Teufel, J. et al.Environmental costs of consumer goods as a starting point for improving market and non-market consumer information

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Jenny Teufel, Bettina Brohmann, Carl-Otto Gensch, Rasmus Prieß, Ina Rüdenauer, Daniel Sutter, Bettina Rüegge, Cuno Bieler & Katy Jahnke

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November 2020

German Federal Environmental Agency, texts | 187/2020

The National Programme for Sustainable Consumption was adopted in February 2016. In order to enable informed consumption decisions and to create incentives for manufacturers to develop sustainable products and services, the concept of a "second price tag" is to be investigated as part of the research on sustainable consumption. The "second price tag" is intended to convey the social and environmental impacts of a product at least in part and, where appropriate, to reflect them in monetary terms. The concept of a "second price tag" has also been taken up in the BMUB's (German Ministry of the Environment) Integrated Environmental Programme 2030, which was published in late summer 2016. Against this background, the central objective of the research project was to provide a strategic basis for deciding on the feasibility of the mandate to introduce a "second price tag". The central background and reason for the project is the fact that the production of concrete products over their entire life cycle generates invisible (external) costs that are not included in the price of the product. These costs arise, for example, from ecological damage caused by the production process, for which the producer does not have to pay. External costs can also arise from risks to the health of the user of the products or the production company's workforce.

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