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Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2011

Sustainable Development in the European Union – 2011

2011 Monitoring Report of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2011 Eurostat monitoring report reviews the progress and implementation of the EU sustainable development strategy. The 2011 monitoring report was published on the Eurostat website. As partner in a consortium with the Vienna University of Economic and Business (RIMAS), INFRAS, and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the Ecologic Institute played a substantial role in drafting the monitoring report on behalf of Eurostat.

The Eurostat monitoring report is based on the EU set of sustainable development indicators and provides an overview of progress towards the goals and objectives of the EU sustainable development strategy. It is published every two years and is intended to contribute to the biennial review on the implementation of the strategy by the European Council. The statistics cover a wide range of issues related to sustainable development. The data presented cover the period from 1990 to the latest year available (2010/11 where possible).
Ecologic Institute drafted the following chapters: Climate change and Energy, Natural Resources and Global Partnership.

The 2011 monitoring report [pdf, 18.2 MB, English] can be downloaded from the Eurostat website.


European Commission (ed.) 2011: Sustainable development in the European Union. 2011 monitoring report of the EU sustainable development strategy. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.

Markus Hametner
Andreas Endl
Michal Sedlacko
Christian Marti
Glenn Gottfried
Judith Trageser
Remo Zandonella
  • European Commission, Eurostat (Eurostat)
382 pp.
Table of Contents

Foreword Page
Executive summary

  1. Socioeconomic development
    Headline indicator: Real GDP per capita
    Subtheme: Economic development
    Subtheme: Innovation, competitiveness and eco-efficiency
    Subtheme: Employment
  2. Sustainable consumption and production
    Headline indicator: Resource productivity
    Subtheme: Resource use and waste
    Subtheme: Consumption patterns
    Subtheme: Production patterns
  3. Social inclusion
    Headline indicator: Risk of poverty or social exclusion
    Subtheme: Monetary poverty and living conditions
    Subtheme: Access to labour market
    Subtheme: Education
  4. Demographic changes
    Headline indicator: Employment rate of older workers
    Subtheme: Demography
    Subtheme: Old-age income adequacy
    Subtheme: Public finance sustainability
  5. Public health
    Headline indicator: Life expectancy and healthy life years
    Subtheme: Health and health inequalities
    Subtheme: Determinants of health
  6. Climate change and energy
    Headline indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions
    Headline indicator: Consumption of renewable
    Subtheme: Climate change
    Subtheme: Energy
  7. Sustainable transport
    Headline indicator: Energy consumption of transport relative to GDP
    Subtheme: Transport and mobility
    Subtheme: Transport impacts
  8. Natural resources
    Headline indicator: Abundance of common birds
    Headline indicator: Conservation of fish stocks
    Subtheme: Biodiversity
    Subtheme: Freshwater resources
    Subtheme: Marine ecosystems
    Subtheme: Land use
  9. Global partnership
    Headline indicator: Official development assistance
    Subtheme: Globalisation of trade
    Subtheme: Financing for sustainable development
    Subtheme: Global resource management
  10. Good governance
    Subtheme: Policy coherence and effectiveness
    Subtheme: Openness and participation
    Subtheme: Economic instruments

Annex I: Abbreviations and acronyms
Annex II: Complete list of EU sustainable development indicators
Annex III: The Europe 2020 Strategy
Annex IV: Measuring progress, well-being and sustainable development

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