MEPs set vision for EU eco-technology plan

The European parliament's environment committee last week adopted a resolution on the EU environmental technologies action plan (Etap). It called for more action to stimulate demand for the technologies, and a more systems-based approach to environmental policy, based on life-cycle thinking. MEPs also want a campaign based on "environment product information" such as environmental performance indicators, and measures to "discourage" the export outside the EU of "outdated and polluting technologies". The emergence of environmental technologies had been hampered by state aids for nuclear and fossil energy, they added. See environment committee.

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