Sustainability of groundwater resources
Question for written answer E-001175/2022
to the Commission
Alexandr Vondra (ECR)
In 2017, 24 % of total water abstraction was from groundwater, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). As emphasised in this year’s UNESCO report, our groundwater resources will play a major role in facing challenges such as water scarcity in the future. Over the period 1990-2017, annual renewable freshwater resources per inhabitant had been overexploited in the vast majority of Member States. Climate change and population growth exert high pressure on renewable freshwater resources in Europe, increasing the frequency of extreme weather events including droughts and floods. Our consumer habits are putting so much pressure on our freshwater resources that from 2010 to 2015, the areas affected by water scarcity had already increased by 10 % (EEA).
Without striving to turn Europe into a water-smart society, these figures will increase significantly in the coming years. In the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, the authors highlight the lack of political action.
- 1.How can the Commission ensure the sustainable availability of groundwater resources?
- 2.How does the Commission plan to counteract the growing scarcity of freshwater resources and make Europe water-smart, particularly through water efficiency?
- 3.How is the Commission going to ensure the fair governance of water and avoid conflict of use?