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It is often stated that for sustainable development, the resource-intensity of our society has to be reduced by a factor 4 in one generation (Ayres and Simonis, 1994; von Weizsacker et al., 1998). A product function perspective is often regarded as the best approach to realise such improvements, which is reflected in the latest developments of public environmental policy.

The European Commission, in particular, is working on the development of a coherent framework for a product-related environmental policy, often referred to as integrated product policy (IPP; see e.g. EU, 1998). One of the areas of attention is the support of eco-design especially in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). For that reason, the Environment Directorate-General has declared great interest in a project that investigates best practices of disseminating eco-design and other techniques of integrated environmental protection (IEP) to SMEs, as well as existing infrastructures for providing support to SMEs. Such analysis is needed to develop concepts for future Community policy on eco-design.

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Authors: EDER P, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (ES);ELLEN G.J, TNO-STB (NL);TUKKER A, TNO-STB (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19740 EN (2000). Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation Service JRC Ispra (IT) FAX:+39-0332-785818
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