Natural Resources and the Environment Panel Report
The EU Futures Report has been discussing, researching and evaluating the likely effects of science and technology in the next ten years. The Project aimed to give realistic advice that could reasonably be followed for maximum environmental benefit. It also advocated measures to make the cost of products reflect their cost in terms of global impact. At the Kyoto conference in1997, the EU pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8% on 1990 levels by 2010, while the projected scenario with no action taken involves a 6% rise. The Futures Project reports that steps are already being taken to shift investment in infrastructure from cars to public transport, and to improve transport technology for maximum efficiency. However, an essential part of reducing the negative impacts of human activity is global cooperation. If the EU implements the many expensive changes alone, it could find itself economically disadvantaged without significant environmental gain. An important goal is to get the USA to ratify its emissions targets, as it remained noncommittal at Kyoto. With the average global surface temperature having risen by 0.62 degrees Centigrade last century, and the 1990s experiencing the four hottest years on record, the message of the Futures Project is that there must be coordinated, sustained global action now.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18590 EN (1999) 117 pp.
Availability: Available from the European Commission
Record Number: 200012201 / Last updated on: 2000-09-20
Original language: en
Available languages: en