The European environment (state and outlook 2010) : material resources and waste
European Environment Agency
PublisherLuxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union
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The European economy needs huge amounts of resources to function. Apart from consuming minerals, metals, concrete and wood, Europe burns fossil fuels and uses land to satisfy the needs of its citizens. Demand for materials is so intense that between 20 and 30 % of the resources we use are now imported. At the other end of the materials chain, the EU economy generates around six tons of waste per person every year. With the boom in international trade, EU consumption and production may potentially damage ecosystems and human health not only within but also far beyond its borders.
Citation“2010. The European environment (state and outlook 2010) : material resources and waste. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated ; European Environment Agency.Bibl. : p. 42-46.European Union document