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EPHA responds to consultation on sustainability

Sustainability is now recognised by the European Commission as a ‘European public good’ and should therefore be opened to scrutiny of people and civil society at large. This is the main rationale behind the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) participating in the European Commission’s public consultation.

Sustainable production and consumption – of products and services - are fundamental to the achievement of a sustainable development of the European Union as a whole. Using resources efficiently also contributes to the EU’s objectives on climate change, food and water security, social justice and fight against poverty, employment, public health, biodiversity and environment.

Key messages:

  • Greater synergy between sectors, such as EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), public procurement policy, energy efficiency and resource sufficiency, environment, transport, and housing, is one of the issues considered vital for a comprehensive sustainability agenda. It has potential for reducing health inequalities and preventing many persisting and emerging chronic diseases, physical inactivity, mental ill-health, fighting poverty and social exclusion, and advancing gender equity as well as boosting local and regional economies;
  • Promotional information measures encouraging more sustainable production and consumption of products and services;
  • Improving products and changing consumption patterns;
  • Addressing markets and prices through shortening production-consumption link and food supply chain;
  • Redistributing ‘Food-fit-for-consumption’, that would otherwise be thrown out, to person’s at-risk-of-food-poverty (as part of the EU Most Deprived Persons Scheme for instance);
  • Addressing health, social and environment-harmful production subsidies and getting the prices right should be adequately addressed.

Full statement EPHA response to public consultation from DG Environment on Delivering More Sustainable Production and Consumption.

10/05/2012

Originally posted on 10 May 2012

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