Commission intends to revise the EU's Consumption and Production policies and has launched a public consultation that will remain open until 3 April 2012. The European Commission is currently reviewing its Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) actions, to ensure that they are helping Europe use its resources more efficiently, and setting it on a course to long-term sustainability.
For the next weeks, views are being sought on different options for a more ambitious future SCP Policy. This web-based consultation is part of a broader process of reflection that will feed into policy initiatives that are scheduled for adoption before the end of 2012.
The public consultation invites all interested parties to share their views on the best ways to improve the EU's policies on Sustainable Consumption and Production in four areas, with the aim of providing targeted feedback on:
• Policies regarding product design, recycling and waste management, etc;
• Green Public Procurement (encouraging public bodies to favour ecologically friendly solutions);
• Actions for improving the environmental performance of products (Product Environmental Footprint - PEF);
• Actions for improving the environmental performance of organisations (Environmental Footprint of Organization - OEF).
The consultation is a broad overview of EU policies, and therefore involves some 50 questions. About half of these are for the general public and the remainder target more specialised stakeholder groups such as governments, industry associations, and private companies.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/sustainable.htm