The ten leading principles for environmental policies in the digital technology industry sector
The ten leading principles
for environmental policies in the digital technology industry sector
DIGITALEUROPE encourages policy makers and regulators to adhere to the following principles when developing environmental policies for the digital technology industry sector:
THE LIFE CYCLE THINKING PRINCIPLE
Integrate environmental considerations at the stage of product design with the aim of reducing all relevant potential environmental impacts over its entire life cycle.
THE BALANCING OF DIFFERENT ASPECTS PRINCIPLE
Balance environmental aspects, such as emission, resource, and potential toxicity aspects, between themselves as well as with other aspects, such as economic, technical and safety aspects.
THE SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY PRINCIPLE
Ensure that measures and targets are justified by proper scientific assessment of the issue and potential solutions.
THE RESPONSIBILITY PRINCIPLE
Attribute responsibilities to those actors in the product life cycle that can be held accountable for the results.
THE RESOURCE EFFICIENCY PRINCIPLE
Promote a trade-friendly circular economy using also ewaste as a resource, with increased efficiency in the use of materials and energy while giving due considerations to the associated economic implications
THE COMPETITION PRINCIPLE
Allow market forces to drive competition in a technology neutral, level playing field, avoid the creation of monopolies.
THE GLOBAL HARMONISATION PRINCIPLE
Foster global harmonisation of environmental policies for products as far as possible in order to avoid barriers to trade.
THE STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT PRINCIPLE
Ensure transparency in the process by inviting all relevant stakeholders to be actively involved.
THE CLEAR COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLE
Provide accurate and verifiable information to the consumer or other stakeholders. The means in which information will be communicated must remain flexible and adaptable to the needs of the audience.
THE CONSISTENCY PRINCIPLE
Ensure that environmental policies globally rely on the same non-bureaucratic administrative procedures used for compliance with other product-related legislation for the digital technology industry sector.
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Senior Policy Manager for Sustainability & Consumer Affairs