Ecologic is an approved eco-organisation specialising in the management of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Ecologic is responsible for collecting, cleaning up and recycling WEEE throughout France. Ecologic is also approved for the Sports and Leisure Goods and DIY and Garden Goods channels.
Integration of environmental sustainability considerations into the characteristics of a product and into the processes used along the product value chain.
Producers subject to extended producer responsibility generally fulfil their obligation by collectively setting up approved eco-organisations, for which they ensure governance and to which they transfer their obligation and pay a financial contribution in return. Each eco-organisation sets up a stakeholder committee, made up of producers, representatives of local authorities responsible for waste management and approved environmental protection associations. Eco-organisations and individual systems are approved for a maximum of six years, renewable (Article L541-10 of the French Environment Code).
The Law for the balance of commercial relations in the agricultural sector and for healthy and sustainable food pursues three objectives: to pay a fair price to producers, to allow them to live with dignity from their work; to reinforce the sanitary, environmental and nutritional quality of products; to promote healthy, safe and sustainable food for all.
EGalim 2 Law
The law aimed at protecting farmers’ remuneration, known as “EGalim 2”, introduces new regulation and transparency measures to improve the remuneration of French farmers.
The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union. It is politically independent and responsible for drafting legislative proposals and implementing the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. The Commission proposes new legislation, manages EU policies, allocates EU funding, ensures compliance with EU law and represents the EU on the international level.
European Economic Area
The purpose of the European Economic Area (EEA) is to extend the EU’s internal market to countries in the European Free Trade Area (EFTA). The EEA goes beyond traditional free trade agreements by extending the full rights and obligations of the EU’s internal market to the EEA EFTA countries (with the exception of Switzerland).
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA provides scientific advice on food-related risks. The Agency is responsible for risk assessment at EU level on food and feed safety, nutrition, animal health and welfare, and plant health and protection. Its opinions contribute to the development of EU legislation, rules and policies, and help protect consumers from risks in the food chain.
European Chemicals Agency
ECHA’s role is to ensure the safe use of chemicals. The Agency works with the European Commission and EU countries to identify substances of concern and take risk management decisions at EU level. The Agency helps companies to comply with EU legislation on chemicals and biocides.
European Free Trade Association
Intergovernmental organisation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, set up for the promotion of free trade and economic cooperation between its members, within Europe and globally.
Means any message or representation, which is not mandatory under Union law or national law, including text, pictorial, graphic or symbolic representation, in any form, including labels, brand names, company names or product names, in the context of a commercial communication, which states or implies that a product or trader has a positive or no impact on the environment or is less damaging to the environment than other products or traders, respectively, or has improved their impact over time.
Environmental footprint (of a product)
Quantification of a product’s environmental impacts, whether in relation to a single environmental impact category or an aggregated set of impact categories based on the Product Environmental Footprint method (Proposal for a regulation for sustainable products).
Environmental labelling (« Affichage ennvionnemental »)
National requirements: In France, the environmental labelling of a product or service consists of providing consumers with quantified information on its main environmental impacts, calculated over its entire life cycle (AGEC Law Article 15 & Climate and Resilience Law Article 2).
Export of goods to third countries, i.e. outside the territory of the European Union (Customs Glossary).
Extended Producer Responsibility
According to ADEME, Extended Producer Responsibility is based on the “polluter pays” principle: companies, i.e. those responsible for placing certain products on the French market, are responsible for the entire life cycle of these products, from their design to the end of their life. Extended producer responsibility is enshrined in the French environmental code in Articles L541-10 et seq.