Sustainable consumption

The MPC contributes to the development of an appropriate framework to promote sustainable consumption.

As a political player, it acts on the level of governance. It has defined transversal consumer support as the heart of its duties in order to bring it in line with new lifestyles in which sustainable consumption is a priority.

The MPC focuses on three areas: sustainable nutrition, the repairing of goods in the context of the circular economy and the promotion of sustainable fashion.

The MPC will undertake the following actions in support of consumer interests:

  • Collaboration with public and private organisations working within the field of sustainable consumption
  • Clarification of the legal context for warrantees applying to repaired objects and the responsibilities of repairers
  • Debate on the issue of a super-reduced VAT rate for repairs
  • Support for innovative national projects concerning repairs
  • Promotion of trades that focus on the repair of goods
  • Support of projects within the field of sustainable fashion
  • Collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development to create a food council and even a food policy  

A food policy for Luxembourg – The path to a sustainable national food system

The European Commission’s communication on its Farm to Fork Strategy underscores the connections between people, companies and a healthy environment. It sets forth a series of measures for the entire food chain to create a more sustainable food system.

Sustainable food systems occupy a prominent position in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and they are the object of several SDGs.

Social and economic considerations, raising the profile of farmers in the value chain, increased awareness of animal welfare, protecting biodiversity and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have all shed light on the importance of a diversified, regional food production.

National legislations and competences concerning food production, processing and consumption fall under the remit of several ministries. Although their aims may be complementary, the interpretation of related matters often differs, rarely taking into account the potential reciprocal impact of decisions and missing the opportunity to create synergies.

As a result, MPC has joined hands with the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development to issue a draft law for the creation and coordination of a food policy.

The objective is to guarantee cohesion between the various national food policies and strategies for the benefit of consumers, producers and processing plants.

Sustainable fashion – Guiding consumers to allow them to take informed decisions

The aim of the MPC is to provide the necessary information to consumers to allow them to take informed decisions.

The Ministry’s objective is to enhance transparency in this area because the levels of interdependency are great and not always visible at first glance.

Consumers make their own decisions. The MPC wishes to provide consumers with tools to enlighten them about the complex nature of their consumption behaviour and potential consequences thereof.

In 2021, the MPC is supporting Caritas in the organisation of an exhibition scheduled within the framework of the “Rethink your clothes” campaign. This exhibition portrays the supply chain and lifecycle of textiles. In addition, the MPC shall help provide the necessary data required for this project.

Nutri-Score – Implementation of additional information on nutritional energy and amounts of nutriments

Since the end of 2016, nutrition declarations on all packaged food products have been regulated on a European level. However, these tables have remained difficult for consumers to understand and are rarely consulted.

France established and began implementing the Nutri-Score system in 2017. Since then, Nutri-Score has been placed on an increasing number of products sold in Luxembourg.

In order to allow Luxembourgish producers and distributors to use this logo and enhance transparency for consumers thanks to food labelling for products placed on the Luxembourgish market, the MPC drafted a Grand-Ducal Regulation allowing national companies to adopt the system. Nutri-Score is not compulsory.

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