MEPs set out stall on green product policy

Variable taxation, targets, timetables, demanded in resolution on future goals of IPP

The European parliament's environment committee today gave a first indication of the assembly's views on integrated product policy (IPP). A resolution approved by MEPs calls for variable taxation to encourage cleaner products and services, and for governments to set targets and timetables for action.

The European Commission launched the IPP debate earlier this year with a green paper followed by stakeholder consultations (EED 08/02/01). The most controversial issue so far has been whether and how to favour greener products with fiscal incentives (EED 18/10/01). But the policy is still in its formative stages and concrete proposals for action remain a long way off.

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