Nearly every business bears or
creates costs associated with the environment – from energy use,
vehicle use or disposal of waste - many of which can be reduced
Many businesses also benefit or bear costs from environment
policy. A large part of the environment policy affecting
businesses is shaped in the European Union.
The European Commissioner for the Environment and his team
want to shape your laws and support schemes so that they benefit
your business and the local and global environment at the same
To do this successfully, we need feedback from business about
the ways in which you can benefit from changes to policy. This
consultation, which is aimed at all businesses, is designed to
gather some of that feedback.
This covers topics about input efficiency, energy use, your
sources of information and motivation to change, effectiveness
of policy, administrative costs from environment-related policy,
liabilities and sales of green products. The answers will be
used by the Commission and national governments to inform the
design and revision of policy – especially policies to support
business in their efforts to become more efficient and reduce
their harm to the environment. The shape of these policies, for
example how funds are best allocated through support schemes,
will be influenced by the information provided.
The questions will take 15 minutes to answer.