Environmental Footprint – doubtful value for consumers while opening the door to market distortion for industry

Orgalime, the European engineering industries association, and ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation, are deeply concerned that the Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment is in the process of developing a harmonised methodology for the calculation of the environmental footprint of products, services and organisations with a view to assess, display and benchmark their environmental performance based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach.  This could mean that the proposed methodology and its use in policy making may increase complexity and costs while providing questionable benefit, if any, for industry or the consumer.

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ANEC welcomes the adoption of a new regulation on child-restraint systems (the “I-size Regulation”) by UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP 29).

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To mark International Product Safety Week which starts today, as well as World Standards Day 2012, ANEC urges the European Institutions and Member States to create an EU-wide system of home and leisure accident statistics, aided and funded by the Commission. We further urge Member States to be required to contribute to the establishment of the database and its regular updating.

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Ahead of the expected release today of the second regulatory review by the European Commission of the safety of nanomaterials, ANEC repeats its call for a mandatory reporting scheme for nanomaterials used in consumer products. 

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