EU taxonomy

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Sustainability - European Union - European Commission.

The EU Taxonomy is a tool to help investors, companies, issuers and project promoters navigate the transition to a low-carbon, resilient and resource-efficient economy.

The Taxonomy sets performance thresholds (referred to as ‘technical screening criteria’) for economic activities which:

  • Make a substantive contribution to one of six environmental objectives (below).
  • Do no significant harm (DNSH) to the other five, where relevant.
  • Meet minimum safeguards (for example, the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights).


Environmental objectives of the EU taxonomy:

  • Climate change mitigation.
  • Climate change adaptation.
  • Sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources.
  • Transition to a circular economy.
  • Pollution prevention and control.
  • Protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems.


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