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EDITORIAL Lifting the waste status must be subject to strict conditions June 2011 - The revised Waste Framework Directive (WFD) has opened the possibility to lift, through comitology, the waste status in respect of certain waste streams. This proposition is attractive to Member States as it will reduce the total volume of waste and facilitate progress towards national waste reduction targets. It may also stimulate resource efficiency by creating a market for new ex-waste products
WASTE End-of-waste Criteria: Copper Industry calls for stricter limits Following the publication of the JRC report “End-of-waste Criteria for Copper and Copper Alloy Scrap: Technical Proposals” (see May 2011 Eurobrief) the European Copper Institute (ECI) has criticised the percentage of foreign material (5%) allowed for end-of-waste status eligibility as being too high. Instead, the ECI recommends a maximum limit of 2% foreign material.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission establishes CERT team to combat Cyber attacks The Computer Emergency Response pre-configuration Team (CERT) has been established by the European Commission to counter the threat of cyber attacks against EU institutions, bodies and agencies. The CERT, part of the Digital Agenda for Europe, adopted in May 2010, follows a year of hacking into Commission systems, in particular the EU ETS national registries.
CEMBUREAU Ignacio Madridejos elected President of CEMBUREAU Ignacio Madridejos (Latvia) has been elected as President of CEMBUREAU for a two-year term at the Association's General Assembly held on 7 June 2011 in Brussels after having completed his mandate of Vice-President over the last year. He takes over from Jean-Paul Méric (France).
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Brussels Court rejects lawsuit demanding names behind stolen EUAs The Brussels Court of First Instance has rejected a lawsuit launched by Italian firm TCIE against the European Commission regarding naming companies in possession of stolen EUAs. The lawsuit would have forced the Commission to name companies in possession of stolen EUAs, something that the Court of First Instance said was confidential.
CEMBUREAU CEMBUREAU contributes to public consultation on raw materials partnership CEMBUREAU has commented on the European Commission public consultation on a Possible Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. In its comments, CEMBUREAU touches upon recovery, potential economic benefits, major obstacles and clinker substitution. In addition, CEMBUREAU states that recovery should be addressed alongside recycling/re-use, in view of its relevance.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Parliament to vote on moving beyond 20% emission reductions in July The European Parliament’s draft own initiative Resolution calling for an increase of the 20% emission reduction target by 2020 will be voted in plenary on 5 July 2011 as the vote has been postponed.
OTHER NEWS Poland unveils Presidency priorities The Council of Ministers has adopted the “6-month Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2011”. The Presidency will focus on three basic priorities, namely.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission backs emissions reduction fund for manufacturers A new fund offering financial support for emissions reduction is being promoted by the European Commission for “traditional” manufacturing and process industries covered by the ETS.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME IEA predicts fall in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions Recent estimates published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggest that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions will drop by 2035 due to the large availability of global gas supplies, with emissions falling more significantly in industry.
ENVIRONMENT Energy Roadmap 2050 rejected by Environment Council The Energy Roadmap 2050 was rejected during an Environment Council Meeting earlier this month largely because of strong opposition from the Polish Government, which will assume the rotating European Presidency in July. Poland refused to back the document mentioning a possible 25% reduction target.
ENVIRONMENT Council adopts conclusions on Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 The Council conclusions on the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011, which were recently adopted in the Energy Council, set out a number of policy options designed to help deliver the EU’s 2020 20% energy efficiency objective. The Council conclusions address the public sector, buildings, industry and the energy sector, transport and ways to support favourable consumer choices.
ENVIRONMENT Council adopts conclusions on EU Biodiversity Strategy The Council conclusions on the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 were adopted earlier this month in the Environment Council. The Council endorsed the Strategy and discussed issues such as green infrastructures, protected areas, Natura 2000 and promoting the use of the innovative financial mechanisms in support of biodiversity policy objectives.
ENVIRONMENT Commission study into biodiversity action costs published A European Commission study designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the total costs for biodiversity and ecosystem actions in the European Union was recently carried out. The study attempted to develop a general cost typology in order to facilitate a comparison of results from different cost assessments.
ENVIRONMENT Raw Materials: latest news On 21 June, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted its draft opinion on an Effective Raw Materials Strategy for Europe by rapporteur Judith Merkies (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Netherlands) from the lead Committee in the European Parliament, Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).
ENVIRONMENT Influential report argues for elimination of biofuel subsidies A report prepared by a number of leading international agencies including the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the UN argues that government subsidies to promote the use of biofuels should be eliminated.
ENVIRONMENT Industry not resource efficient enough, say European citizens The latest Eurobarometer survey on Attitudes of European citizens towards the environment was published in June. The survey found that 79% of respondents believe that corporations and industry do not enough to use natural resources efficiently.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS Proposal for Energy Efficiency Directive published A Proposal for a Directive on energy efficiency aiming to create a common framework for the promotion of energy efficiency in the EU to reach the target of 20% primary energy savings by 2020 has been published. It sets several energy efficiency requirements for end-user sectors such as the cement industry.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REACH implementation - exemption from registration for recovered substances Earlier this month, CEMBUREAU issued a paper which explains how to use the exemption from registration for recovered substances under REACH. This paper covers which conditions have to be fulfilled and which information is necessary.
HEALTH AND SAFETY Seveso III Directive discussed in Council and Parliament On 21 June Environment ministers adopted a progress report on the Proposal for a Directive on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances. This report is the result of the work undertaken by the Council’s Working Party on the Environment (WPE) under the Hungarian Presidency, and highlights that progress has been made on the definitions, the exclusion of Annex I from the scope of the Commission's power to adopt delegated acts to adapt the Annexes to technical progress, the general obligations of an operator, the notification by the operator to the competent authority, major-accident prevention policy, safety reports, emergency plans, Member States obligations in relation to land-use planning and following a major accident, and confidentiality.