a green economy, an official said.

A report from the European Commission and the U.N. Environment Program finds that without significant reform, natural resource consumption could triple by 2050. This would result in an annual consumption rate of 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass, a level the report says isn’t feasible.

A second report notes that greenhouse gas emissions could dramatically decline if European member states did more to recycle consumer goods.

European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said member states need to work together on measures such as tax reform, building recycling infrastructure and eliminating inefficient subsidies to advance a green economy in Europe.

“These reports underline the urgent need for a switch to a resource-efficient economy,” he said in a statement. “They clearly set out the enormous challenges ahead of us, but I am confident that we can rise to the challenge.”


5 Comments on "EU to decouple energy from growth"

  1. diemos on Mon, 30th May 2011 11:36 am 

    Dammit! Why didn’t we think of that. We’ll just declare that they’re no longer coupled.

    Problem solved.

  2. Dusko on Mon, 30th May 2011 12:06 pm 

    In 12-25 years there Europe will no longer produce “ANY” natural gas or oil. The North Sea will be gone! What are they going to do? How are they going to pay for all of those energy imports? Maybe through tourism? Who knows?

    I think they will go to war with the middle east for their oil.

    If not Europe will be on the leading edge of newly nonindustrial nations.

  3. Ian Cooper on Mon, 30th May 2011 10:38 pm 

    At least Europe, with its gasoline taxes, has put aside money for infrastructure. The US has not. If Europe is doomed to be a non-industrial area in the future, the US will be a third world country in comparison.

  4. Kenz300 on Mon, 30th May 2011 11:51 pm 

    What is a sustainable society and how do we develop one?

  5. Dusko on Tue, 31st May 2011 3:22 am 

    Animals in nature have sustainable societies, but they are low energy societies. I suggest we start by looking at bio mimicry and nature to solve our problems. We obviously can’t create a civilization on non-renewable resources. And we have to rebuild ecosystems and find our place in them.

    Many native American peoples were also sustainable, living on the continent for 10,000 years. We may have to sacrifice civilization for sustainability. That’s my opinion. Any others?

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