EU Environment Report

In this issue:


..Commission amends Annex XVII to REACH Regulation as regards 1,4-dichlorobenzene ("DCB") in relation to air fresheners and deodorisers

..Commission adopts Delegated Directives containing additional specific exemptions to RoHS Directive

..General Court hands down judgment in relation to Commission decision partially approving Germany's request to maintain higher limit value than those contained in Toys Directive

..Commission consults on nanomaterials

*Climate Change:

..Commission adopts Implementing Regulation on innovative technologies for reducing CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles

..Commission adopts a Communication proposing a strategy for reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emission of HDV

..The Commission adopts Regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases emissions

..Sweden brings action against the Commission for failure to adopt scientific criteria on endocrine disruptors

*Ecodesign: The Commission adopts ecodesign requirements for power transformers

*Energy Efficiency: The Commission adopts a Regulation on Energy labelling for internet selling

*The Months Ahead: Workshops & Conferences

- Excerpt from CHEMICALS: Commission amends Annex XVII to REACH Regulation as regards 1,4- dichlorobenzene in relation to air fresheners and deodorisers:

On 9 May 2014, the EU’s Official Journal published Regulation 474/2014 which adds the use of 1,4-dichlorobenzene (“DCB”) in air fresheners and deodorisers to Annex XVII of Regulation 1907/2006 concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (“REACH Regulation”). Annex XVII to the REACH Regulation sets out the restrictions on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous chemical substances, mixtures and articles...

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