Shared by a representative from business
September 26th, 2012
- Better Implementation of EU Waste Legislation
- Improving product design
- Strengthening the requirements on green public procurement, including targets
A key objective is to ensure that EU waste legislation is properly implemented across all member states and is accompanied by the appropriate economic instruments. Without the use of economic instruments, the EU targets will not be achieved. In this respect, FEAD advocates for better and more coherent definitions and harmonized environmental standards.
improving product design through strengthening of the producer responsibility principle and encouraging the use of IPR and through extending Eco-Design principles to cover material resource efficiency of key products.
FEAD supports the development of incentives that encourage manufacturers to measure, benchmark and continuously improve their resource efficiency, as well as measures to strengthen the producer responsibility principle. Link to document in OREP's library
FEAD Position Paper on Resource Efficiency
Shared by a representative from a government / public body
September 11th, 2012
- reduced VAT on energy efficiency/green products
- financing green innovation
- pricing of externalities
Shared by a citizen
September 3rd, 2012
- Stop tax deductions for long distance commuting by car, tax abatement for company cars
- Price externalities and integrate them in commodity and product prices via a green VAT
- Introduce interest indemnification in green mortgages for zero/low energy dwellings
Green investments are of utmost importance: Environmental policies focus on efficiency gains giving rebound effects due to lower costs. The economies made are simply shifted to more, bigger or other expenditures. There is no net environmental benefit. To counteract this:
• money should be drained by taxing ànd green government investments
• citizens should enter green consumption behavior
Stop tax deductions for long distance commuting by car, tax abatement for company cars. To stimulate alternative transport, promote green vehicles, encourage living close to work
Price externalities and integrate them in commodity and product prices via a green VAT. To value ecosystem services, to steer to greener consumption, to correct market failure
Introduce interest indemnification in green mortgages for zero/low energy dwellings. To promote big green investments
Introduce green currency steering consumption to green products: www.ecocheques.be.
Shared by a representative from an EU institution
July 30th, 2012
- Stopping EHS
- Valuing biodiversity
- Internalising externalities
EHS are stupid, but they are difficult to identify and to dismantle. Good political support is required to change things.
Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides need to be properly valued in our economic system, so that markets can function better. Similarly externalities of natural resource use need to be internalised in some way.
Shared by a citizen
July 20th, 2012
- Attracting capital flows to resource efficient investments
- Shift to environmental taxation
- Financing green innovation
Attracting capital flows:
To make the transition to a green economy happen long-term investments are needed. The EU needs to address any barriers that impede these investments.
Shift to environmental taxation:
It would make sense to lower the cost of labour and raise taxes on what is actually scarce: natural resources and the quality of our environment.