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1 EU SCP/SIP Action Plan Regulatory update and insight European Economic and Social Committee Hearing, 10 December 2008, Bettina Lorz DG Environment, European Commission

2 Broad Challenges Towards an energy and resource efficient economy Reduce environmental stress in a growing economy Changing patterns of consumption Transfer environmental challenges into economic opportunities

3 Design Manufacturing/ Product Distribution Use Collection Reuse, Recycling, Recovery Natural Resources Waste & Recycling Legislation SCP: Consumption SCP: Leaner Production SCP: Better Products ETAP: Eco-innovation Natural resources

4 Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production / Sustainable Industrial Policy A package adopted by the Commission 16 July 2008 Council conclusions adopted 4 December Better Products - Smarter Consumption -Leaner Production -Action at global level

5 Better Products and Smarter Consumption

6 Building on environmental life-cycle thinking Advocating life-cycle thinking for products Continuous improvement of products Working with the market: economic incentives, standards, labelling, public procurement, voluntary agreements … Stakeholder involvement Building on Integrated Product Policy

7 SCP/SIP – Action Plan: Integrating instruments Better products: Exclude bad performance Promote good Performance Continuous Improvement Key Legislation: Ecodesign Energy Labelling Ecolabel

8 From energy-using to energy-related products (in future: all products?) Implementing measures: - Minimum requirements - Benchmarks of environmental performance - Periodic update of requirements and benchmarks Better products: Proposal for a recast of the Ecodesign Directive – in Co-decision

9 Effective Labelling Proposal for a revised Energy Labelling Directive: in co-decision mandatory energy-related products Proposal for a revised Ecolabel Regulation: in co-decision voluntary Front runner label (top 10%) Broad scope

10 Performance levels identified under revised Energy Labelling Directive will also set basis: for Member States incentives for mandatory Public Procurement Incentives

11 16% of EU GDP Provide Guidance Set Common Criteria Indicative Targets Green Public Procurement: Communication and Council conclusions (voluntary actions)

12 Consistent and reliable data required: Life-cycle data and methodologies, Product data centre... Sharing of data under different instruments Harmonised standards ? Data and methods on products

13 Ecodesign: Voluntary benchmarks Compulsory minimum requirements Eco-label Voluntary « Label of excellence » EU GPP Stimulate market for better products ensuring adequate competition Ecodesign Exclusion from markets Labelling Directive A+++ A++ A+ A B C D G EU GPP Not procure below benchmark Incentives Product Category

14 Retail Forum Promote sustainable products Reduce environmental footprint of retail sector Green supply chains Share best practice not an exclusive club: Wider participation encouraged Working with Retailers

15 Leaner Production

16 Promote Resource Efficiency and Eco-innovation Tools to monitor and benchmark; towards targets Tools to monitor and benchmark; towards targets Environmental Technology Verification Scheme: proposal end 2008/start 2009 Environmental Technology Verification Scheme: proposal end 2008/start 2009 Enhance the environmental potential of industry Revised EMAS Regulation: proposal in co-decision Revised EMAS Regulation: proposal in co-decision Industrial policy for environmental industries: study obstacles Industrial policy for environmental industries: study obstacles Support SMEs: implementation Support SMEs: implementation

17 Global dimension

18 Towards Global Markets for Sustainable Products Promote good practice - SCP Action Plan as input to UN Marrakech10YPFP of actions Promote international trade in environmentally friendly goods and services Promote sectoral approaches in international climate negotiations

19 Overview Council conclusions SCP Action Plan GPP Communication In co-decision: Recast of Ecodesign Directive Recast of Energy Labelling Directive Proposal for a revised Ecolabel Regulation Proposal for a revised EMAS Regulation Later in 2009: Environmental Technology Verification Scheme Retailer Forum Review of Actions: 2012 Extended Ecodesign & Labelling directives ?

20 Thank you European Commission DG Environment Sustainable Consumption and Production Unit


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