Sustainability Outlook European Union – June 2022

June 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:

  • European Parliament demands the right to legislative initiative. 
  • European Commission updates legislative and policy timeline until the end of 2022. 
  • European Parliament agrees its position for ETS and CBAM after some controversy. 
  • Council adopts a position on ETS and Commission to consider including waste incineration from 2031.
  • European Parliament Committees object to labelling gas and nuclear activities as sustainable. 
  • European Commission updates the definition of nanomaterial. 
  • ECHA highlights progress on substances of concern and the need for harmonised classification.
  • Authorities of three Member States consider restricting skin sensitisers in consumer products.
  • European Commission considers EU audit system to enforcement chemicals regulation.
  • European Commission discusses tensions with IP rights under “one substance, one assessment”.
  • EU co-legislators agree to reduce limit values for POPs in waste.
  • EU Court dismisses claims on damages for wrong classification of CTPHT. 
  • European Commission releases new Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules
  • UK agency issues UK REACH Consolidated Report and Work Programme for 2022-2023 
  • UN countries agree on further regulating e-waste shipments and banning harmful chemicals. 
  • European Commission concludes evaluation of food contact materials legislation. 
  • European Commission consults on sustainable food systems initiative. 
  • European Parliament Committee adopts report on product safety rules. 
  • France implements extended producer responsibility for construction products and materials. 
  • UK authorities publish guidance to prepare for extended producer responsibility (EPR).
  • Slovenia suspends rules on extended producer responsibility (EPR).