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IPP and Eco Design


Setting Performance targets that are long-term and visionary as well as perceived as being viable and realistic by many different stakeholders (e.g. consumers, producers and policymakers) is one way to encourage industry to develop and take up environmental technologies. These targets need to be based on "best environmental performance", while being realistic from an economic viewpoint.

Within this context, SUSPROC's work contributes to the Integrated Product Policy that seeks to minimise environmental degradation of products by looking at all phases of a products' life-cycle and taking action where it is most effective (extraction of natural resources, design, manufacture, assembly, marketing, distribution, etc).

The EIPRO (Environmental Impact of Products) project, for example, assesses which products have the greatest environmental impact from a life-cycle perspective.

Based on these results, Directorate B - Growth and Innovation is also working on the identification of policy options to reduce the environmental impacts from passenger cars, production and consumption of meat and dairy products, and houses respectively. These three product groups, in fact, had been identified as contributing the most to the life-cycle environmental impacts induced by the EU-25 final consumption.

SUSPROC provides science based support to Directorate-General for the Environment and Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry for the development of new policy initiatives to improve the environmental performance of products, production and consumption, developing a methodology, identifying products and assessing the potential for improvement of selected products.

Current and recent projects in the field of IPP and Eco Design:

View past projects in the field of IPP and Eco Design.


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