The European Commission and the European retail sector have launched a Retail Forum to promote more environmentally sustainable consumption patterns. The creation of the Retail Forum represents a significant contribution in the implementation of the EU Action Plan on sustainable consumption and production and sustainable industrial policy. The Forum aims to reduce the environmental impact of the retail sector and its supply chain, promote sustainable products and inform consumers on 'green' purchasing opportunities.
Over time the result should be greater availability of environment-friendly and energy-efficient products in the shops and better information to consumers on how to use products most ecologically.
Participants will share best practice, discuss how to promote sustainable consumption and tackle barriers that hinder it, and obtain scientific information from relevant bodies to help evaluate environmentally sound products.
Membership and participation
Membership of the Forum is voluntary and open to all retailers who join the Retailers' Environmental Action Plan (REAP) which includes many company-specific environmental commitments. The Commission's DG Environment will monitor the retailers' achievements.
Participation in the Forum is open to all relevant stakeholders wishing to contribute to its work, such as producers, suppliers and consumer and environmental organisations. The Forum will be co-chaired by DG Environment and the two EU-level organisations representing the retail sector, EuroCommerce and the European Retail Round Table (ERRT).
Source: MEUSAC Competitiveness and Consumer Affairs Committee