Energy labels need to be easier to understand

Improving the energy efficiency of household appliances makes good sense, domestically it reduces your household bills and globally it reduces energy use and, depending on the appliance, environmentally damaging emissions. It would help then if consumers could easily see which appliances were energy efficient. Energy labels were first introduced (by EU mandate it should be noted) in 1994 on a simple A-G scale, with G being the least efficient and A the most. However, as manufacturers responded competitively, it was … Continued

REACH registration: Changes to data sharing

Are you involved in sharing data with ECHA under the REACH Regulations, either via a SIEF or directly? If so, you need to be aware of a new EU implementing regulation that comes into force on January 26th this year, but applies to agreements concluded before that date. The Regulation comes about as a result of ECHA’s experience during phase-in registrations of substances. REACH presents challenges to all businesses, but it is considered that SME’s in particular find it difficult. … Continued

UK response to Circular Economy consultation published

Last week, Defra published two responses made, on behalf of the UK Government, to the EU consultation on the circular economy. The first response covered two aspects of the circular economy reviews – the main public consultation and the consultation on the functioning of waste markets – and states that any action, which the UK believe could improve environmental protection across Europe, must ‘respect the principles of subsidiarity, better regulation and national decision making’. This approach clearly supports the growing move within UK policy … Continued

Phthalates added to RoHS restricted substances at EU level

EU Directive 2015/863 was confirmed by the UK government yesterday (16 July 2015) as coming into force in the UK on 22 July 2019. The Directive amends Annex II of the RoHS Directive (implemented in the UK as SI 2012 3032) meaning that from the effective date the following substance restrictions apply: no more than 0.1% bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DCEHP) allowed; no more than 0.1% butyl benzyl phthalate (BPP) allowed; no more than 0.1% dibutyl phthalate (DBP) allowed; no more than 0.1% … Continued