ConPolicy Newsletter 2022 – 2

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In today's issue ConPolicy informs you about: 

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  News about ConPolicy

Representative survey on environmental awareness and behavior in 2022
ConPolicy begins study on environmental awareness in Germany

The Environmental Awareness Study by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) has been surveying environmental awareness and behavior in Germany every two years since 1996 in a representative population survey. The aim is to identify and understand prevailing patterns of thought and action in society and to capture both long-term developments and emerging phenomena in equal measure.

The study is being conducted for the first time by ConPolicy in cooperation with the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and imug. In terms of content, the study builds on the time series of recent years, which are supplemented by new focal topics. The concept study on environmental awareness in companies will also provide new insights on attitudes and behaviors in and of companies.

The study will be completed at the end of 2024.

More information on the project can be found here.

  Consumer policy news

Consumer protection
Annual report 2021: Federal Network Agency removes large number of unauthorized products from the market

Today, the German Federal Network Agency published market surveillance data for prohibited products for the year 2021.
Overall, the Federal Network... Read more

Consumer protection
EU report on sector inquiry on the Internet of Things for consumers

Today, the European Commission published its final report on the sector inquiry into products and services related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
... Read more

Consumer protection
Misleading customer reviews: 55 percent of websites reviewed violate EU law

Together with national consumer protection authorities, the European Commission published the results of its EU-wide website screening (known as... Read more

Digitalization
More sustainable: Refurbished IT equipment increasingly popular for consumers

Today, the digital association Bitkom published the latest results of a consumer survey on the topic of sustainability in the use of electronic... Read more

Consumer protection
Complaints about unauthorized advertising calls at an all-time high once again

Today, the German Federal Network Agency published details of consumer complaints in the telecommunications sector for 2021. With a total of 79,702... Read more

  Recommended reading

Lenk, C. et al.
What are the rebound effects of prosumers? Ecological and economic assessment at household level

If households acquire a PV system and thus become prosumers, i.e. not only consume energy but also produce it, this can lead to behavioral changes... Read more

Federal Network Agency
Use of online communication services in Germany – Results of the 2021 consumer survey

Online communications services have greatly changed the telecommunications sector in recent years and led to a noticeable shift in user behavior. In... Read more

Friedl, C. & R. Blanck
Redirecting mobility – A tax and levy concept for climate-friendly and socially just transport until 2050

Mobility must be redirected in order to make a fundamental contribution to achieving the climate targets. For more justice, social compatibility must... Read more

Helberger, N., H.-W. Micklitz & P. Rott
The regulatory gap: Consumer protection in the digital economy

In 2020, BEUC commissioned a research study entitled EU Consumer Protection 2.0: Structural asymmetries in digital consumer market. In that work, the... Read more