Country:European Union
Policy status:Planned
Date Effective:2004
Policy Type:Policy Support
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission, DG Environment
Description:The European Commission adopted an Action Plan on the 28th of January 2004 to improve the development and wider use of environmental technologies. The plan promotes research and development expenditure and actions to foster the growth of environmental technologies. At a global level, it aims to boost the spread of cleaner technologies to developing countries while reinforcing the EUs role in the sector. Key actions include the partnered launch of technology platforms in areas such as hydrogen fuel cells, photovoltaics, and water supply and sanitation; establishing environmental performance targets for products and services; and making the most of funding schemes and public and private procurement policies. The Plan puts forward 28 actions: 11 priority actions for the Commission, national and regional governments, industry and other stakeholders. Designed to improve the development and uptake of environmental technologies, these actions include: - the launch of 3 technology platforms (e.g., for Photovoltaics) bringing together researchers, industry, financial institutions, decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders, to build a long-term vision on the research needs in this area and future market developments. A similar platform on water supply and sanitation technologies will be launched in early 2005; - developing and agreeing on environmental performance targets for key products, processes and services. This will encourage their uptake by business and consumers, as has been shown for example by energy-consumption labels on fridges; and - mobilising financial instruments, both within and outside the EU, to share the risks of investing in environmental technologies, with a focus on climate change, energy and small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). The European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the funding mechanisms resulting from the Kyoto Protocol (the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation) should play a role in this action.

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