KWR Kees Roest by KWR Kees Roest
02 November 2018

Sustainable development in the European Union

Eurostat, the EU’s statistical agency, has published a monitoring report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an EU context. There are several indicators for the short (5 years) and longer term (15 years). For example, since 2004, when renewable energy was only 8.5% of total energy consumption, the EU has increased its share of renewable energy consumption to 17% (2018). This is 3% away from reaching the target of 20% by 2020....

Eurostat Reports on Monitoring SDG Trends in EU Context | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

September 2018: Eurostat, the EU’s statistical agency, has updated its reporting on the EU SDG indicator set, providing a quantitative measure of progress and identifying the areas on-track for reaching the SDGs, as well as areas that are off-track. The report titled, ‘Sustainable development in the European Union: monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context,’ finds that the EU is making long-term, significant progress towards 49 indicators, and long-term moderate progress towards 28 indicators. The publication reports on the indicator set that was developed by the European Commission to monitor the SDGs in a EU context, and aims to capture the intent of the SDGs and their targets. The EU indicators were selected for having data that are available and regularly produced and exist on a country-by-country basis. The EU SDG set includes over 100 indicators. In the report, the EU indicators are organized by their associated SDG, and reported on as either having made significant progress, moderate progress, insufficient progress, or movement away from the EU-defined targets. Progress towards the targets is specified to be either long-term (past 15 years) or short term (previous five years). In addition to presenting trends at the EU level, the data...

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