|EDITORIAL REACH & cement - the last touch? June 2009 - Long after the deadline for pre-registration has passed and, therefore, too late to ensure legal certainty, a first draft of the guidelines for the application of Annex V of REACH has eventually been produced by ECHA (European Chemicals Agency). It will now have to be approved by CARACAL (Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP) and will then be officially published by ECHA.|
|HEALTH AND SAFETY Commission decision on REACH restrictions annex VII to be published A Commission Decision amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards Annex XVII, is expected to be published in July 2009.|
|EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME EU emission trading scheme Directive, CCS Directive enter into force The Directive amending Directive 2003/87/EC so as to improve and extend the EU greenhouse gas emission allowance trading system (EU ETS) and the Directive on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (CCS) have been published in the EU’s Official Journal (OJ) this month along with the rest of the climate change package.|
|EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission announces €300M for carbon allowance distribution The Commission has announced that an expected proposal on the distribution of allowances to be auctioned under the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) will result in €300 million of carbon allowances being distributed.|
|EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME CO2 trading to triple by 2016 The price of carbon in the EU is likely to increase from around €15 per tonne to €40 by 2016, according to market analyst Point Carbon’s latest carbon market brief.|
|ENVIRONMENT Council reaches political agreement on IED/IPPC Directive EU Environment Ministers narrowly reached a political agreement on the recast of the Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, now renamed Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), earlier this month, during the last Environment Council of the Czech Presidency.|
|ENVIRONMENT Energy efficiency package progress report published A progress report on the energy efficiency package has been published by the Council. The report covers proposals on energy labelling, tyre labelling and the energy efficiency of buildings.|
|ENVIRONMENT Council conclusions on climate change white paper Council Conclusions on the Commission’s White Paper: Towards a European Climate Change Adaptation Programme have been published.|
|ENVIRONMENT Sweden reaches out to MEPs on draft efficiency laws The Swedish Presidency of the European Council, which begins on 1 July, has promised to begin negotiations with the European Parliament on a package of draft energy efficiency laws covering buildings, energy labelling and tyre labelling.|
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