Unice publishes product policy position paper
EU business has added its voice to criticisms of the European Commission's vision for an integrated product policy (IPP) aimed at reducing the environmental burden of goods and services, following comments made by the American chamber of commerce (EED 10/07/01). Employers' association Unice says in a policy paper that it has "serious reservations" about using differentiated taxation to favour clean products, and that a Commission green paper leans too heavily towards promoting externally-verified ecolabels. Environmental management systems "covering product dimensions" should be a central element of any policy, it says. See Unice IPP position paper.