European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) plenary meeting : roundtable, statement by Janez POTOČNIK, Member of the EC in charge of Environment and statement by Ida AUKEN, Danish Minister for the Environment
Première transmission: 14/12/2012
Brussels, Belgium-Val Duchesse
Fin de production: 14/12/2012
On 14 December, Janez Potocnik Member of the EC in charge of Environment and Ida Auken, Danish Minister for the Environment, made a statement on their expectations ahead of the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) plenary meeting.
The European Resource Efficiency Platform, a high-level advisory group to the Commission, will be convening for a second time on 14 December. The Platform's members include European Commissioners Potočnik, Hedegaard, members of the European Parliament, ministers, business CEOs, academia and representatives of NGOs and civil society.
Since the first meeting of the Platform in June 2012 work has been carried out in Working Groups dealing respectively with the circular economy / greening the economy, setting objectives and measuring progress and framework conditions for investments in resource efficiency.
At their second meeting the Platform members will be agreeing on priority topics for short term policy recommendations among the many areas explored so far by the Working Groups. The Platform is expected to issue a manifesto to convey its thinking to the wider public.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior of Val Duchess Castel
||Press book of the 'European Resource Efficiency Platform'
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment: The meeting should give the political guidance for our future work. The Sherpas have been working very hard during the last few months. And today, we will be discussing the priority which they have chosen for the future on which we should focus. And we also would like to adopt a manifesto of the group because we would like to give clear political message where the resource efficiency should guide us.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Janez Potocnik: We talk about the indicators and the targets which are one of the most important things. Do we really need targets for the future if we want to be set on the right path? And of course, we will also discuss a bit the situation how the best to support the winners and how to help the losers of this transition that they would have better time in passing those difficult days.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Ida Auken, Danish Minister for the Environment: This will be important of course that we all take the outcome of the manifesto to our national governments and the different places where we work but I think must of all, the Commissioners should take it to the Commission and make sure that it will be part of the EU policy in the coming years.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Ida Auken: Today the priority for me is to have a green product policy and maybe even have a new directive where we set standards for the resource efficiency of new products. That could be a huge step forward if we could say that in Europe we can produce products with useless material but also designed in a way when they could b separated and all materials be reused, so that we don't need new materials for consumption.
||Roundtable of the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) plenary meeting with Ida Auken (2 shots)
||Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action
||Barbara Kux, Siemens
||Janez Potocnik (2 shots)
||Connie Hedegaard and Jo Leinen, MEP
||General view of the meeting (3 shots)
||Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (3 shots)