The concept of resource efficiency is broader than just environmental protection: it aims at a path of sustainable growth through an efficient use of often scarce resources. Natural resources such as water, soil, minerals and air are essential to ensure quality of life and underpin economic activities.
As a sector, we are committed to using natural resources as efficiently as possible. This is crucial to enable the EU to meet its climate change objectives in the medium and longer term. It also helps to protect other valuable assets and services natural resources provide to business and society as a whole, such as fresh water, clean air, flood control or climate regulation.