EGMF and 9 other industry stakeholders have co-signed a joint paper on the ‘Empowering Consumers for the Green Transition’ proposal.
While we welcome the general aim of the European Commission’s proposal, we would like to raise to the attention of the European Parliament and Council of the EU, the following three core messages:
- We are in favour of consistency with the ESPR and Substantiating Green claims: Amendments to this legislation should be discussed and evaluated in parallel to the changes discussed in the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation proposal and the future requirements in the Commission’s proposal on Substantiating green claims and on the Right to Repair. The topics largely overlap, we need to shape a robust and clear legal framework where obligations are divided among the different laws and the market and authorities easily know which law to look at for each type of obligation.
- We are against a fragmented EU single market: The introduction of a procedure for the mutual recognition of national sustainability labels and national sustainability information tools based on minimum requirements at EU level, as proposed by the Parliament, will lead to a fragmented Single Market. We believe the Single Market should not be weakened but reinforced instead.
- We object the introduction of multiple and overlapping sustainability labels: We are concerned that consumers will be exposed to an information overload. Integrating some of the proposed information in the DPP under the ESPR could mitigate this.
Read the full paper here.