A fruitful exchange with Mr. Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius Information, traceability & decontamination are key to ensure the « zero pollution » ambition for a toxic free environment called by the EU Boosting circularity ♻️ & ensuring we don’t export our waste problems to 3rd countries is crucial. The role of the waste management sector is key.Useful exchange with Hazardous Waste Europe ahead of our new Chemicals Strategy for safe & sustainable by design chemicals next week! pic.twitter.com/tP9oQtLYCf — Virginijus Sinkevičius (@VSinkevicius) October 8, 2020
Announced in the EU Green Deal as part of the actions to support zero pollution, the forthcoming European Chemicals strategy for sustainability represents a valuable opportunity to pave the way towards a non toxic environment. As HWE, we have developed 8 points to reach this objective – that you wil find further detailed in the paper: define substances of concern adopt a grouping approach integrate missing hazards in the relevant legislation ensure traceability ban dilution guarantee clean material cycles through decontamination keep the hazard based approach for waste support ECHA work Download the paper:
In the framework of the fitness check of the EU rules regarding harmful chemicals, HWE answered the stakeholder’s consultation on endocrine disruptors. The adoption of a comprehensive and integrated framework on endocrine disruptors, common criteria to define them independently of the sector of activity and the creation of a specific hazard in the CLP regulation will contribute to deliver a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment to protect health and the environment. Please click on the contribution to read HWE’s position.
Following the publication of the European Green Deal (https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/communication-european-green-deal_en), the EU Commission is consulting stakeholders on its new Circular Economy Action Plan. (https://circulareconomy.europa.eu/platform/fr/node/2534). HWE sent some proposals to the EU Commission expressing its view on how implementation of some key principles through an integrative and consistent approach will promote non toxic material cycles and preserve the high level of protection of human health and the environment within the European Union. Better environment for better health is key to reach a zero pollution ambition for a toxic free environment. To this end, we would advocate the following recommendations: To ensure adequate implementation of the current legislation in a harmonised way within the EU Member States. To define substances of concern (SoC) and adopt an approach by grouping in their assessment, in the view of developing the EU market for secondary raw materials and address the issue of insufficient information regarding the presence or not in the recycled materials. To keep separate classifications for products and waste to preserve their respective challenges. If a risk based approach is relevant for products, the classification should take into account intrinsic properties of the waste – hazard based approach – when it comes to the waste stage, as the final destination of the waste is never known for sure. To trace the waste and ensure a decontamination step to contribute to clean material cycles.