As with many countries, Korea is pursuing a chemicals management approach that ensures substances being placed on its market are assessed for risk potential based on its use patterns while placing the burden of safe use on chemical businesses.
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The Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC which appeared in 2002 raised the question among those who are “experts in noise” how noise mapping and noise action planning should be implemented throughout Europe. They all agreed that, in view of the completely different calculation methods in the European countries, the calculation results reached and exposure figures collected would accordingly also be different and far from being comparable with each other. The only guarantee for comparable results...
EU Nations amass fines for wastewater treatment shortcomings
Wastewater Treatment FailuresThe European Commission’s Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive of 1991 says that cities in areas with particularly sensitive waters, including those with waterways feeding into the Danube River, shown, are required to use more stringent treatment.The European Court of Justice is starting to assess fines against European Commission member states that fail to adequately collect and treat their wastewater.This includes rulings against Spain and Greece, and possibly, Ireland....
EU working to end food waste
With food waste across Europe reaching almost 88 million tons each year, at a cost of 143 billion euros, legislators are keen to put an end to such losses and waste.The European Commission has launched the European Union Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste to tackle these issues; the first meeting was on November 29, 2016.Vytenis Andriukaitis, the Lithuanian commissioner for health and food safety, who attended the meeting, said:There are days in the life of people and societies which mark a turning point,...
EU Publishes Regulation Regarding REACH Joint Submission of Data and Data Sharing
On January 6, 2016, the European Union (EU) published its Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/9 regarding the joint submission of data and data sharing under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in the Official Journal of the European Union. The European Commission (EC) Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL) has been developing this Regulation to clarify further what is meant by determining data sharing in a “fair, transparent, and non-discrimina...
Trends and projections in the EU ETS in 2015
The European Union (EU) Emission Trading System (ETS) covers about 45% of the EU`s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions from the installations included in the ETS decreased by 24% between 2005 and 2014. The emission level reached in 2014 was the lowest since 2005, when the system was launched. It was also lower than the 21% reduction target for the year 2020. Between 2013 and 2014, emissions of stationary installations decreased by 5%. This latest decrease resulted mainly from a reduction in...