Global demands for natural resources to feed, clothe, house and transport people are accelerating. These mounting demands on natural capital are putting increased pressure on ecosystems, economies, and social cohesion in Europe and around the world.
The EU has some of the world’s highest environmental standards, developed over decades. Its substantial body of environmental law helps sustain biodiversity; protects against water, air, and noise pollution; and controls risks related to chemicals, biotechnology, and nuclear energy within the Union.
The EU’s environmental policies are designed to improve Europe’s environment without undermining its growth potential. Its main priorities today are to protect endangered species and habitats and use natural resources more efficiently – goals that also help the economy by fostering innovation and enterprise.
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