A proposed EU policy for greener products should be strengthened and speeded up, the bloc's environment ministers declared on Monday. Their guidance will provide a political shot in the arm for the European Commission's environment directorate, which was forced to drop many of its original ideas for an EU integrated product policy (IPP) in a communication published in June (EED 18/06/03).
In the communication the Commission recommended a toolbox approach to IPP, utilising a range of instruments, most of them involving dissemination of information to consumers and other market actors. They include life-cycle assessment (LCA), green public procurement, product ecolabelling and related environmental product declarations (EPD), and environmental management systems (the EU's Emas scheme).
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