Europe’s green economy and other stories: what you may have missed in 2014

6 Jan 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, the European Environment Agency (EEA) looks back at some of the interesting findings from its work throughout the year.


In 2014 the EEA had a special focus on green economy and resource efficiency, looking at how Europe's economy can generate increasing prosperity while maintaining the natural systems that sustain us. New innovations could help the EU make such a transition, the EEA found.


Environmental policy can increase growth and create jobs

1 Jul 2014

According to a report published by the European Commission’s DG Environment, effective environmental policy can promote economic growth and create new jobs. Through a number of case studies and statistics, the report concludes that investing in Europe’s environment makes good economic sense.


Report illustrates effect of green economy on human well-being

10 Dec 2013

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched its new Environmental Indicator Report 2013, examining the implications of a transition to a green economy. The report draws upon a sub-set of the EEA’s environmental indicators that consider a vast range of environmental indicators. The publication coincides with the launch of the 7th European Environment Action Programme (7th EAP). Both documents are aimed at supporting policymakers to shape a healthy environment and ensure human well-being.


Towards a green economy in Europe

26 Jul 2013

European Environment Agency has published the report "Towards a green economy in Europe" that provides comprehensive overview of European Union environment policy targets and objectives.


EU legislation has established more than 130 separate environmental targets and objectives to be met between 2010 and 2050. Together, these can provide useful milestones supporting Europe’s transition towards a ‘green economy’.


World Bank Calls for Europe and Central Asia to move from ‘Brown’ to ‘Green’ Growth

26 Jun 2013

The economic costs and social impacts of climate change threaten the prosperity of the Europe and Central Asia region.  But well-designed climate action can bring numerous benefits, while also being cost-effective. A set of three World Bank reports launched today in Brussels with the European Commission focus on the ‘here and now’ of policies to fight climate change.


Green fiscal reform can create jobs and stimulate innovation across the EU

17 May 2013

Increasing some tax rates and removing subsidies on environmentally harmful products and services can boost economic growth if the revenue generated is then used to relieve the tax burden on employment and investment.


The findings come from a series of studies from the European Environment Agency (EEA) looking at the potential for fiscal reform in four EU countries affected by the current economic crisis.