Friday, December 30, 2011

Growth >> Competitiveness >> Resource Use Efficiency (Guardian UK)

EU warns wasting environmental resources could spark new recession

Janez Potočnik, European Union commissoner for green affairs, says unless habits change scarcity could see prices spike
The EU environment commissioner Janez Potočnik
The EU environment commissioner Janez Potočnik says resources like water, fish and precious metals need to be used more responsibly. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images
The overuse and waste of valuable natural resources is threatening to produce a fresh economic crisis, the European Union's environment chief has warned.
Janez Potočnik, the EU commissioner for the environment, linked the current economic crisis gripping the eurozone with potential future crises driven by price spikes in key resources, including energy and raw materials.
"It's very difficult to imagine [lifting Europe out of recession] without growth, and very difficult to imagine growth without competitiveness, and very difficult to be competitive without resource efficiency."

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