Improving the climate impact of raw material sourcing

Dirk Nelen, Ioannis Bakas, Kévin Le Blévennec (Contributor), Tim Goelen (Contributor), Malin zu Castell-Rudenhausen (Contributor), Kirsi Korpijärvi (Contributor)

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The extraction and processing of raw materials are associated with potentially significant environmental impacts, including contributing to approximately half of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. In the EU, non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials, although a small subset of all raw materials and natural resources, account for 18 % of GHG emissions associated with EU consumption. In the context of the EU's commitment to reducing its share of global GHG emissions, as well as the European Green Deal's aspiration to achieve a climate-neutral continent by 2050, mitigating climate impacts from raw material production has a central role to play in the EU's climate agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopehagen
PublisherEuropean Environment Agency (EAA)
Number of pages60
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-9480-377-1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesEEA Report


  • raw material
  • climate


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