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Almut Reichel (European Environmental Agency)

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Transitions to sustainable lifestyles in Europe in a 2050 perspective

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Almut Reichel (European Environmental Agency)

  1. 1. Collaboration for Sustainable Lifestyles through Business and Social Innovations, 4-5 November 2013 Transitions to sustainable lifestyles in Europe in a 2050 perspective Almut Reichel Project Manager SCP and waste, European Environment Agency
  2. 2. Key messages Global megatrends are increasing pressures on the environment Europe: technological improvements are outweighed by growing consumption Vision 2050: a sustainable world needs major changes
  3. 3. Global developments
  4. 4. Population growth EEA SOER2010
  5. 5. Continued economic growth Past and projected global economic output (2005 USD PPP), 1996–2050 Note: gross domestic product expressed in billion 2005 US dollars at purchasing power parity. Source: OECD 2013: 'All Statistics - OECD iLibrary'.
  6. 6. Middle class population by world regions, 2009 and 2020 2000 Million 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 2009 800 2020 600 400 200 0 North America Kharas (2010) Europe Central and South America Asia Pacific Sub-Saharan Africa Middle East and North Africa
  7. 7. Global resource use 200 180 160 140 120 Metals 100 Fossil fuels Minerals 80 Biomass 60 40 20 0 1980 1990 2000 2008 2010* 2020* 2030* 2040* 2050* Note: *projection Source:SERI (2013): SERI Global Material Flows Database. 2013 Edition. Available at: www.materialflows.net
  8. 8. European developments
  9. 9. Material use decoupling: EU statistics Source: EEA 2012: Material resources and waste – 2012 update
  10. 10. EU materials trade balance EEA 2012
  11. 11. Europe’s ecological footprint and biocapacity
  12. 12. Stock and energy efficiency of selected household appliances 200 index 180 160 140 120 EU-27 Stock TV total consumption all appliances Stock washing machine Stock refrigerator 100 Specific consumption TV 80 Specific consumption washing machine 60 Specific consumption refrigerator Source: SCP023 indicator (draft)
  13. 13. We need to address all stages of the life-cycle Production Improving the eco-efficiency of production of goods and services End-of-life Products/Services Improving the eco-efficiency of waste management including reuse and recycling Improving products and services using eco-design and other measures Consumption Reducing consumption levels and/or changing consumption patterns away from eco-intensive goods and services
  14. 14. The EU vision for 2050 EU‘s 7th Environmental Action Programme ‘Our prosperity and healthy environment stem from an innovative, circular economy were nothing is wasted and where natural resources are managed in ways that enhance our society‘s resilience. Our low carbon growth has long been decoupled from resource use, setting the pace for a global sustainable economy.‘
  15. 15. Transition needed to meet the 2050 vision
  16. 16. Thank you! Almut Reichel Project Manager, Sustainable Consumption & Production and Waste www.eea.europa.eu

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