The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - An integrated assessment of the European environment


Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

The European environment — state and outlook 2015 report (SOER 2015) provides a comprehensive assessment of the European environment's state, trends and prospects, and places it in a global context. It will inform European environmental policy implementation between 2015 and 2020, and analyses the opportunities to modify existing policies (and the knowledge used to inform those policies) in order to achieve the European Union's 2050 vision of living well within the limits of the planet.

SOER 2015 is based on objective, reliable and comparable environmental information, and draws upon the evidence and knowledge base available to the EEA and the European environment information and observation network (Eionet), a network of 39 European countries.

With its broad range of global, European, regional and country-level briefings, complemented by an overarching synthesis report and a global megatrends report, SOER 2015 is an invaluable source of knowledge for all those interested and involved in improving Europe's environment.

SOER 2015 will be published on 4 March 2015.

SOER 2015 Synthesis
This report will inform future European environmental policy in general and its implementation between 2015 and 2020 in particular. It includes a reflection on the European environment in a global context, as well as chapters summarising the state of, trends in, and prospects for the environment in Europe.

SOER 2015 Assessment of global megatrends
The global megatrends report assesses 11 global megatrends of importance for Europe′s long-term environmental context. In assessing key drivers, trends and implications for Europe, it aims to provide an improved basis for strategic European environmental policymaking.

Global megatrends

  • A set of 11 briefings, which address:
  • Diverging global population trends
  • Towards a more urban world
  • Changing disease burdens and risks of pandemics
  • Accelerating technological change
  • Continued economic growth?
  • An increasingly multipolar world
  • Intensified global competition for resources
  • Growing pressures on ecosystems
  • Increasingly severe consequences of climate change
  • Increasing environmental pollution
  • Diversifying approaches to governance.

European briefings
A set of 25 thematic briefings, which address:

  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Mitigating climate change
  • Forests
  • Freshwater
  • Marine environment
  • Noise
  • Soil
  • Waste
  • Agriculture
  • Consumption
  • Energy
  • Industry
  • Maritime activities
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Health
  • Resource efficiency
  • Air and climate system
  • Land systems
  • Hydrological systems
  • Urban systems
  • Natural capital
  • Green economy.

Cross-country comparisons
A set of 9 briefings, which address:

  • Air pollution (focus on selected pollutants)
  • Biodiversity (focus on protected areas)
  • Climate change (focus on greenhouse gases)
  • Freshwater (focus on nutrients in rivers)
  • Waste (focus on municipal solid waste)
  • Agriculture (focus on organic farming)
  • Energy (focus on energy consumption and renewables)
  • Transport (focus on passenger transport)
  • Resource efficiency (focus on material resources).

These comparisons are based on environmental indicators common for most European countries and are linked to country‑level information and indicators.

Countries and regions
A set of 39 briefings, which summarise reports on the state of the environment in:

  • 33 EEA member countries
  • 6 cooperating countries in the Western Balkans.

In addition, 3 briefings give an overview of main environmental challenges in selected regions that extend beyond Europe, identified in the 7th Environment Action Programme of the European Union:

  • Arctic region
  • Black Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea.

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