Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice
Virginijus Sinkevicius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President – European Green Deal
Dear Commissioner Reynders, Commissioner Sinkevicius, Vice-President Timmermans,
As the discussion at European and international level on carbon neutrality and net zero targets is rapidly evolving, we, the undersigned, seek to clarify the European Commission’s views on carbon neutrality claims and their potential for greenwashing. We demand that action is taken to regulate green claims and combat greenwashing in ongoing legislative processes, notably the upcoming initiative on substantiating green claims and strengthening the role of consumers in the green transition. We are concerned by the rapid proliferation of misleading and false claims and advertisements feeding consumers biased and incomplete information on the real climate impact of companies, products, and services. Greenwashing is becoming a widespread scourge across the EU.
Asociación Canarias Archipiélago Sostenible, Bellona Europa, Carbon Market Watch, CCFD TerreSolidaire, Clean Air Action Group, Coordination Office of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference for international development and Mission (KOO), eco-union, Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS), Environmental Justice Foundation, Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), Focus Association for Sustainable Development, Foodwatch international, Forests of the World, Fossilfreie Medien, Friends of the Earth Europe, Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), Friends of the Earth Spain, Genç Düşünce Enstitüsü, Green Liberty, Inter Environnement Wallonie, LIFE education environment Equality, Our Fish, Protect Our Winters Europe, ProVeg International, The Climate Reality Project Europe, Transport & Environment, Umanotera – the Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development, VšĮ “Žiedinė ekonomika”, ZERO – Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável.