The SCP goals are "addressing social and economic development within the carrying capacity of ecosystems and decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation" - i.e. help to identify and overcome barriers to SCP, raising consumer awareness, and alter unsustainable consumption habits towards resource efficiency and eco-friendly production – in accordance with the Rio+20 goals.
As part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the European Commission announced its Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SCP/SIP, 2008) i.e. achieving sustainable growth by promoting a more resource-efficient, “greener” and more competitive European chemical industry.
Cefic supports the view of sustainable growth and recognised the value of chemistry in improving product sustainability and better living. Sustainability includes three pillars to consider: environment, social and economic.
It shall also ensure coherence between the different policy areas: Ecodesign, Ecolabelling (“EU Flower”), Energy Labelling and Green Public Procurement (GPP), as well as primary raw materials, higher energy/water/material efficiency, and waste streams / recycling.
Read the European Commission communication on "Building the Single Market for Green Products"(released April 2013).