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In 2001, the Göteborg European Council launched the EU strategy for sustainable development.

The potential of technology to create synergies between environmental protection and economic growth was recognised by the October 2003 European Council. Environmental technologies - taken in this Action Plan to include all technologies whose use is less environmentally harmful than relevant alternatives - are key to this.

This Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) therefore aims to harness their full potential to reduce pressures on our natural resources, improve the quality of life of European citizens and stimulate economic growth.

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