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July 25, 2008

Food Firms Pledge to Cut Mileage

Companies behind some of the biggest brands on U.K. supermarket shelves have pledged to slash the environmental impact of transporting their goods.

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July 20, 2008

The European Commission Proposes Legislation Promoting Sustainable Products, Technologies

The European Commission (EC) has proposed a legislative package aimed at improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of products in the European Union (EU) and stimulating their market uptake.

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July 18, 2008

Statement for the G8 summit 2008

IGPN issues a statement to call on world leaders, including those meeting at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit to immediately implement Green Purchasing around the world.

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July 9, 2008

G8 leaders agree to encourage Green Purchasing

The G8 leaders gathered at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit agreed to encourage the practice of Green Purchasing by enhancing efforts in the WTO negotiations to eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services with a view to disseminating clean technology and skills.

For further information, read the article 34 of the Document of Environment and Climate Change.

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July 2, 2008

Nordic Ecolabel provides pre-requisites for Swan-labeled fuels

The Nordic Ecolabel, a standard promoted by the Nordic Council for environmentally sustainable products, has provided the pre-requisites for companies to apply for the Swan label for fuels including ethanol, biodiesel, biogas and mixtures of these fuels.
The Nordic Ecolabel has requirements for the entire product lifecycle, from the raw materials to the finished product, in this case the fuel that is available at the petrol stations.

The most essential requirements for Nordic Ecolabelled fuels are reduced emissions that negatively affect global warming and climate change with an absolute threshold value to the amount of CO2 that may be released to the atmosphere during the entire life-cycle of the fuel.

Other pre-requisites include restrictions on the total energy used at the production stage, traceability of crops and certified sustainable farming, and defined limitations on health effects of these fuels.

Within a year, the requirements for Nordic Ecolabelled fuel will be revised to allow for the incorporation of new results from technical research, certifications and European Union directives.

For more information, please visit Nordic Ecolabel.

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