The 2019 Triple COPs took place in Geneva from the 29th of April to the 10th of May. Governments from across the world have converged on Geneva this week for discussions and decisions aiming at protecting human health and the environment from chemicals and waste. The theme of the COP were » Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste ». HWE participated actively as observer to the meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel ans Stockholm Conventions.
The Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR, 1013/2006) establishes procedures and control regimes for the shipment of waste, depending on the origin, destination and route of the shipment, the type of waste shipped and the type of treatment to be applied to the waste at its destination. It is of particular importance for our hazardous waste business to ensure the safe shipments of hazardous waste, traceability and adequate treatment at the final destination. In accordance with the provisions of article 60 to review the regulation by 2020, the European Commission has launched the assessment of implementation and enforcement of the text, as well as its effectiveness, efficiency and coherence towards its objectives. Following the study and the workshops launched in 2017, the Commission published a consultation to gather views on the evaluation of the WSR. Hazardous Waste Europe, whose members completed around 1 000 notifications in 2017, would favor a light recast only, considering that the WSR is already a very good tool and that merely targeted adaptations on the existing provisions would really improve the existing waste shipment regulation. In our answer, we therefore advocate not giving in to the temptation of oversimplifying the current provisions that could be detrimental to the environment and health, but to make some homogenization in the procedures and to propose some clarifications and improvements aiming