EU Environment Report: December 2012 – January 2013 | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
EU Environment Report: December 2012 – January 2013

EU Environment Report: December 2012 – January 2013

In this issue…

Chemicals
France bans bisphenol A in food contact materials
Commission adopts RoHS exemption for lead
Commission adopts RoHS exemption for cadmium
Consultation begins on three additional RoHS exemptions for lead and mercury
Governments reach international binding agreement on mercury

Climate Change
Governments agree on "Doha Gateway" to achieve a global climate agreement
Commission amends rules on non-mobile machinery emissions
Commission confirms emissions targets for manufacturers of passenger cars

Eco-design
Commission publishes eco-design working plan for 2012-2014
Commission adopts new eco-design requirements for lamps and lighting equipment
Commission publishes impact assessment recommending continuation of voluntary eco-design scheme for imaging equipment

Access to Information
European Court issues judgment allowing access to urban planning decisions

The Months Ahead
Workshops & Conferences

France bans bisphenol A in food contact materials
On 24 December, France approved a law banning bisphenol A ("BPA") in all food packaging, containers and utensils, with effect from 1 January 2015. BPA will also be banned from food containers aimed at children under the age of three from 2013. This goes further than the current EU regulation, which only bans BPA in infant feeding bottles.

Governments agree on "Doha Gateway" to achieve a global climate agreement
Governments re-united for UN climate talks in Doha from 26 November until 8 December 2012. The governments agreed to establish a single negotiations platform, dubbed the "Doha Climate Gateway", to facilitate the conclusion of a new global climate deal by the end of 2015, for implementation in 2020. This agreement will aim to achieve the UN goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Governments also agreed to continue the Kyoto Protocol, limiting greenhouse gas emissions for a further 8 years. The emissions targets will be reviewed in 2014 with a view to increasing the level of ambition. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the outcome of the Doha talks, but said that "far more needs to be done".

Commission confirms emissions targets for manufacturers of passenger cars
Under the EU Regulation on emission performance standards for new passenger cars, the Commission is required each year to confirm the average specific emissions of CO2 and the specific emissions target for each manufacturer of passenger cars in the EU, as well as for each pool of manufacturers. On 11 December, the Commission adopted a Decision confirming the average specific emissions of CO2 from new passenger cars registered in 2011, the specific emissions targets and the difference between those two values. The targets for 2011 aim to serve as indicators to manufacturers of the effort required to reach the mandatory target in 2012.

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