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OREP Flash Survey: 'Commission canvasses stakeholders' views on working priorities for European Resource Efficiency policy development concerning framework conditions for investment in resource efficiency'

As a follow up action to the Resource Efficiency Roadmap, this forum invites the stakeholder community and the public to participate in the debate on opportunities and challenges and make recommendations for action in the area of resource efficiency. In the coming months the Online Resource Efficiency Platform will feature a series of consultations and discussions; this first survey on immediate priorities for work is running until mid-September.

Key questions include:

  • What are the obstacles to eliminating environmentally harmful subsidies? How can they be overcome?
  • How can EU Member States be encouraged to move towards more environmental taxation?
  • How can value be attributed to natural capital and integrated in economic decisions?
  • How to address the risks for investors in resource efficiency business models and technologies?
  • ...

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Shared by a representative from a consultancy / lobbying / think tank
September 26th, 2012
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Priorities
  1. Economic tax reform: tax hazardous materials
  2. Tax materials according to LCA environmental impacts
  3. Reduce tax rate for repair/reuse services
Shared by a representative from business
September 26th, 2012
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Priorities
  1. Better Implementation of EU Waste Legislation
  2. Improving product design
  3. Strengthening the requirements on green public procurement, including targets
Commentary

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
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Priorities
  1. reduced VAT on energy efficiency/green products
  2. financing green innovation
  3. pricing of externalities
Shared by a citizen
September 3rd, 2012
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Priorities
  1. Stop tax deductions for long distance commuting by car, tax abatement for company cars
  2. Price externalities and integrate them in commodity and product prices via a green VAT
  3. Introduce interest indemnification in green mortgages for zero/low energy dwellings
Commentary

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
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Priorities
  1. Stopping EHS
  2. Valuing biodiversity
  3. Internalising externalities
Commentary

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 24th, 2012
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Priorities
  1. Environmental Harmful Subsidies
  2. Valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services
  3. Pricing of externalities
Shared by a citizen
July 20th, 2012
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Priorities
  1. Attracting capital flows to resource efficient investments
  2. Shift to environmental taxation
  3. Financing green innovation
Commentary

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.