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Mineral oil hydrocarbons: EFSA publishes opinion on these complex compounds

Publications & Tools | 14.06.2012

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific opinion on human exposure through the diet to a diverse group of mixtures known as ‘mineral oil hydrocarbons’ (MOH). The potential human health impact of MOH varies widely; so-called ‘aromatic’ MOH may act as genotoxic carcinogens (that is they may damage DNA, the genetic material of cells, as well as cause cancer), while some ‘saturated’ MOH can accumulate in human tissue and may cause adverse effects in the liver. The potential human health impact of MOH varies widely; so-called ‘aromatic’ MOH may act as genotoxic carcinogens, while some ‘saturated’ MOH can accumulate in human tissue and may cause adverse effects in the liver. The opinion identifies some potential concerns in relation to exposure to MOH through food.

Go to: www.efsa.europa.eu or to the scientific opinion

Voluntary Agreements under the Ecodesign Directive

Legislation | 14.06.2012

Voluntary agreements may be an alternative for implementing measures under the Ecodesign Directive.
The European Commission is likely to endorse an industry agreement for complex set-top boxes (television recievers). It would be the first voluntary agreement on the ecodesign of products.

Go to: www.eceee.org

France – prevention of chemical risks at work: review 2011

Publications & Tools | 14.06.2012

The French Ministry of Labour has just published a review of the working conditions for 2011. Focus is on the prevention of chemical risks. The Standing Committee of the Working Condition Advisory Committee examined the working condition for the year 2011. This document reflects the French prevention system, the main concerns of health and safety policy at work, as well as EU activities. One chapter is dedicated to the prevention of chemical risks.

Go to:  www.actu-environnement.com (French)  or to the report (French)

Denmark tops new cleantech investment index

Publications & Tools | 13.06.2012

Denmark has the best conditions for investing in clean technology in the world, according to the first Global Cleantech Innovation Index. The index, published by Cleantech Group and WWF, analyses where cleantech industries are currently developing and where they might thrive in the future. According to Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012, Israel, Sweden and Finland are the next best countries for cleantech development.

Go to: eep.org

To download the index click here

Winners of European Business Awards for the Environment 2012

Events & Training | 13.06.2012

The winners of the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) were announced during a prestigious award ceremony held in Brussels on 24 May 2012. They represent large corporations and SMEs, old and new Member States, and sectors from retail to energy to material engineering. Most of the applicants were SMEs. The greatest number of entrieswas in the newly introduced “business and biodiversity” category. They were selected from a shortlist of 14 candidates from nine European countries and wide-ranging economic sectors. They are companies that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance.

Go to: ec.europa.eu

Disrupting Food

Publications & Tools | 13.06.2012

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are on the loose today. They are used for the composition of most common products including pesticides that can be found in our food. Despite alarming scientific evidence linking EDCs to severe chronic diseases, exposure to pesticides with endocrine disrupting properties remains disregarded by current regulations.  PAN Europe has decided to repair this by publishing this consumer guide with a special ranking of the 10 most “disrupting” food items in the European Union.
Go to the report in English or in French

The Ecological Council: New publication on the substitution of hazardous chemicals

Publications & Tools | 08.06.2012

More and more substances are studied and classified as hazardous to health or the environment, and an increasing number of companies choose to replace potentially dangerous substances. This publication is a follow up to “Hazardous chemicals can be substituted” from 2006 and can serve as inspiration to companies and public institutions as well as an information source for all other interested parties.

Read more or go to the report

CMR substances registered or notified after the 2010 registration deadline

Publications & Tools | 07.06.2012

ECHA publishes the first report on the CMR substances registered or notified after the 2010 registration deadline. ECHA has received information from the first REACH registration deadline and the CLP notification deadline, which should cover all hazardous substances on the market in the EU today.  The report is a screening of the information available at the Agency in April 2012. It also presents the first opportunity to take a look at the CMR – carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction – substances which have now been registered and/or notified.

Go to: echa.europa.eu or to the report

Communication from the Commission on Combination effects of Chemicals (Chemical mixtures)

Publications & Tools | 07.06.2012

In this report, the Commission engaged to launch a new process to ensure that risks associated with chemical mixtures are properly understood and assessed. The report states that EU laws set strict limits for the amounts of particular chemicals allowed in food, water, air and manufactured products, but that the potentially toxic effects of these chemicals in combination are rarely examined. Under the new approach, the Commission will identify priority mixtures to be assessed and ensure that the different strands of EU legislation deliver consistent risk assessments for such priority mixtures. The Commission will also tackle some of the data and knowledge gaps to improve understanding of the mixtures to which people and the environment are exposed. The report is available in English, French and German.

Go to: ec.europa.eu or to the report

EU tackles sulphur emmissions from ships

Legislation | 06.06.2012

EU governments agreed on legislation to limit the maximum sulphur content of shipping fuels that will come into effect in Europe at the end of the decade. Under the new law, the maximum sulphur content of fuels will be limited to 0.5% for all ships from 2020, down from currently 3.5% for cargo vessels and 1.5% for passenger ships. A tighter limit of 0.1% will apply from 2015 to ships operating in “sulphur emission control areas”, which include the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Channel. The limit in these areas is currently 1%.

Go to: www.euractiv.com

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