Anchoring Environment, Climate and Sustainability as Part of the EU’s Strategic Priorities is Key to Success

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Failing to do so would put the coherence of the EU’s strategic agenda at risk, hamper implementation of crucial climate, environment, and sustainability objectives, and reduce Europe’s ability to deal with ongoing multiple shocks and crises.

The ‘Europe’s Sustainability Transitions Outlook’ report highlights the need to take a broader view on such priorities as security, competitiveness or fairness. It recognises that Europe’s socio-economic systems and wellbeing of its citizens depend crucially on a healthy and resilient natural environment, a stable climate and long-term sustainable use of resources. 

The report calls for a more effective alignment of public and private funding and integration of all EU’s policies with the long-term sustainability objectives.

The foresight report puts forward several ideas of how to ‘anchor’ sustainability objectives in EU’s policies to converge with the long-term vision of ‘living well within the limits of our planet.’ Among these ideas, the report suggests the EU needs to foster approaches to sustainable wellbeing that go beyond economic models focused solely on growth.


Another idea is to broaden the understanding of security and resilience to encompass not only military and defence aspects, but also broader societal concerns such as ecological and societal resilience. The interdependence of security and resilience, especially when it comes to climate-induced risks, underscores the need for a comprehensive approach. Opportunities exist in linking security priorities with sustainability, with the potential to reduce climate-related migration and dependency on fossil fuels.

Regarding justice and fairness, the report calls for more integration between justice considerations and environmental goals. For example, fairness also intersects with health inequality exacerbated by environmental hazards, emphasizing the need for justice in building resilience to climate change.

Source: EEA