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Sustainable Economies

A new economic path towards sustainability is both a necessity and a huge opportunity for Europe. For WWF, European sustainable economies are resilient economies that provide a better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of the planet.

Exploiting opportunities by ensuring a rapid transition to sustainable economies will not be an easy ride: it is a challenge that requires bold leadership and strong commitment to action. But improving – or even maintaining – our well-being in Europe on  a business-as-usual path riddled with commodity price spikes, resource depletion costs, growing climate damages and financial and economic instability is more and more unrealistic.

CONTACT

  • Sebastien Godinot

    Economist

    WWF European Policy Office,
    WWF EPO

    +32 2 740 09 20

  • Julia Linares

    Sustainable Investment Energy Assistant

    WWF European Policy Office,
    WWF EPO

    +32 2 743 88 00

  • Jan Vandermosten

    Policy Officer, Sustainable Finance

    WWF European Policy Office,
    WWF EPO

    +32 2 743 88 00

 
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Windmills and workers:
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CLIMATE AND ENERGY
The agreed EU long-term climate target is to cut our greenhouse-gas emissions by 80-95% compared to 1990 levels. Based on updated climate science, WWF recommends reaching the upper end of this target with 95% decarbonisation – ensuring a high probability of staying below 2 degrees warming – and a 100% renewable energy system.
WWF’s work on Climate and Energy

In times of economic crisis, some see nature protection as a luxury.

But it is the exact opposite: thriving ecosystems are the main wealth of the poorest, whether providing water to drink, fish to eat, rain that grows crops. 

Marco Lambertini, Director General WWF International

 
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Caucasian rhododendron
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NATURAL RESOURCES
For WWF, the long-term resource goal of Europe by 2050 is a European resource use that is sustainable (within the limits of the planet) and fair (sharing benefits of exploiting resources and leaving resources for the poor).
WWF’s work on Natural Resources
90% of Europeans believe that supporting an economy that uses less resources and emit less greenhouse gases is important for the EU in order to exit the present financial and economic crisis and prepare for the next decade
(Source Eurobarometer 82, November 2014)
 
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Refocus public finance on sustainable economies
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SUSTAINABLE FINANCE
Despite the post-financial crisis regulatory effort, the EU has not yet built a comprehensive and integrated fiscal and financial framework enabling the achievement of sustainability policy targets through adequate financial support.
WWF’s work on Sustainable Finance
 
 
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The EU has a significant impact and influence on the rest of the world.
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EU AND THE WORLD
EU domestic action to rapidly shift to sustainable economies should lead to renewed international leadership from Europe. The framework for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals is a huge opportunity for the EU to support a new global vision.
WWF’s work on EU External Action