Environmental compliance… the latest developments

What are the latest developments concerning environmental legislation globally? We’ve picked out some highlights for you for August 2020.

European commission develops guidelines on SUP Directive

The European commission is developing a new set of guidelines on the EU’s Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive. As provided for in Article 12 of the directive, the commission has distributed draft guidelines, which are intended to contribute to harmonized implementation in Member States and to provide technical and legal clarity in areas such as:

  1. Definitions (including terms such as plastic, polymer and reusability)
  2. Overlaps between the Disposable Plastic Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive
  3. Overview of the requirements, depending on the single-use plastic and packaging framework guidelines, for the relevant products
  4. Specific criteria and indicators for each product type covered by the directive with illustrative examples for each product category

These are provisional documents intended for discussion with Member States. The publication, which was originally scheduled for July 2020, is now expected to take place in the second half of the year.

Preparatory study for the Ecodesign Working Plan 2020-2024

A preparatory study to inform and assist the European commission in preparing its Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan for 2020-2024 has been launched. The study, expected to last until December 2020, is being carried out by Viegand Maagøe, VHK and Oeko-Institut for the European commission.

The European commission’s new Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan is set to be massive in scope, handling a large swath of consumer products, recycled content, and plastics. The energy savings of the proposed plan would be equally impressive, amounting to 9.3 terawatt-hours (TWh) per year in 2030, and 18.6 TWh per year in 2040.

To learn more about the study, and to register as a stakeholder, visit the official website here.

Stakeholder consultation on the European commission’s roadmap to reduce packaging waste

The European commission has asked stakeholders for their feedback on its new roadmap to reduce packaging waste. The commission plans to review numerous issues that contribute to a better functioning circular economy – most notably reducing packaging waste and making packaging more suitable for recycling.

The call for feedback will be open until 6 August, and will focus on improved packaging design, increased recycled content in packaging, cutting down on excessive packaging, and reducing packaging waste.

The shift to a circular economy is a pressing topic, with many calling for a more aggressive timeline to shift to more sustainable practices across the European Union. Find out more information on the consultation here.

What else

Huge project for huge country

Landbell Group to support reduction, reuse and recycling of plastics in India

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800 attendees, one goal: a plastic free world

Landbell Group to speak at biggest conference on reducing plastic waste

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Electrifying clothes: Mode for Recycling!

Another fantastic finale for ERP Poland’s eye-catching environmental campaign

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Helping children to unlock “The Avocado Mystery”

ERP Denmark supports children’s book on sustainable development goals

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Have you met Hermit Leer?

New campaign in Austria to raise awareness among consumers to properly dispose of waste portable batteries

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“They give us opportunity; we give them innovation.”

Interview with Anne Lamp from traceless materials, this year’s Green Alley Award winner

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Focus on… Croatia

New Waste Act makes it easier for producers to comply with EPR obligations

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A big step for Brazil

Brazil is taking its first steps in managing waste electronics and packaging - and we are proud to be accompanying them on this challenging journey 

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Study shows how producers can benefit from competition

A new study from adelphi shows that competition drives innovation, improves services and ensures cost-efficient waste management

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The Green Alley Award: jump on board

Get to know the latest circular economy business ideas… first!

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How to turn WEEE into beehives

Collecting e-waste in Lodz, Poland is now much easier and builds new homes for bees  

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Are you a parceiro sustentável?

Clients in Portugal can now find sustainability support: ERP Portugal and Novo Verde launch the “Parceiro Sustentável” programme

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Taking the pressure off online sellers in Italy

Pressure is mounting on online sellers to comply with their environmental obligations - Consorzio ERP Italia is providing a wide range of support

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Are you selling batteries into Austria?

New obligations for distance sellers of batteries are coming into force in Austria - ERP Austria is on hand to help

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Focus on… Finland

Changes for EPR – including new measures for distance sellers – as Finland begins waste management reform

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Do you like polluted beaches? We don’t either!

Landbell Group joins project to prevent marine litter in North Africa

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Why did we endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation statement on EPR?

Landbell Group and over 150 stakeholders commit to EPR

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You can trust us… now it’s official!

Europe's leading provider of e-commerce protection awards certificate to EASy-Shop

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Kettles reach boiling point during Irish lockdown

A kettle was the most recycled object in Ireland over the past twelve months (with 1 in 4 Irish adults claiming to have recycled one)

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Sun coming out – but be prepared for the rain

The outlook for the photovoltaic (PV) industry looks sunny again, but companies should not forget their future recycling obligations

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Focus on… Georgia

Game-changing news for companies selling electronic goods in Georgia

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Tokyo 2020: winning gold for sustainability

Olympic Games to tackle the reduction of electronic and plastic waste

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How we are responding to the global expansion of EPR

Landbell Group publishes its annual performance report for 2020

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How two men joined the fight for cleaner chemicals

Happy 15th Birthday to H2 Compliance

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