The activities within this Component will be built around the EU 7th and 8th Environmental Action Plan.
The 7th EAP identifies three priority areas where more action is needed to protect nature and strengthen ecological resilience, boost resource-efficient, low-carbon growth, and reduce threats to human health and wellbeing linked to pollution, chemical substances, and the impacts of climate change.
- The first action area is linked to “natural capital” – from fertile soil and productive land and seas to fresh water and clean air – as well as the biodiversity that supports it. The EU has made commitments to halt biodiversity loss and achieve good status for Europe’s waters and marine environment. The 7th EAP expresses the commitment of the EU to speed up the delivery of the objectives of the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources.
- The second action area concerns the conditions that will help transform the EU into a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. This will require full delivery of the climate and energy package to achieve the 20-20-20 targets and agreement on the next steps for climate policy beyond 2020. There is a special focus on turning waste into a resource, with more prevention, re-use and recycling, and phasing out wasteful and damaging practices like landfilling.
- The third key action area covers challenges to human health and wellbeing, such as air and water pollution, excessive noise, and toxic chemicals.
The above listed action areas are covered to great extent with the EPPA working groups and sub-groups established under other EPPA components and sub-components, and as such will be imbedded in their work plans.