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The Directive on Ecodesign, the way forward regarding IPP ?

Delphine Misonne

elni Review 2005, Issue 1,  pp. 16-28. https://doi.org/10.46850/elni.2005.003

The European Commission, in its communication of 18 June 2003, has paved the way for a shift in conceiving environmental policies on products. It does indeed plead for the adoption of an “integrated product policy” (IPP), a concept we shall summarize as being built around three keywords: life-cycle approach, involvement of stakeholders and diversification of instruments. What IPP means precisely is not so easy to master. One way to get a better idea of what the concept does really cover is to have a closer look at the way legislation is being developed at European level, regarding the environmental impact of products, after this turning point of June 2003. In that perspective, the Directive on establishing a framework for the setting of Eco-design requirements for Energy-Using Products is worth to be scrutinized.

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