A possibility is setting rules for sustainable procurement
, for example purchasing only products with a B class or better environmental label.
This would be a vital improvement on the current sustainable procurement policy, which in our view has got no further than a label counting exercise. Government authorities often do not have enough in-house expertise to identify misleading environmental claims. Marketing terms like ‘climate neutral’ only cause confusion and in some cases can lead to an unsustainable choice.
Many consumer and labelling organisations, such as Milieu Centraal
(The European Consumer Organisation) and Stichting Milieukeur
, will have to adapt their underlying methodologies and align them with the PEF methods to ensure that all products are assessed in the same way.