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Commission delays ecodesign strategy for fear of offending UK businesses

April 29, 2016

Commission delays ecodesign strategy for fear of offending UK businesses

By Cécile Barbière
Translated By Samuel White

Central to the Circular Economy Package, the 2015-2017 ecodesign strategy will not be presented by the Commission until autumn 2016. Some see this as an attempt not to upset UK businesses. EurActiv France reports.

Ecodesign, one of the pillars of public policy to promote the transition to a circular economy, is making slow progress at the European level.

The European Commission has still not published its much-awaited new ecodesign strategy for 2015-2017, a text which should provide the framework for the formulation of new, more efficient ecodesign standards for consumer products.

“We understand that the ecodesign strategy has always been on the agenda, but that it will not be presented before this autumn,” said a representative of the European Federation representing the European waste management industry (FEAD).

This lack of urgency has left many stakeholders deeply unsatisfied. “Ecodesign must play a determining role in a successful transition towards a circular economy,” the federation explained.

According to FEAD, 80% of a product’s environmental impact is determined at the design stage.

Read more at EurActiv.com.

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