Sustainability Outlook European Union – May 2022

May 2022
Region: Europe

Our European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly horizon scan of key developments in EU sustainability law and policy.

This month’s newsletter is a packed edition including the following:

  • EU Commissioner rejects call of Parliamentarian to delay new legislation due to Ukraine war.
  • European Parliament Committee wants to include waste incineration in more ambitious ETS.
  • European Parliament Committee wants to expand Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism to aluminium, hydrogen, plastic and chemicals, as well as indirect emissions.
  • European Parliament Committee takes position on woody biomass.
  • European Chemicals Agency reports on assessing regulatory needs of 1,900 substances amid the pandemic.
  • ECHA committee concludes that classifying glyphosate as a carcinogen is not justified, while EU agencies update timelines for their assessments.
  • EFSA seeks comments on phthalates in food contact materials.
  • European Commission intends to reduce presence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
  • European Commission consults on the revision of waste rules.
  • European Commission consults on the evaluation of environmental liability rules.
  • European Parliament wants to clarify the scope of the Machinery Regulation.
  • EU Advocate General opines that Member States may be liable for damages resulting from air pollution.
  • Parliamentary body finds that the UK will need another four years until full capacity to regulate chemicals post-Brexit.
  • France regulates consumer information on environmental characteristics.
  • Spain plans to update packaging waste rules.