Europe’s future prosperity depends on bolder steps in policy, knowledge, investments and innovation   

Today, Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, less waste is sent to landfill and more resources are recycled. However, Europe remains a long way from achieving the objective of 'living well within the limits of the planet' by 2050.

Addressing the range of persistent and growing environmental challenges will require fundamental changes in the systems of production and consumption.

These are some of the key messages from the European Environment Agency's five-yearly assessment ‘The European environment – state and outlook 2015’ (SOER 2015).

The report concludes that although full implementation of existing policies will be essential. Neither the environmental policies currently in place, nor economic and technology-driven efficiency gains, will be sufficient to achieve Europe's 2050 vision.