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

EU Environment Report: October 2012

In this issue:

(1) Chemicals:
(a) Proposals to apply existing lead and cadmium exemptions to new RoHS Directive
(b) ECHA publishes list of 116 substances to be evaluated
(2) Climate Change: Commission publishes emission caps for non-ETS sectors
(3) Eco-design: New eco-design requirements for domestic tumble dryers
(4) Energy:
(a) Commission issues report on nuclear safety in the EU
(b) Energy Efficiency Directive gains final approval
(c) Commission adopts new proposal on biofuels
(5) Products: New tyre labelling scheme enters into force
(6) Other: Commission announces 2013 work programme
(7) The Months Ahead: Workshops & Conferences
    

Proposals to apply existing lead and cadmium exemptions to new RoHS Directive
The Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment ("RoHS") has recently been revised. Exemptions to restrictions for lead and cadmium were agreed upon last year, which means they were not included in the revised RoHS Directive. These exemptions apply to (1) lead used in some ceramic materials inside capacitors, and (2) cadmium in photoresistors for analogue optocouplers in audio equipment. The Commission now proposes two delegated Directives, which will continue the application of these two exemptions by adding them to the revised RoHS Directive.

ECHA publishes list of 116 substances to be evaluated
On 23 October, the European Chemicals Agency ("ECHA") published a draft list of 116 substances to be evaluated for health and environmental risks under REACH. The substances have been assigned to Member States, which will be responsible for evaluating them between 2013 and 2015. The list is known as the Community Rolling Action Plan, or CoRAP. It represents an expansion of the 2012 – 2014 CoRAP, which listed 90 substances for evaluation.

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