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This Communication on Integrated Product Policy (IPP), outlines the Commission's strategy for reducing the environmental impact caused by products. The Commission will take a number of actions to stimulate continuous improvement in the environmental performance of products throughout their whole life-cycle. The Commission will also initiate work towards identifying those products with the greatest potential for environmental improvement, working with industry, business and consumers to green those products.

Existing environmental product-related policies have tended to focus on large point sources of pollution, such as industrial emissions and waste management issues, rather than the products themselves and how they contribute to environmental degradation at other points in their life cycles. IPP represents a new approach and puts emphasis on three dimensions:
- consideration of thewhole of a product's life-cycle, from cradle to grave;
- flexibility as to the type of policy measure to be used, working with the market where possible;
- full stakeholder involvement.

The Communication sets out what the Commission will do to implement IPP. It will adopt a two-pronged approach:
- improve the tools that already exist to make them more product-focused;
- improve the environmental performance of products that have the greatest potential for environmental improvement.
A timetable of concrete actions to be taken over the next four years is proposed.

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Record Number: 4975 / Last updated on: 2003-06-19