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Dialogue Convention Environmental and Consumer Protection – Acceptance and Credibility

Published on: 2012-09-19

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This event was carried out by the European sustainability initiative VinylPlus and AGPU together with PVCplus in the Belgian town of Maillen near Namur in order to expand the existing network on European level.

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Organisation: AGPU, Working Group PVC and Environment

Timing: 22 and 23 October 2012

Goal of the project: Since the mid-1990s, the Working Group PVC and Environment (AGPU) has been organising dialogue conventions with decision-makers from industry, trade, the building industry, environmentalism, the medical profession, and journalism. In this continuously expanding network, participants exchange information on sustainable development beyond their sectors and address topics such as energy efficiency, recycling, and environmental and consumer protection. This event was carried out by the European sustainability initiative VinylPlus and AGPU together with PVCplus in the Belgian town of Maillen near Namur in order to expand the existing network on European level.

Project development or methodology: The event drew up on the dialogue convention in Montabaur from the summer of 2011 on the same topic. The goal was to strengthen cooperation in the industry supply chain and trade in order toprovide consumers directly with reliable information about products, product safety, and environmental compatibility. Initiatives by NGOs and national agencies such as the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) contribute to uncertainties and show an increasing need for public information.

The current appeal by Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) andthe German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) to consumers toobtain information on substances from companies in accordance with Article 33 of REACH shows a present need for action.

Project outcome or (expected) results: The participants at the dialogue convention appreciated the unusual concept for intensive personal exchange and explicitly requested a continuation of this kind of dialogue. Some found the number of participants should be increased.

The need for future scenarios about specific topics could begathered from the discussions following the lectures.

Additional information:Which role will sustainability play in the next few decades? How can people experience happiness and enthusiasm in a world characterised by population growth, dwindling resources, and restrictions? What effect will the REACH Regulation have on industry and trade in the next few years? How will the world change in view of dwindling resources, population growth, and climate change?

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