Sustainable Consumption & Production: Action Plan Bettina Lorz Environmental Policy Forum 24 October 2008.
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Sustainable Consumption & Production: Action Plan Bettina Lorz Environmental Policy Forum 24 October 2008
Prices do not reflect costs Unsustainable Production & Consumption Biased Information Unbalanced Markets Market Distortions Green House Gasses Pollution DepletionResources Climate Change Threats to Human Health Threats to Biodiversity Degradation air, water, soil… Population growth Spending power Economic growth Fixed behaviour of consumers
Consumption Impacts of Products 70-80 % of impacts are caused by: food & drink housing (buildings, occupancy, appliances) (private) transport Focus policies on Products!
Challenges Reduce environmental stress in growing economy Economic opportunities: “Do More with Less” Towards an energy and resource efficient economy
The Response Stimulate demand: for better products and production technologies Continuously improve: environmental products performance over life-cycle Empower better choices: for retailers and consumers
Action Plan: Core Elements Better Products Smarter Consumption Leaner Production Action at global level
Minimum requirement Environmental Performance Benchmark D C B A A+ A++ A+++ Ecolabel Mandatory Label Continuous Improvement
Performance levels will provide harmonised basis across EU: For Member State incentives Mandatory Public Procurement Incentives
16% of EU GDP Provide Guidance Set Common Criteria Indicative Targets Green Public Procurement (voluntary actions)
Retail Forum Promote sustainable products Reduce environmental footprint of retail sector Green supply chains Share best practice Working with Retailers
Leaner Production Promote Resource Efficiency and Eco-innovation Promote Resource Efficiency and Eco-innovation Tools to monitor, benchmark and promote; addressing targets Environmental Technology Verification Scheme Enhance the environmental potential of industry Enhance the environmental potential of industry Revised EMAS Industrial policy for environmental industries Support SMEs
Towards Global Markets for Sustainable Products Promote good practice: SCP Action Plan as input to UN Marrakech process Promote international trade in environmentally friendly goods and services Promote sectoral approaches in international climate negotiations
Roadmap Published: Proposal for extended Ecodesign Directive Proposal for revised Ecolabel Regulation Proposal for revised EMAS Regulation Communication on Green Public Procurement Further actions later in 2008 and 2009 Proposal for revised Energy Labelling Directive Environmental Technology Verification Scheme Retailer Forum Review of Action: 2012 Extend Ecodesign & Labelling directives ?
Thank you European Commission DG Environment Sustainable Consumption and Production www.ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/escp_en.hm