Launch of the Green Week 2008 : extracts from the press conference by Commissioner Stavros DIMAS
Première transmission: 03/06/2008
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 03/06/2008
The European Commission is holding its ‘Green Week’ in Brussels, this year with the slogan: ‘Only One Earth’. For four days civil society, the business world and government authorities will be debating, exchanging experience and trying, with the best specialists, to reply to a number of key questions about the planet's future:
- How can a company remain viable and competitive while using natural resources in a sustainable manner?
- Can major construction projects such as the London Olympic Games in 2012 really be ‘green’ ?
- How do you consume responsibly?
- What is the best way to recycle?
- How should Europe solve its growing problem of waste?
- How do you introduce environmentally friendly means of transport?
This is the eighth time the Green Week is being held. With several thousand participants each year, it is the most important annual international event dedicated to the European Union’s environmental policies. A series of conferences will be held in the Charlemagne building on resources and waste management, sustainable production and consumption, the natural environment and biodiversity, and climate change.
On that occasion, Stavros Dimas, Commissioner in charge of Environment, announced the the European Commission will propose the introduction of mandatory minimum standards for the most environmental harmful products. He said: "This standards will be based on the analysis of environmental impact from cradle to grave. We already have standards for food safety, car safety and toys safety, so introducing standards for environmental safety is only common sense".
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, saying (in ENGLISH) that Europe's environmental footprint is one of the biggest on the planet; that if the rest of the world use the resources as europe do, we will need two Earth planets to cover the demand; that moving towards a more sustainable pattern of production and consumption is essential; that it is why they have chosen to focus this year's Green Week on resource's use.
||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that this Green Week will propose the introduction of mandatory minimum standards for the most environmental harmful products; that these standards will be based on the analysis of environmental impact from cradle to grave; that we already have standards for food safety, car safety and toys safety, so introducing standards for environmental safety is only common sense.
||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that there are some who worry that with economic growth falling at the moment, environmental policies are becoming something as a luxury; that this is a short term approach; that more sustainable consumtion means using less energy and less row materials; that at that time where companies are looking to be more productive, this is exactly the way to improve their economic performance.
||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that this mandatory product standards will be complemented by the voluntary standards of the EU eco-label scheme; that the scheme will be revised and made less costly in order to give manufacturers a greater incentive to go beyond minimum standards.
||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that europe have energy using products which is what the current Directive covers; that they are going to extend it to energy related products and they are still discussing and defining what exactly the revision will cover.
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