European Footprint

Fiji is famous throughout the world for spectacularly rich and vibrant soft coral reefs. Fed by ... rel=
Fiji is famous throughout the world for spectacularly rich and vibrant soft coral reefs. Fed by nutrient rich currents, these soft coral gardens are havens and food sources for thousands of species of fish and invertebrates. Soft, corals, hard corals and anthias fish, Fiji.
© WWF-Canon / Cat HOLLOWAY
The world’s natural ecosystems are being degraded at an unprecedented rate in human history. WWF's Living Planet Report, the biennial statement on the state of the natural world, suggests that globally we are consuming 30% more than the planet can sustain in the long term and that on current projections humanity will be using two planets’ worth of natural resources by 2050.

In fact, if everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average European, we would already need three planets. The continent’s ecological footprint is second only to North America’s. We are in serious ecological overshoot and Europeans rely on the rest of the world’s resources to make up their increasing ecological deficit.

It is time to make vital choices. Reducing European pressure on nature is essential for Europe’s prosperity and its credibility as an international leader of sustainable development.

If the EU wants to be competitive, it is time to build a ‘smart economy’ that decouples economic growth from resource consumption. As energy consumption is a major source of the EU’s Ecological footprint, a massive investment in energy efficiency measures is absolutely vital, not least to reduce dependence on volatile outside energy supplies.

Moving from a fossil fuel dependent economy to more renewable energy sources is another key for reducing the European environmental deficit.
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    Tony Long
    Director European Policy Office
    T: +32 2 743 88 05

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