EU Environment Report: March 2013 | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
EU Environment Report: March 2013

EU Environment Report: March 2013

In this issue…

Chemicals:
European Chemicals Agency consults on ten new substances for REACH candidate list
European Food Safety Authority publishes its 2013 work plan
European Food Safety Authority publishes opinion on endocrine disruptors

Climate Change:
EU agrees on ETS enforcement moratorium for non-European flights
Commission to release new 2030 targets for climate and energy this year

Energy Labelling:
EU updates rules on the Energy Star programme for office equipment

Products:
Commission approves light-emitting diodes as eco-innovation for passenger cars
Commission updates type-approval legislation for vehicles fitted with eco-innovations

The Months Ahead:
Workshops & Conferences

EU agrees on ETS enforcement moratorium for non-European flights
On 12 March, the European Parliament and Member States in the Council agreed on a legislative proposal to delay enforcement of the EU's Emissions Trading System ("ETS") for international flights to and from Europe. The purpose of the delay is to allow more time for international negotiations on a global market-based approach to regulating greenhouse gases from aviation. This so-called "stop the clock" agreement is expected to be formally approved by the Parliament in April and shortly thereafter by the Council. The European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, has made it clear that if the international negotiations fail to make sufficient progress, the EU ETS legislation would be applied in full to all flights to and from non-European countries from 1 January 2014 onwards.

Commission to release new 2030 targets for climate and energy this year
On 27 March, the EU's energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced that the European Commission is planning to publish a new climate and energy package by the end of 2013. The package is set to contain new targets for 2030. To this end, the Commission has adopted a Green Paper entitled, "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies". It has launched a public consultation which is open to Member States, other EU institutions and stakeholders until 2 July. According to the Commission, the feedback gathered from the consultation will feed into its ongoing preparations of the new climate and energy package.

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