More environmental protection in e-commerce
German Environment Agency: Operators of e-marketplaces must step up action against illegal imports
Round-the-clock shopping and (from) anywhere at all – e-commerce makes it all possible. As a result, much of the goods traded are often returned and all too often destroyed. "The situation urgently requires some readjustment, and in e-commerce in particular. We recommend imposing an obligation on e-commerce platform operators to check whether their vendors’ electrical and electronic products, batteries and packaging are properly registered,” said Maria Krautzberger, President of the German Environment Agency (UBA). At a conference on 18 June 2019 co-hosted by UBA, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, around 160 experts discussed these and other requirements for an efficient regulation and surveillance of electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, packaging and chemicals.