International Environment Reporter™ helps you understand environmental laws, regulations, policies and trends in major industrialized and developing nations, as well as in international governmental...
By Stephen Gardner
BRUSSELS—The European Union needs “more ambitious and challenging policy plans” to increase resource efficiency and reduce environmental harm from products, the European Commission said in a consultation document published Jan. 11.
In particular, the production and consumption of products should be made more sustainable, existing EU law on green public procurement should be tightened up, and clearer information should be provided about the environmental footprints of products and organizations, the paper said.
Specific measures could include requiring products to conform to certain materials efficiency standards; revising EU laws on packaging and packaging waste; tightening regulations on the use of terms such as “eco,” “green,” and “natural” in product marketing; and setting quotas for retailers to ensure they hold minimum stocks of eco- or energy-labeled products, according to the paper.
Additionally, binding minimum green public procurement levels could be established, eco-labeling schemes could be expanded, EU grants could be limited to recipients that meet certain environmental standards, and more could be done to require larger companies to report on their environmental impacts, the paper said.
Commission spokeswoman Monica Westeren told Bloomberg BNA that the consultation was “part of a broader process of reflection that will feed into policy initiatives” to be published by the end of the year and could contain legislative proposals.
The consultation follows up on a Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe, published in September 2011, which set out in broad terms the Commission's plans to reduce the environmental footprint of the EU economy (34 INER 896, 9/28/11).
The action plan included pledges to address the environmental impact of products; to strengthen existing rules on green public procurement, or the requirement that public authorities should include environmental criteria when purchasing; and to better “benchmark the environmental performance of products, services, and companies.”
Responses to the consultation can be submitted through April 3.
The European Commission consultation on delivering more sustainable consumption and production is available at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/sustainable.htm.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)