WWF slams EU green product law merger plan

Campaign group says new text hits climate policy; calls for unbundling of initiatives

Environmental group WWF has slammed a planned merger of two draft EU product policy directives as a move that will seriously dent the bloc's climate policy. The campaigners say the European Commission's fusion of product requirements on ecodesign with embryonic plans to set minimum energy efficiency standards for various product categories amounted to a "hostile takeover" of the latter by the former.

The merger plan emerged in concrete form last week and a stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Monday to probe reactions to the idea (EED 07/11/02). WWF called the new text "broad and generically worded" and no more than a "mere statement of good intentions with no impact whatsoever on market transformation". In a statement yesterday, it called for an immediate "de-merger" of the two proposals.

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