Environmental Issues in Product Standards
For many years the Consumer Council has made great efforts to incorporate environmental considerations when product or service standards are prepared. Whilst several institutions have been created within CEN in the past to address this topic
(e.g. the environmental Helpdesk, the enis-Team) their endeavours have not led to a “greening” of standards. However, after several years of discussion a new concept was adopted in 2010 which stipulates for the first time concrete obligations for technical committees. The Consumer Council has also initiated a big project concerning “chemical requirements in product standards” which was proposed to the Commission for funding in 2013.