EU Environment Report - December 2013/January 2014

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In this issue:

*Chemicals:

- New restrictions on the use of PAHs

*Climate Change:

- Commission publishes average emissions and emissions targets of CO2 for manufacturers of new light commercial vehicles for 2012

- Commission proposal package on energy and climate change for 2030

- Parliament Environment Committee supports extension of EU ETS to all flights in European airspace

*Energy Efficiency:

- Extended scope of application for ecodesign requirements for electric motors

- New rules on the energy labelling and ecodesign requirement for ovens and range hoods

*Other:

- Exemptions to restrictions in the use of hazardous substances in medical equipment

- Talks on liberalisation of environmental goods trade

- EU recommendations on standards for shale gas exploration and extraction

- Excerpt from CHEMICALS: New restrictions on the use of PAHs:

On 6 December 2013, the Commission issued Regulation 1272/2013 amending the “Restriction List” in Annex XVII to Regulation 1907/2006 (“REACH Regulation”), as regards a number of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (“PAHs”). These PAHs are already classified as carcinogens and, as such, are banned for sale to the general public. The presence of such substances in extender oils used for the manufacture of tyres is also specifically capped by the REACH Regulation. Regulation 1272/2013 adds a more general restriction in the Restriction List of the REACH Regulation. Accordingly, articles shall not be placed on the market, if any of their rubber or plastic components that come into contact with the human skin or the oral cavity (e.g. gloves, household utensils, sport equipment) contain more than 1 mg/kg of any of the listed PAHs. A lower limit of 0.5 mg/kg is applicable specifically for toys and childcare articles. These new restrictions will only be applicable to articles placed on the market for the first time from 27 December 2015.

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Topics:  Chemicals, Climate Change, Energy, EU

Published In: General Business Updates, Energy & Utilities Updates, Environmental Updates, International Trade Updates

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