Action Plan Sustainable Consumption and Production (APSCP)
What is it?
The broader issue of sustainable consumption and production has been taken up by the Commission to reduce the environmental impact of product manufacturing and to promote a sustainable industrial activity, as well as more sustainable consumption and production patterns in the EU. In July 2008, the Commission proposed a package of initiatives under the umbrella of sustainable consumption and production, namely:
- Action Plan Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SCP-SIP)
- Proposal for an amendment of the Eco design Directive 2005/32/EC
- Proposal for a revised Eco Label Regulation 1980/2000
- Proposal for a revised Eco-Management and Audit Scheme Regulation 761//2001 (EMAS)
- Communication on Green Public Procurement
Why is it important?
Europe’s engineering industries are the providers of enabling technologies for achieving energy and resource efficiency on a very broad basis, from production, to distribution and to consumption. Today we are the only targeted sector of the Eco design Directive on energy related products. Under the umbrella of the SCP-SIP framework arise numerous policies that have a direct impact on Orgalime industries, leading to ever more complexity for our sector and the real possibility of losing sight of the cost benefit of certain measures. Indeed, we are critical on the over complex web of policies arising from SCP and its implementation - the recently tabled Resource Efficiency Roadmap and the upcoming proposal for an Environmental Action Programme, spring to mind.
Therefore, close monitoring of the SCP actions is essential to ensure consistency with other EU policies which have a direct impact on Orgalime industries and especially the following issues: the Eco design Directive, Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and Sustainable Industrial policy (SIP); Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Environmental Footprint of Organisations (OEF).
Orgalime generally supports the step towards promoting sustainable industrial policy and more sustainable consumption and production patterns in the EU. In our view, a policy of sustainable consumption and production and sustainable industrial policy needs to respect a number of fundamental principles in order for it to result in a win-win situation for the environment, the consumer and the industry alike. We recommend enforceable and workable sustainable industrial, consumption and production policies by:
- Objecting to the extension of the Eco design Directive to non-energy related products and parameters. Instead, we recommend completing the on-going implementation and to improve enforcement so as to demonstrate the success of the Eco Design Directive.
- Supporting a strong implementation of the energy label and using it also as the basis for any possible extended labelling obligations beyond the parameters of energy consumption. We believe the Environment Footprint methodology should be kept as a voluntary tool.
- Implement the EU´s Resource Efficiency agenda as a top priority in European and national innovation programmes, for more recycling and less landfill, and ensure the full implementation and enforcement of the EU’s waste acquis.
However, it seems these principles are not consistently or not fully applied in some of the proposed measures. This is particularly evident for the different EU regulations and tools, such as the EU Eco Label, EU Energy Label or public procurement. Also, the proposed extension of the scope of the Eco design Directive must not, in our opinion, upset the implementation for energy using products.
How we’ve been engaged
Since 2008, Orgalime has been actively participating in the SCP Action Plan process, and particularly involved in the Eco design implementation process. Orgalime is taking part in stakeholder consultations and expresses its views through delivering position papers and organising bilateral meetings with European Institutions.
- Commission DG Environment- SCP
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)