New inquiries on consumer goods, climate

Two new inquiries have been announced by the House of Commons Environment Committee.

In January, it will begin a short inquiry into the environmental impacts of consumer products in response to the winding down of the UK Ecolabelling Board and last month's consultation paper on consumer products and the environment (ENDS Report 285, p 39 ).

Topics to be covered include the future role of eco-labelling, the potential of the Government's "market transformation" approach, and the speed at which an integrated product policy is likely to evolve at UK and EC level.

In February, the Committee will begin an inquiry into the Government's climate change strategy, on which a consultation paper was issued in October (ENDS Report 285, pp 17-22 ).

Issues to be covered include the timetable for producing the finished strategy, the case for sectoral targets, the extent to which international "flexible mechanisms" should be used in meeting the UK's binding greenhouse gas emission target, and the costs of the policy options mooted in the consultation paper.

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