24 Jun 2013

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:

  • 1

    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.

  • 2

    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.

  • 3

    THE SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY PRINCIPLE

    Ensure that measures and targets are justified by proper scientific assessment of the issue and potential solutions.

  • 4

    THE RESPONSIBILITY PRINCIPLE

    Attribute responsibilities to those actors in the product life cycle that can be held accountable for the results.

  • 5

    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

  • 6

    THE COMPETITION PRINCIPLE

    Allow market forces to drive competition in a technology neutral, level playing field, avoid the creation of monopolies.

  • 7

    THE GLOBAL HARMONISATION PRINCIPLE

    Foster global harmonisation of environmental policies for products as far as possible in order to avoid barriers to trade.

  • 8

    THE STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT PRINCIPLE

    Ensure transparency in the process by inviting all relevant stakeholders to be actively involved.

  • 9

    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.

  • 10

    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.

For more information please contact
Lara Visser
Senior Policy Manager for Sustainability
Milda Basiulyte
Senior Policy Manager for Sustainability
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