Hazardous substances

A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report calls for greater efforts to prevent the build-up of hazardous waste across Europe.​ The EEA report investigates the effective implementation of Member State’s waste prevention programmes. It looks at the different waste streams that are considered to be most dangerous to human health and the environment. This latest study looks at current trends in hazardous waste generated both throughout the EU based on the latest data available. It provides an overview of waste prevention objectives, targets, indicators, and measures.

The Council has adopted a regulation on ship recycling paving the way for it to become EU law. Adoption of the legislation follows an agreement reached at the third informal trilogue with the European Parliament on 17 June 2013. The new regulation aims to prevent, reduce and minimize accidents, injuries and other adverse effects on human health and the environment caused by ship recycling. In addition, it seeks to ensure the proper management of hazardous materials onboard ships.

Discussions on a list of new substances to be severely restricted under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) will continue in October.  A public consultation is due to be launched and a 3rd stakeholder meeting will take place.  In late August, the European Commission confirmed that the inclusion of flame retardant HBCDD and phthalates DEHP, BBP and DBP would be discussed this autumn.