According to the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) updated environmental indicator report published on 28 November 2018, the European Union (EU) continues to fall short of achieving a number of environmental objectives by 2020, especially in areas aimed at protecting biodiversity and natural capital.
This annual report provides an updated scoreboard that monitors progress in 29 selected environmental objectives that are relevant to achieving the three key priority objectives under the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP) that address: natural capital; sustainable, resource efficient, low-carbon economy; and people’s health and well-being.
The report suggests that environment and climate policy implementation needs to be stepped up across the EU to meet the 2020 objectives. The results also highlight the need for mainstreaming environmental and climate objectives further into those policy domains that contribute most to the degradation of natural capital, human health impacts, inefficient use of natural resources and climate change. These policy domains include energy supply and demand, food production and consumption, transport and mobility and urban infrastructure development.
The EEA Environmental Indicator Report 2018 can viewed on the EEA website
Source: EEA, 29 November 2018