Sustainability needs to become the guiding principle for ambitious and coherent policies

With its recent report European environment — state and outlook 2020  (SOER 2020)', the European Environmental Agency points out Europe is not making enough progress and the outlook for the environment in the coming decade is not positive.

Although EU environment and climate policies have delivered substantial benefits over recent decades, Europe faces persistent problems in areas such as biodiversity loss, resource use, climate change impacts and environmental risks to health and well-being. Global megatrends such as demographic change are intensifying many environmental challenges, while rapid technological change brings new risks and uncertainties.

Nonetheless, the report notes that achieving the EU’s 2050 sustainability vision is still possible, but it will require a shift in the character and ambition of actions. That means both strengthening established policy tools and building on them with innovative new approaches to governance.