Commission to propose green product policy

European Commission expected to adopt Green Paper on Integrated Product Policy (IPP) on Wednesday 7 February

The European Commission is expected to adopt its Green Paper on Integrated Product Policy (IPP) on Wednesday 7 February. This new product-focused policy (IPP) aims at limiting the environmental impacts of a product throughout its whole life-cycle.

The need for an Integrated Product Policy grew out of the awareness that the traditional approach to environmental policy focuses too much on 'middle-of-pipe' (waste minimisation and cleaner production) or 'end-of-pipe' (pollution) problems. IPP instruments look in a holistic way at all aspects of the product's life cycle.

Integrated Product Policy is also one of the main elements of the 6th Environmental Action Programme.

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