This workshop, held in a round-table format, brought together around two dozen senior experts. Immediately following the UN’s Rio+20 conference, it sought to establish the most recent world view on the EU’s resource-efficiency perspective. Based on this, and focusing on two concrete examples, the workshop sought to identify which near-term concrete steps would be necessary to move forward with a long-term perspective.
As important examples, the workshop used the cases of land resources and phosphate. These examples demonstrate the different forms of scarcity to be reckoned with: physical, economic and political. They highlight the position of EU-based actors in a globally connected economy over the next decades.