The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published «SOER 2015 – The European environment – state and outlook 2015» report on 3 March 2015. SOER 2015 provides a comprehensive, integrated assessment of the European environment’s state, trends and prospects in a global context. As a member of the EEA, Switzerland has participated in this publication for the second time.
SOER 2015 is made up of two reports and 87 online briefings:
- Synthesis report
- Assessment of global megatrends report
- 11 global megatrends briefings
- 25 thematic briefings
- 9 cross-country comparison briefings
- 39 country briefings (based on national state of environment reports) and 3 regional briefings.
Today, Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, less waste is sent to landfill and more resources are recycled. However, Europe remains a long way from achieving the objective of ‘living well within the limits of the planet' by 2050. Europe still faces a range of persistent and growing environmental challenges. Addressing them will require fundamental changes in the systems of production and consumption that are the root cause of environmental problems.
Similar progress and shortcomings exist in Switzerland (see article about Environment Switzerland 2015 listed below) except some sectors influenced by the economic crisis in several European contries.
Environment Switzerland 2015- Report of the Federal Council