6 Ensure environmental sustainability

Where are we?

Environmental sustainability (MDG 7) remains a concern for the entire region, in spite of the significant decline in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 and other improvements in environmental performance. The increased emissions per capita and the limited progress in improving energy efficiency over the last decade suggest that a number of countries are not on a sustainable path. Moreover, energy efficiency continues to be relatively poor in a number of economies. Lack of access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation remain serious problems in many of the transition economies.

(See statistics on environment, water and sanitation in the region)

Source: Building more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous societies in Europe and Central Asia (2013)

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