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Preventing Environmental Damage from Products: An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe

Edited by: Eleonore Maitre-Ekern, Carl Dalhammar, Hans Christian Bugge

ISBN13: 9781108436748
To be Published: January 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2018)
Price: £25.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781108422444

How to tackle environmental damage from the throwaway society is one of the defining questions of the twenty-first century. By establishing a circular economy, we can encourage and support sustainable production and consumption. These essays by an international group of leading scholars from a range of disciplines analyse policies and legal instruments and challenge mainstream assumptions, from the choice of a policy mix to the actual effect of imposing standards on the market, and from corporate objectives and priorities to the use of precaution in assessing particularly harmful substances. Each chapter contributes to a better understanding of the current policy and regulatory framework in Europe and identifies the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The book breaks new ground by examining how product policies can contribute to important objectives and visions, such as the aims of the circular economy. It is a must-read for researchers as well as for policymakers and practitioners.

  • Explores a very topical but under-researched field
  • Opens new perspectives on environmental product regulation
  • Illustrates arguments with concrete examples from the law and from the practice

Environmental Law
1. Developing legislation to prevent environmental damage from products: Herculean but necessary task - Hans Christian Bugge, Carl Dalhammar and Eléonore Maitre-Ekern
Part I. Structural Issues Associated with Regulating the Life-Cycle of Products:
2. Exploring the spaceship Earth: a circular economy for products - Eléonore Maitre-Ekern
3. Principles for the design of a policy framework to address product life-cycle impacts - Michael Faure and Carl Dalhammar
4. The harm of products and the need of information on inputs, production, use, and disposal - Erling Eide
5. Redefining agency theory to internalize environmental product externalities. A tentative proposal based on life-cycle thinking - Beate Sjåfjell
6. Environmental measures as an obstacle to free movement of goods in the internal market - Nicolas de Sadeleer
Part II. Challenges Related to the Application of European Product Law:
7. Dieselgate and the protection of the environment by public authorities - Ludwig Krämer
8. Energy efficiency regulations, market and behavioural failures, and standardization - Carl Dalhammar, Jessika Luth Richter and Erika Machacek
9. Regulating recyclability under the Ecodesign Directive: how can we achieve synergies between waste and product policies for electric and electronic equipment in order to promote recycling? - Sahra Svensson and Carl Dalhammar
10. Material recycling without hazardous substances – interplay of two policy streams and impacts on industry - Naoko Tojo and Åke Thidell
11. Complexities and conflicts in controlling dangerous chemicals: the case of regulating endocrine disruptors in EU law - Nertila Kuraj
12. Long-term market effects of green public procurement - Charlotte Leire and Carl Dalhammar
Part III. Conclusion by the Editors:
13. Present and future challenges for Europe's environmental product policy - Eléonore Maitre-Ekern, Hans Christian Bugge and Carl Dalhammar