GDPR year one overall positive but countries should not diverge: EU report

The European Union's general data protection regulation has pushed companies to improve their compliance with privacy standards and has made individuals more aware of their privacy rights and how to seek redress, according to a European Commission report on the first year of the law. The GDPR, which took effect on May 25, 2018, has … Continue reading GDPR year one overall positive but countries should not diverge: EU report

EU designates GenX, other chemicals, as high concern

A European Union move to designate four chemicals as substances of very high concern could affect companies including BASF SE, Chemours Netherlands BV and Huntsman Advanced Materials. The addition of the chemicals to a high-concern list under the EU's REACH law flags up to companies that the sale or use of the substances in the … Continue reading EU designates GenX, other chemicals, as high concern

Chemical information faces more strict quality standards in EU

BASF SE, Clariant International Ltd., Henkel AG & Co. and other chemical companies face stricter scrutiny under the European Union’s REACH law as the bloc pledged to get tough on obligations to provide chemical safety information. In a June 24 plan published jointly with the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, the European Chemicals Agency … Continue reading Chemical information faces more strict quality standards in EU

EU could restrict types of recycled rubber in artificial turf

The European Union could require the use of less contaminated bits of shredded rubber in artificial turf on recreational fields and arenas. The cumulative presence of eight carcinogenic polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in shredded rubber should be limited to 20 milligrams per kilogramme in artificial turf and other surfaces, such as children’s playgrounds, the European Chemicals … Continue reading EU could restrict types of recycled rubber in artificial turf

EU prepares for battery sustainability law

Battery manufacturers in the European Union could face tighter requirements on recycling, recovering critical materials and tracking batteries throughout their life cycles, according to the bloc’s executive arm. A proposed draft EU law on battery sustainability, planned for later this year, could include rules on the recovery of cobalt, nickel, and other valuable minerals from … Continue reading EU prepares for battery sustainability law

EU 2020 target of 20% energy from renewables could be at risk

The European Union could miss a binding goal for 20% of its energy to come from renewables by 2020, despite rapid growth in renewable electricity generation in recent years, the European Court of Auditors said. Although about a third of the EU’s electricity now comes from renewables, the 20% target for 2020 also covers energy … Continue reading EU 2020 target of 20% energy from renewables could be at risk

Non-personal data may fall under European Union privacy law

Companies may have to treat non-personal data from the European Union as if it were personal data and therefore subject to the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation requirements, the European Commission said. In guidance issued May 29 to coincide with the effective date of an EU law on non-personal data, the commission, the EU’s executive … Continue reading Non-personal data may fall under European Union privacy law

EU lawmakers hear rumble of growing green support

The European Union’s policies could become significantly greener as the bloc’s decision-makers absorb the lessons of the recent European Parliament elections. Green parties were among the main beneficiaries as the May 23-26 elections saw voters switch from the usually dominant center-right and center-left parties in a number of EU countries. Parties affiliated to the European … Continue reading EU lawmakers hear rumble of growing green support

More scrutiny of chemical registrations ahead, EU agency says

Companies trading chemicals in the European Union may face more scrutiny over the extent of safety information they provide to regulators. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which administers the EU’s REACH chemicals law, said it wants to increase fourfold the share of substance registration dossiers that it’s obliged to check, meaning companies would face a … Continue reading More scrutiny of chemical registrations ahead, EU agency says