EU Environment Report: November 2012 | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
EU Environment Report: November 2012

EU Environment Report: November 2012

In this issue…

(1) Chemicals:
(a) European Commission opens consultation on four new exemptions under the RoHS Directive
(b) Revision of the rules in the CLP Regulation is not yet necessary
(2) Climate Change:
(a) European Parliament endorses agreement on motorbike emissions
(b) European Commission proposes reforms to the carbon market and the ETS
(3) Eco-design: Commission report and impact assessment on voluntary eco-design scheme for complex set-top boxes
(4) Energy:
(a) Council and European Parliament agree on new TEN-E guidelines
(b) EU Directive on energy efficiency published
(5) Products: PAH restrictions may be extended to a broader range of consumer products
(6) The Months Ahead: Workshops & Conferences

 

European Commission opens consultation on four new exemptions under the RoHS Directive
Following requests from two undertakings and two industry associations, the European Commission has opened a consultation on four new exemptions under Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment ("RoHS Directive'). The requests concern the use of leaded solders in a new X-ray detector and in handheld machinery, the use of platinum electrodes in measuring instruments for electrochemistry and the use of mercury in neon lights. Interested parties are invited to submit comments until 1 February 2013.

Revision of the rules in the CLP Regulation is not yet necessary
Following a report submitted to it by the European Chemicals Agency on 20 January 2012, the European Commission has reported to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament that it is unnecessary to amend Regulation 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures ("CLP Regulation") to improve hazard information. It concluded that the public is still becoming accustomed to hazard labels introduced by legislation which came into effect in 2010, particularly since the new labelling requirements for mixtures will not come into effect until June 2015. However, the European Commission has recommended that awareness of the labels among consumers be increased and that manufacturers and importers should ensure that product packaging does not undermine the warnings conveyed through the use of the labels.

European Parliament endorses agreement on motorbike emissions
On 20 November 2012, the European Parliament endorsed an agreement reached in September 2012 to cut pollutant emissions from L-category vehicles. From 2016, new types of heavier two, three and four-wheelers will have to meet the Euro 4 emission standard, and from 2017 for existing vehicles of this kind. From 2017, the Euro 4 standard will also have to be met by new types of lighter vehicles (including mopeds and light quads). From 2020, all new types of L-category vehicles will have to meet Euro 5 emission standards, and from 2021 for existing vehicles of this kind.

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