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Income, Economic Structure and Trade: Impacts on Recent Water Use Trends in the European Union

Income, Economic Structure and Trade: Impacts on Recent Water Use Trends in the European Union

From the mid-1990s to the recent international economic crisis, the European Union (EU27) experienced a significant economic growth and a flat population increase. During these years, the water resources directly used by the EU countries displayed a growing but smooth trend. However, European activities intensively demanded water resources throughout the whole global supply chain. The growth rate of embodied water use was three times higher than...

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