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EU proposal to amend the Radio Equipment Directive to require single mobile chargers

On 23 September, the European Commission took a step towards consumers’ convenience and minimising the environmental footprint associated with the production and disposal of chargers. A proposal to amend the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/54/EU (RED) aims to make a single charger for mobile devices mandatory. Although the number of mobile phone chargers had previously been … Continue Reading

European Commission publishes new initiatives concerning sustainable transportation

Last month, the European Commission published two new proposals for EU regulations to encourage the use of sustainable fuels in aviation and shipping – namely the ReFuelEU Aviation and FuelEU Maritime initiatives, respectively. Both proposals are subject to public feedback until 5 October.… Continue Reading

EU adoption of new Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work: emphasis on change, prevention and preparedness

The European Commission has recently adopted its new, “EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027” (COM/2021/323, available here), bringing new health and safety priorities and actions for a fast changing post-pandemic workplace. The post-pandemic working landscape has significantly changed, fuelled recently by green and digital evolution and influenced by economic and demographic … Continue Reading

EU Commission avoids answering questions on the details of its plans to establish a “right to repair”

The EU Commission’s commitment to establish a “right to repair” as part of its Circular Economy Action Plan has led to much speculation about what exactly that might entail. While the Commission has not yet revealed many details of its plans, it has confirmed it is considering implementing a “repairability scoring system”, similar to the … Continue Reading

European Commission unveils CLP and REACH revision roadmaps

On 4 May 2021, the European Commission (“the Commission”) published two important roadmaps to revise two of the main instruments comprising the existing EU chemicals legislation, these being the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (“CLP”) and the EU Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (“REACH”). The roadmaps can be accessed here. These revisions form … Continue Reading

European Commission’s “Sustainable Products Initiative” now open for public consultation

Last week the EU Commission announced that the ‘public consultation’ phase of its Sustainable Products Initiative is now open. This begins the next step in the process, following the conclusion of the ‘feedback period’, which closed in November 2020. More detail on what the Commission aims to achieve through this initiative is available in our … Continue Reading

EU Green Deal: European Commission proposes changes to the EU Industrial Emissions Directive and a Zero Pollution Action Plan

In accordance with its initiatives under the European Green Deal, the Commission is currently seeking public feedback on both its proposed update to the EU Industrial Emissions Directive (‘IED’) and for the proposed implementation of the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan. Introduced in 2019, the European Green Deal sets out the Commission’s ambitious strategy to … Continue Reading

The EU Commission’s proposed new batteries laws “at a glance”

The European Commission is proposing a radical and wide-ranging overhaul of the roughly 15 years’ old existing batteries and waste batteries laws in the Union. For those who have not yet found the time to read the nearly 127-page draft regulation and annexures put out for public consultation in December 2020, here is a summary … Continue Reading

The Blue Guide proposed revisions: what to expect

The European Commission’s “’Blue Guide’ on the Implementation of EU products rules” (the Blue Guide) was last issued in 2016, and is now becoming out of date on a number of topics. In late 2019 the Commission announced its intention to prepare an updated version of the Blue Guide which, among other things, is intended … Continue Reading

Public consultation now open in respect of laws on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Packaging Waste

Within the last few days, the European Commission has opened the ‘public consultation’ stage of its evaluation of the law relating to both electromagnetic compatibility and packaging waste. Evaluation of the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU Although the EMC Directive was implemented fairly recently, it largely incorporated its predecessor directive without any major amendments. As … Continue Reading

European Commission launches consultation to regulate green claims in marketing and combat ‘Greenwashing’

The European Commission has opened a consultation on a potential legislative proposal on substantiating green claims made when advertising and marketing products. The proposals are intended to implement one aspect of the European Green Deal which states, among other things, that “Companies making ‘green claims’ should substantiate these against a standard methodology to assess their … Continue Reading

European Commission announces far-reaching plans for revision of EU Ecodesign laws

On 14 September 2020, the European Commission published its “Sustainable Products Initiative”, which aims to revise the existing Ecodesign Directive in order to meet the product sustainability objectives set out in the Circular Economy Action Plan. The Circular Economy Action Plan seeks to make products fit for a climate neutral, resource efficient and circular economy, … Continue Reading

Lithium added to the list of EU Critical Raw Materials, alongside other key materials for clean technologies

On 3 September 2020 the European Commission released an updated action plan on critical raw materials (CRMs).  In doing so, it has added bauxite, lithium, titanium and strontium to the existing list of CRMs, which now stands at 30 materials. The Commission also released a foresight report at the same time, on raw materials for … Continue Reading

European Commission review of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation

The European Commission has recently launched a public consultation on the proposed review of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) (EU Regulation No 1013/2006). The current WSR regulates the transboundary movement of waste and establishes a strict control regime for the shipment of waste between EU Member States and non-EU countries, and the transport of … Continue Reading
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