1 Introduction</h5> The urban lifestyle of society today, more specifically, consumption, transport and industrial production, places us in a position of direct responsibility regarding the greater part of the environmental problems humanity faces. Solving these global imbalances involves changing our daily habits and affects citizens, industry and public authorities ( Da Cruz et al., 2014 ). These new habits would include encouraging the purchase of products with minimal packaging and energy-efficient appliances and promoting recycling and reduced car use, all of which help improve environmental quality. In order to successfully change habits, it is necessary to implement and advertise national and localized initiatives as well as to compare different schemes and frameworks in different countries ( Da Cruz et al., 2014 ). In other words, thinking globally, planning nationally and acting locally is crucial in order to ensure a sustainable future for all ( Vasi, 2007 ).</P>In Europe, different initiatives have been developed to consider environmental problems. For example, the recent Europe 2020 strategy promotes a more resource-efficient, greener and more competitive economy for the 21st century ( European Commission, 2010 ). In particular, the Commission proposes the following EU environmental targets: (a) reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
"Resources, Conservation and Recycling" – Elsevier
Published: Jun 1, 2015
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