Best Environmental Practices (BEP)

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Definition of Best Environmental Practices (BEP):
The term best environmental practice (BEP) means the application of the most appropriate combination of environmental control measures and strategies. In making a selection for individual cases, at least the following graduated range of measures should be considered:
  1. the provision of information and education to the public and to users about the environmental consequences of choice of particular activities and choice of products, their use and ultimate disposal;
  2. the development and application of codes of good environmental practice which covers all aspect of the activity in the product's life;
  3. the mandatory application of labels informing users of environmental risks related to a product, its use and ultimate disposal;
  4. saving resources, including energy;
  5. making collection and disposal systems available to the public;
  6. avoiding the use of hazardous substances or products and the generation of hazardous waste;
  7. recycling, recovery and re-use;
  8. the application of economic instruments to activities, products or groups of products;
  9. establishing a system of licensing, involving a range of restrictions or a ban.
This is the common definition for Best Environmental Practices (BEP), other definitions can be discussed in the article


1992 OSPAR Convention, Amendments to Annexes II and III adopted at OSPAR 2007, PDF