Context of IPTS' research activities
Since the adoption of the EU Strategy for Sustainable Development at the Gothenburg Summit in June 2001, environment protection has become high on the international agenda. Since then there has also been a much closer focus on environmental research.
However, huge challenges still have to be met. A careful balance must be struck between economic growth, social progress and environmental protection if development in, and around the world, is to be sustainable — in other words, if future generations are also to enjoy a better quality of life.
IPTS provides support to a range of customers in the European Commission engaged in policy making on long term, high priority environmental issues, including prevention and control of industrial pollution, climate change policies, integrated product policy and EU environmental thematic strategies on natural resources and on waste recycling.